MINISTERS are calling for the government to announce which countries will be placed on the UK's "green" list by May 1.

If they are delayed, then it could mean holidays are unable to go ahead in time for the May 17 date.

The government is to reveal a traffic light system ahead of the May 17 predicted start date for holidays abroad, but has not given an official date.

The Commons Transport Committee has warned that if they are revealed after that, the travel industry will not have enough time to prepare.

The report said, according to the Telegraph: "This distinct lack of clarity does not offer confidence to industry or consumers to plan, invest or recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

"It leaves the planned safe restart of international travel on May 17 in jeopardy.

"Vague and costly recommendations are not enough to reboot aviation and tourism sectors facing another summer without international travel."

Airlines such as Jet2 have already cancelled all flights and holidays until June 23, while easyJet and TUI have said they hope to resume next month.

Green list countries are expected to include Malta and Gibraltar, both of which have a successful vaccine rollout and low Covid cases, along with Iceland and Israel.

It could also include the US, New Zealand and Australia, although they all remain closed to the UK currently, with the US even increasing the travel warning against Britain to the highest level.

However, the rest of Europe including Spain, Greece and Portugal, some of the most popular holiday destinations for Brits, may be placed onto the "amber" list.

This requires a mandatory 10-day quarantine at home as well as a Covid test on day two and eight.

"Red" countries will have to isolate for 10-days at a quarantine hotel, costing £1,750 per person.

The government is also looking at reducing the cost of Covid tests which are mandatory, with some private companies charging up to £120 per person.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he hopes to be able to bring costs down to £45, while airlines and tour operators are currently offering discounted tests around £60.

Spain's Tourism Minister Fernando Valdes also said the country is "desperate to welcome" Brits and he was optimistic that travellers would be able to return to the country, depending on discussions with the UK.

Grant Shapps also said earlier this week that the islands could open up earlier than the mainland in a similar island travel corridor scheme to last year.

Here are the countries welcoming Brits back this year – and how likely we'll be able to go.

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