Joining the green list

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Today is the day when the travel trade hopes to hear that some countries and destinations have been mved to the green list.

Aphrodite Rock in Cyprus
The Aphrodite Rock in Cyprus. Cyprus could reappear on the green list today

But they expected an announcement last week yet nothing came of that expectation.

Will Grant Shapps announce anything today?

The confidence from the prime minister yesterday that he couldn’t see anything in the data to make him later the 21st June date when things could return to normal in England suggests we might get some additions to the list.

If I was a betting person, the Canaries, the Balearics, most of the Greek islands and Cyprus would probably be the European destinations I might expect to see.

But – on the other hand – destinations are getting nervous about the growth of the Delta (used to be Indian) variant and its very rapid spread in the UK. Whilst the UK might add destinations to the green list, some of those destinations might add the UK to their amber/red lists.

Austria, France and Germany have introduced restrictions on British visitors, even those that have had both jabs and Turkey now has compulsory PCR tests again from all British visitors over the age of six. Malta says everyone over the age of five needs a PCR test.

Interestingly, Malta won’t accept the results of your test on a smartphone or tablet. It must be a certificate confirming you have had two jabs or taken a negative PCR test.

Outside of Europe, I don’t think Asian countries will appear on the list given the upsurge especially in Vietnam, and Taiwan.

As to whether June 21st will be Freedom Day – as some people are calling it – it is too early to say. And that date applies only to England. The devolved administrations might take a different view.  

My guess at the moment is that overseas travel will be limited and fewer countries will be added to the green list than expected much to the annoyance of the travel industry. But since few now question that it is international travel that introduces cases, their argument for widespread opening carries less weight.

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