Boris Johnson said there was a “real opportunity” to ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people, as analysts predict Malta, the Balearic Islands and Madeira could be added to the green list on Thursday.
The government is considering ending the requirement for people arriving in England from Orange List countries to self-quarantine at home for 10 days.
People arriving in the UK from Green List destinations are not required to self-isolate, but there are currently no viable major tourist destinations in this tier.
During a visit to New Normandy Barracks in Aldershot, the Prime Minister said there was a “real opportunity to open up travel” this summer for those who have received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine.
Asked about German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling for more restrictions on British travelers going abroad due to the Delta variant, Mr.
âIf you look at it, we have over 60% of our population that has had two jabs now, I think 83% have had a jab, we’re really doing it now.
“The crucial thing is to show up and get your second jab.”
On the prospect of taking his own vacation abroad this summer, Mr Johnson said his plans were “at an untrained stage”, adding: “I’m certainly not ruling it out or ruling it out.”
Paul Charles, managing director of travel consultancy The PC Agency, has predicted that Malta and the Portuguese island of Madeira will be placed on the UK’s green list when it is updated on Thursday.
He said he “does not expect more than five countries to be added”, despite data indicating that “more are eligible”.
Robert Boyle, former chief strategy officer at parent company British Airways IAG, noted that several Amber List countries have lower case rates than the UK, such as Malta, Poland, Germany, Moldova, Finland, Italy, Canada and the United States.
But he added: âThere were several countries that should have been added (to the green list) in the last review based on their case rates, and none were.
“So if the traffic lights will stay stuck on amber / red on the next exam, everyone can guess at this point.”
Analyst Tim White said he expected a handful of destinations to be moved to the green level on Thursday, including Malta, the Balearic Islands, Poland, Slovakia and the Greek islands of Corfu, Kefalonia and Santorini.
He warned that “the huge increase in UK cases” of Covid-19 would likely result in Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Home Secretary Priti Patel “cutting back a few of the green list again “.
As of 9 a.m. as of Wednesday, there had been 16,135 more laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK – the highest daily total since February 6.