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No other country has been added to the government’s “green list” of destinations from which people can return to England without having to self-quarantine, a move likely to dismay the travel industry and some Tory MPs.
The official list has not yet been published and it remains possible that countries will be deleted, notably Portugal.
Green List destinations are the only effective choice for vacations. They allow travelers to return to England without quarantine, although they must pass a Covid test before returning and within two days of arrival.
It was anticipated that, at most, relatively few new places would be placed on the green list, and that these would not cover popular holiday destinations such as France and mainland Spain.
Even though France had been added, as of this week UK travelers face restrictions on all non-essential travel to the country as it seeks to curb the spread of the highly transmissible variant of the Delta coronavirus, which has been first detected in India and becoming dominant in UK.
The first version of the green list, announced on May 7, included a dozen countries, but several were indeed inaccessible to arrivals, including Australia and New Zealand. The only main tourist destinations were Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel.
Most countries remain on the amber list. While it is not illegal to visit one of them for a vacation, it is strongly discouraged. People coming to the UK from a country must take a Covid test before traveling, and on the second and eighth days once in the UK, and must self-quarantine at home or in a hotel for 10 days .
Anyone returning from more than 30 Red List countries must undergo the same testing and quarantine regime, but do so while staying in one of the designated quarantine hotels, at a cost of £ 1,750 per adult.