29 May 2021, Spain, Arenal: People sunbathe on the beach of Arenal. After the hard pandemic winter with many restrictions, 312 houses have already resumed operations on the Spanish holiday island, as the Mallorcan hotelier association FEHM announced on Friday in Palma. That is 37.5 percent of all the FEHM affiliated hotels. Photo by: Clara Margais/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

COVID-19: Ahead of green travel list update, what’s the situation in holiday hotspots and how do rates compare?

Holidaymakers are holding their breath ahead of an expected update to the UK’s travel traffic light list later today.

Travel firms are hoping a number of major holiday destinations will be added to the green list, meaning people do not have to quarantine on their return.

However it remains unclear if that will happen due to fears of the spread of coronavirus variants from other countries.

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Reports suggest holiday hotspots like Italy, Spain and France are likely to remain on the government’s amber list, while Malta could go green.

It has also been reported that Portugal could be added to the amber list, as Boris Johnson warned yesterday that the government will have “no hesitation” over moving countries off the green list if data shows it is necessary.

People arriving in the UK from amber list countries have to take two post-arrival tests and self-isolate at home for 10 days.


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