Hopes of a summer holiday overseas for UK travellers have faded, after no new countries were added to the UK’s green travel list – and Portugal was moved from green to amber.
No further countries are being moved into ‘green status’ in a review of the government’s travel traffic light system.
In the first review of the system since its introduction nearly a month ago, hopes were high that some Greek and Spanish islands and Malta might have been added to the ‘green-to-go’ list.
Portugal was the only major holiday destination on the 12-country ‘green list’, meaning tourists could return to the UK without needing to quarantine. People arriving in the UK from amber list countries have to take two post-arrival tests on day 2 and day 8 after arriving, and self-isolate for 10days at home, although that time can be shortened if they take an additional negative test on day 5.
Travellers returning from ‘green’ locations are not required to self-isolate – but must take one coronavirus test following their arrival.