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Boris Johnson set to approve traffic light system with Portugal likely to be on green list

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Due to the UK’s successful vaccine rollout, the Prime Minister is reportedly set to approve a travel traffic light system, which will replace the country’s current ban on foreign travel. From May 17, Britons will be allowed to travel to some countries in Europe and beyond, the Mail on Sunday said.

Although a green status means that Britons will be allowed to travel to that country, tourists will still be required to take at least three coronavirus tests.

One of these will be taken before departure back to Britain, while two will be taken once the traveller has landed in Britain.

However, holidaymakers will not need to quarantine or self-isolate once they return home.

As well as a green list, both amber and red lists will also be introduced as part of Boris Johnson’s traffic light system.

The news of the traffic light system comes after daily UK COVID-19 deaths fell to 10 yesterday, April 3, which was the lowest number since September 13.

Hospital admissions also fell by 23 percent from March 22 to March 28, compared to the previous week.

Yesterday, Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to Brian Young, managing director of tour operator G Adventures, about the countries he thinks Britons can visit this summer.

As well as Portugal, Mr Young predicted Greece and Spain will also be among the European countries to be added to the UK’s green list.

He said: “Greece’s Minister has said they will begin test flights from the UK in April to a select number of airports, but these will only be for Brits who have a legal reason to travel.

“The ambition is to open up to holidaymakers from May 17, but in a staged approach to most commonly used airports such as Corfu, Crete, Thessaloniki and Athens.”

Speaking about Spain, Mr Young added: “As the most visited country by Brits each year, Spain will be keen to support the safe reintroduction of travel over the summer months but it’s yet to be determined if restrictions will be blanket across all of the Spanish islands, such as the Balearics and Canary Islands, or if they will have their own restrictions and measures in place.”



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