The government is set to tell Brits tomorrow where they can travel this summer, with the results of its travel traffic light review.
No.10 will announce the countries moving to green, amber and red on the list – with hopes that the Balearics and Malta could get the green light.
But in an even bigger game-changer, the government will also reportedly announce that quarantine rules for double-jabbed holidaymakers heading to amber nations will be ditched.
And unjabbed family members aged under 18 will be able to fly too as they have not been offered the vaccine.
That would open up unrestricted holidays to countries currently on the medium-risk list – like Spain, France, Italy Greece and the US.
Some senior ministers are even pushing for holiday restrictions to be eased at the same time other curbs are lifted in the UK – on July 19, but it is expected that the changes to quarantine rules won't come into place until August.
So what would an announcement mean for your holiday this summer?
Sun Online Travel has compiled a list of all the popular holiday destinations that could open up for Brits following tomorrow's travel review.
Green list changes
Hopes for additions like Spain, Greece and Italy had been dampened following the last review, which saw little significant change other than Portugal switching to amber.
All of the countries currently on the green list are:
- New Zealand
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, Ascension Island
But it's been reported that scientists have told ministers that the Balearic Islands are now safe to be moved onto the green list.
That would guarantee quarantine-free breaks to Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera will be back on.
Malta is also being tipped to be given key green status, reports the Mail.
Currently, Brits visiting green list countries don't have to quarantine but they do have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before their return to the UK, as well as a PCR test on day 2 after their arrival.
Amber list holidays
Top amber list summer holiday destinations that double-vaccinated Brits and non-vaccinated children could visit without quarantining include:
- United States
For the full list of 170 amber countries around the world – click here.
There are also hopes that Turkey could soon move to the amber list, with its daily cases dropping from a peak of 60,000 a day in April to 5,294 on June 21.
Changes to rules that would allow double-vaccinated Brits and children to visit amber list countries, if announced, are expected to come into force much later than green list changes.
It's worth noting that even if Brits are given the ok to travel by their own government, host countries may have strict entry rules.
For instance, British holidaymakers are not currently allowed into the US.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the changes will not be ready until later this summer, with Downing Street eying August at the earliest.
However last night a key ally of Chancellor Rishi Sunak broke cover to call for the border freedom boost to kick in on July 19.
Tory MP James Cartlidge, the Chancellor’s right hand man and aide in Parliament, wrote to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to demand double jabbed Brits be given freedom next month.
He said: “The proposal to restart international travel by allowing fully vaccinated people to go on holiday would be an absolute lifeline for this industry.”
Currently, Brits visiting amber list countries have to quarantine for ten days on their return to England, as well as taking a PCR or lateral flow test before travelling and a PCR test on days 2 and 8.
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