Holidaymakers will be pleased to see a number of countries have moved to the green list as part of the government’s latest travel update.
Switzerland, Canada and Azores are among several countries moved from the amber list to green – meaning people who aren’t fully vaccinated yet will no longer need to self-isolate on their return to the UK.
Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein and Lithuania have also moved from amber to green.
Read more: Why Essex should be the only contender in the vote for the UK’s Favourite Place
For residents who have already had both jabs, there will be virtually no difference to their travel plans as they already didn’t need to self-isolate on return.
Moving from the amber to red list are Montenegro and Thailand meaning anyone travelling there must quarantine for ten days in a hotel on their return with the hefty price tag of £2,285 per adult.
Despite hopes from many it would move onto the amber list, Turkey remains firmly in the red list among many others until the next travel review.
The changes announced by the government today will come into force at 4am on Monday, August 30.
If you’re looking for a way to stay up-to-date with the latest breaking news from around Essex, the EssexLive newsletter is a good place to start.
The twice-daily update will deliver the top news and features to your inbox every morning and evening.
We choose the most important stories of the day to include in the newsletter, including crime, court news, long reads, traffic and travel, food and drink articles and more.
Signing up to the newsletter is simple. All you have to do is to click here and type in your email address.
It’s one of the many ways that you can read the news that matters to you from EssexLive.
A spokesman for Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said the “small number of green destinations” is making international travel from the UK “more expensive, burdensome and uncertain compared to our neighbours”.
He went on: “Too many families are having to look over their shoulders for rule changes and pay through the nose for tests, with no sign from Government that this will change.
“As has already happened across Europe, it’s time for a more proportionate system where tests are dropped for the fully-vaccinated and from destinations where Covid risks are low, with tougher measures targeted at a small number of high risk countries.”
Every country on the red list
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Trinidad and Tobago
Want the latest Essex news direct to your inbox? Sign up here.