The UK government revealed which countries are on the “green list” when foreign travel is allowed from May 17.
Speaking on Friday (May 7), Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said anyone returning from a green list country is not required to enter any form of quarantine from next Monday, but will need to take a Covid test before and after their trip.
The ban on non-essential travel abroad from England is being relaxed and is part of Boris Johnson’s Covid-19 roadmap, paving the way for summer getaways for holidaymakers.
There are currently 12 countries on the green list, but we expect more to be added as the government continues to review the easing of lockdown.
Countries currently on the “green list” are:
- New Zealand
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, Ascension Island
When will more countries be added to the list?
The Transport Secretary said the green list will be updated regularly so they can green light more destinations.
It’s understood the lists will be reviewed every three weeks “from early June.”
The first update is expected to take place between June 1 and 4, with any changes coming into effect a week later.
According to The Department for Transport: “These regular review points will allow the government to balance helping the public to understand Covid requirements when travelling to England while allowing us to constantly evaluate the risk for different countries.”
The government will also be publishing a green watchlist in the future, to provide an indication of which countries are at risk from moving from green to amber.
Which countries are likely to be added?
It’s not been confirmed which countries will be added to the green list.
However The Independent reports that it’s likely to be most of Europe and the US.
A tweet from travel consultant Paul Charles reads: “We believe Europe will mostly turn green by the end of June, as will the USA.”
Meanwhile The Sun reports that Spain and Greece, two popular destinations for Brits, could be on the cards for holidays later in the summer.