Anyone who has been booking holidays this year will have been keeping a beady eye on the traffic light system.
Foreign travel has understandably been a challenge throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, with some holidaymakers seeing their plans for a getaway crumble before their eyes.
The Government’s traffic light system has been a useful marker for travellers, but the three-weekly review has made it tough for some to plan ahead.
The green and amber list, however, could be scrapped “within weeks” to make way for a new travel system based on vaccination status, reports have revealed.
Before then, however, another travel review is due.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps is expected to announce the next update in a weeks’ time – but what countries are likely to change?
Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal are likely to remain on the amber list, according to the i.
This means fully vaccinated tourists should be able to continue to visit without having to quarantine.
Last time out, Turkey was left on the red list despite the Turkish embassy saying it was “confident” it would turn amber.
And according to the i, travel expert Tim White told said the Government’s “widespread disbelief” of Turkey’s figures are the reason behind it remaining on the red list.
As of September 7, Turkey had a seven-day average case rate of 21,982, up from 19,361 from August 26.
Pakistan could also remain on the red list due to its poor vaccination rate.
Latest figures show just nine per cent of its population is fully inoculated.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its guidance to advise against all non-essential travel to the Caribbean island of Jamaica, meaning it could be moved from amber to red in the next review.
Meanwhile, Mr White said the Maldives “deserved” to join the amber list as “virtually all restaurants and bars are open air in resorts,”, although its case rates and vaccination levels are largely unchanged from the last update.
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