The UK government is set to update its travel traffic light system on Thursday - with speculation more destinations will be added to the quarantine-free green category.

However, there are also concerns that popular holiday hotspots like Italy, Spain and Greece could face even tougher restrictions and follow France to the 'amber plus' list - effectively an extra category to warn holidaymakers a destination is close to the red list.

The new ‘amber watchlist’ category would see countries switched to red with little notice, requiring ten days’ hotel quarantine on return to the UK.

Travel expert Paul Charles has said it would be a “disaster” if the Government introduced a new travel traffic light category.

The chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency told ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme: “It would be a disaster to bring in an amber watchlist on top of the amber list, the green list, the red list.”

Mr Charles argued creating a watchlist designed to warn travellers of the possibility that countries with concerning coronavirus data – which could potentially include Italy and Spain – could be put onto the red list at short notice “doesn’t make any difference to what we’ve got today”.

“Today with the amber list the Government can change (destinations) to red at short notice,” he added.

The traffic light system was not achieving its aim of encouraging the travel sector to recover, Mr Charles said.

“At the moment the system in the UK is choking off recovery, and it’s not helping the sector because there’s no confidence to book because people are worried about places changing at short notice anyway.”

Travel industry leaders, including bosses of Jet2, Ryanair, TUI, BA, Virgin and easyJet have called for more countries to be added to the green list and a change in testing requirements for the remainder of the summer peak season.

Anyone planning to head overseas should always check the latest Foreign Office advice on the gov.co.uk website.

Which countries could move to the green list?

The green watchlist was introduced by the government as a way of warning travellers of the possibility of sudden changes that would force people to rush back to the UK to avoid quarantine.

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Countries currently on the green watchlist

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