The holiday destinations that could move off red list at next travel review

By Ella Doyle & Ryan Merrifield

A number of key holiday destinations could be opened up to Brits, with the next review due in a matter of days.

Downing Street is set to announce its latest overseas travel changes later this week amid reports its traffic light system could be scrapped.

Turkey is hotly tipped to be downgraded from red to amber, if not green, with No10's announcement expected on either Wednesday or Thursday.

The popular holiday destination had been anticipated to be downgraded during the government's last review on August 26.

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People enjoying the sun at Ilica Beach in Cesme district of Izmir, Turkey (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Turkish embassy said at the time it was "confident" of finally coming out of the red.

"The scientific data on Covid-19 support our expectation that Turkey will be removed from the red list at the upcoming review," it said in a statement last month.

The red list means returning travellers must stay in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days, paid for themselves and costing around £2,000 per traveller.

Paul Charles, founder of the PC Agency travel consultancy, said of the possible move: “Turkey very much deserves to be on the amber list as it has some of the best Covid safety policies in place, especially in hotels and other tourist areas and has worked hard to reduce its infection rates."

Pakistan and the Maldives are two of the top three tip-offs to move from red to amber (Getty Images)

My London reports the Maldives is among the red countries rumoured to be being considered for a downgrade, but it appears Pakistan is the most likely to be shifted to amber.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visited the South Asian country earlier this month and said he wanted to see the country moved from the red list.

He arrived on September 3 to discuss a working relationship in light of the situation in Afghanistan.

He held meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Brits could visit Pakistan if predictions are correct (Getty Images)

The green list - where returning holidaymakers only have to quarantine if they test positive - has more than 40 destinations, including Germany, Australia, Iceland and Hong Kong.

But European sun traps like Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Portugal are all currently amber meaning UK travellers having to quarantine for up to 10 days when they arrive home, regardless of vaccination status.

It comes following reports the traffic light system for foreign travel could be overhauled within weeks amid speculation that the green and amber lists could be scrapped.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (REUTERS)

Officials will conduct a formal review of the rules on overseas travel by October 1.

The assessment - which is separate to the regular updates of which countries go on each list - will take in advice from experts from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and "wider public health factors".

Green and amber categories could be axed to simplify the system, according to the BBC.

However the red list is likely to remain in place, meaning travellers from high risk countries would still be required to quarantine.

The Government currently reviews the traffic light system roughly every three weeks.

Countries currently on green list

Anguilla

Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory

Antigua and Barbuda

Australia

Austria

Barbados

Bermuda

British Indian Ocean Territory

Brunei

Bulgaria

Canada

Cayman Islands

Croatia

Denmark

Dominica

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Finland

Germany

Gibraltar

Grenada

Hong Kong

Iceland

Israel and Jerusalem

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Madeira

Malta

Montserrat

New Zealand

Norway

Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands

Romania

Singapore

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

Slovakia

Slovenia

St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Switzerland

Taiwan

Turks and Caicos Islands


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