BRITS keen to take-off for sunny holidays abroad are readying their passports as the government’s green travel list is set to be revealed.
Grant Shapps will today (May 7) unveil a traffic light system, which will see the world carved up into green, amber or red zones based on vaccine roll-out and case rates, as well as new variants found.
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The travel list will be announced on May 7Credit: Alamy
What time is Grant Shapps’ speech today, Friday, May 7?
Grant Shapps is to hold a press conference tonight (May 7) to reveal the green list of destinations for holidays this summer.
The Transport Secretary will lead the Downing Street briefing from 5pm.
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.
What is Grant Shapps expected to announce?
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.
Mr Shapps is expected to announce that only a handful of European countries have made it onto 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.
Mr Shapps is expected to confirm that travellers from England will be able to pack a free NHS rapid test to take before they come home to help slash the testing cost.
Every arrival into the UK will have to take a gold standard PCR test — booked before the holiday — at least two days after coming home.
The private tests will be used to catch and stop any vaccine-busting variants from entering the UK and usually cost around £120, although some providers on the government list are dropping to around £45.
There will be no exemptions for fully vaccinated punters.
How can I watch Grant Shapps’ speech live?
Brits eager to know where they can jet off to from May 17 can watch Grant Shapps’ announcement live at 5pm on The Sun’s YouTube channel.
In addition, our live green list announcement blog will provide updates and reports on what is being said during the briefing.
People will also be able to watch the announcement on TV channels including BBC and Sky News.
It will also be broadcast on Downing Street’s platforms.
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