Brits awaiting news on international travel are pinning their hopes on more options being added to the Government green list.
It’s thought that 10 more countries including Malta, the Canary Islands and the Balearics could be put on the green list when the next travel review is carried out.
But in the meantime, holidaymakers will be disappointed that the red list has grown by seven more countries.
This change means the red list will increase from 43 to 50 countries, CambridgeshireLive reports.
Arrivals from Egypt, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Bahrain, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, and Afghanistan will now be required to complete hotel quarantine at a cost of £1,750 per person.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told reporters on June 17: “There is a three-week review point, so the next check point is coming up at the end of this month.”
The spokesman added that he believed this would be no later than June 28.
The Government has indicated that reviewing the red, amber and green lists would take place every three weeks. That would make June 24 the most likely date for the next assessment.
Red list countries – latest list
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Red list travel rules
Before you travel to England you must:
On arrival in England you must:
Calls to immediately scrap the amber travel list and move the countries to the banned red list were rejected by the UK Government.
MPs voted 363 to 256, a majority of 107, to defeat a Labour motion that called for action to create a “clear, simply understood and proper” hotel quarantine scheme at the UK border.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said the UK’s rules for arrivals in the country are “firm but fair”.
Mr Zahawi told MPs: “Red country arrivals must quarantine in a managed quarantine facility for 10 days and take tests on day two and day eight, amber country arrivals must self-isolate in their own accommodation and have a test booked for day two and day eight, green country arrivals no quarantine required but must have a test on or before day two arrival.
“All passengers from red, amber and green countries must have a negative pre-departure test.”
Mr Zahawi said the public is “advised against” leisure travel to amber countries, such as France or Spain, and red countries.
But shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon was among several opposition MPs to criticise the time taken to place India on the red list, given the spread of the Delta variant – first identified in the country.
He said: “We all know why the Government won’t release the data – if they were to release the data, what it would show is that India absolutely should have been put on the red list at the same time Pakistan and Bangladesh were. That’s what the data would show.
“But that doesn’t sit comfortably with the Prime Minister, who was planning for his trade visit. That was the real reason it was delayed.
“That one trade visit, that one photocall, that bit of publicity was worth more than jobs in hospitality, worth more than jobs in our wedding industry, worth more than jobs in tourism and aviation? The photoshoot? The propaganda? It just wasn’t.”