Malta is likely to be added to the quarantine-free travel list, with Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca also possible, according to reports.
The Government is due to update the green, amber and red travel lists no later than Monday June 28, but there is speculation an announcement will be made today.
According to The Times, Malta will be added to the green list, which allows holidaymakers to go there and return to the UK without having to quarantine. A source told the paper there is also a “real possibility” Spain’s Balearic islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca could be included too, although Greek islands are expected to remain amber.
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Malta has a high vaccination rate, with 60% of the country fully jabbed.
Currently, almost every major European travel destination is classified as amber or red. Those returning from amber countries must self-isolate at home when they get back, while anybody entering the UK from a red destination must fork out to quarantine at a hotel immediately after they land.
Media minister John Whittingdale said he hoped the Government would be able to put more countries on the green list of travel restrictions later this week.
Mr Whittingdale told Sky News the list would be reviewed “later this week to make revisions to the green list, and I hope that we can put more countries on to it”.
But he urged people to go on holiday in Britain.
“You can have a great holiday in Britain and I think a very large number of people will decide this year that that’s what they will do,” he said.
“Having said that, people like to get away to the sun and there are a number of countries on the green list, and hopefully it will be possible to increase that number.”
Meanwhile, there are plans being developed to let fully vaccinated Brits dodge the amber quarantine requirement.
Matt Hancock said: “We’re working on it. We’re working on plans to essentially allow the vaccine to bring back some of the freedoms that have had to be restricted to keep people safe.
“That’s the whole purpose of the vaccination programme, that’s why it’s so important that every adult goes out and gets the jab.”
But travel bosses warned it could come too late to save battered firms and accused ministers of failing to capitalize on the success of the vaccine to boost the industry.