First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reopened the country’s borders last month to select nations where either Covid rates are lowest or vaccination programmes are gathering pace.
However, it is expected more countries could soon follow suit, despite the majority of the world still wrangling with outbreaks of cases.
While a date has not been set yet, when the traffic light system was announced it was confirmed that the rules would be reviewed every three weeks.
It’s believed the first update will be announced this Thursday to take effect on Monday June 7.
Whenever it is, it’s likely that more countries will be added to the list of approved holiday destinations to visit from Edinburgh Airport.
What countries are on the green list already?
The Scottish government has approved travel to host of countries, but some measures remain in place for travellers with their heart set on sunnier climes.
Holidaymakers are allowed to travel to the following countries:
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Israel and Jerusalem
- New Zealand
- Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
- South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
- St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Which countries could be approved next week?
When Portugal was put on the green list it had a coronavirus case rate of roughly 53 cases per 100,000 population and around 10 per cent of the public had been vaccinated.
According to data from the end of last week, Spain had a case rate of 72/100,000 and a first dose vaccination rate 36.76 per cent, meaning it’s suffering more infections than Portugal was, but is much further along its vaccination programme.
The country’s tourism minister has said the country is in a good place and that he is sure it would make the green list.
Fernando Valdes told Sky News that “Spain is doing a great effort” with its vaccine roll-out and “with our notification rates which are pretty low and by the same notification range of the UK”.
In a sign of the country’s intent, Spain lifted all restrictions from UK travellers on Monday 24 May, meaning visitors no longer need to take a PCR Covid-19 test.
Malta’s figures means there’s a good chance it’ll be designated green at the next update.
It had a case rate of 8.74/100,000 and vaccination rate 70.64 per cent at the end of last week
That’s lower than Spain and Portugal – albeit with a far smaller population – and should put it pole position to move from its current position on the amber list to the approved green list.
The Caribbean has been closed off to Scottish holidaymakers for much of the last year, but that could be about to change.
With around a third of its population having had a first jab and a case rate of just 7.3/100,000, all of the signs look good for those lucky enough to be able to afford a trip to Barbados.
The country was previously offering people the chance to work remotely from the island as part of a special visa programme.
Only five per cent of the population in Jamaica have so far received the first dose of their vaccinations, unlike other countries on the list.
However, it also has a rock bottom coronavirus case rate at 20/100,000, meaning the chances of catching the virus out there are slim.
The Caribbean island has been hotly tipped to go green for several days now.