'Portugal to go amber and no green list additions'

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'Portugal to go amber and no green list additions' – reports

Portugal will be removed from the green list of destinations later today and no new countries added, according to various media reports.

There have been no additions to the Green List.

Arrivals from green list destinations are not required to isolate, but must still present a negative Covid test before departure to the United Kingdom and a PCR test within two days of returning. Anyone arriving from red destinations has to quarantine in a hotel at a cost of £1,750 ($2,481) per person.

"We're going to try to allow people to travel, as I know that many people want to, but we've got to be cautious and we've got to continue to put countries on the red list, on the amber list, when that is necessary".

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It comes as United Kingdom prime minister Boris Johnson previously warned that the government would not hesitate to drop countries from the green list.

"After promises that the Global Travel Taskforce would result in a clear framework, removing the damaging flip flopping we all endured last summer, the government decision to move Portugal straight from green to amber will do untold damage to customer confidence", he said.

The government now only advises travelling internationally for leisure purposes to green list countries; however, it remains perfectly legal to go on a foreign holiday to amber or indeed red list destinations. "They have failed on this promise".

However, if cases rise suddenly in a particular country, it may be removed from the Green list or added to the Red list without notice.

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Travel industry experts previously predicted that the Canary and Balearic islands could open up to tourism, and Malta, which only narrowly missed out on quarantine-free travel the last time the list was reviewed. Other European countries that were thought to make the green list were Finland and Poland.

Most popular European destinations stayed in the amber category, which means arrivals must self-isolate for 10 days upon entry into the United Kingdom, plus take PCR tests on days two and eight.

Robert Boyle, former director of strategy at British Airways' parent company IAG, said: "In theory, we know what is being measured and the data sources being used, as the government has published that".

The government has previously said assessments of travel lists are based on a range of factors, including the proportion of a population that has been vaccinated, rates of infection, emerging new variants, and access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.

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