Jeremy Vine caller criticises green list travel advice
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Many were delighted when the Government announced international travel would resume from May 17. However, the recently unveiled traffic light system only permits Brits to travel to a select group of countries at the present time. Many are hopeful more countries will be added to the green list over the coming weeks, as holiday destinations are currently limited.
What countries are on the green list?
At the current time, the following countries are included on the travel green list:
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- New Zealand
- South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
- St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Several countries are included on the Government’s travel amber list, which requires people to self-isolate for 10 days upon their return to the UK.
The red list includes countries such as South Africa, the Maldives, India and the UAE.
People are required to self-isolate in a mandatory quarantine hotel upon returning to the UK from a red list country.
These hotels are Government-approved and are paid for at the expense of the person travelling.
Which countries will be added to the green list?
There has been some suggestion further countries could be added to the green list at the next review date.
Many of the countries rumoured to be added are those with high vaccination rates, which narrowly missed out on the green list the first time around.
According to the Telegraph, “borderline countries” were Malta, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Fiji, British Virgin Islands and Finland.
Caribbean islands which could also be added to the green list include Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos and Anguilla.
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When is the next review of green list countries?
The Government is due to review its traffic light system for international travel on June 7.
However, based on comments from ministers, it appears unlikely that swathes of new countries will be added to the green list on this date.
Transport Minister Grant Shapps told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the Government is waiting for other countries to catch up with vaccinations before they are added to the green list.
Mr Shapps said: “We’re reviewing this all the time, every three weeks.
“The next review is the first week in June and we’ll have to see what happens.
“I know it’s been an incredibly tough year and there are extreme circumstances where people will feel that it is the right thing to do – perhaps because they have a sick family member and some extreme situations where they’ll travel in the orange category.
“But by and large we are just asking people to be a little bit patient as other countries catch up with our world-leading vaccination programme and then people will be able to, I hope, travel.”
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