Holidaymakers will learn later today what destinations have made it on to the UK’s green list for travel, and if Portugal will be removed from it.
Spain’s Canary Islands and the Balearics may be deemed fit to travel to, though it is unlikely mainland Spain will be cleared for the green list.
Portugal’s green list status is under review as Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week warned new restrictions may come into place.
“We’re going to try to allow people to travel, as I know that many people want to, but we’ve got to be cautious and we’ve got to continue to put countries on the red list, on the amber list, when that is necessary. I want you to know we will have no hesitation in moving countries from the green list to the amber list to the red list if we have to do so. The priority is to continue the vaccine rollout, to protect the people of this country,” Prime Minister Johnson said on June 2.
There are also concerns that Britain’s airports are not yet ready to handle an increasing number of passengers returning from foreign holidays.
Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow home secretary, said the UK’s Border Force were unprepared.
“This is yet more evidence of the dangerous impact of Conservative chaos over travel planning. This is causing ongoing confusion over the ‘amber list’ that is resulting in far too many people still travelling to Covid hotspots and mixing at airports, further increasing the risk of variants reaching the UK,” he said.
“Ministers need to scrap the ‘amber list’ urgently, to limit travellers reaching the UK and ensure that Border Force have the resources they need to manage arrivals from the ‘green list’ safely,” he added.
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