Jet2, easyJet, Ryanair: countries that could be added to the green list
It won’t be long before travel restrictions are reviewed in England, which means more countries could be put on the green list.
Right now there are 12 countries on the list, including the Portugal Vacation Hotspot. Countries on the green list mean vacationers can visit and return without needing to isolate themselves.
The review is expected on Monday, June 7, and the government is expected to add new destinations to the list.
For example, the Spanish Islands could be added while the mainland remains orange.
WalesOnline reports that factors such as vaccination rates, coronavirus infection rates, rates of new variants and the country’s access to reliable scientific data will all be taken into consideration.
The British government has announced that it will revise the lists every three weeks.
It is crucial when booking a stay that you take out travel insurance.
The uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic increases the risk of cancellation.
If you’re booking a vacation for 2021, there are steps you can take to make sure your trip is protected.
Making sure your vacation is protected by Atol is the most important step – which often means you will be fully refunded in the event of cancellation or other issues.
Some travel insurance companies only offer quotes to international destinations for travel starting after May 17, 2021.
Confused.com has stated that if you travel against government advice, you will not be covered by any travel insurance policy you purchase.
However, the insurance operator is offering deals for travelers after May 17 – with the cheapest policy in Europe priced at £ 2.59.
Money Supermarket compares offers from multiple vendors and travelers can get one-time travel cover from £ 4.71.
Meanwhile, Travel Supermarket compares over 400 policies from over 30 major travel insurance companies with coverage starting at £ 4.70.
Tui will allow you to modify your vacation up to 28 days before the vacation.
EasyJet will give you a full refund if you simply change your mind about going on vacation, provided you tell them up to 28 days before departure.
What is the situation with Spain, France and Greece?
France recently increased its restrictions on British travelers, who now face a seven-day quarantine upon arrival.
In Greece, it is possible that islands like Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete will also be added to the list, with the mainland remaining orange.
However, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said no decision had been made and argued that there was a difference between the “principle” behind the idea and the data surrounding it, adding that facilities for discovering variants “may be a problem” in smaller locations.
Anyone arriving in Greece from the United Kingdom must provide either proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test, carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Greece, or proof of vaccination carried out at least 14 days before travel to avoid isolation.
In Spain, the rules have changed to allow British tourists to enter without any testing requirements.
However, travelers should still quarantine when returning home as long as it remains in the amber category.
The rest of the world
Germany recently tightened its rules, meaning that only German citizens or residents can enter the country from the UK.
Spouses and children under 18 of a German citizen or resident can also enter, as long as the household is traveling together.
Only those who have an “urgent humanitarian reason”, such as mourning their immediate family, can also enter.
Anyone entering from the UK must be quarantined for two weeks on arrival, even if their test is negative.
Austria is another country to have banned direct flights from the UK, which means there is a problem even if it is moved to the green list.
One of the issues that travelers face is that even if a country is added to the green list, there is no guarantee that the country will allow arrivals.
For example, Australia is on the green list but has very strict border controls.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly told the 1922 Conservative backbench committee that “a number of countries” could be added after the last review, according to the Telegraph.
This includes candidates like Malta, Finland, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Fiji, British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos and Anguilla.
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Which countries are currently on the green list?
Israel and Jerusalem
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha