Holidays to Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel are ON from May 17

British holidaymakers will be able to head to Portugal, Gibraltar and nine other destinations without quarantining on their return from May 17, Grant Shapps confirmed today.

The Transport secretary unveiled a 12-strong green list of nations where visits will not lead to automatic quarantine requirements.

But he warned that the countries would remain on a ‘watch list’ and reserved the right to take them off again if there is a spike in Covid cases.

Fronting a Government press conference tonight, Mr Shapps said the plan was ‘necessarily cautious’, adding; We must make sure that the countries we reconnect with  are safe.’ 

The countries on the green list from May 17 are:  Portugal including the Azores and Madeira; Australia; New Zealand; Singapore; Brunei; Iceland; the Faroe Islands; Gibraltar; the Falkland Islands; and Israel.

But two of those countries, Australia and New Zealand, will not currently allow British visitors to enter.

There was a blow for football fans as Turkey was added to the red list just weeks before Manchester City and Chelsea battle out he Champions League final in Istanbul.

The Transport secretary unveiled a 12-strong green list of firms where visits will not lead to automatic quarantine requirements.

The Transport secretary unveiled a 12-strong green list of firms where visits will not lead to automatic quarantine requirements.

The Transport secretary unveiled a 12-strong green list of firms where visits will not lead to automatic quarantine requirements.

All the countries on the UK's first green list have similarly low Covid infection rates, meaning the risk of travellers carrying cases between nations is low

All the countries on the UK's first green list have similarly low Covid infection rates, meaning the risk of travellers carrying cases between nations is low

All the countries on the UK’s first green list have similarly low Covid infection rates, meaning the risk of travellers carrying cases between nations is low

The Maldives and Nepal have also been added to the red list.

People returning from those countries after 4am on Wednesday will be required to stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights at a cost of £1,750 for solo travellers.

The DfT also announced that from May 17, people who have had both doses of a coronavirus vaccine will be able to use the NHS app to demonstrate their status.

People who do not have the app will be able to request an NHS letter from that date.

Mr Shapps said travellers should not book holidays that do not include a refund policy if the country’s Covid situation changes.

The Transport Secretary told the press conference: ‘Green list countries will be placed on a watch list.

‘If we start to have any concerns, and if it is necessary because of a new upswing in cases or a new variant, we will not hesitate to act fast and withdraw green status.’

He added: ‘Our strong advice is not to book any holiday which does not include a refund in the event that the Covid-related situation changes and you’re able to cancel.

‘I’m afraid we do expect longer delays at airports.’

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