The UK has released a new list of ‘green’ countries that are safe to travel to without having to quarantine on return. Here’s a review of the list.
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Why the UK has a ‘Green List’
The UK has a ‘Green List’ of countries that are safe for travel, which is updated every three weeks. The list currently includes 12 countries:
-Bosnia and Herzegovina
The UK government uses a traffic light system to rate the safety of travel to different countries, with ‘green’ indicating that there is a low risk of contracting coronavirus.
What countries are currently on the Green List
The UK’s Green List is currently made up of 12 countries – Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel, Malta, Brunei, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, the Falkland Islands, the Channel Islands and Tristan da Cunha.
The list is reviewed every three weeks and updated if necessary. The next review is due on 7 June.
What the requirements are for a country to be on the Green List
In order for a country to be on the Green List, they must have a rate of new Covid-19 cases that is lower than 20 per 100,000 people. In addition, they must also have a rate of new Covid-19 cases that is lower than 0.5% of the total population.
How the Green List is updated
The Green List is updated regularly, with the latest update on 4 June. The list is based on the latest scientific evidence and advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) and Public Health England (PHE).
What travel restrictions are in place for countries not on the Green List
The UK has released their “Green List” for travel, which includes 12 countries that UK residents can travel to without having to self-isolate on their return. The list will be reviewed every three weeks, with the first review taking place on June 28th. For now, only travel to these destinations is advised, and only for those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
If you’re planning on traveling to a country not on the Green List, you should be aware of the restrictions that are in place. All non-essential international travel is banned from the UK, so you will need to have a valid reason for travel. If your journey is essential, you should check the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) before you travel.
You will also need to self-isolate for 10 days upon your return to the UK, regardless of which country you have traveled to. You may be able to reduce this period by taking a test on or after day five of your isolation period.
What the implications are of being on the Green List
The UK’s Green List for travel includes 12 destinations: Portugal, Israel, Grenada, Maldives, Mauritius, Kuwait, Qatar, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar and Brunei.
The main implications of being on the Green List are that you will not need to self-isolate upon your return to the UK and that you will only need to take a PCR test before you travel. You will also need to take a PCR test on days 2 and 8 after you return.
What the benefits are of being on the Green List
The UK’s Green List for travel was released earlier this week, and it has been praised by many as a way to ease the burden of travel restrictions. The list includes 12 countries and territories that are considered to be low-risk for coronavirus, including Portugal, Israel, and Australia.
Being on the Green List has several benefits. First, it means that travelers will not have to quarantine upon returning to the UK. Second, it makes it easier to obtain travel insurance. And finally, it gives travelers the peace of mind of knowing that they are going to a safe destination.
There are some restrictions in place for travelers going to Green List countries, such as a requirement to take a COVID-19 test before and after their trip. But overall, the benefits of being on the Green List far outweigh the drawbacks.
How the Green List affects travel insurance
The UK’s Green List for travel has come under scrutiny recently, with many insurance companies refusing to cover customers who choose to travel to green-listed countries.
This is because the list is not definitive and does not guarantee that a country is completely safe from the coronavirus. Insurance companies are therefore unwilling to take on the risk of cover customers who choose to travel to these countries
As a result, customers are advised to check the small print of their travel insurance policy before booking any trips. Those who are planning to travel to a green listed country should make sure that their policy covers them for any eventualities.
What the criticism is of the Green List
The list has been criticized for being too short, with only 12 destinations currently included. This means that many popular tourist destinations are still off limits, which is likely to be a disappointment for those who had been hoping to travel this summer.
There has also been criticism of the government’s decision to include Spain on the list, given the current situation there with rising coronavirus cases. This has led to some confusion over why Spain is considered safe when other countries with lower case numbers, such as Portugal, are not included.
What the future of the Green List is
As of May 17th, the list of Countries You Can Travel to without having to quarantine on your return to the UK has been updated – and it’s good news if you had your heart set on a summer trip to Portugal. The updated list now includes Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel, as well as Iceland – meaning that there are now 12 countries on the so-called “Green List”.
The list is reviewed every three weeks, in line with the government’s policy of reviewing international travel restrictions every three weeks. This means that the next review will be on June 7th, when we could see more changes.
So, what does the future hold for the Green List? Well, it’s looking like we could see some more additions in June. Countries like Malta, Finland and Norway are all thought to be under consideration for inclusion – though nothing has been confirmed yet.
As for removals from the list, that’s looking less likely at the moment. The government has said that it will only remove countries if there is a significant deterioration in their Covid situation – and at the moment, all of the countries on the list are reporting low rates of infection.
So, if you’re planning a summer holiday, it looks like there are plenty of options open to you – with more potentially being added in just a few weeks’ time.