The government is finally on the verge of adding a few vacation hotspots to the green list, but mainland destinations in Europe could stay orange
Holiday hot spots, including Malta, Ibiza and Mallorca, are expected to be added to the green list later today as the government continues to take a cautious approach to resuming overseas vacations.
The Portuguese island of Madeira and other Balearic islands are also likely to be added to the safe people list for international travel, while some Caribbean islands may be open for holidays without inspection. Translate.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps will announce changes to the latest traffic light overhaul this afternoon, with the updates going into effect next week.
No major destination in mainland Europe should go from orange to green.
This will likely be the first time the government has differentiated resort islands from their mainland states, after weeks of wrangling with local tourism ministers.
George Eustice, Environment Secretary, said destinations where inland travel is “restricted” could be considered separate areas for traffic light purposes.
It will allow British tourists to travel to popular holiday islands from next Tuesday without the need to quarantine for up to 10 days upon their return.
Ministers are also expected to confirm plans to ease restrictions on Britons who have received both doses of the Covid vaccine, meaning people can return to the UK from Amber List countries without the need for quarantine .
While it is unclear when this will come into effect, ministers are clearly divided on whether it will be allowed from 19 July, when all social distancing restrictions remain. expected to be lifted in the UK, or later in August.
The move would effectively render countries orange-green for those who are fully immunized, paving the way for quarantine-free travel to most holiday destinations in Europe and the US. .
It comes after German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday called on European countries to limit access to British tourists and to impose a 10-day quarantine on British travelers amid growing concerns about the spread of the virus. lan of the Delta variant.
“In our country, if you come from the UK you have to go into quarantine – and that’s not the case in all European countries, and that’s what I’d like to see,” she said. declared to the lower house of the Bundestag.
The UK – which has recorded the highest number of daily Covid19 cases since early February – now has an infection rate more than double that of any other European country with a population of over 10 million.
Ms Merkel added that she regretted that the EU did not agree on common entry rules for visitors from outside the bloc.
The only major European holiday destinations that still allow UK travelers to enter without needing to self-isolate or show proof of double vaccination are Spain, Portugal, Greece , Turkey, Cyprus and Croatia.