Those in the travel and tourism industries have urged the UK government to include popular European holiday destinations such as Greece, Spain and Italy on its “green list”.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced on Friday that just 12 places would be initially classed as “green” when international leisure resumes from England on 17 May.
Holidays are permitted under a traffic light system, whereby countries are banded as green, amber or red according to the risk of travellers reimporting cases of Covid-19, with restrictions of varying severity to match.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has advised travellers against visiting amber or red countries on holiday. However, in a further blow to the tourism industry, only a handful of feasible tourist destinations have been put on the green list: Portugal, Gibraltar, Iceland and Israel.
Greece, which previously announced that British holidaymakers would be welcome back from 14 May, has a “very good status”, according to the Greek tourism minister.
“We consider Greece is at a very good status regarding the epidemic at the moment and every week it is getting better and better…