Summer travel in doubt as Portugal goes from green to amber - NationalWorld digital front page

Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the government will have “no hesitation” in moving countries off the green list if necessary

The digital front page of NationalWorld for 4 June

Popular summer hotspots, including the Spanish and Greek islands, and Malta, had hoped to be awarded green status after the announcement on Thursday (3 June), but the list will remain unchanged.

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In addition, Portugal will be added to the amber list, as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps raised concerns of a new coronavirus mutation and rising cases.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the government will have “no hesitation” in moving countries off the green list if necessary

The holiday destination, including the islands of Madeira and the Azores, will be removed from the green list exempting the need to quarantine on return from 4am on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka, Egypt and five other countries will also be added to the red list requiring isolation in a Government-approved hotel, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.

Ministers confirmed Portugal would be placed on the amber list following a meeting between the Westminster and devolved governments, as well as the Joint Biosecurity Centre.

People returning to the UK from Portugal will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days as part of coronavirus restrictions.

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Sudan, and Trinidad and Tobago will also be placed on the red list, meaning people arriving in the UK from those nations will be required to stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights.

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