Several Caribbean countries set to be put on travel red list today

SEVERAL Caribbean islands are set to be put on the travel red list today — but most of Europe will remain OK for the final week of summer holidays.

Jamaica, St Lucia and Dominica are at risk, alongside African countries Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria and Ghana.

Spain, France and Greece are expected to remain on the amber list, so the double-jabbed can skip quarantine on their return.

Travel consultant Paul Charles said there was a “strong case” to move Turkey down from red to amber.

He said yesterday: "You’re safer in Turkey, Kenya or Maldives among other current red-listed countries which should now be amber."

Meanwhile Covid data analyst Tim White warned that St Lucia is "in real peril" of being put on the red list as "the numbers keep getting worse".

Mr White also suggested that Algeria, Nigeria and Ghana could also be put on the red list thanks to spiralling cases.

And the boss of Gatwick Airport called for the Government to scrap the testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the UK from green and amber list locations.

Chief executive Stewart Wingate said ending tests for fully vaccinated passengers is vital to help the travel industry bounce back, as we languish behind other parts of Europe.

He explained: "We believe the pent up demand will start to flow through and passenger volumes will start to recover.

"In the UK, we're at about 15-20% of our pre-pandemic passenger volumes.

"France and Germany are at about 50-60% of pre-pandemic passenger volumes.

"With that easing of travel restrictions, we should expect to see a very sharp recovery."

Ministers are finalising the latest travel changes today.

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