The government is set to unveil its traffic light system that will list countries based on their coronavirus risk factor.
The plan will signify which countries are deemed safe, and which people can travel to without the need to self-isolate for 14 days when they get back to the UK.
This system will open up the travel and tourism industry as Brits will once again be free to visit popular holiday destinations this summer.
Countries will be classified either green, meaning they are safer than the UK; amber, suggesting they are less safe than green countries; or red, which are the least safe and will still require passengers to self-isolate for a fortnight upon their return to the UK.
The grading system will be determined by the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England, and will be based on “strict public health criteria.”
This is how countries are expected to be classified, along with their total number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic:
Green or Amber
Croatia (2,725 total cases)
While Croatia’s infection rate has been oscillating sharply over the last month, the overall number of infections in the country has been low, meaning it will likely be included in the government’s travel plan.
Greece (3,390 total cases)
Greece has been praised for its impressive response to the pandemic after authorities imposed a lockdown early into the outbreak.
The country has seen relatively low numbers of coronavirus infections, even though cases rose sharply in the last fortnight.
Finland (7,209 total cases)
Infection rates in Finland are seeing a significant decrease with nearly 60% fewer cases compared to the fortnight before.
The country has been fairly successful in containing the virus, and has seen a significantly lower number of cases compared to its neighbour, Sweden.
Norway (8,862 total cases)
Norway’s decision to enter lockdown early has resulted in relatively low numbers of coronavirus infections.
France (162,936 total cases)
The popular holiday destination has seen a significant decline of Covid-19 cases over the last few weeks, as it begins to edge out of lockdown.
Italy (240,436 total cases)
Italy, initially one of the hardest hit countries in Europe, has seen infection rates continue to fall over the last few weeks.
Germany (195,104 total cases)
Over recent weeks Germany has seen clusters of outbreaks which have resulted in localised lockdowns, such as at a meat-processing factory in the Gutersloh area.
However, overall Germany has seen its already generally low numbers continue to fall.
Spain (295,850 total cases)
One of the most popular holiday choices among Brits, Spain’s tourism industry is keen to see holiday-makers back this summer.
The country has one of the highest number of fatalities in Europe, but is seeing a decrease in the number of infections.
Belgium(61,361 total cases)
Belgium has the worst case fatality rate in the world, and had previously seen a high rate of infection.
However, in recent weeks the country has seen a steady decline in infections.
Netherlands (50,223 total cases)
The Netherlands continues to move away from the lockdown measures that were implemented to contain the spread of the virus.
The country has seen a small, but consistent decrease in the number of infections.
Turkey (197,239 total cases)
Turkey’s two-week rate of infection is closest to that of the UK. It has recognised that infections are higher than anticipated, but its rates are continuing to fall significantly.
Portugal(41,912 total cases)
Portugal has expressed its desire to welcome back holiday-makers this summer, but due to infection rates increasing in recent weeks, it is likely that it will be classified as red.
It was originally rumoured that an air bridge would be formed with Portugal, but this has supposedly changed after the infection rate picked up suddenly.
Sweden (65,137 total cases)
Unlike its neighbours, Norway and Finland, Sweden did not go into lockdown early on, and has seen a significantly higher number of infections.
The country was heavily criticised for failing to implement substantial social distancing and lockdown measures, as it instead opted for a herd immunity approach.
USA (2,650,771 total cases)
With the highest death-toll in the world, and a two-week infection rate nearly as high as Sweden, it is likely that USA will not be included in the list of safe travel countries.
The traffic light plan is not reciprocal, which means the countries marked ‘green’ or ‘amber’ do not have to accept British tourists, or may make them quarantine when they arrive on holiday.
The government is soon expected to announce the first air bridges – which are agreements between countries for quarantine free travel.