Travel news – live: Turkey and Pakistan may come off red list, says expert, as Trainline celebrates recovery

By Lucy Thackray and Simon Calder
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Turkey, Pakistan and Mexico are among the countries that could come off the UK’s red list at the next travel update, says expert Tim White.

The data analyst and travel expert has been closely watching the Covid cases and infection rates in destinations across the globe.

White has shared his expertise with The Independent, selecting a dozen countries he thinks are strong candidates for being removed from the red list.

The full line up is: Argentina, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

“If cautious, Mexico may need to stay a while longer, and Dominican Republic needs help to conduct genomic sequencing,” added White.

At present, people coming into the UK from red list countries must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days, at their own expense.

In other news, train booking platform Trainline is predicting a return to profitability after its ticket sales recovered to £1 billion in the half year - 179% higher year-on-year.

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