Canada and Denmark added to green list but Turkey still on red

Seven new countries have been added to the green list (Picture: Getty; Rex)

Canada, Denmark and Finland are among seven new countries that have been added to the UK’s green list, the Department of Transport has announced.

Lithuania, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Azores have also been downgraded to green, meaning travellers returning to the UK won’t have to quarantine.

Meanwhile, Montenegro and Thailand have been bumped up to red, meaning returning British and Irish nationals must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 11 days at a cost of more than £2,000.

The new rules will come into force at 4am on Monday August 30, in the final update to the traffic-light system before the end of summer.

Turkey and Pakistan were among the red-list countries hoping to be moved on to amber, meaning all passengers would be allowed into the UK again as long as they test negative for Covid before travelling

However there have been no changes to the amber list, which allows travellers to avoid quarantine if they are double jabbed.

Countries are rated based on Covid case, vaccine and variant rate.

It is the first time the traffic light system has been updated since August 4.

Mr Shapps said at the time that there would be no further changes for three weeks so people can enjoy their holidays ‘without looking over their shoulders the whole time’.

Earlier, experts predicted that Morocco, St Lucia and Jamaica would go on the red list due to rising Covid cases.

Croatia, Madeira, Israel and Antigua were also tipped to go amber, meaning more testing and two weeks of home quarantine for people who aren’t double jabbed.

The changes today mean most countries in Europe are green or amber, giving hope for last-minute summer holidays.

However, travel bosses claim the government’s failure to expand the green list over the summer has affected confidence in booking trips abroad.

There are currently 36 countries on the green list, and 16 of these are on a ‘watchlist’ meaning they could move to amber at short notice.

New research today shows just four in every thousand double-jabbed holidaymakers are testing positive on their return to the UK.

Tory MP and chairman of the Future of Aviation group, Henry Smith, said the data ‘really makes the case for a much simpler and straightforward testing regime.’

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