Travel announcement: Which countries could be added to the green, amber and red list?

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The US, Ibiza and Malta are all rumoured to be possible new additions to the Government’s green list (Picture: Getty)

Holidaymakers are anxiously waiting to find out whether any new destinations will be added to the Government’s ‘green list’.

Malta and the Balearic Islands – including Mallorca and Ibiza – are among the places being considered for quarantine-free travel.

The latest updates will be announced later on Thursday, with the travel industry warning the majority of people have already abandoned plans to go abroad this summer.

With just 11 destinations listed, the current green list only realistically allows travel to two places – Gibraltar and Iceland – as all the other countries restrict entry for British tourists.

Portugal was moved to the amber list – which requires people to self-isolate on their return – during the last update, much to the disappointment of thousands who had already booked trips.

It is hoped that people who have had both doses of the vaccine will soon be allowed to travel freely.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said earlier this week that the Government is ‘working on’ plans to end the self-isolation requirements for fully vaccinated Britons returning from amber locations.

Ministers have been cautious about raising peoples hopes that there will be wholesale changes in the latest green list review but Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said: ‘Of course I very much hope the world could open up.’

Amber countries that may be added to the green list

Some of the countries that could be added to the green list today (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
Mallorca is one of the popular destinations that could be added to the green list (Picture: Getty Images)

Which countries will be added to the green list?

Malta and the Balearic Islands – which includes Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera – are among a ‘handful’ of places being considered for addition to the green list, according to reports.

Caribbean islands could also be added, including Jamaica and Barbados and Grenada.

Other popular destinations that now have very low cases rates include the United States, Italy and Croatia but it’s not known if any of these countries will switch lists during this review.

Malta could become this summer’s go-to destination, if restrictions are lifted (Picture: Getty)
Even if a destination is on the green list, there may be rules in place that stop Brits coming in

Which countries are already on the green list?

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Iceland
  • Israel and Jerusalem
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South George and the South Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Iceland is one of only two places on the green list allowing Brits in (Picture: Getty Images)

How are the green, amber and red lists decided?

Four measures are being used by ministers to determine whether travel to a certain place is safe. These are:

  • The percentage of the population that has been vaccinated
  • The current rate of infection in that country
  • The prevalence of any variants of concern
  • How much access the country has to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
The travel industry has been severely affected by Covid rules for more than a year (Picture: Getty)

Will any countries move from the red to amber list?

People returning from places on the red list have to endure the harshest restrictions and enter a ‘quarantine hotel’ at their own expense for 10 days.

Many of the hardest hit places around the world are currently on the red list, including India, South Africa and Brazil where new variants were first discovered.

Only Turkey is a possibility for moving down a category this time around and it may not happen until July.

The country has seen its case rate plummet and has now vaccinated nearly half of its population so has a good case for moving down a level.

A handful of African nations may move the other way and be put on the red list.

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