Holiday ‘big bang’ as Spain, Greece and US to be ‘quarantine-free by June’

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Quarantine-free holidays to Spain, Greece, France and the US are could be allowed by the end of June, according to reports.

A "big bang" of bookings is expected as the holiday hotspots get added to the Government "green" travel list.

It comes as only a "handful" of countries will get the green status on May 17 when the list is announced later this week.

Portugal is said to be on the "cusp" of making the initial list with an insider claiming it'd be added "soonish" if it didn't make the cut first time round.

Ministers are set to add other popular destinations including Spain, Greece and France by the end of June, reports the Telegraph.

A government source said the list will be updated every few weeks to give Brits the chance to get away.

"It's a rolling, evolving list that is going to start off cautiously but could start to change quickly," they told the outlet.

"It is not like a one-off list that affects the totality of the summer. It will update and other countries will be added."

Ministers are also confident that the Caribbean and the US will also be deemed safe enough to be added to the "green" list by the end of June too as vaccination rates rise.

One Downing Street source has implored holidaymakers to be patient before the "big bang for summer holidays" in the weeks to come, reports the Times.

  • Boris Johnson backs hols abroad from May 17 but warns of 'influx of disease'

But Covid rates within the countries could mean there will be a green-light to travel to islands even if the mainland held "amber" status.

It comes as Boris Johnson warned his approach to foreign travel this summer will aim to avoid "an influx of disease".

The PM said: "We do want to do some opening up on May 17 but I don't think that the people of this country want to see an influx of disease from anywhere else.

  • Boris Johnson hints at 'good chance' of social distancing ending on June 21

"I certainly don't and we have got to be very, very tough, and we have got to be as cautious as we can while we continue to open up."

The UK recorded just one new death on Monday – the first time fatalities have been that low since last summer – though there have been delays in reporting cases over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the EU is reportedly planning to let in tourists who haven't had the jab.

Green zones will mean quarantine free travel but tests before and after entry.

Travellers from amber list countries will have to quarantine at home for 10 days on arrival.

Entry from red list countries will be outlawed still, with anyone coming through those countries forced to pay to be isolated in a hotel when they arrive at their own cost.

  • Holidays
  • Coronavirus
  • Boris Johnson
  • Met Office
  • Spain

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