Portugal, Malta and Iceland set to be greenlisted from May 17, travel expert says
Portugal, Malta, Gibraltar, Iceland and Finland are all expected to be on the “green list” when international leisure travel resumes on May 17, according to a travel expert.
Most of the rest of Europe is expected to be amber when the UK’s traffic light system goes live, said Paul Charles, CEO of the agency’s travel consultancy firm PC.
In a series of tweets, he highlighted which 24 countries seemed likely to be declared green from the start, “based on vaccine rates, infection rates, evidence of variants and quality of data.”
Outside of Europe, Mr Charles said a number of Caribbean destinations are likely to be green, naming Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Jamaica, as well as the British territories of overseas Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, Ascension, South Georgia, Saint Helena, British Antarctic Territory and Pitcairn Islands.
Israel, Morocco and the Falkland Islands were also spearheading the Green List, predicted Charles.
Popular vacation spots in the Maldives, Seychelles and Sri Lanka are not expected to be green at this time due to rising infection rates which may be linked to the Indian variant of the virus.
“Cyprus is also of concern due to the 100% + increase in infection last month,” Mr Charles said. “It’s number one in our ranking.”
He shared a table compiled by the PC Agency that examines four sets of data: the percentage of the population that received a dose of the vaccine; the cumulative number of infections per 100,000 people during the previous seven days; the cumulative number of infections per 100,000 people during the previous 14 days; and the percentage change in infections at 14 days from the previous week.
Under Cyprus are Turkey, Bahrain, Sweden and Croatia.
By the end of June, most of Europe is expected to go green, along with the United States.
Charles believes the government will announce full traffic light lists on May 6 or 7, before confirming on May 10 that travel can resume from May 17.
Each country will be designated red, orange or green under the new system.
Each color comes with a different set of rules depending on the risk of importing new cases of Covid into the UK.
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All passengers traveling to the country must present a negative Covid test result before departure – rapid antigen, lateral flow and PCR are all acceptable.
After that, Green countries will have the lightest restrictions, with arrivals to England required to take a PCR test within two days of arrival.
Those traveling from amber countries will need to take two PCR tests, one on day 2 and one on day 8, and quarantine for 10 days at home – although they may cut short self-isolation in England. they choose to pay for another PCR test on the fifth day.
And travelers from Red List countries will continue with the same system that is currently in place, required to pre-book an 11-night stay in a quarantine hotel and take a test on the second and eighth day. The package currently costs Â£ 1,750 for a single traveler.
The independent contacted the Department of Transportation for further information.