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77 countries could be considered for green list

Italy could be a green contender (AFP via Getty Images)

Some 77 countries are reportedly under consideration for the UK’s green list for international travel.

The destinations are currently under review by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, before the next update to the government’s traffic light lists is announced next week, reports the Daily Telegraph.

However, although a broad selection of countries is being considered for a promotion to green, many of these won’t make the grade, warned government sources.

Green list countries are those with the lightest restrictions for returning travellers; arrivals entering the UK can forgo

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Scientists considering 77 countries for move to travel green list

The prospect of a travel corridor between the US and UK, however, appeared to fade on Monday as the White House indicated that it would maintain its current ban because of concerns over the delta variant and a severe slowdown in its vaccination programme.

The travel industry – which is seeing bookings at 16 per cent of pre-pandemic levels – is concerned that the summer is slipping away amid fears that foreign travel this year could be lower than 2020.

Two experts consulted by The Telegraph suggested that between 20 and 35 countries merited inclusion in any new green list,

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Italy, Germany and Poland among possible additions to green travel list

Italy, Germany and Poland are among the destinations most likely to be added to the Government’s green travel list, according to an analyst.

Robert Boyle, former director of strategy at British Airways’ parent company IAG, predicted that 12 countries could be put in the low-risk tier this week.

He wrote on his website that this includes nine European countries which are all “strong candidates”, consisting of Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland.

The Government’s travel lists are expected to be updated on Thursday.

People arriving in the UK from green list destinations are not required

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When can I visit Spain? Latest travel advice as Balearic Islands go green

The Balearic Islands – including Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza – have been added to the UK’s travel green list, meaning Britons can visit without the need to quarantine on return.

However, the status of the Spanish islands is not secure: the Government has placed the destination on the ‘green watchlist’, meaning that they are at risk of being downgraded to amber at short notice.

The rest of Spain (including the Canary Islands) remains on the amber list, meaning that travellers have to self-isolate upon their return and carry out several tests. From July 19, fully vaccinated Britons returning from

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When is the next review of green and amber list countries?

On 17 May, foreign leisure travel got the go-ahead in England.

Holidays have resumed under a traffic light system, with destinations graded as red, amber or green according to the level of risk of travellers reimporting Covid-19 infections.

According to the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, recreational travel is only recommended to countries on the green list; travellers have been advised they “should not be travelling to ‘amber’ and ‘red’ countries for leisure”.

The “green list” was first revealed on 7 May, and was subsequently reshuffled on 3 June, which removed Portugal.

The latest green list review on 24 June added

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Tourism chiefs tell Sajid Javid to expand travel green list

Sajid Javid is being urged to put more countries on the green list to boost travel (PA)

Tourism and aviation bosses are urging new health secretary Sajid Javid to ease Covid travel restrictions to boost the economy and save jobs.

In a joint letter, they issued a plea to the minister to expand the green list of foreign countries to which UK tourists can travel without having to self-isolate on return.

There are currently 16 countries on the green list, mainly Caribbean and Mediterranean islands, and those are subject to change at short notice.

The letter, written by Airlines UK

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