Travel stocks slump as Portugal axed from United Kingdom green list

James Marshall
June 4, 2021

"So by not adding countries on to green, and putting Portugal on to amber threatens recovery across aviation and the wider travel sector, and that means, sadly, jobs and livelihoods are more at risk than ever".

Speculation has gathered pace throughout the day, with the BBC reporting no additions to the green list at lunchtime and following up with unconfirmed reports Portugal would move to amber.

Arrivals in the United Kingdom from green list destinations are not required to quarantine, but must take a PCR Covid test on day two of their return.

Seven more countries are set to be added to the red travel list, those being Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Trinidad & Tobago. Anyone arriving from red destinations has to quarantine in a hotel at a cost of £1,750 ($2,481) per person.

"One is the positivity rate has almost doubled since the last review in Portugal and the other is there's a sort of Nepal mutation of the so-called Indian variant which has been detected, and we just don't know the potential for that to be vaccine-defeating mutation, and simply don't want to take the risk as we come up to 21 June and the review of the fourth stage of the unlock".

The rise has been driven by the Delta variant, which originated in India.

"Unlike other European countries and despite multiple requests, the government has refused to be transparent about the data requirements for green, amber and red destinations".

Managing Director for TUI UK Andrew Flintham said: "This latest announcement is another step back for our industry. They have failed on this promise".

A handful of Greek islands, alongside the Balearics, Malta and Finland had hoped to make the grade.

The government now only advises travelling internationally for leisure purposes to green list countries; however, it remains perfectly legal to go on a foreign holiday to amber or indeed red list destinations.

Travellers returning from amber locations - which also include popular hotspots such as mainland Spain, France, Italy and mainland Greece - must quarantine at home for 10 days and take two post-arrival tests.

The company said in response: "We want to fly as many customers on as many flights as possible this summer, however as all airlines have been doing throughout the pandemic, we continue to adjust our flying schedule based on the restrictions put in place by Governments to ensure our flying programme best matches demand".

"What we don't know is what the thresholds are and how they get from the data to the decisions".

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