BORIS Johnson said he will no longer add destinations to the green list, which will hit millions of up-and-coming vacationers.
The prime minister said the government believes that the Indian variant of Covid-19 poses a “real risk of violation” and will exercise caution when returning overseas.
Speaking at a press conference today, Mr. Johnson said: “At this press conference, we are saying that we do see a real risk of failure in the new version, and we believe that it is generally correct to continue with the current plans, given the current plans. … very low numbers and that the number of hospitalizations is not increasing.
“But it’s obvious that we stay on top of any changes in the data and will react accordingly. I think the same spirit of caution should be applied to people who are thinking about traveling abroad.
“As you know, there is a very limited list and we will make sure that people traveling abroad are subject to all the tests and restrictions that people expect from re-importing the virus.
“It’s such a tiny list of countries and I don’t expect us to add it very quickly.”
Millions of holidaymakers crossed their fingers for Spain, Greece and France to add them to the summer season.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the British could FINALLY get their foreign trips booked – but the list of green list zones is very short.
I think the same spirit of caution should be applied to people who are thinking about traveling abroad.
These include Israel, Singapore, Portugal, Falkland Islands, Ascension, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Brunei.
And New Zealand and Australia also listed – but they have their own requirements for entry, and they are unlikely to let tourists in now.
Since France, Greece and Spain are not yet on the green list, it was hoped that they could be added from June 7, but will likely be skipped until July or even August due to their own Covid and vaccine situation.
It was hoped that in the next month several countries that are almost on the list could be added, reports Telegraph…
Fiji, the Cayman Islands, Grenada, Finland and Malta have covid infection rates that are low enough to rank on the list.
And the British Virgin Islands, an overseas territory of Great Britain, has registered only 216 infections and one death per 30,000 inhabitants since the beginning of the pandemic.
If listed, they will require vacationers to be screened on arrival and quarantined for four days in their accommodations.
Meanwhile, in the Caribbean islands such as Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Anguilla, the infection rate is zero or close to zero.
Tourists arriving at these locations will be checked before or upon arrival.
Most islands have a bubble policy that requires visitors to stay in designated areas.
The government has said that in the future they will publish a “green watchlist” to indicate when a country is identified as a candidate for a changing country.
The next check should take place three weeks after the resumption of travel on May 17, that is, on June 7.
Spain, Greece, Italy and France are on the amber list that requires 10 days of home quarantine when returning to the UK.
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Turkey and Maldives added to the UK red list – which bans non-essential travel and enforces a 10-day quarantine at £ 1,750 hotels – due to their own Covid situation and the threat of new variants, in particular the Indian strain.