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When is the next UK travel update and which countries will be on the green list?

BRITS wanting to plan an autumn holiday abroad are eagerly awaiting the next travel update.

Here is everything you need to know about when to expect an announcement and which countries could go green.

The next travel update is expected on September 17, 2021


The next travel update is expected on September 17, 2021Credit: Alamy

When is the next UK travel announcement?

The UK’s travel traffic light system is reviewed every three weeks.

The government last held a review on Thursday, August 26, 2021, with changes to the red, amber and green list.

The next update was expected on Thursday, September 16, ahead of a wider shake-up of travel due next month.

But it is being delayed with ministers set to overhaul the traffic light system on Friday 17.

As well as a colour review, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has all but confirmed that expensive PCR tests will be ditched for fully-vaxxed arrivals in the UK.

The traffic light system could also be simplified to a Go/No Go list, with many more countries available for travel.

The last review saw Canada, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Azores added to the green list, while France, Spain, Greece, Portugal and other European holiday hotspots stayed amber.

But the changes weren’t as positive for holidaymakers wanting a trip to Montenegro or Thailand as both countries were added to the red list.

Which countries are expected to be added to the green list?

Holiday Extras’ Seamus McCauley said a number of European hotspots including Spain, Greece and Hungary should all go green at the next review.

He told the Mirror: “The main holiday destinations – Spain, Greece, Portugal etc – are stable, the Canaries are seeing significant improvements with Gran Canaria dropping down one alert level and the Azores and Lanzarote have very low Covid levels.

“There’s a band of countries in eastern Europe, from Poland down through Slovakia, Czech, Hungary and Romania with very low Covid levels, which should all go green where they’re not already.”

Countries could move from red to amber this week


Countries could move from red to amber this week

Which countries are expected to be added to the amber list?

PC Agency’s Paul Charles offered his own predictions on Twitter for the countries which could go from red to amber.

He said: “There have been no new Covid variants of concern since May 11.

“Our analysis shows 24 countries should come off the UK red list immediately including Argentina, Egypt, Kenya, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, South Africa, Uruguay, Zambia.”

Many Brits are hoping for Turkey and the Maldives to be moved to the amber list as they are both popular destinations for package holidays and honeymoons.

Turkey has long been speculated to be bumped from red to amber, despite recording its highest number of daily Covid cases since May 4 on September 14.

Mr Charles said the following day: “Would be very surprised if Turkey came off the UK red list with data worsening.

“It wasn’t on our list of 24 countries that should come off the red list.”

But travel expert Tim White previously said that the Maldives “deserved” to join the amber list because “virtually all restaurants and bars are open air in resorts”.

It is hoped that more countries could go green


It is hoped that more countries could go greenCredit: Alamy

Which countries are expected to be added to the red list?

There are few predictions for the red list, with experts hoping the list will be reduced.

There are some fears that Jamaica could be put onto the red list, after the government warned against all non-essential travel to the amber destination.

Not only has the Caribbean island only fully vaccinated five per cent of the population, but cases remain high at 645 per 100,000 over the last seven days.

Brits must pay £2,285 to quarantine at a government-mandated hotel for 10 days when returning to the UK from a red country, which includes the Covid tests required as well.

The price for a second adult sharing the hotel room costs £1,430, while kids between five and 12 cost £325. Kids under five are free.

Travellers coming into England from the red list countries have to book a stay at a quarantine hotel through an online booking platform.

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