However, this morning travel expert Paul Charles revealed a more promising outlook, with as many as “24 countries” potentially being included.
It comes following a change from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to its travel advice pages for Spain and Greece.
The FCDO has removed its travel advisories against some Spanish and Greek islands, sparking hopes of an “island approach”.
“Small islands, small places, but the wider the list the better.
“I think you’re also going to see Malta, Israel, possibly Barbados, Grenada opening up.
“And indeed this morning the Foreign Office, perhaps accidentally, has updated its own website pages to also add Kos, Rhodes, Canary Islands, Zakinthos, Corfu, Crete among others to its list of places now acceptable to travel to.
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However, he showed some concern regarding the rate at which Prime Minister Boris Johnson is willing to open up international travel.
“It is certainly good to see the Prime Minister sticking to his roadmap that he announced in February for travel to open up from May 17,” he said.
“That is positive. It is encouraging that he is looking to protect jobs across the travel and tourism sector by doing so.
“And with the infection rate being so low in the UK, and thankfully the death rate now, then they should be opening up international travel as widely as possible from May 17.”
The European Union is currently in talks over how it will resume foreign travel with the aid of a vaccine-passport style application.
The UK has also confirmed it will have its own vaccine passport app, which will store information regarding a passenger’s inoculation history in an existing NHS app.
During a campaign visit to Hartlepool, he told reporters: “We do want to do some opening up on May 17 but I don’t think that the people of this country want to see an influx of disease from anywhere else.
“I certainly don’t and we have got to be very, very tough, and we have got to be as cautious as we can while we continue to open up.”
He added: “We will be saying more as soon as we can.
“I think that there will be some openings up on the 17th, but we have got to be cautious and we have got to be sensible and we have got to make sure that we don’t see the virus coming back in.”
More information on how international travel will resume, as well as which nations are given “green list” status is anticipated in the coming days.
This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed