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Promising coronavirus case and vaccine rates suggest several holiday hotspots could be placed on the travel green list at the end of June.

Currently travel opportunities for those in the UK wanting to get abroad are very limited.

After Portugal was removed from the green list at the start of last week, Brits have been left to battle it out for hotels in the likes of Gibraltar and the Faroe Islands, or chance their arm on an amber list get-away.

The latter require a lengthy period of isolation and an expensive testing regime on return, rendering them less than ideal for most people.

The countries and territories on the green list are currently Australia, Brunei, the Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Israel and Jerusalem, New Zealand, Singapore, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, and St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

In ten days time the government is expected to update the travel list, meaning routes to more countries could be eased.

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It would be a huge boon for Brits if America was added to the green list
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Below is a list of 10 nations that vaccination and coronavirus case rate data suggest could be next in line to be turned green.

Before rushing to your local travel agent and booking a getaway, several caveats should be kept in mind.

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It isn't ministers that are in charge of deciding what countries are classified as but the Joint Biosecurity centre, which looks at a variety of factors including variants in the country, coronavirus case and vaccine rates.

How good a country is at genomic sequencing and how good its overall data is are also taken into account.

Comparing countries' numbers does not give a definite picture of where they will be on the list, as the most recent reclassification showed.


The US's Covid case rate is going in the right direction
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According to the PC Agency, a travel public relation firm which has been crunching the numbers on holiday destinations, the US currently has figures of that of a green list country.

At the moments its coronavirus case rate is 31 per 100,000 people, compared to a rate of 71.4 on May 27.

Just over half of the population have now been vaccinated once.

The Canary Islands
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The island chain, which include destinations such as Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, has been a long-time favourite with Brits wanting to get some sun and sand.

While its currently classified as amber, its Covid rate of 38.4 (down from 34.7) and jab rate of 47.8 (up from 37.7) puts it on good footing.


Italy case rate is now very promising
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The country which was the first Western nation to become gripped by the virus is now at a much better place in terms of the pandemic.

It currently has a coronavirus rate of 27.5 and a single dose jab percentage of 45.4.

This is a big improvement from May 27, when its numbers were 80.3 and 35.% respectively.

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Whether its spotting the wild bore of Berlin, spending 48 hours straight in Berghain or searching for truffles in the Black Forest, Germany has it all.

Currently amber, the continental European power house's numbers are going in the right direction.

It now has a coronavirus rate of 24.5 and jab rate of 46.7, improvements on 86.1 and 40.7%.

Balearic islands

There has been much talk of separating certain island chains from their mainland country, and the numbers the Balearics are posting continue to make a strong case for this argument.

Its Covid rate is now 21.7 and first jab total 45.7%, compared to 38.4 and 37.7 on May 27.

Spain as a whole meanwhile has a disease rate of 61.5 and vaccination figures of 43.4%.


Jamaica's case rate is very low but so to is its jab rate
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Judging by its top-line figure alone, Jamaica is a strong contender to be on the green list – with a case rate of 14.4 making it one of the lowest in the world right now.

Whether due to its low first jab total of just 5.3% or other factors, it remains on the amber list for now.

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This Nordic country is one which is seeing its number go in the right direction, its case rate falling from 25 to 14.4 and jab percentage rising from 42.3 to 48.8.

These figures compare very favourably to fellow amber list nation Sweden, which has a coronavirus rate of 176.


Mexico is an outside bet for the green list

For many Brits the idea of jetting off to Mexico would be a dream come true after a year and a half of pandemic.

Its coronavirus case numbers remain very good, with 16.1 detected in the past seven days per 100,000.

The first dose figures of 19.1 are less good and rising slowly however, meaning Mexico is an outside bet for the green list.


At present Poland has a case rate of eight and first time jab figures of 39.8%, a big improvement on 53 and 34.2% this time two and a half weeks ago.


Malta has very promising coronavirus figures
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Malta is arguably the stand-out candidate for being added to the green list.

It currently has a case rate of just seven and three quarters of the population have been vaccinated.

When Malta was not turned green last time around Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo had some scathing words to share.

"The (British government) is ignoring scientific advice. It has taken a political decision not to allow travel anywhere, despite the pressure it faces from airlines, tourism operators and the people in general," he wrote on Facebook.