Seven more countries added to green list from today – but Thailand and Montenegro go red

SEVEN countries have been added to the green list from today, meaning Brits have even more holiday destinations to choose from.

However, it is bad news for holidaymakers planning trips to Thailand or Montenegro, who are both on the red list.

The Department of Transport announced the changes to the traffic light scheme last week, as part of the update every three weeks.

Enforced from today at 4am, the Azores, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Canada are all now on the green list, meaning Brits don't have to quarantine when returning from them to the UK.

Travellers will still have to check the entry requirements, however, with Canada still banning UK arrivals and Finland, Denmark and Switzerland only allowing vaccinated tourists.

The Azores and Lithuania are welcoming all Brits, although require some tests and self-isolation period on arrival.

Also enforced from today are the red list additions which are Thailand and Montenegro.

Frantic Brits were forced to rush back home last week following Thursday's announcement, with some families forced to shell out another £1,000 on flights.

Twitter user Rebecca wrote: "In Montenegro now, due to travel home Monday morning. There are no flights back to the UK before then so what does the government expect us to do?"

The current rules mean that red list arrivals must pay £2,285 to quarantine for 10 days at a government mandated hotel, which includes two Covid tests.

The next travel update is expected next month, on September 16.

And furious holidaymakers faced "brutal" three-hour queues at Heathrow Airport last night, as more chaos saw check in desks closed and passengers waiting in long lines.

Travellers blamed strict Covid checks for the border control chaos at Terminals 2 and 5 yesterday.

It isn't the first time – travellers at Heathrow airport were thrown into chaos earlier this month as well as in July as passengers were forced to wait in line for hours.

The delays were blamed on problems with the e-gates and illness among Border Force staff.


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