UK ‘green list’ June 2021

Portugal has been moved from the UK’s green travel lists to amber – meaning that people can only travel there for essential reasons. It also looks likely that no new countries will be added to the green lists when the latest update is confirmed later.

It is expected more countries will be added to the red lists, which should only be visited in extreme circumstances. 17,162 people tested positive for Covid-19 in England in the week to 26 May, up 22% on the previous week and the highest for six weeks. The changes take effect from Tuesday morning. So there is a bit of time for those who are in Portugal to get back.

It means that those who return after 8 June will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days. Most countries are on the amber list so travel there is legal but the government has advised against it except in “exceptional circumstances” – and do not count holidays among those reason. Red list countries are high risk and should not be visited “except in the most extreme of circumstances”, the government says.

The UK Government’s latest travel restrictions is another devastating blow to the travel industry as a whole. The lack of transparency is quiet shocking and totally unacceptable. It’s crippling the country’s travel and tourism sectors.

The industry and travellers need immediate transparency and urgent action to make this system of travel restrictions fit for purpose. We all need peace of mind booking fights whether it’s for business, visiting relatives or a holiday. We’re hoping it’s not another lost summer.