14 vacation destinations that could be added to the green list TODAY
Up to 14 holiday destinations could be added to the UK’s travel green list today as the government revises the travel list.
Today will be the second review since international travel resumed on May 17 amid reports of a travel system disruption.
Earlier this week, Matt Hancock confirmed that the government is “considering” a change in policy.
The changes would allow fully vaccinated Britons to travel to Orange and Red List countries without quarantine.
Mr Hancock said he was “in favor of moving forward in this area” and replacing the quarantine with daily testing with changes coming as early as August.
“It hasn’t been clinically advised yet – we’re working on it,” he said.
“We are working on plans to essentially allow the vaccine to restore some of the freedoms that had to be curtailed to keep people safe.
“After all, that is the whole point of the immunization program, which is why it is so important that every adult comes out and gets the vaccine.”
Travel agents are keen to see more popular destinations added to the green list to reach countries such as Gibraltar, the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
People arriving in the UK from Green List destinations are not required to self-isolate, but there are currently no viable major tourist destinations in this tier.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps has expressed hope “the world may open up” as vacationers eagerly await an update on the government’s overseas travel listings.
Asked about the prospect of easing restrictions, Mr Shapps said: “I am optimistic the world is catching up to where we are on our immunization program.
“What is happening in the UK is people are saying ‘well, everyone I know or a lot of people I know are vaccinated’.
“People will say that, but of course, as soon as you go overseas, you find that it actually doesn’t.
“So balancing openness while maintaining the safety and security of people in the home is absolutely paramount.
“Of course, I really hope the world can open up. We need to track the data, and that is what we will be doing in the meetings over the next few days.
The Times reported that Malta and the Balearic Islands are among a “handful” of places being considered for addition to the green list.
This would include Menorca, Mallorca and Ibiza.
Italy could also be given the green light with infection rates currently lower than the UK as the US and Canada continue to push their vaccination deployments.
Germany and Mexico with a rate of 16 cases per 100,000 could meet the requirements to be added to the green list.
Meanwhile, Finland with a rate of 10 per 100,000 and Poland with a rate of 6 cases per 100,000 appear to be a viable option.
Croatia also has a low infection rate while Morocco has only six cases per 100,000 population.
Jamaica currently has 12 positive cases per 100,000.
Barbados and Grenada, at 1 and 0 per 100,000 respectively, complete the list.