AS MANY as 24 countries could be taken off the red list and put onto the green list this week, according to one travel expert.
The UK government is expected to announce changes to the traffic light system this Thursday, in their update which comes every three weeks.
As many as 24 countries could be put onto the green list this week, according to one expert[/caption]
PC Agency’s Paul Charles offered his own predictions on Twitter: “There have been no new Covid Variants of Concern since 11th May.
“Our analysis shows 24 countries should come off the UK red list immediately including Argentina, Egypt, Kenya, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, South Africa, Uruguay, Zambia.”
People responded, with many hoping for Turkey and the Maldives to come off, both popular destinations for package holidays and honeymoons.
Mr Charles also said that Turkey should be taken off the red list, explaining: “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.”
Travel expert Tim White previously said that the Maldives “deserved” to join the amber list because “virtually all restaurants and bars are open air in resorts”.
The traffic light scheme could be scrapped altogether by next month.
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According to the Telegraph, officials are developing a new system based on the vaccination status of travellers rather than the Covid situation in other countries.
A source told the Telegraph: “It’s about whether you are vaccinated or not, rather than the country you are travelling to.
“What it means is that green and amber disappear and only vaccination status will count for where you travel. For a vaccinated person, just as now all countries apart from red are ‘green’.”
This means that amber and green lists could be removed, although the red list which required Covid testing and hotel quarantines will remain in place.
It is unlikely that the test requirement will be removed entirely, despite calls for tests to be reduced in price after a recent study found them to cost families an extra £300 on average.
However, ministers are poised to allow double-jabbed travellers to avoid pricey PCR tests on their return, saving families hundreds of pounds.
The review could come as early as this week but officials say a formal checkpoint will take place by October 1.
Egypt could be one of the countries, with hopes for Turkey too[/caption]