Travel news latest: Green list countries set to be announced today

A surge of pent-up holiday demand is set to be unleashed today when the Government reveals the first countries to make its “green” list, allowing quarantine-free travel from later this month.

British holidaymakers are expected to be allowed to visit only a handful of destinations when the ban on international travel lifts on May 17, with Portugal, Malta and Israel due to make the cut

Details on which countries will make the “green” list on the new traffic light system, and which “amber”, meaning quarantine will be required on return, is expected in a Downing Street press conference at 5pm. 

Emma Coulthurst, a spokesperson for TravelSupermarket, said the holiday comparison site had already begun to see increases in search for those countries mooted to be on the list. The Government has taken a country’s infection rates, vaccine progress and genomic sequencing capacity into account. 

“There are some really good prices at the moment if people are happy with the terms and conditions for the package holiday and decide to go ahead and book,” she said.

“Once the green list is announced, there will be an anticipated increase in demand for those destinations on the list and, depending on demand levels, prices may go up.”

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A big day for British holidaymakers today as the Government is expected to announce its green list. 

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