New green list to make Iceland top available holiday destination

Holiday plans for UK tourists have been plunged into chaos after government sources revealed Portugal will later be axed from the green list because of a rise in cases of Covid-19.

Portugal is currently one of just 12 places Brits can enjoy quarantine-free holidays to but a rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has been causing alarm.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps is set to announce changes to travel list classifications this afternoon which is expected to see Portugal move from the green list to the amber list.

There had been suggestions that Malta and Spanish and Greek islands would move off the amber list into the green list but this now appears unlikely.

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The Nordic country is spectacular, if a little chilly
The Nordic country is spectacular, if a little chilly

People returning from amber list countries are required to isolate at home, while those who have been to red list countries must say in a government-approved hotel at their own expense.

The removal of Portugal from the green list is a major blow to holidaymakers and the tourism industry and leaves Iceland as one of the only options for tourists looking to head abroad in the near future.

The Nordic island nation in the northern Atlantic Ocean is set to become the only destination that UK holidaymakers will be able to travel to as other countries on the green list either have tightly controlled or closed borders.

Flights to Iceland’s capital Reykjavík begin at around £43 for a round trip from Manchester Airport but holidaymakers beware, you would be wise to pack your coat with temperatures on the island hovering around a cool 11 degrees.

Those looking to soak up some rays might also be better looking closer to home as the country is experiencing a spell of wet weather which isn’t due to ease until the end of next week.

Remaining on the green list will be Australia, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel and Jerusalem, New Zealand, Singapore, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

Australia currently has closed its borders and tourists in New Zealand would be required to quarantine for 14 days before being able to explore the island.

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Locally, Humberside Airport has announced increased capacity to Jersey as it anticipates a ‘staycation’ boom ahead of the changes.

The service will operate weekly from June 19 until September 25, with fares from Jersey starting from £84.99 including taxes and charges with 15kg checked baggage as standard.