Holidays blow as UK likely to give green light travel to fewer than 10 European countries

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Sources have claimed the number of EU holiday hotspots available to Britons as of 17 May will be in the single figures. Plus, the regions on the list are not likely to be popular holiday destinations.

“It will be a cautious approach, but then things could start to change quickly,” a source told the Guardian.

However, the list will be reviewed every three weeks, so the status of countries could change quickly.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson threw some doubt on plans to open up when he said yesterday: “We do want to do some opening up on 17 May but I don’t think that the people of this country want to see an influx of disease from anywhere else.

“I certainly don’t and we have got to be very, very tough, and we have got to be as cautious as we can, whilst we continue to open up.”

Simon Calder predicts which countries may join green list

Currently, it is no clearer where Britons will be able to travel to come on the 17th.

The Government plans to split countries into three groups, green, amber, and red.

Green countries will see the lowest restrictions upon return.

Amber will see tougher restrictions and red the toughest.

It is thought Portugal, Malta, and Gibraltar will be on the green list.

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This will mean testing before travel is required, but no quarantine upon return.

Those returning from amber zones will need to quarantine upon return.

Those returning from red zones will need to quarantine in government-mandated hotels.

This hotel stay is at the cost of the traveller.

It is thought the Foreign Office might have given away which countries will be on the green list.

The Foreign Office has quietly updated its travel advice.

In its new advice is has classed Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, and Zakynthos in Greece, as well as all the Canary Islands as “low risk”.

This may indicate some of the countries set to appear in the “green list” when it is finally published.

What does the Foreign Office advice say now?

It reads: “The FCDO is not advising against travel to the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete.”

Also not warned against are the Canary Islands, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

There are still blanket warnings against France, Italy and Croatia.

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