The Foreign Office has quietly amended travel advice to take into account Covid rates across Europe and the world.
The FCDO even reveals the Greek and Spanish islands that are regarded as low risk: Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos in Greece, as well as all the Canary Islands.
Four months ago, holidays abroad were made illegal. The UK government plans to lift the travel ban, from England at least, from 17 May.
Later this week the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, is expected to reveal a new “traffic light” system that assesses the risk of importation of coronavirus.
Nations that are deemed to constitute a high risk, especially with “variants of concern,” will be classed as red or amber, requiring quarantine in a hotel and at home respectively.
Only people coming in from “green list” countries escape self-isolation, though they must pay £100 or more for pre-departure and post-arrival tests.
The travel industry is furious that, with 13 days to go, there is still no certainty about which countries and regions may be rated green.
But the changed Foreign Office advice reveals the locations that are regarded as low risk…