Foreign Offices updates travel advice for Portugal, Canaries and Greek Islands

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Latest UK Government travel advice has given a broad hint to the destinations that will be included on its ‘green list’ ahead an official announcement next week.

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issues separate advice that offer a risk of coronavirus for travellers – and it’s good news for many holidaymakers.

Tourists visiting a number of popular summer hotspots do not face a level of risk for coronavirus that is “unacceptably high”, according to the latest updates from the FCDO.

It is not advising against non-essential travel to Portugal (excluding the Azores), Spain’s Canary Islands or the Greek islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zante, Corfu and Crete.

However, it is still advising against travel to Spain’s Balearic Islands of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, despite falling Covid case numbers.

The ban on foreign holidays is expected to be lifted for people in England from May 17 as part of the next easing of coronavirus restrictions.

A risk-based traffic light system will be introduced, with different rules for returning travellers depending on which list their destination is on.

People arriving from a green location will not have quarantine, while those returning from somewhere on the amber list must self-isolate for at least five days.

The red list requires a 10-night stay in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £1,750 for solo travellers.

Assessments will be based on a range of factors, including the proportion of a country’s population that has been vaccinated, rates of infection, emerging new variants, and the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.

There is no guarantee that the green list will match the FCDO’s travel advice, but the latest announcement indicates the Government’s current view of the risks to tourists.



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