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Boris Johnson faces Tory backbench backlash over ‘amber watch list’ travel plans

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Boris Johnson has been warned he faces a Tory backbench backlash if the Government goes ahead with the introduction of “amber watch lists” for holidaymakers travelling to France, Spain or Italy.

The MPs and travel industry leaders who have been fighting a long rearguard action against the Government’s border policy believe it is an unnecessary complication designed solely to frighten Britons off foreign travel because ministers cannot afford to put the countries on the red list.

“Amber watch lists,” – like “green watch lists” – would mean the country was at serious risk of turning

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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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‘More countries could be added to amber plus list’, travel experts warn

People enjoy Pampelonne beach after France eased lockdown restrictions – but it is now on the new ‘amber plus’ list – AFP

Fully vaccinated British holidaymakers risk quarantine on return to the UK thanks to the Government’s creation of a new “amber plus” list, which could soon include Spain and Greece.

This is the view of a number of travel experts in the wake of the fresh quarantine restrictions applied to arrivals from France late on Friday.

Today was supposed to bring greater freedoms for travellers who have received both vaccine doses, but there are growing concerns that the Government

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Britons caught in France travel chaos after last-minute amber list reversal

Britons affected by 11th-hour change despair at new amber-plus rules on French travel (PA)

Brions caught up in the last-minute changes to France’s amber list status have spoken of their frustration.

Barely 48 hours before new travel rules were due to begin, ministers announced France would not be part of the scheme.

From Monday, travellers returning to the UK from all other amber list will no longer need to spend ten days self-isolating at home if they have been fully vaccinated.

But after a last-minute change of heart, France has been added to a new “amber-plus” list. This

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How can I get a holiday refund if my destination is on the red or amber list?

The Balearic Islands are the latest casualties of the government’s travel traffic light system, with Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera set to be downgraded from green to amber from 4am on 19 July.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced changes to the green, amber and red lists on 14 July, causing despair amongst holidaymakers and travel industry bosses alike.

UK travellers who have been double-vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine from this date, however, although younger tourists – many of whom have travelled to the party island of Ibiza and have not had both jabs – may

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