The UK’s rules on foreign travel are expected to be reviewed later after travel industry leaders issued a united plea for the green list to be widened.
Travel bosses are also calling for an exemption to quarantine for fully-vaccinated people from amber countries.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is facing MPs, with an update on the traffic light system expected later in the day, but Mr Shapps has stressed ministers “need to look at what the science says”.
However the prospect of Brits heading off on European holidays could face another obstacle, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested all EU countries should make UK travellers quarantine on arrival to slow the spread of the Delta variant.
She told Germany’s parliament:
“In our country, if you come from Great Britain, you have to go into quarantine – and that’s not the case in every European country, and that’s what I would like to see.”
Under current guidelines, travellers from the UK to Greece, Spain and Portugal are not required to quarantine. Those going to Italy have to self-isolate for 5-days then take a test, while fully-vaccinated British visitors to France can enter without quarantining.
By contrast, when returning to the UK from most holiday hotspots on the amber list, travellers have to self-isolate for 10-days, as well as pay for tests.