Seventeen countries could join the green list this week

17 countries could join the green list for quarantine-free travel this week, according to an analysis of the latest Covid-19 infection and vaccination rates.

Research by the PC Agency, a travel advisory firm, suggests that 12 destinations, including Germany, Poland, Canada, Austria and Romania could go all green, allowing even non-vaccinated vacationers to visit them without having to quarantine when they return to the UK.

All 12 countries have infection rates of less than 30 cases per 100,000 population, compared to 286 cases per 100,000 in the UK, and most of them have also hit more than half of their adult population. The list also includes Bosnia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Five other countries — Bhutan, French Polynesia, North Macedonia, Norway, and Saudi Arabia — have infection rates low enough to join the “green watch list,” which has been defined as being at risk of turning amber and enabling only scammed travelers to visit them without Quarantine upon return to the UK.

The data will be analyzed by Joint Biosecurity Center (JBC) This week before ministers decide which countries should be red, amber or green based on Covid-19 import risk and variants. JBC is believed to be reviewing a long preliminary list of 77 countries as potential “green” additions.

Pressure on ministers to expand the Green List has increased dramatically after it emerged that Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, wrote to Boris Johnson last month urging him to lift restrictions on overseas travel to allow the UK to compete with EU countries that have relaxed their border controls. .

Senior members of Parliament and the travel industry are also urging ministers to review the countries on the red list, which would require any access from them to be quarantined in a government-approved hotel for 10 days at a cost of £1,750.

PC Agency analysis indicates that four countries – Bahrain, India (the source of the delta variable now sweeping Europe), Kenya and Pakistan – have seen their infection rates drop enough to be moved from red to amber.

No one has been removed from the Red List since its introduction despite the low infection rates. We need to open up the Middle East. the [international exhibition conference] “It starts in Dubai in two months, and we can’t have a situation where the British can’t go to show their work,” said a senior Conservative MP.

Ministers this month are expected to lift travel bans on major airport hubs serving the Far East, the Middle East and Australia, including Istanbul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Bahrain, which are currently on the red list.

Passengers passing through airports Without leaving airside there would be no need for a UK hotel quarantine – instead it would be treated according to the last destination they left such as Green Listed Australia.

However, Iceland, Malta, Madeira and Israel are at risk of turning from green to amber due to high infection rates.

More controversial this week will be whether ministers will decide to put any country on a new amber watch list, meaning they are at imminent risk of turning red.

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