St Lucia ‘could be added to the travel red list’

There are growing fears the Caribbean island of St Lucia could be added to the travel ‘red list’ as ministers prepare to update the Government’s traffic light rules. 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to unveil the latest changes to the categories this afternoon.  

Experts believe St Lucia could be added to the toughest tier – requiring returning travellers to stay in a quarantine hotel – along with Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria and Ghana.

Meanwhile, Spain, France and Greece are all expected to remain on the ‘amber list’ amid concerns no new countries will go green. 

The update will be published as aviation bosses continue to call for the Government to scrap testing requirements for fully-vaccinated travellers returning from green and amber nations.  

There are growing fears the Caribbean island of St Lucia could be added to the travel 'red list'

There are growing fears the Caribbean island of St Lucia could be added to the travel 'red list'

There are growing fears the Caribbean island of St Lucia could be added to the travel ‘red list’

Spain, France and Greece are all expected to remain on the 'amber list'. Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France is pictured

Spain, France and Greece are all expected to remain on the 'amber list'. Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France is pictured

Spain, France and Greece are all expected to remain on the ‘amber list’. Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France is pictured

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to unveil the latest changes to the categories this afternoon

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to unveil the latest changes to the categories this afternoon

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to unveil the latest changes to the categories this afternoon

Coronavirus data analyst Tim White warned St Lucia is ‘in real peril’ of being put on the ‘red list’ as ‘the numbers keep getting worse’.

He said 189 new daily coronavirus cases on the island have been reported, which is 83 per cent more than a week ago. Two additional deaths have been confirmed.

Which countries do experts believe could be added to red list? 

  • St Lucia
  • Morocco
  • Algeria
  • Nigeria
  • Ghana
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Mr White said Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria and Ghana could also be put on the ‘red list’.

Holidaymakers wanting to return from Morocco before a change in status came into force could struggle to find flights due to a lack of spare capacity as a result of the upcoming August bank holiday weekend which is a major period for travel. 

Destinations such as Spain, France and Greece will stay on the ‘amber list’, according to multiple reports.

Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said there is a ‘strong’ case for Turkey to be moved from the ‘red list’ to the ‘amber list’ as it has started supplying ‘substantial data’ to GISAID, a global database sharing figures on genetically sequenced coronavirus test samples.

Mr Charles said he expected ‘very few traffic light changes’ to be made this afternoon because the Government ‘simply doesn’t have the bandwidth’ to deal with the situation in Afghanistan, coronavirus and the travel rules at the same time.  

It came as the boss of Gatwick Airport called for the Government to scrap the testing requirements for fully-vaccinated travellers arriving in the UK from green and amber locations.

All arrivals from ‘green list’ locations must take a pre-departure test and another after they land. Those travelling from an amber country must take the same tests, plus a second post-arrival test.

Experts fear St Lucia could be added to the 'red list' because of a spike in coronavirus cases on the island

Experts fear St Lucia could be added to the 'red list' because of a spike in coronavirus cases on the island

Experts fear St Lucia could be added to the ‘red list’ because of a spike in coronavirus cases on the island

Experts also believe the countries of Morocco, Ghana and Nigeria could be added to the top tier

Experts also believe the countries of Morocco, Ghana and Nigeria could be added to the top tier

Experts also believe the countries of Morocco, Ghana and Nigeria could be added to the top tier 

But it is thought that the holiday hotspots of Greece, France and Spain will all remain on the 'amber list'

But it is thought that the holiday hotspots of Greece, France and Spain will all remain on the 'amber list'

But it is thought that the holiday hotspots of Greece, France and Spain will all remain on the ‘amber list’

Chief executive Stewart Wingate said ending tests for double-jabbed passengers is vital to avoid the UK’s aviation sector ‘falling further behind’ countries in Europe and North America.

He explained: ‘If our Government would to do that and follow the lead of other European nations then we believe the pent up demand will start to flow through and passenger volumes will start to recover.

‘In the UK, we’re at about 15-20 per cent of our pre-pandemic passenger volumes. France and Germany are at about 50-60 per cent of pre-pandemic passenger volumes.

‘With that easing of travel restrictions, we should expect to see a very sharp recovery.’

Which countries are on Britain’s green, amber and red travel lists? 

Here is the current designation for each country on the UK’s travel list: 

GREEN LIST

Anguilla

Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory

Antigua and Barbuda

Austria

Australia

Barbados

Bermuda

British Indian Ocean Territory

Brunei

Bulgaria

Cayman Islands

Croatia

Dominica

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Germany

Gibraltar

Grenada

Hong Kong

Iceland

Israel and Jerusalem

Latvia

Madeira

Malta

Montserrat

New Zealand

Norway

Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands

Romania

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Taiwan

Turks and Caicos Islands

AMBER LIST

Akrotiri and Dhekelia

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Armenia

Aruba

Azerbaijan

The Bahamas

Bahrain

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bhutan

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Bosnia and Herzegovina

British Virgin Islands

Burkina Faso

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Comoros

Congo

Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue

Côte d’Ivoire

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic (Czechia)

Denmark

Djibouti

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Estonia

Fiji

Finland

France

French Polynesia

Gabon

The Gambia

Ghana

Greece (including islands)

Greenland

Guadeloupe

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Honduras

Hungary

India

Iran

Iraq

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kiribati

Kosovo

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Lebanon

Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macao

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mali

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Montenegro

Morocco

Nauru

Netherlands

New Caledonia

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

North Korea

North Macedonia

The Occupied Palestinian Territories

Palau

Papua New Guinea

Poland

Portugal (including the Azores. Madeira is on the green watchlist)

Qatar

Russia

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Solomon Islands

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

St Maarten

St Martin and St Barthélemy

St Pierre and Miquelon

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Tajikistan

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tonga

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United States (USA)

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

RED LIST

Afghanistan

Angola

Argentina

Bangladesh

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Burundi

Cape Verde

Chile

Colombia

Congo (Democratic Republic)

Costa Rica

Cuba

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

Eritrea

Eswatini

Ethiopia

French Guiana

Georgia

Guyana

Haiti

Indonesia

Kenya

Lesotho

Malawi

Maldives

Mayotte

Mexico

Mongolia

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nepal

Oman

Pakistan

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Réunion

Rwanda

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Somalia

South Africa

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Tanzania

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Uganda

Uruguay

Venezuela

Zambia

Zimbabwe

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