Green list update: The 17 countries which could be added this week

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Holiday plans for many Brits have had to be cancelled this summer as restrictions around international travel continue. As many countries record a drop in Covid cases, the Government is facing mounting pressure to expand the green list.

Freedom Day signalled the end of all legal restrictions in England as the country moved to the fourth and final stage of the Government’s road map.

The Government is facing mounting pressure from the travel sector and holidaymakers to loosen rules around international travel too.

The travel traffic light system was introduced in mid-May to regulate international travel.

Countries are ranked into lists according to the risk travellers face of bringing Covid infections back to the UK after their visit. 

This traffic light system is reviewed every three weeks, with countries moving between the lists according to the latest data.

There is also a “green watchlist” for countries at risk of moving from green to amber soon.

Travel experts say 17 countries could be added to the green list in the next review.

The Government is set to update the travel lists later this week on August 5.

Travel experts are predicting restrictions could be eased for many countries thanks to their successful vaccine rollouts and low Covid rates.

Travel consultancy firm PC Agency has studied the Covid data from countries around the world to see which ones are on track to be added to the UK’s green list.

The following countries according to their findings could be added to the green list:

  • Austria
  • Bosnia
  • Canada

  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

They add a further five countries could be added to the green watchlist.
These countries are:

  • Bhutan
  • French Polynesia
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Saudi Arabia

If these countries are added this will be a huge boost for holidaymakers.

There are just 30 countries on the green lists so holiday destinations are limited for those Brits in need of a break.

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