Which destinations could go green this week?
While restrictions have been relaxed for Orange List travelers, for those with a single dose or no vaccine, the Green List remains important for immediate vacation prospects. It’s also worth noting that the FCDO still advises against non-essential travel to some Amber List countries, including Italy, making insurance more difficult to obtain. Green destinations do not carry much risk of being thrown on the red list either.
A study by The PC Agency, a travel consulting firm, suggests that 12 destinations qualify for promotion on the green list: Germany, Poland, Canada, Austria, Romania, Bosnia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
All 12 countries have infection rates of less than 30 cases per 100,000 population, and most have also completely bitten more than half of their adult populations.
Five other countries have infection rates low enough to join the “green watch list”, defined as being at risk of turning orange. The contenders are: Bhutan, French Polynesia, North Macedonia, Norway and Saudi Arabia.
Here are key statistics for some of the most popular destinations for UK travelers, which apparently meet the criteria for being on the Green List, or Green Watch List, in this week’s update. For context, the UK infection rate stands at 279.58 per 100,000.
Seven-day case rate: 13.31 per 100,000
Double jab rate: 70.85%
Seven-day case rate: 18.21 per 100,000
Double jab rate: 60.3%
Seven-day case rate: 12 per 100,000
Double jab rate: 53.99%
Seven-day case rate: 4.04 per 100,000
Double jab rate: 65.12%
Will France drop off the Amber Plus list?
Infection rates in France continue to rise, up 21.42% in one week to 253.23 per 100,000. However, cases still remain lower than in the UK and the country’s amber rating more is explained by its levels of the beta variant, which is feared to be more resistant to the vaccine.
Confusion reigned last week, with Foreign Minister Dominic Raab appearing to attribute the amber plus decision to the beta variant cases on Reunion Island, thousands of miles from the mainland.
However, on Friday Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “This was in fact the case where the [JCB] chose in France – there were discussions as to whether these cases came from Reunion, they may have started there but they were measured in France. “
Asked about the rate of beta variant cases in France, he said: “It looks like the trend is down … the Joint Biosafety Center will look into France and provide new advice on where it should be in. the system.”
Recent data shows that beta variant cases have dropped from 9% to just 1.9% of cases on the continent.
What we do know is that the decision will come with the rest of the traffic light update, which Mr Shapps has confirmed.