By Alix Culbertson, sky.com
Hopes of a summer holiday abroad have been dashed as no new countries have been added to the UK’s green travel list and Portugal has moved to amber.
No further countries are being moved from the amber to green status in a review of the government’s travel traffic light system, Sky News understands.
The change is expected to come in on Tuesday.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said it was “a difficult decision” and Portugal was downgraded because the government wants to give the UK “the best possible chance of unlocking domestically” on 21 June.
He said the emerging Nepal mutation of the Indian variant was of concern and Portugal’s positivity rate has “nearly doubled since the last review”.
There were hopes some Greek and Spanish islands, and Malta could have been added to the green list in the first review of the system since it came into play three weeks ago.
Portugal was the only major holiday destination on the 12 country green list, meaning tourists could return to the UK without having to quarantine.