The Government’s traffic light system dictates which countries are considered safe enough for Brits to go on holiday to without the need to quarantine after they touch back down in the UK. With internal restrictions set to be eased on so-called freedom day on July 19, will the Government change its restrictions on international travel as well?
The Government’s traffic light system ranks each country according to its Covid risk level and is reviewed every three weeks.
Under current travel restrictions trips to countries with an amber listing can only be undertaken for essential work, family or compassionate reasons.
While trips to and from red list countries are banned unless the person has an exceptional reason to travel.
This will set Brits back £1,750 per person, as all arrivals from red list destinations must stay in a government-mandated quarantine hotel for 10 days.
He said they meet the threshold the Government uses to decide whether or not to move a country from the amber to the green list.
Those 22 countries are:
Mr Boyle said he has used the same algorithm the UK Government uses to decide where a country sits within the traffic light system.
The Government’s criteria state infection rates must be lower than 20 cases per 100,000 and have a positive Covid testing rate of less than 1.5 percent.
They also look at the success of a countries vaccine programme to determine whether to upgrade the country to a green list status.
Mr Boyle said: “There seems to be nothing in the data the government says it is using that explains why they are languishing on the amber list at this point.
He added: “there doesn’t even seem to be any obvious political logic for why two apparently similar countries get classified differently.”
If Mr Boyle is right popular tourist destinations such as Italy and France as well as countries outside Europe could be added to the green list soon.
Israel and Jerusalem
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Turks and Caicos Islands
Brits eager to jet off to one of these holiday destinations should be warned many of these are on the green “watch list”.
The watch list means that a country is in danger of being moved to amber at short notice.
Author: Pip Murrison
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