'Portugal removed from green list and no countries added'

Portugal will be removed from the green travel list – and no countries will be added – according to reports.

BBC news reports that Portugal will be downgraded from green to amber starting Tuesday.

This means that people currently vacationing in Portugal will have to self-isolate at home for 10 days if they return after the changes are implemented.

Meanwhile, the PA news agency expects no new destinations will be added to the green travel list in the government’s latest update

Summer hotspots such as the Spanish and Greek islands as well as Malta had hoped to be awarded green status on Thursday.

However, given concerns over rising coronavirus case rates in the UK, no supplements are expected.

Additions to the Red List are also expected, with Bahrain, Costa Rica, Malaysia and Thailand among the potential candidates.

People returning to the UK from red list locations must stay in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £ 1,750 for solo travelers.

The reports come as Cabinet Ministers meet the Joint Biosecurity Center (JBC) before the UK government updates its travel advice.

An official announcement is expected today.

While there is no law prohibiting people from traveling to an Amber List country for a vacation, the government urges people not to.

Traffic light map of Europe

People returning from green destinations do not need to be quarantined, but those arriving from yellow locations will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days. Arrivals from a red tier country must enter a quarantine hotel.

Portugal was the only viable main destination on the Green List.

The most popular vacation spots like Spain, France, Italy and Greece are on the amber list.

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