When will the holiday green list be announced?

Holidays: Britons share concerns about international travel

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Holidays are always a source of much excitement, but now as May 17 draws closer, the anticipation for many is growing further. Ministers in England are believed to be deciding which countries will make the cut and be designated as “green”, meaning open for quarantine-free travel, today. But the list – expected this week – has still not been announced.

The green list travel announcement is eagerly awaited for hopeful holidaymakers across Britain.

The Government banned overseas travel for all but essential reasons throughout much of the last year.

Overseas travel to particular countries where new Covid variants have surfaced and rates of infection are especially high have been entirely banned.

Now international travel will open for leisure travellers once again from May 17.

Once travel abroad opens up again, a new traffic light system is due to come into effect.

This traffic light system will see countries placed into one of three countries according to the risk level of each.

All international travel will require pre-departure tests and testing upon return.

Red list countries will have the most severe restrictions, requiring returning Britons to quarantine for 10 days in Government-approved hotels.

Travellers from amber countries will have to self-isolate at home for 10 days, as well as taking a pre-departure test and two PCR tests on day two and eight of their home quarantine.

Green list countries will have the lightest restrictions and rules for travellers.

Those travelling to green list countries must undertake one test within 24 hours of departure to the UK.

They must also take a PCR test on or before the second day of their return to the UK, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Anyone travelling from these countries will not have to quarantine.

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When will the holiday green travel list be announced?

The UK Government is expected to announce green list countries this week fulfilling the hopes of many wishful holidaymakers.

It is unlikely the green list will be announced today (Thursday, May 6) because it is polling day in the UK.

Government Ministers are expected to meet on May 6, to discuss the travel system and particularly the designation for each country.

Insiders believe ministers will continue discussions on this topic throughout today and Friday morning to finalise the list.

The list is then expected to be unveiled at a Downing Street press conference on May 7.

Covid press briefings usually take place at 5pm from Downing Street, so it is thought travellers will know their options for summer travel in the next 24 hours.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to unveil the long-awaited list on Friday.

Which countries are expected to be on the green list?

Travel experts believe the following countries are most likely to be included on the green travel list:

  1. Australia
  2. Barbados
  3. The Caribbean
  4. Gibraltar
  5. Grenada
  6. Greek islands including Crete and Santorini.
  7. Iceland
  8. Ireland
  9. Israel
  10. Jamaica
  11. Madeira
  12. Malta
  13. Morocco
  14. New Zealand
  15. Portugal
  16. Spanish islands including the Canaries.
  17. The UK
  18. The USA

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