Boris Johnson says double jabs will be ‘liberator’ for travel
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Travel abroad is now allowed across Britain and many are looking forward to the next few weeks hoping to take a trip abroad. Only green list countries can be visited for leisure travel without quarantine rules. Several countries on the banned red list could soon become amber nations.
International travel for leisure opened up to Britons on May 17 – however, only a select number of countries are on the permitted list.
From 4am on Wednesday, June 30, more countries joined the UK’s green travel list.
Green list locations do not require Britons to quarantine upon their return to the UK.
The green list countries include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Balearic Islands, Barbados, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Madeira, Malta, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands.
Now the summer season has begun and days ahead of rainy forecasts predicted for many regions of the UK, many have their eyes on a possible holiday this summer.
A promotion to the green list could mean anyone arriving from these countries would no longer need to quarantine on return from holiday.
Travel reviews are undertaken at regular intervals in order to decide which countries can be classified as red, amber or green.
The next travel review is due to take place on July 19.
Which countries are due to move from red to amber?
All EU countries are either on the green or amber list, but some popular destinations including Turkey, the Seychelles, the Maldives, South Africa and Dubai are currently on the red list.
- The Government use the following criteria to decide which category each country belongs to:
- The percentage of a country’s population that have been vaccinated
- The rate of infection
- The prevalence of variants of concern
- The country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.
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The possible countries which could move from red to amber:
- The Dominican Republic
- The United Arab Emirates.
Each of the above countries has a relatively low seven-day case rate and a relatively high vaccination rate.
Countries unlikely to be moved from the red list include Egypt which has thus far only vaccinated 1.15 percent second doses.
This is despite a seven-day case rate of just 2.46 per 100,000 people.
The Maldives is also unlikely to be moved from the red list because it has a case rate of 246.21 per 100,000.
The country has undertaken 44.5 percent of second doses so far.
South Africa is in the midst of a significant third wave of coronavirus and therefore will likely remain on the red list.
The UK Government will likely keep the nation as a red list country, particularly in light of the high case rate and slow vaccination rate.
The death rate in South Africa also remains very high with 112,907 cases in the past seven days, there were 1,389 deaths.
The Seychelles and India will also likely remain on the red travel list.
The country has a seven-day case rate of 978.6 per 100,000, while India is the origin of the rapidly spreading Delta variant.
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