The UK Government announces a Traffic Light 'Green List'
The Travel Green List
The governments pending 'green list' under a new 'traffic light' scheme will define which countries will qualify for UK holiday makers this summer.
LATEST 7th May 2021 'Green List' countries announced
Though as usual, confusion is overwhelming in uncertainty of how exactly the new 'traffic light' system will operate, how it will be managed and how safe its going to be.
Then there are the differing requirements for countries on the list, irrespective of traffic light colour. Some require testing before departure or days before, while others require a test on arrival or both. Some will require vaccination, some will require quarantine
And the biggest risk is changing traffic light colours. For instance you go to a green list country, but in the 2 to 4 weeks away, the country gets put on an amber or red list. So you arrive back needing more tests and quarantine - at YOUR expense!
While British PM Boris Johnson is saying to open up for travel to some international countries on May 17th, Thomas Cook are a bit more cautious and expected to announce some popular Europe destinations like Portugal, Spain, Greece, Malta, Iceland, Finland and Gibraltar, Croatia will be open to to UK travelers by end of June. Other possible countries could be Israel, Morocco, Maldives, Jamaica and Grenada, and the Cayman Islands to be on the Green list of countries.
Though the Foreign Office which publishes its own independent to government advice on safety and where UK travelers should and should not travel to, may not automatically agree to the proposed Green List traffic light system. This may create even further confusion and possibly leave travelers without insurance cover if they travel to a country not considered safe by the Foreign Office.
Overall, its still uncertain and risky to book that flight and holiday just yet.
While travel companies are desperate to start filling planes and resorts again, the cost of having to cancel and reimburse passengers is far greater than leaving the planes standing idle.