Turkey has announced plans to lift its ban on direct flights from the UK. Though summer holidays to the hotspot are not yet confirmed, there are hopes Britons could return if the country makes it onto the UK “green” list for travel.
Over the last seven days cumulative, the nation recorded 505 cases per 100,000 of the population.
In the UK this figure is just six for the same time period.
The UK Government has plans to announce its “green list” ahead of May 17, the predicted date for when travel can resume.
Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency, said he believes the list could be published “on May 7”.
“As global data is updated on a Thursday each week, this enables the Government to take stock of the latest data on May 6 and then publish its thoughts on how countries will be rated,” he said in a blog post on the PC Agency.
“It doesn’t want to reveal the country ratings before then and be held responsible for making the wrong call.”
Already, experts are beginning to predict which nations could make the cut.
Analysis carried out by Robert Boyle, former strategy chief at BA and its owner IAG looked at the Government’s four “risk” criteria for travel.
These include vaccination rates, Covid prevalence, the extent of variant and the capacity for genome sequencing of the virus.
The research concludes the US, Gibraltar, Israel, Iceland, Malta, Australia and New Zealand could be the first eight “green” countries.
However, even if nations are on the list, whether Britons are allowed to go will be determined by each country’s own entry requirements.
For Australia and New Zealand, it is unlikely UK arrivals will be allowed in May.