Will any countries be added to the next travel update’s red list? In this review, we’ll look at why most amber nations should be safe.


Most amber list countries appear safe from demotion to the red list, according to this week’s travel update, which is believed to be the last before the traffic light system is completely phased out.

The current system, which categorizes countries into a ‘go’ list and a ‘no-go’ list based on their coronavirus risk factor, will be replaced with a simpler two-tier system that divides countries into a ‘go’ list and a ‘no-go’ list.

It’s unclear whether the new system will be announced alongside the travel update on Wednesday or Thursday this week, or if it will be announced before October 1, when the government has promised to hold a “checkpoint” review of the entire traffic light system. The government’s plans for the new system are said to include a red list with a significantly reduced number of people on it. According to The Telegraph , the red list designation is expected to be reserved for countries where there are concerns about the possibility of new and emerging variants. To be moved to the red list this week, an amber list country would hаve to stаnd out аs а pаrticulаrly obvious threаt, given the impending loosening of trаvel restrictions. While the government’s decision-mаking on foreign trаvel is notoriously difficult to predict, none of the аmber list destinаtions аppeаr to hаve high enough Covid cаse rаtes to wаrrаnt а move to the red list in the current environment.

Is it possible for Jamaica to be moved from the amber to the red list? After the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its guidance to advise against all non-essential travel to the Caribbean island, there is some concern that Jamaica could be added to the red list. The decision invalidated most holidaymakers’ insurance, necessitating the purchase of a specialist policy if they still intend to travel against FCO advice, and caused TUI, the UK’s largest tour operator, to cancel all trips to the island. The FCO is likely to have advised against all travel to Jamaica, in part because the island is having difficulty with its vaccination campaign, with only 5% of the population having received both doses of the vaccine. However, in the two weeks since the FCO advised against all but essential travel on August 30, case numbers on the island peaked and then dropped. The seven-day average case rate in Jamaica is 645 as of September 12th. That’s down from 670 on 30 August, when the FCO announced its decision to advise against all but essential travel, and 703 on 4 September.


Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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