The announcement of the renewed “green list” of Britain for tourism is evolving into a thriller with conflicting information. The British newspapers, in view of the official announcements that are scheduled to take place in the afternoon, publish information in the last few hours, according to which at least five large Greek islands are expected to be included in the list to receive British tourists.
However, shortly after 3pm, the BBC quoted Health Minister Matt Hancock as saying that no country or region would be added. In fact, other media leave open the possibility not only of not adding countries or regions, but also to put countries off the list.
One of them is Portugal, which is being removed from the green list due to its epidemiological situation. The news was confirmed by the British Minister of Transport, Grand Saps. The bans on Portugal will take effect on Tuesday. Thus, those Britons in this country have a small margin to return, without restrictions, however those who do so after June 8, will have to be quarantined for 10 days.
Meanwhile, according to new information, seven countries will be added today to the “red” list of Britain. These are: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, Sri Lanka.
Earlier, major British media estimated that a number of Greek islands are expected to be included in the update of the British “green list” for tourism. Thus, reports in the British press state – citing their own information – that the green list is expected to include islands such as Zakynthos, Rhodes, Kos, Kefalonia. Other publications want Mykonos and Santorini to be included in the same list.
The information is constantly updated, as there is particular interest in Britain. The data changed shortly after 3 pm after the publication of the BBC information, while on the same wavelength, the Sun moved immediately.
The Sun: No country will be added to Britain's 'green list' today
An article in the British newspaper “The Sun” states that no country will be added today to the existing “green list of Britain” with international travel destinations where quarantine is not mandatory when the British return home.
The publication, which does not reveal its sources, however, claims that other countries will be added to the “red list”.
In addition, there are talks about whether Portugal, a popular holiday destination for the British, will move from the “green list” to the “orange list” (amber list), which includes our country.
Announcements, however, are officially expected within the day. The Boris Johnson government, according to British media, will maintain the strict policy it has adopted in international travel, but there will be “shifts” and changes.
The new lists will be announced from London in the afternoon and are expected to take effect from Monday.
What is changing for Greece
According to the British press, specific Greek islands, the Canary Islands, as well as Malta and Finland, were considered candidates for inclusion in the “green list”.
Travel analysts have estimated that for destinations such as Cyprus, mainland Greece and other European countries, the most realistic date for inclusion in the green list is June 28, ie in the next review.
Britain has adopted a system of categorizing countries based on their epidemiological picture since it allowed travel again on 17 May. The countries are categorized in the “green”, “orange” and “red” list, with the first so far comprising only 12 states and territories.