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When will the travel traffic light system next be reviewed?

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The travel traffic light system helps to make your travel dreams a reality (Picture: Getty)

The travel traffic light system was recently reviewed, with one of the major changed being Portgual’s move to the amber list.

While holidays have resumed in England, travellers are still limited to a small number of green-listed countries – most of which have their own strict restrictions for British visitors.

Many more countries currently sit on the amber list, where trips are technically permitted but remain subject to quarantine and testing rules.

Meanwhile, the red list, which includes the likes of India and Argentina, is officially out of bounds.

Right now, the UK government aren’t recommending holidays to amber and red countries.

But when is the next travel traffic light list update due?

When is the next travel traffic light update?

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When is the next review? (Picture: Getty)

The travel traffic light system’s three lists – green, amber and red – are updated every three weeks.

The most recent update was on Thursday, June 3 – which means the next update is due on June 24.

That’s three days after June 21, when lockdown restrictions in England are due to be fully lifted – although Prime Minister Boris Johnson says this is still up in the air due to the surge of coronavirus cases.

As for the next green list, it’s not yet known which nations will make the cut.

Brits are hoping that popular destinations like France, Greece, and Spain will be given the green light soon.

Tourist walking the streets of Saint-Emilion.
Can you go to France, Spain or Greece this summer? (Picture: Getty)

In late May, epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that restrictions on travel depended on what was trying to be achieved.

‘Clearly, if we want to stop any new variants coming in, then arguably the sort of strategies that Taiwan and New Zealand and Australia are adopting are what we need to implement here, but I’m not sure if the majority of the population would support that,’ he said.

‘I think we have a strategy at the moment of trying to reduce the risks, but not eliminate them.’

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland’s traffic light lists can differ to England’s, so it’s best to keep an eye on individual government website advice.

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