When we’ll find out which countries will be on the green list for summer holidays

The government has said that holidays abroad will be on the cards this summer – but has yet to confirm exactly when foreign travel will restart, or which countries will feature on the list.

Brits will need to wait until at least May before receiving a further update on exactly where they can travel if they want to go abroad for non-essential reasons.

The Global Travel Taskforce recently revealed its interim report on plans to restart travel, which would be from May 17 at the earliest. This will involve a traffic light system with countries placed on a green, amber or red list which determines rules for quarantine and testing when you return to the UK.

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Countries will be placed into green, amber and red categories

The green list is the one sure to appeal to holidaymakers as it’s the one which won’t require any self-isolating or quarantine hotel stays when you return (although you’ll still need to have taken a pre-departure Covid test).

So, when can we hope to find out about when travel restarts, and where we’ll be able to go?

Well, a statement on the government website says ‘early May’ is when more details will be laid out.

It reads: “It is too early to predict which countries will be on which list over the summer, and the government continues to consider a range of factors to inform the restrictions placed on them. We will set out by early May which countries will fall into which category, as well as confirming whether international travel can resume from 17 May 2021.”

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No doubt successful vaccination programmes and low numbers of Covid cases will be key factors – and the good news for Brits is that there are currently plenty of countries with both, which could make them strong contenders for the green list.

Of course it’s not just about where the UK authorities say Brits can travel – it’s also about which countries will be open to tourists. (We’ve got a separate guide on this including holiday hotspots’ individual entry requirements from vaccines to negative PCR test results).

The silver lining is that UK holidays are back on the cards for some Brits, with restrictions having eased in Wales and England, allowing for overnight stays in self-contained accommodation, with members of your own household/support bubble.

Oh, and you can go to Wales if you live in England, and vice versa.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s ‘stay local’ rule is ending early on April 16 (Friday). However, travel between Scotland the rest of the UK is still set to resume from April 26 as originally planned.

Will you be booking a trip abroad when restrictions lift? Let us know in the comments below.

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