The green list was revealed on May 17 when international travel
was allowed to resume, but much to the dismay of aspiring travellers, only 12 destinations were added. Green countries are those deemed safe for recreational travel and don’t require passengers to quarantine upon their return to the UK. Travel to amber and red countries is still allowed but discouraged, and depending on which destination you venture to, you’ll have to quarantine either in an approved hotel or your own home on your way back into the country. Those hoping to holiday safely are undoubtedly anxiously awaiting the next travel update to see where they can go.
This week Mr Shapps urged eager holidaymakers hoping to travel within the European Union to exercise patience.Mr Shapps said: “I don’t think people have a very long time to wait before other countries are able to join the green list.:”
The Transport Secretary added France’s vaccination rate is lagging six to eight weeks behind the UK, meaning it could be deemed safe for travel soon.
He urged travellers in the UK to be “a little patient” and wait for countries to be added before venturing out of the country for leisure purposes.
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The expected update comes as British travellers may face tougher restrictions while travelling to France following numerous reported cases of the India variant circulating in the UK.According to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, the UK won’t be dubbed a red list country but could face “slightly tougher sanitary measures”, possibly having a category of its own according to Schengen Visa Info.
Mr Le Drian said: “The arrival of the Indian variant is a problem, and we remain on high alert regarding that matter in cooperation with the British authorities.
Currently, Brits travelling to France have to provide a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before they arrive, fill in a health declaration form forcing them to self isolate for seven days and then take another PCR test.
The EU Parliament is expected to enable European citizens to travel around the 27-nation-bloc using Covid certificates from June 16, but since the UK left in December 2020, it cannot take advantage of the arrangement.
This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed