When is the next travel update? 14 key countries that could go green | Travel News | To travel
The traffic light system was introduced earlier this year to provide clarity for travelers. However, the green list, which allows travel abroad without quarantine, has wreaked havoc for many vacationers as countries have often been taken off the list in the short term. While England unlocked their latest lockdown restrictions earlier this month, many are hopeful that more countries will be added to the travel green list in the next review.
When is the next travel update?
Every three weeks or so, the government reviews the traffic light system.
At these review points, countries can go on the green, orange, or red list, depending on their COVID-19 situation.
The Department for Transport previously said: “These regular review points will allow the government to balance helping the public understand Covid requirements while traveling to England while allowing us to continuously assess the risk for different countries. “
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Which countries could go green in the next review?
Paul Charles, CEO of PC Agency, tweeted in mid-July that Italy, Canada, Germany and Poland could qualify to be added to the green list.
Mr Charles tweeted that the four countries “have very low test positivity” of less than 1%, which means the countries should be green.
Mr Charles told the Telegraph this week that 14 countries could potentially go green in the next review, including Austria, Bosnia, Canada, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia and Slovenia.
But as for Italy, the Mirror reported this week that Italy could lose its Amber List status and become an “amber plus” country.
Despite relatively low Covid infection rates in the region, cases have started to increase recently, which could prompt the government to introduce more stringent restrictions.
The exact criteria for the government’s traffic light system are not always clear, so anyone wishing to travel will have to wait for the next review announcement to find out exactly which countries will be on the green list.
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Some reports have also suggested that Greece and the Balearics could be added to the “amber plus” list.
Although cases of Covid in Turkey were relatively low in early July, the numbers have started to rise again.
Turkey has been on the red list since May 12 due to the spread of the Delta variant in the region, however, now that the Delta variant is considered the most dominant strain in the UK, the government could choose to relocate Turkey on the orange list until next review.
Several countries are also on the “green watch list” which could turn green or orange on the next review date.