Coronavirus latest: THE UK government will announce more changes to the travel green list on Thursday - with fears Portugal could be taken off the list.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the UK must 'be careful' with the steady reintroduction of international travel. He was speaking ahead of a G7 health ministers’ meeting in Oxford.
Initially, it was hoped that holiday hotspots including the Spanish and Greek islands could be added to the quarantine-free travel list this week, opening up more destinations by June 7.
However, it is now feared that few if any countries will be added to the list as part of the announcement planned for later today, and some could even be taken off.
Portugal has seen a rise in Covid cases - reporting 724 cases yesterday, the highest since April - with fears of a rise in variants in the country.
If Portugal is added to the red list it would scupper tens of thousands of Brits' summer plans - and could force people currently on holiday there to return early to avoid facing mandatory quarantine in the UK.
If it is moved from the green to the amber list, Brits will also need to pay for two additional Covid tests, but can avoid hotel quarantine and self-isolate at home.
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