England: 12 green list travel countries for summer visit
Grant Shapps outlined the new rules on international travel that starts in England on 17 May.
The press conferences main points:
- Outlined the countries that will be on the “green list” for travel, where quarantine will not be necessary upon return
- Popular short-haul destinations on the list so far are Portugal, Gibraltar, and Israel.
- Australia, New Zealand or Singapore are all on the green list but you won’t be able to go as they are closed to UK tourists.
- Popular holiday destinations like Spain, France, and Greece are not being added yet, Shapps said – but he hopes more destinations will join the green list in time
- He said the removal of restrictions was “necessarily cautious”
- Amber countries – from which people will have to quarantine at home upon their return – form the biggest list and people should not be travelling there yet either, said Shapps
- Turkey, Maldives and Nepal are going on the red list, from which travel is banned for all but only UK or Irish nationals, or UK residents – and they have to pay for a 10-day stay in a government quarantine hotel on their return. The ban comes into force on Wednesday.
- From 17 May, people who have had both doses of a coronavirus vaccine will be able to demonstrate their status on the NHS app
- People who do not have the app – which is different from the Covid-19 app – will be able to request an NHS letter instead
- Wait times to enter the UK are likely to take longer than usual when leisure travel resumes
Green list countries full list
The full list of 12 countries and territories people in England can travel to without having to quarantine upon return are:
- New Zealand
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, Ascension Island
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