UK Covid travel lists: red list countries most likely to go amber

By Oscar Dayus

The UK's coronavirus travel lists are set to be reviewed again this week, meaning there could be some movers and shakers in terms of the places we can go on holiday.

A total of 62 countries make up the red list at present, though some of these are being heavily tipped for a move down to the amber list, making holidays a realistic probability for millions of Brits. Pakistan, the Maldives, and Turkey are chief among those that could see their restrictions eased, according to Wales Online. It's also possible that Oman and the Dominican Republic could also be moved to the amber list.

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."

READ MORE: UK travel list changes: the new green, amber, and red lists explained

Moving to the amber list would mean fully-vaccinated Brits (as well as under-18s) could return to England from those countries without needing to quarantine. For those not yet fully vaccinated, they would have to quarantine for 10 days at home.

Under red list rules, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel.

An announcement on the updated lists is expected on Thursday, September 16. The new lists would likely then come into force from Monday, September 20.

Separately, there are reports that the traffic light system will be scrapped at the end of the month. The government is yet to confirm or deny this, however.

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