Travel latest: Lists set to change next week – Poland could turn green & Maldives amber

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The travel traffic light system was introduced by the Government in May. Since then, changes to the green, amber, and red lists have been announced every three weeks.

The next travel traffic light system review will take place next Wednesday, August 25.

The update will inform Britons of any changes to the green, amber, and red lists.

These updates are usually tweeted by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Will anything change next week?

The next travel review will be the last one before the school summer holidays.

This makes it an important announcement since if anything changes, families will still have the opportunity to go on holiday before children have to return to school in early September.

There could be changes to the travel lists next week.

Currently on the red list, the Maldives, Dominican Republic, and Oman, could turn amber.

Egypt, Pakistan, and Turkey are “borderline candidates” to be added to the amber list, but it is still unclear if they will be removed from the red list.

Pakistan has been on the red list since April, when it was placed on it with the Philippines, Kenya, and Bangladesh.

This was due to concerns over the rise of the Delta variant in the country.

Some parts of Pakistan have imposed lockdowns, but only three percent of the country has been vaccinated, meaning the virus is able to spread more easily.

There are 140-plus countries on the amber list, including most European countries.

Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium are all amber.

Fortunately for Britons, the chances of these nations turning red are very slim.

Spain has even seen a strong drop in its coronavirus infection rate and its vaccination rollout is going strong.

Sixty-five percent of the country’s population is double vaccinated.

However, some countries are in danger of turning from amber to red.

Jamaica is at the greatest risk of being removed from the red list and added to the amber list.

This is because the Caribbean nation has been battling a third wave of infections, with the Delta variant being ever-present and highly contagious.

The island’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, told a virtual news conference on Thursday, August 19: “Our case numbers are unacceptably high and rising, and the rate of hospitalization is beyond – and I want to stress this – beyond the capacity of our health system, to cope.”

South American countries are also struggling with more infectious Covid-19 variants.

All nations on the continent are on Britain’s red list.

As for the green list, Britons could expect some changes.

Poland, Canada, Bosnia and Herzogovina, Czech Republic, and Lithuania could all turn from amber to green if the number of cases in the countries remain low.

Poland has three cases per 100,000 people and 46.8 percent of its population is fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Canada has 37 cases per 100,000 people and 68.9 percent of citizens are double jabbed.

Speaking to BBC Radio Four after the most recent review on August 4, travel expert Paul Charles said: “When you take the criteria of the seven countries added to the [green] list today, then actually they equally apply to the countries that haven’t been added – like Poland, for example, or the Czech Republic or even Canada.

“So, there are many countries in the world which should be on the green list, but aren’t.”

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