A brand new site visitors mild system was launched earlier this month to permit some international journey to renew once more after months of coronavirus lockdown.
Folks in England, Scotland and Wales are capable of journey abroad on vacation to a restricted variety of locations after restrictions had been eased.
Holidaymakers have been urged to solely journey to international locations on the inexperienced listing, which solely consists of 12 locations in the meanwhile, and to keep away from visiting any areas listed as amber or crimson.
Nonetheless, a number of widespread vacation spots haven’t been included on the inexperienced listing, together with Spain, Greece, Cyprus, France and Italy, which means journeys overseas are nonetheless on maintain for a lot of.
Final week Grant Shapps hinted that UK holidaymakers might quickly be capable of journey to such locations with out the necessity to quarantine.
Mr Shapps appeared on BBC Radio 4’s At present programme the place he was requested if he was pushing for extra international locations to be given the inexperienced mild.
He mentioned: “Yeah after all. That listing ought to broaden.
“After all, I anticipate the inexperienced listing to broaden, however we’re doing this very cautiously.
“I do not assume there’s any motive to not broaden the inexperienced listing as we get different international locations as much as very excessive ranges of vaccination.”
“We’re reviewing this on a regular basis, each three weeks, the subsequent assessment is within the first week of June and we’ll must see what occurs.”
Right here’s what you’ll want to know in regards to the subsequent journey assessment and the international locations that might probably be added to the inexperienced listing.
When is the subsequent journey replace?
Authorities steering states that the inexperienced, amber and crimson lists shall be reviewed each three weeks.
The following assessment is anticipated to happen on 7 June, two week forward of the ultimate milestone within the lockdown roadmap in England.
A collection of site visitors mild system checkpoint evaluations will even be held in July and October, which can have in mind the newest home and worldwide information.
The briefing on worldwide journey guidelines is anticipated to be given by Prime Minister Boris Johnson or Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
What standards shall be thought-about?
The choice on which international locations are added to, or faraway from, every listing is predicated on a variety of standards, which takes under consideration public well being recommendation and the Joint Biosecurity Centre’s evaluation of the newest Covid information.
The factors for the lists consists of:
- The share of a rustic’s inhabitants which have been vaccinated
- The speed of an infection
- The prevalence of variants of concern
- The nation’s entry to dependable scientific information and genomic sequencing
Which international locations may very well be added to the inexperienced listing?
Studies counsel that Boris Johnson informed the Conservative 1922 Committee on 20 Could that “fairly a number of” international locations had been on the cusp of being added to the inexperienced listing subsequent month, in response to The Telegraph.
The newspaper reviews that Malta, Finland, the Cayman Islands, and a collection of Caribbean islands are among the many borderline locations which can change standing following the subsequent assessment.
It’s thought that international locations which have a superb vaccination rollout will probably transfer on to the inexperienced listing in early June.
Nations which have the very best share of the inhabitants vaccinated in the meanwhile, which aren’t already on the inexperienced listing, embrace:
- The UAE
- Isle of Man
- San Marino
- Cayman Islands
Spain’s tourism minister, Fernando Valdes, has additionally mentioned the nation is in a “good place” and instructed the nation may very well be added to the inexperienced listing in June.
Talking to Sky Information, he mentioned: “What I can say is that proper now Spain is doing an awesome effort not solely by way of vaccination, we now have at the least one third of our entire inhabitants with at the least one dose… but additionally, we do have some vacation locations that are very cherished by British vacationers such because the Balearic islands, Costa Blanca or Malaga, with our notification charges that are fairly low and by the identical notification vary of the UK, so I’ve to suspect that on the subsequent assessment that the UK Authorities can present… Spain goes to vary on its notification.”
The feedback come after Spain lifted its restrictions to permit UK vacationers to enter the nation on Monday (24 Could), which means guests not must take a PCR Covid check.
Nonetheless, the UK authorities remains to be advising towards holidays to numerous widespread vacationer spots, together with Spain, Greece and Cyprus, whereas they continue to be on the amber listing.