Grant Shapps to hold green list press conference TONIGHT to reveal UK holiday plans
GRANT Shapps is to hold a press conference tonight to reveal the green list of destinations for holidays this summer.
The Transport Secretary will lead the Downing Street briefing from 5pm.
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He will set out which countries Brits can travel to without having to quarantine on their return from May 17.
The plans will be signed off at a government 'Covid-O' committee meeting this morning.
Countries will be ranked either green, amber or red under a new traffic light system.
It will classify destinations based on measures including the proportion of a country’s population vaccinated, rates of infection and emerging new variants.
Green zones will mean quarantine-free travel for Brits, but tests before and after entry in to the UK.
Travellers from amber list countries will have to quarantine at home for 10 days on arrival and take three tests – one before arrival and two after.
Entry from red list countries will be outlawed still, with anyone coming through those countries forced to pay £1,750 to quarantine at a government-approved hotel.
Only a handful of European countries are expected to make the first round of the green list, including Malta, Gibraltar, Iceland and Finland.
But hopes of a summer break in Portugal have soared, with ministers poised to also put the popular destination on England’s approved list.
Summer favourites such as Spain, France, Italy and Greece are expected to be on the amber list initially.
They could switch to green when the situation is reviewed at a "checkpoint" on June 28.
Destinations are likely to require holidaymakers to show evidence they have received a coronavirus vaccine or taken a recent negative test.
Mr Shapps confirmed that people in England will be able to display their status using the NHS app, but there are doubts over whether it will be ready for May 17.
As The Sun revealed last month, every passenger arriving in the UK will be required to take a test, with the result entered into a passenger locator form.
Passengers who refuse or fail to complete the digital paperwork will be barred from getting on the plane, train or ferry and face a hefty fine.
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