Portugal has officially been downgraded from the green to the amber list, the transport secretary has confirmed.
In addition, no new countries will be added to the green list today after the latest government review.
There were hopes that a smattering of Greek islands, the Canaries and Malta could be added to the government’s “green list” on Thursday, but this no longer appears to be the case.
In a further blow to holidaymakers, Portugal, the only mainstream holiday destination on the green list currently accessible to Britons, will move to amber, Grant Shapps announced.
However, the red list is set to expand, with Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Trinidad & Tobago all expected to join the red ranks, swelling the list to 50 countries.
International travel for leisure purposes resumed on 17 May in Britain under a traffic light system.
Just 12 destinations, including Gibraltar, Iceland and Israel, are currently on the UK government’s green “safe” list for travel, which is based on the risk of Covid reimportation.
Green list returnees don’t need to quarantine, although they still need to present a negative Covid test before departure to the UK, and a PCR test within two days of arrival.