Boris Johnson to outline plans for easing controls on foreign travel

Boris Johnson will outline plans to ease coronavirus restrictions on foreign travel from England that may pave the way for foreign vacation this summer.

The Prime Minister will announce details on Monday of a traffic light system for assessing overseas destinations, which will reduce control over travel to the lowest risk countries.

Officials stressed that the trip would start on May 17 at the earliest and that it was too early to predict which countries would be released.

The advice remains that people should wait for the government’s global travel task force report due April 12th before booking a vacation.

It comes that many European countries impose new lockdown restrictions as a third wave of the pandemic spreads across the continent.

Under the traffic light system, ratings are based on a number of factors including a country’s percentage of a country’s population vaccinated, the rate of infection, emerging variants, and the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genome sequencing.

Travelers coming from countries rated “green” do not need to isolate themselves, although pre- and post-departure testing is required.

For those classified as “amber” or “red”, the restrictions remain unchanged as they are required on arrivals to isolate or enter quarantine.

The industry association Airlines UK, which has called for some kind of traffic light system, said it was important that mass air traffic could resume soon.

“There are tens of thousands of jobs that depend on aviation and the resumption of travel and the sector cannot survive another lost summer with little or no income,” said managing director Tim Alderslade.

“We can do this proportionally and based on risk. It’s not about opening the border to every country out there.”

“If there are concerns about the restrictions on variants, they remain, but where it is safe to do so, we need to start the opening process.

“Without aviation, we cannot talk directly about Global Britain.”

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