foreign holiday traffic light system

Foreign Holiday Roadmap

The UK government has confirmed its intention to run a traffic light system which will allow people to go on foreign holidays without quarantining when international travel is allowed to resume – from 17 May at the earliest.

Travel destinations will be ranked green, amber or red according to virus risk. Earlier this month Boris Johnson said the new system “will help ensure the UK’s vaccine progress isn’t jeopardised and provide clear guidance for travellers”.

Traffic Light System revealed for foreign travel

Passengers travelling from countries in the green category will not need to isolate on their return, but must take a pre-departure test (the type of test is not yet specified), as well as a PCR test on return to the UK.

For passengers travelling from countries categorised as “amber”, they will need to quarantine for 10 days, as well as taking a pre-departure test and two PCR tests. Passengers traveling from “red” countries 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.

Holiday makers will be looking at the traffic light system to assess the implications of quarantine on their return to the UK. Countries likely to be listed as green are Israel, Portugal, US, Canada, Sri Lanka and Morocco. The rate of infection in Europe means the picture is rapidly changing and popular holiday destinations like Spain, Turkey and Greece may be classified as “amber”, although the rate of infection on the European continent means the picture is rapidly changing.

Health minister Edward Argar said that the government was acting “very carefully and cautiously” due to the risk of importing new variants. This was reinforced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps who insisted foreign holidays will be able to resume “safely and sustainably” under the new government rules. He said “The framework announced today will help allow us to reopen travel safely and sustainably, ensure we protect our hard-won achievements on the vaccine rollout and offer peace of mind to both passengers and industry as we begin to take trips abroad once again.”

Under the current coronavirus lockdown roadmap it is illegal to leave the UK until May 17 except for a very limited number of essential reasons.

International travel, and the industry as a whole, has taken a huge hit during the Covid-19 crisis – and its future will depend on the ability of passengers, airlines and airports to adapt to a post-pandemic world. Passengers and the travel industry will be hoping for further clarity around the start date for safe international travel, and a return to booking foreign holidays, flight tickets, transfers and airport parking.

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