Many Brits are desperate to jet off abroad and soak up some sun in the small amount of summer we have left.
But the ongoing pandemic has meant it’s not as easy as that as when holiday-goers book their trips they must first consider the governments’ traffic light system on foreign travel.
With the next official travel update on Thursday (August 26) at the latest, many will be crossing their fingers and toes that their holiday destination of choice can make its way onto the green list.
However, WalesOnline has reported that people shouldn’t get their hopes up as not many holiday hotspots are likely to make it onto the green list in the upcoming update.
Expert analysis has anticipated few destinations to make it onto the desired green list, with just five possible additions predicted.
Poland, Bhutan, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Saudi Arabia are all possible contenders for the green list in the next update. But these countries are unlikely to help boost travel in the remaining weeks of the summer.
Turkey is another destination that may be lifted from the UK government’s red list for travel in time for the end of the summer holiday season.
But there is unlikely to be much movement for many popular holiday hotspots.
Officials at the Turkish Embassy said in a statement: “The scientific data on Covid-19 supports our expectation that Turkey will be removed from the red list at the upcoming review.”
The country has been on the red list of “high risk” destinations since the UK first implemented its traffic light system for international travel earlier this year.
Turkey’s current 14-day rate of new Covid infections is 405.79 per 100,000, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, compared to 580.33 in the UK.
Morocco could be moved to the red category, along with Jamaica, St Lucia and Dominica.
According to travel consultancy, The PC Agency, up to eight destinations could change from green to amber. These are Israel, Croatia, Madeira, Lithuania, and Caribbean islands of Montserrat, Anguilla, Antigua and Turks & Caicos.
Paul Charles, boss of The PC Agency, told The Telegraph : “Significant changes could be some Caribbean islands turning red, and Saudi Arabia turning green as well as Israel going amber.
“Much of Europe won’t change because the government would create utter chaos at our borders during the bank holiday weekend and week if they chose to turn some of the most popular countries red, such as Balearics or Spain, and force so many people into hotel quarantine.”
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