New Zealand and Australia on green list despite being closed to ‘almost all arrivals’

Grant Shapps reveals countries on UK's red and green lists

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Transport secretary Grant Shapps shared the news in today’s coronavirus briefing. According to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) website, the New Zealand border is “currently closed to almost all arrivals”. The site added: “Anyone entering New Zealand (except from a safe zone in Australia) needs to undergo quarantine or managed isolation in an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days.

“Arrivals must then test negative for COVID-19 before entering the community.”

The test must be taken within 24 hours of arrival in a managed isolation and quarantine facility.

Individuals will then undergo further testing on day three and day 12 which is required for all arrivals.

Australia has similar rules with the FCDO also saying entry is “currently closed to most arrivals”.

The site added: “All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival.

“You may be required to pay for the costs of your quarantine. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments.”

Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel were also added to the travel “green list” this evening.

Meanwhile, Turkey, the Maldives and Nepal have been added to the red list.

People returning from those countries after 4am on Wednesday will be required to stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights at a cost of £1,750 for solo travellers.

Holiday “favourites” such as France and mainland Spain have not been included on the green list.

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The full green list includes: Portugal, Israel, Gibraltar, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Brunei, the Falkland Islands, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, Ascension Islands, Tristan da Cunha and St Helena, along with South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Countries have been categorised using a traffic light system for travel; either being grouped as red, amber or green countries depending on their Covid risk.

Green list countries will have the fewest travel restrictions and with tourists not needing to isolate on their return to the UK.

Meanwhile, countries on the amber list will have to quarantine and those on the red list must pay to stay in a Government quarantine hotel.

Under the current coronavirus rules, Britons must have a valid reason to travel or risk facing fines.

Following, the Government’s announcement this evening, Elise Weber, Co-Founder of Skytra said the traffic light system will bring further flight cancellations.

She said: “While any initiative that gives the green light to travellers flying again is very welcome, the very nature of a traffic light system is that it’s changeable: countries could be back on the amber or red list within a month, meaning passengers will undoubtedly end up booking and cancelling at the last minute.

“Throughout the Covid period airlines have had to deal with an enormous number of vouchers, exchanges and refunds.

“Our data indicates that up to 30 percent of tickets issued by airlines have not been reported yet, which could indicate a significant number of vouchers and refunds still pending.

“Financial liabilities towards customers can only decrease if airlines can properly plan and execute their schedules.

“A good example is the North-American market where traffic is building back strongly compared to Europe.

“Clearly, we need some sort of system to get travel going again while the vaccine roll-out continues, but until we have worldwide alignment on international travel this volatility will continue for at least two to three years.

“In the meantime, the industry has to take advantage of the support and tools on offer to manage this, improve predictability and make smarter decisions.”

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