Testing capacity can't meet international travel needs says expert
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The Government’s Global Travel Taskforce are in the process of categorising countries into a traffic light system, with countries labelled as green, amber and red depending on four key Covid data. International travel from the UK will be allowed from May 17, as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s lockdown roadmap. So for Britons wanting to head to Germany, will it be on the green list?
The taskforce is examining four key elements when categorising countries for international travel.
- The proportion of vaccinations undertaken
- Covid infection rates
- Prevalence rates
- The prominence of variants of concern
As such, experts have been able to determine which countries are likely to be added to the green list, based on current COVID-19 data.
Read More: What countries are expected to be on the green list? Full list
Will Germany be on the green list?
Germany has unfortunately been experiencing a recent spike in Covid cases, which means it may be added to the amber list in terms of travel from the UK.
On Sunday, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 16,290 to 3,416,822.
The reported death toll rose by 110 to 83,192.
However, it is not clear which countries will be added to which lists as yet, and with the announcement yet to come Germany may be classified as a green country.
The announcement is due to be made in early May, which means any time from now until around the 14th of the month.
Experts have examined global Covid data and found likely green countries include:
- The Caribbean
- New Zealand
- The USA
- Spanish islands including the Canaries
- Greek islands including Crete and Santorini
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For anyone wanting to book a trip, it is worth bearing in mind these countries may not all allow international visitors, and there may be entry requirements – including proof of negative Covid tests and vaccinations.
For example, the USA is not permitting international travel, from anyone who has been in the following countries for the 14 days preceding their attempted entry into the USA:
- European Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
- United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
- Republic of Ireland
- South Africa
Also worth noting is for those countries that do make it onto the green list, the Government will be implementing strict requirements for travel.
For green list countries, travellers will need to take tests before and after travel – with the returning test having to be done within 72 hours bank in England.
For amber list countries, stricter measures will be required including:
- A pre-departure test
- Mandatory quarantine for 10 days at home
- PCR tests on two and eight, with the option to pay for an extra test on day five to be released from isolation early
Rules could be more flexible for fully vaccinated people, with no home quarantine period.
And for those heading to red list countries, there will be compulsory hotel quarantine at a government decided hotel.
This will cost up to £1,750 per person, for 11 days with pre-departure tests and testing on days two and eight.
Direct flights from red-list countries are banned, with Britons living in red-list countries told to fly home via a third nation.
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