Only eight countries can be declared safe on summer vacation this year, according to a new report.
Ireland, Iceland, the USA and Malta could be placed on the green list for international travel along with Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Gibraltar.
Of that, both New Zealand and Australia are currently closed to tourists, meaning there could only be six safe vacation destinations, reports The mirror.
All other countries would end up on a yellow or red list. Red means no unnecessary travel and amber means restrictions like quarantine.
A report by Robert Boyle, former chief strategy officer at BA, which was circulated around the travel industry, said that most of Europe is classified as “amber” or “red” – which means quarantine is required. according to The Telegraph.
The report ranks 52 countries based on vaccination rates, infection rates, variants and capacity for genome sequencing – the four criteria used by the UK government.
People coming from countries classified as “red” must be quarantined in a hotel when they return to England. The price is £ 1,750.
France, the Netherlands, Turkey, Croatia, Sweden, Belgium and Luxembourg should be “red” on the criteria, researchers found, but this is unlikely for political reasons, the report said.
In countries classified as “amber”, people must be quarantined at home for 10 days after their arrival.
High COVID rates in Spain, Greece, Italy and Cyprus mean they’re likely to be “amber” – but it’s possible islands are given their own rating.
The report said: “Last year the Spanish and Greek islands were given a lower risk than the mainland and that could happen again this year.”
Only five countries have vaccinated more than five percent of their population – the US, Israel, Gibraltar, the United Arab Emirates, and Malta – while only seven have fewer than 50 cases per million people.
These are China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Iceland and Gibraltar.
The rates of variance are worst in Turkey, Luxembourg, Finland, Belgium, France, Holland and South Africa, reports The Telegraph.