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Shapps warns of new Covid mutation as Portugal is removed from green travel list

Portugal will be removed from the green travel list as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps raised concerns of a new coronavirus mutation and rising cases.

Labour criticised the “chaos” as reports about the travel restrictions dripped out of the Government on Thursday without official confirmation.

Unattributed reports suggested Portugal would be put 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 amber list countries must self-isolate at home for 10 days as part of coronavirus restrictions.

Meanwhile, seven countries – Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica,

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How long will Turkey be on the red list? Latest travel advice for summer holidays

Turkish holiday hopes have been dealt a severe blow this week with the announcement that the country has been added to the UK’s “red list” of destinations.

Under the new traffic light system set to replace the current ban on international travel, it will be subject to the harshest travel restrictions, with visitors travelling from Turkey to the UK required to enter a quarantine hotel for 11 days at a cost of up to £1,750.

The news comes as a particular disappointment following the Turkish government’s decision to allow Britons to travel for summer holidays without a vaccination certificate or

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Can I visit Dubai? The latest travel advice as the red list hangs over holiday hopes

The Government has announced the traffic light system that will replace the UK’s current blanket travel ban, but holidays to Dubai look set to remain firmly in the red for the foreseeable future. 

Dubai’s borders have been open since July 2020. However, its quarantine-free status for UK travellers ended in January after the UAE was added to the UK’s “red list” of countries. Travellers returning from the UAE, including Dubai, are now subject to 10 days of hotel quarantine at a cost of up to £1,750.

According to Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, 16.73 million tourists visited

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Which countries will be on the green list? Predicted holiday destinations by the travel experts

Going places? Gibraltar looks a good candidate for the UK’s green list (Simon Calder)

Going places? Gibraltar looks a good candidate for the UK’s green list (Simon Calder)

International leisure travel may resume from the UK on 17 May, the government has said.

But strict rules on returning to the UK will be enforced – based on a “traffic light” system that assigns red, amber or green to every overseas country. The main concern is that variants of concern could be imported and ultimately undermine the UK’s vaccination programme.

The Independent has canvassed opinions in the travel industry and researched the data on which the government will decide. These are the key questions on

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