Ryanair, Jet2, TUI and easyJet are the latest Green List countries to be announced
A number of British favorite holiday destinations are expected to be added to the green travel list on Thursday, travel agents urged.
Currently, UK residents only have a small number of destinations they can travel to that do not require self-isolation on their return due to strict government travel rules.
Earlier this month, Portugal was taken off the green list, meaning Britons who do not want to be stuck at home for 10 days upon their return can currently only visit countries such as Gibraltar, the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
Travel agents from across the country gathered in London today to protest the traffic light system, mirror reports, before an update scheduled for tomorrow evening (June 24).
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The final decision on any country added to the green list is made by the Joint Biosafety Center, which examines factors such as variations within a country as well as cases and rates of Covid.
Brits can travel from the UK to Green List countries and vice versa without having to go into quarantine, making it a major draw for those who don’t have unlimited days off work .
Upon their return, they still have to pass two coronavirus tests – one before taking their flight home and the other on the second day after arrival.
Here is a list of countries that have a high number of vaccine and coronavirus cases that are vying for reclassification.
Nothing is guaranteed, with the government potentially choosing to avoid a big reshuffle due to the growing number of Covid cases in the UK.
Here is the list :
- United States – Compared to Gibraltar which has a first vaccination rate of 100%, 35 infections per 100,000 people in the last seven days, the United States has a vaccination rate of 52% and a case rate of 30 per 100 000.
- Canada – Currently an amber destination, the North American country has a jab rate of 66% and a case rate of 24 per 100,000.
- Italy – Italy has a vaccination rate of 51% and an infection rate of 20 per 100,000.
- Germany – Europe’s economic engine has a 50% vaccination rate with a Covid rate of 16 per 100,000.
- Poland – 42% of Poles have had a vaccine with an infection rate as low as six per 100,000.
- The Balearic Islands – It has a 43% vaccination rate with infections sitting at 19 cases per 100,000 people. A source told The Times there was a “real possibility” of adding the Balearics to the green list.
- Finland – A vaccination rate of 54% and an infection rate of 10 per 100,000 put the Nordic country in a good position.
- Mexico – It has a Covid rate of 16 cases per 100,000 people but its vaccination rate lags only 21%.
- Jamaica – Its case rate is really low at 12 per 100,000 people, but only one in 20 residents has been bitten.
- Barbados – 33% have had a hit against Covid with the last week of test data showing just one case per 100,000 people.
- Croatia – 35% of people have been vaccinated with 24 cases recorded per 100,000 people.
- Morocco – It has a 25% vaccination rate and six cases per 100,000 people.
- Malta – It looks really good here, with 79% of adults vaccinated and an infection rate of just two cases per 100,000 people.
- Grenada – 16% have been vaccinated but his Covid rate is almost zero, with data suppressed due to the few cases.
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