When to expect the next holiday travel review this week

Uncertainty around holidays abroad continues as the government’s travel traffic light system is frequently subject to change.

Ministers will meet again this week to review the latest coronavirus evidence before determining whether any changes are needed to be made to the green, amber, and red lists.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapp ‘s last announcement saw seven new countries join the green list – including Slovenia and Germany.

But a large proportion of destinations are at risk of being moved to the amber list at any time, categorised under the ‘green watchlist’.

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Mr Shapps also confirmed India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were to be moved from the red list to amber, while Mexico, Georgia and the French overseas territories of La Reunion and Mayotte were added to that tier.

As announcements on the list can affect whether you will be able to go abroad or not, it’s important to keep up to date with the latest changes.

Here, we take a look at when we can expect the next travel list announcement from Mr Shapps.

When is the next review?

The current travel traffic light system was unveiled when a ban on foreign holidays was lifted on May 17 as part of the lockdown roadmap in England.

Destinations are categorised as green, amber, or red, depending on the severity and risk of coronavirus.

Reviews usually take place every three weeks, and announcements often come on a Thursday.

The last update came on Thursday, August 5, therefore the next announcement is likely to come on August 26.

Grant Shapps usually confirms any changes in the evening.

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Isolation rules for fully vaccinated



When to expect the next holiday travel review this week
A Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at an NHS Vaccination Clinic

As of July 19, the government no longer advises against international travel to amber list countries.

UK residents who have had both doses of the coronavirus vaccine are also able to travel to amber list countries without the need to self-isolate for 10 days on their return to England.

Mr Shapps clarified that ‘fully vaccinated’ means 14 days have passed since the final dose of the vaccine.

Travellers are still required to take a test three days before returning, the pre-departure test, demonstrating they’re negative before they travel, and a PCR test on or before day two, but they will no longer be required to take a day eight test.

The rules mean the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same.

Current green list



When to expect the next holiday travel review this week
Beach-goers sunbathe at St.George’s Bay in Malta

Anguilla – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Antigua and Barbuda – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Austria

Australia

Barbados – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Bermuda – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

British Indian Ocean Territory – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Brunei

Bulgaria

Cayman Islands – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Croatia – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Dominica – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Gibraltar

Germany

Grenada – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Hong Kong

Iceland

Israel and Jerusalem – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Latvia

Madeira – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. (Mainland Portugal and the Azores are on the amber list.)

Malta

Montserrat – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

New Zealand

Norway

Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Romania

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Taiwan – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

Turks and Caicos Island – Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.

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