UK travel list changes and what it means for Hull and the East Riding

British vacationers have been dealt a blow after it was confirmed no new countries would be on the green travel list and Portugal was moved to the yellow list in the system’s final review.

Travel from the UK to only 11 countries and territories is allowed on return to the UK without quarantine, Transport Minister Grant Shapps said Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the transport minister tightened the rules for countries with high coronavirus infection rates and shifted seven travel destinations, including Sri Lanka and Egypt, from the yellow to the red lists.

A blow to the thousands of Britons already in the country, as well as those planning a trip, Portugal will be removed from the green list just three weeks after opening.

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Madeira and the Azores are also turning amber, with vacationers in the country now facing a scramble for flights home before the new rules go into effect on Tuesday at 4 a.m.

The move – as fears rise about the spread of new variants – means Brits returning after the deadline will have to isolate at home for up to 10 days and do two PCR tests.

Mr Shapps told the BBC, “I want to be honest with people, it’s actually a tough decision, but in the end we saw two things that really raised concern.

“On the one hand, the positivity rate has almost doubled since the last check in Portugal and, on the other hand, a kind of Nepal mutation of the so-called Indian variant was discovered.

“We just don’t know the potential that this could be a vaccinating mutation, and we just don’t want to take any chances if we get by June 21 and the fourth stage unlock review.”

Only 11 countries and territories are now on the green list – many of them, like Australia, currently have already closed borders to British tourists.

People returning from Green List countries do not need to be quarantined on their return to the UK, while those from amber countries are required to self-isolate at home for up to 10 days, while Red List arrivals with a mandatory hotel stay of 1,750 GBP are facing.

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The status of the Green List is determined by a complex combination of factors including:

  • Variants in the country – including their distribution and portability, and any evidence that they escape a vaccine.
  • Test and weekly case rates per 100,000 people and the percentage of tests that come back positive.
  • If the country is safe but has strong travel connections to other countries, there is a great risk of variants.
  • How good this country is at genome sequencing, i.e. at recognizing new variants.
  • How good the overall data in the country is – if you can trust the low number of cases.

When planning a trip from East Yorkshire and Humberside where are you staying?

Well, the remaining countries on the Green List are; Australia, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel and Jerusalem, New Zealand, Singapore, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

The latest decision has once again caused uncertainty in the British travel industry

Flights to the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, start at around £ 43 a round trip from Manchester Airport, but vacationers watch out, it is advisable to pack your jacket when the temperature is around the chilly 11 degrees on the island.

Australia has currently closed its borders and tourists in New Zealand would have to be quarantined for 14 days before they can explore the island.

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Humberside Airport has announced increased capacity to Jersey as it expects a “stay boom” before the changes.

The service runs weekly from June 19th to September 25th, with rates from Jersey starting at £ 84.99 including taxes and fees with a standard 15kg checked baggage allowance.

With constant reviews of travel lists due throughout the summer, taking a “break” in the UK is increasingly emerging as the safest option.


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