Which countries will be on the travel 'green list' for holidays?
7 May 2021, 17:46
What countries could be added to the UK's green list for travel from May 17? Here's what we know...
Earlier today (Friday May 7), Grant Shapps announced the green list of countries that Brits will be able travel to without having to quarantine on their return from May 17.
Speaking at a press conference from Downing Street, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed that there will be 12 countries on the list that people in England will be able to visit next month.
He said that the list is 'necessarily cautious', adding that "we must make sure the countries we reconnect with are safe."
What countries are on the green list?
The following countries are on the initial green list:
- New Zealand
- Faroe Islands
- Falkland Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Saint Helena Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
The list will be reviewed every three weeks, and that there are reportedly plans to add a number of other countries - including Spain, France and Greece - at the end of June.
A source told the Telegraph: "It's a rolling, evolving list that is going to start off cautiously but could start to change quickly. It is not like a one-off list that affects the totality of the summer. It will update and other countries will be added.
It comes after a Downing Street source told The Times: "June will look a lot more like normal, many of the traditional holiday destinations will be on the list by then."
Speaking about foreign travel during a recent campaign trip to Hartlepool, Mr Johnson said: "We do want to do some opening up on May 17 but I don't think that the people of this country want to see an influx of disease from anywhere else.
"I certainly don't – and we have got to be very, very tough, and we have got to be as cautious as we can, whilst we continue to open up."