UK Travel List Update Live: Latest Green List News As France Loses Amber Plus Status And Four Countries Go Red
Seven more countries have been added to the UK government’s green travel list.
From 4 a.m. on Sunday, anyone returning from Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will no longer need to self-quarantine upon arrival.
There are now 36 countries on the green list – but 16 of them, including the Caribbean islands, Croatia, Malta, Israel and Taiwan are on the ‘green watch list’, which means they could be suddenly moved to orange.
Australia and New Zealand are both green, but neither currently welcomes UK travelers.
France also lost its confusing ‘amber plus’ status, which meant all travelers and not just those not fully vaccinated had to self-isolate for 10 days upon their return. It was the only country in this category.
India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have moved from Red List to Orange List, meaning new arrivals will no longer have to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel.
Mexico, Georgia and the overseas departments and territories of Réunion and Mayotte have joined the red list.
The government has also increased the price of the hotel quarantine required upon return from a country on the red list. It will drop from £ 1,750 to £ 2,285 from August 12. The charge for an adult sharing a room will increase from £ 650 to £ 1,430.
Despite previous speculation, Spain will remain on the Amber List, allowing fully vaccinated travelers to continue to enjoy a return without quarantine. The travel industry feared Spain would be added to the red list.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier this week that he wanted to keep a “simple”, “user-friendly” system for overseas travel.
Plans for an “orange watchlist” were dropped with the “amber plus” category, but the “green watchlist” remains.
Follow the latest travel news below:
Greece overtakes Spain in new holiday bookings
Concerns over tighter travel restrictions to Spain have led potential vacationers to choose Greece in greater numbers.
Giant Travel Counselors said that in the week starting July 26, 16% of all new vacation bookings were to Greek destinations, compared to Spain’s 15%.
According to the Office for National Statistics on Foreign Travel for 2019, Greece was the fifth most popular country after Spain, France, Italy and the United States.
Kirsten Hughes, UK Managing Director of Travel Counselors, said: “With Spain and Greece remaining on the ‘orange list’, we are experiencing tremendous demand for both countries, especially Greece, which has become our summer sun destination. the most popular.
“We also expect a surge in bookings to France, now that it has gone from ‘orange plus’ to ‘orange’.”
Simon calderAugust 5, 2021 2:47 PM
‘Omnishambles’ Continues In Latest Traffic Light Update, Travel Association Says
A travel association is “extremely disappointed” with the latest traffic light updates, which have seen no easing of restrictions for Latin American countries.
Danny Callaghan, CEO of the Latin American Travel Association and President of the Travel Industry Alliance (TIA) said of the review: “I am extremely disappointed, but not surprised, to see no easing of restrictions for countries in the world. Latin America – in fact, we’ve seen Mexico added to the Red List despite significantly lower average case rates than the UK over the past two weeks.
“We clearly see that the red list is something that is almost impossible to remove, unless the government tries to strike a trade deal.
“Downgrading India to amber when many destinations are still red is ludicrous.
“I know our government doubts the data coming from overseas, indeed Latin Americans have learned it in no uncertain terms, but I would be fascinated to know what miracle cure the Indians have found to have resulted in such a strong decrease in cases despite low vaccination rates.
“Mind you, we’re talking about the same government that seems to have thought Reunion Island was part of mainland France. The omnishambles continue.
Helene coffeyAugust 5, 2021 14:31
MPs call on government to remove Pakistan from red list
Two MPs demanded an explanation as to why Pakistan has been “punished” and remains on the travel red list.
Labor MPs Yasmin Qureshi (South East Bolton) and Naz Shah (West Bradford) both wrote to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps asking why the South Asian country is still on the Red List, while the Neighboring India, which has higher Covid rates, has been moved to the Amber List.
They accused the government of “playing politics” with the travel alert system, and said it was only opening the UK to nations “from which it could benefit economically”.
Figures cited by the two MPs suggest India’s seven-day Covid rate is 20 per 100,000, compared to 14 per 100,000 in Pakistan.
Ms Qureshi added that “the gross number of cases” in Pakistan is “five times lower” than in the UK.
Ms Qureshi, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on Pakistan, wrote: “Once again, the government appears to be punishing Pakistan and rewarding the nations that Britain should economically benefit from.
“This is the same situation as last April, when Pakistan was initially placed on the red list and India’s change was delayed in order to allow the prime minister to travel to India for a deal. commercial.”
Helene coffeyAug 5, 2021 2:13 PM
Rules for international travel must be “simple,” says airline association chief
An air transport official said government rules for international travel need to be simplified.
Willie Walsh, Managing Director of the International Air Travel Association, told BBC Radio 4’s World At One show: “I think a simpler system is certainly what is needed to avoid confusion in the case of consumers and to provide some form of certainty for those who want to travel and in some cases absolutely need to travel.
“I think these costly and unnecessary tests should be challenged and I think the government should demonstrate why it is requiring it.”
He added: “I think there is a valid reason and a concern, and I would accept that maybe for some of these high risk countries that have been identified, you can argue that some form of test should be done, but I don’t think you can justify requiring 2.2 million people to undertake PCR tests when only 8,000 of them are then sequenced.
Helene coffeyAug 5, 2021 1:56 PM
Car holidays in France benefit from an insurance premium
After the government announced that vacationers returning from France did not need to self-isolate if they arrived after 4 a.m. on Sunday August 8, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) confirmed that driving will be easier.
As of this week, it has become unnecessary for UK travelers taking their cars into the EU to have a green card as proof that they have car insurance to cover the minimum legal requirements of the country they are driving in.
The European Commission has decided to lift the obligation for British motorists.
Huw Evans, Director General of ABI, said: “The Commission has taken a pragmatic approach in this matter.
“UK drivers will no longer need to apply for a green card from their insurer, which will help reduce bureaucracy for drivers. “
Simon calderAugust 5, 2021 12:44
When is the next Green and Orange List update announcement?
After the last traffic list update at traffic lights yesterday, another update is expected again in three weeks.
It is therefore likely that the next review will take place around August 25.
Read our full rundown on when more travel updates are expected:
Helene coffeyAugust 5, 2021 12:40
Couple’s honeymoon shortened to two days as Mexico’s redlist escape braces
Young couple cut their honeymoon in Mexico short from two weeks to two days after the Latin American nation was added to the UK’s ‘red list’ – requiring hotel quarantine for anyone returning after 4 a.m. on Sunday August 8.
An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 British holidaymakers scramble to find return flights from Mexico before the country joins Britain’s high-risk registry, according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
Among them is Joe Coward, a 29-year-old student from London, who discovered the new restrictions after landing in Mexico early Thursday morning with his wife.
Simon calderAugust 5, 2021 12:28
Calls for removal of ‘ambiguous’ travel restrictions from Amber List
The government’s “orange list” status governing travel restrictions to Britons’ favorite holiday destinations should be abolished, a leading trade organization demanded.
The orange list – which covers Spain, Greece, Italy and the United States, to which France, the United Arab Emirates and India will join on Sunday – is creating confusion at a time when businesses need to “confidence and clarity” to recover from the pandemic, UK chambers of commerce have said.
The call came as Boris Johnson came under increasing pressure to further simplify the traffic light system, with calls from industry and Conservative MPs for cheaper testing requirements for travelers returning to the UK .
Andrew WoodcockAug 5, 2021 12:08 PM
Answers to your travel questions, live with Simon Calder
Following the announcement of the shocking traffic lights last night, questions are quickly flowing from Independentreaders of what the updates mean for international travel.
Our esteemed Travel Correspondent, Simon Calder, will be on hand to answer all of your burning travel questions live tonight.
He will answer as many questions as possible from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight.
Simply click below to leave your questions in the comments and join us at 6pm as Simon answers them live:
Helene coffeyAug 5, 2021 12:07 PM
What are the rules for traveling to Greece?
Greece, a tourist favorite, remained on the Amber List in the latest government traffic light reshuffle for international travel, much to the relief of vacationers and the beleaguered travel industry.
Tests are required for outward travel, unless you are fully immunized, and return travel, regardless of immunization status.
Check out all the latest requirements here:
Helene coffeyAug 5, 2021 11:30 AM