International Travel: The green list revealed

The Government has announced which destinations holidaymakers can visit from May 17 without needing to quarantine on their return.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed at a Downing Street press conference that Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel are among 12 countries and territories on the green list.

France, Spain and Greece have not made it onto the green list. They will be on the amber list

See the full list here


Air fares to Portugal have already started to soar as airlines respond to high demand.

British Airways is charging £530 for a flight from Heathrow to the Algarve on May 17, compared with £276 two days earlier.

A Ryanair flight from Stansted to Lisbon costs £262 on May 19, more than double the price of £128 on May 14.


Global Covid-19 cases and deaths
(PA Graphics)

Quarantine and coronavirus testing requirements for people arriving in or returning to England once foreign holidays are permitted will be based on a new traffic light system, with destinations placed on green, amber and red lists.

In addition to not needing to quarantine on their return, people arriving from a green list location will also only be required to take one post-arrival test.

Those returning from an amber list country must self-isolate for at least five days and take a minimum of two tests.

Most popular European destinations could switch to green ahead of the peak summer holiday months.

Returning from a red list country involves an 11-night stay in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £1,750 for solo traveller

Tanya Francis 7th May 2021


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