express– Transport secretary Grant Shapps will today, June 24, announce changes to the UK’s travel traffic light system.
It is expected that Mr Shapps will confirm the addition of both Malta and the Balearic Islands to the green list.
This move will depend on ministers agreeing to it at a coronavirus operations committee meeting.
But a senior government source has said the decision is highly likely.
The government source told The Times there was a “real possibility” that the Balearic Islands would be put on the quarantine-free list.
These islands include holiday favourites Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza.
The move is probable provided that there is no last-minute alarming data from the Government’s meeting.
Other changes expected to be announced today are updates to the red list.
A handful of African countries are expected to be put on the red list.
Travel is currently banned from these nations for all except British residents and nationals.
Malta was tipped to be added to the green list three weeks ago, during the Government’s last travel traffic system announcement.
However, its status on the amber list remained unchanged.
In the last update to the lists in early June, no new countries were added to the green list.
However, Portugal was removed from the green list and downgraded to the amber list.
Iceland and Gibraltar are currently the only European destinations on the green list for British holidaymakers.
Returning travellers do not have to quarantine after holidaying in a country on the green list.
However, Britons returning from amber countries must quarantine for 10 days at home, and for 10 days in a hotel if coming from red countries.
This is regardless of travellers’ vaccination status, but this could change for double jabbed holidaymakers returning from amber nations in August.
Data analysed by the PC Agency from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and Our World in Data suggests that, according to the UK’s own criteria, multiple countries should be added to the green list today.
These include the US, Croatia, Canada, Italy, Germany, the Balearic Islands, Mexico, Jamaica, Finland, Poland, Morocco, Malta, Barbados, and Grenada.
The potential updates to the travel traffic light lists will be announced this afternoon.