Speaking to the BBC, Shapps said: "This is the first time I'm able to come on and say I'm not advising against booking foreign holidays.
"Yes, you'll want to check what the situation is in two or three weeks' time when that list - the green, amber, red, is produced - you'll want to know that you've got good holiday insurance and flexible flights and the rest of it.
"But for the first time I think there is light at the end of the tunnel and we'll be able to restart international travel, including cruises by the way, in a safe and secure way, knowing about the vaccinations, everything we know about the disease this year, and of course that abundance of caution - having the tests in place."
The traffic light system for travel will mean:
Green: Passengers will not need to quarantine on return, but must take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on return to the UK
Amber: Travellers will need to quarantine for 10 days, as well as taking a pre-departure test and two PCR tests
Red: Passengers will have to pay for a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, as well as a pre-departure test and two PCR tests
It is widely hoped that Portugal will be one of the countries to be included on the green list.