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MetiNews.Com - Changes are coming in on May 17 - here's what you need to know about travel to green list, amber list and red list countries
Breaking News ! Coronavirus restrictions are set to be eased from Monday, May 17 - including rules on international travel People in England and Wales will now be able to travel overseas on holiday to a limited number of destinations from tomorrow following changes to the Covid rules. There are green, amber and red lists for international travel - with the green lists locations being the one with the fewest restrictions on foreign holidays and travel from red list countries restricted. We looked at 11 of the key questions around the changes and what they mean for people hoping to travel abroad on holiday this year. Why are the Green, Amber and Red lists important? They determine the quarantine and coronavirus testing requirements people will face when returning home once the ban on overseas leisure travel is lifted on Monday May 17. Why is everyone talking about the green list? Travellers returning from a country on that list will not need to quarantine, and will only be required to take one post-arrival coronavirus test. Sounds good. What locations are on it? It consists of Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, plus several small remote islands which are British Overseas Territories. Top flight and holiday deals Holidays abroad may soon be in sight and if you're thinking of jetting off on a plane after lockdown then you'll want to check out these deals. When the UK comes out of lockdown, here are the best travel companies to book including their latest deals. Tui: Has launched sale on trips to Greece, Spain and Turkey for the summer with thousands of free places for kids you can book now. EasyJet: Reported a 337% surge in flight bookings and a 630% jump in holiday bookings - plenty of offers on holidays later in the year for more peace of mind. Booking.com: You can now book an early 2021 deal to UK hotspots including London, Edinburgh and more. Expedia: Some of the most popular European destinations including deals to Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Rome. Jet2: One million free child place holidays available. All inclusive holiday packages from £60pp deposit. Summer 2021 holidays start from £400pp On the Beach: Holiday deposits start from £30pp. Family holidays start from just £169pp. Discounts and deals on last minute escapes So I can go on holiday to anywhere on that list? Not quite.
. Then where can I go? Portugal plans to welcome UK tourists who have had a recent negative test, have recovered from the virus and therefore have antibodies, or had both doses of a vaccine. Gibraltar will not require UK visitors to be tested or vaccinated, whereas Israel will initially reopen its border on May 23 only to groups of foreign tourists who have had both jabs. None of these destinations will require arrivals to quarantine. What about the amber list? The Amber List covers the most popular holiday destinations such as Spain, France, Italy and Greece. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said “you should not be travelling to these places right now”. On Sunday Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Times Radio people should not travel to places on the amber or red lists “unless it’s absolutely necessary, and certainly not for holiday purposes”. What if I go against that guidance? People returning from amber countries must take two post-arrival tests. They are also required to self-isolate at home for 10 days, although they can reduce that time if they take an additional negative test on day five. How about the red list? Those returning from a red list country must stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights at a cost of £1,750.
Will the lists change? The lists will be amended every three weeks, but Boris Johnson said on Friday he did not expect new countries to be added to the green tier “very rapidly”. How does the Government decide which countries are on each list? There are four key tests that the Government will take into account when deciding how to categorise a country within the traffic light system. These include the percentage of the country’s population to have been vaccinated, the rate of infection, the prevalence of variants of concern and the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing. What about vaccine passports? Grant Shapps confirmed that people in England will be able to demonstrate they have had both doses of a vaccine through the NHS app. The Welsh Government said vaccination status certificates will be available from Monday May 24 for people in Wales who have had both doses and need to urgently travel to a country that requires proof of having been vaccinated. Can people living in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland go on a foreign holiday? People in Scotland will be allowed to travel abroad for leisure from May 24. Non-essential travel from Northern Ireland to the Common Travel Area – which consists of the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, will be allowed from the same date. While Wales will allow international travel from Monday aligned with England’s traffic light system, the Welsh Government’s concerns about reimporting the virus meant it is advising people not to travel abroad during 2021.
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