Forget Thailand and Montenegro

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In the travel review that was announced by Grant Shapps tonight, the Azores, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Switzerland have been moved to the green list.

Denmark’s capital of cool – and cuisine – is now on the green list

Two countries, Thailand and Montenegro have been placed on the red list.

The changes will come into force at 04:00BST on Monday.

As yet the announcement only applies to England but the other home nations are expected to follow this advice

Of the destinations added to the green list, huge numbers of Britons don’t visit them each year. Take Liechtenstein for example. According to the FCDDO travel advice website, only about 2,200 people visit the country each year.

Canada, on the other hand, has over 700,000 British visitors in a “normal” year. Many visitors would go to visit relations but even with this move to the green list, Canada won’t let travellers from the UK enter the country. That may change on September 7th but as of now, forget Canada.

As for Thailand and Montenegro moving to the red list, the impact will be less.

Thailand is a winter sun destination and there is still time for it to come back onto the amber list in time for Christmas and new year breaks.

The announced changes won’t please the travel industry which had been hoping that Turkey would transfer from the red list to the amber one. That was the industry’s big hope for some big bookings for the autumn. It will consider this list  tonight and feel pretty gloomy.  

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