Breaking: Portugal, Gibraltar, And Israel Make UK Green List – Simple Flying

The UK Government has confirmed that Portugal, Gibraltar, and Israel will all be placed on its green travel list from May 17th. The change will mean that travelers from these destinations will not need to quarantine on rearrival in the United Kingdom.

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The UK’s Transport Secretary has revealed that 12 countries will be placed on the country’s green list. Photo: Getty Images

Over the past weeks, the travel industry has been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the UK Government’s green list announcement. On May 17th, non-essential travel will be allowed to resume from the UK, hopefully allowing airlines to start to benefit from a late summer travel season. 12 countries are set to be opened by the UK for quarantine-free return from May 17th.

Full list of green countries

Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary of the UK Government revealed that 12 countries have been placed on the UK’s green list. These are,

  • Gibraltar
  • Israel
  • Portugal
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Brunei
  • Iceland
  • Faroe Islands
  • Tristan Da Cunha
  • St Helena
  • Ascension
  • Falkland Islands
  • Singapore
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5 to 10 minutes to check every passenger arriving in the UK

According to Paul Lincoln Director-General of UK Border Force, it currently takes five to ten minutes to process each passenger entering the UK. Lincoln confirmed that the strict checks that have been brought in since the pandemic started will continue.

In order to try to streamline the entry process into the United Kingdom, Lincoln revealed a number of changes to the entry process are being made to speed up the entry process. This includes digitizing the passenger locator form so that it can be used at eGates and increasing the number of Border Force agents manning immigration desks.

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