Travel update: Green list boosted with seven more countries as Thailand turns red

Boris Johnson urges ‘patience’ over travel restrictions

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The Government has issued an update on the travel list just in time for people going away for the bank holiday weekend. The travel update includes some additions to the green and red list.  

New green list additions: 







The Azores  

Red List additions: 



No countries have been added to the amber list. 

The new changes will come into effect on Monday August 30 at 4am.

The UK travel list is updated every three weeks. 

It was predicted not many changes would take place in this review.  

It was expected popular holiday destinations Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Malta were going to stay on their current lists. 

However, Montenegro and Thailand weren’t expected to be added to the red list.

The Government said the decision is due to “the increased case rates in these countries and the higher risk that travel from these countries poses to UK public health”.

Travellers can travel to green list destinations restriction-free and don’t have to quarantine on their way back to the UK. 

When coming back from an amber list destination, fully-jabbed travellers don’t have to quarantine. 

However, non-vaccinated travellers have to self-isolate for 10 days on their return and pay for at least three Covid tests.

Anyone coming from a red list country has to quarantine in a designated hotel at their own expense.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO said: “Despite our world-leading vaccination programme the UK’s economic recovery remains far behind our more pragmatic European neighbours, which are already reaping the rewards of a rapid recovery. 

“We also need to urgently end the uncertainty caused by the constant threat of changes to countries’ traffic light status. Our ‘green’ list is much smaller than that of the US and EU, despite no new variants being transported into the UK.”

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