BRITS are once again waiting for more news of countries being allowed onto the green list for holidays this summer.
The green list is part of the UK's traffic light scheme that permits travel to destinations with few coronavirus restrictions – here is the latest.
When is the next green list travel announcement?
The next traffic light update is expected this week, although has not yet been confirmed if it will be on Wednesday or Thursday.
Despite often being on a Thursday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last announcement was on July 14.
With them taking place every three weeks, this means it could be on August 4, or August 5.
The Transport Secretary is expected to announce changes to the green list as well as the amber and red lists during the announcement.
The current rules for green list arrivals require a negative test pre-arrival and one on day two – but no quarantine restrictions.
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Which countries are expected to be added to the green list?
Brits have been handed a holiday boost as travel experts said 17 more countries could be added to the green lists this week.
Travel consultancy firm the PC Agency analysed the data from nations around the world to see where is on course to be opened up.
- Czech Republic
Experts said a further five nations have seen a big enough drop in new infections to make the green watchlist, which are:
- French Polynesia
- North Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
Which countries are currently on the green list?
There are currently 29 countries on the green list, which are:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Hong Kong
- Israel and Jerusalem
- New Zealand
- Pitcairn Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- Turks and Caicos Islands
Not all of the green list destinations are welcoming Brits – New Zealand and Australia are on the list, but have their own entry requirements and are not letting tourists enter at the moment.
Some of them are on the green "watch list" which means they could move to amber at short notice.
Destinations not on the watch list include Iceland, Gibraltar, Bulgaria Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Madeira, Croatia and Barbados are all on the watch list.
What is the government's criteria for green list countries?
Factors taken into account for green list countries include the number of people vaccinated and Covid infection rates.
Variants of concern and the ability of countries to identify them are also being taken into account.
The Beta variant is the biggest threat to the UK, it is believed, which forced France onto the "amber-plus" list due to fears it could affect the UK's vaccine progress.
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