London Stansted and Southend Airport: Countries that could move to green list after next review

Travelling may seem more trouble than it’s worth these days with the endless rules you have to follow, and forms you have to fill.

We are still using the traffic light travel system, even though coronavirus restrictions here in the UK have been lifted.

It is clear to see in England that we’re not out of the woods and the traffic light system gets updated every three weeks, reports MyLondon.

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The last update came on August 4, meaning we can expect the next one on August 25.

But, what should we anticipate?

Late summer holidaymakers – or those who’ve been separated from their families by the pandemic – are holding out hopes that certain countries will be bumped to green or even amber.

Paul Charles, head of travel consultancy The PC Agency, has hinted that the Government’s nation shuffling might be a tad overly cautious.

“While there is welcome progress with the Gulf hubs [UAE, Qatar, Bahrain] moving to amber,” he wrote, “there are still many countries which should be on the green list; there is no guarantee that Government won’t switch a country at short notice; and no cap on test costs.

“Travel remains in a Government armlock.”

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The agency identified 12 countries which they reckoned should make the green, seven of which did last week.

The five remaining ones are:

  • Poland

  • Canada

  • Bosnia and Herzogovina

  • Czech Republic

  • Lithuania

Germany, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Latvia, Slovakia and Slovenia were all moved to green.

France, meanwhile, was removed from the ‘amber-plus’ category back to regular amber, having been placed there in the first instance over fears of the Beta variant.

It’s important the rules of the country you’re travelling to, as well as the UK’s, so be sure to do your research.

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