Travelers planning to travel overseas from the UK will need a certificate of vaccination, the Prime Minister has indicated.
During a briefing on Monday, Boris Johnson stressed that plans had not been finalized ahead of the Global Travel Taskforce’s report, which will lead the UK government’s response to the relaxation of international travel restrictions.
But Mr Johnson added that anyone planning a vacation needs to be “realistic” about resuming overseas travel as the number of cases of Covid-19 in popular travel destinations is “increasing”.
Downing Street has confirmed that if the rules are relaxed, there will be a risk-based “traffic light” system with red, amber and green ratings for countries around the world.
Travelers arriving from green rated countries do not need to isolate themselves, although pre- and post-departure testing is still required.
For those classified as amber or red, there are still restrictions on arrivals required to isolate or enter quarantine at government-appointed hotels. Most of Europe’s popular vacation hotspots are expected to be rated amber, with Malta, Gibraltar and Israel receiving a green rating.
This is how the traffic light system should work:
green – Anyone who does a lateral flow test two days after arrival, with the exception of those who are fully vaccinated.
Amber – Everyone must self-isolate at home and do PCR tests upon arrival, except for those who are fully vaccinated and do a lateral flow test.
red – Everything about hotel quarantine.
Boris Johnson’s lack of clarity during his recent coronavirus press conference disappointed travel industry leaders. Currently, all non-essential international travel is prohibited until May 17th at the earliest.
The PC Agency’s travel expert Paul Charles said, “I still think that on May 17th the government will open some countries that are solid green to the new traffic light system. The travel sector needs more security and let’s hope for global travel. ” The task force will provide clarity later this week.
“The government can no longer take to the streets as hundreds of thousands of jobs are at risk. It urgently needs to introduce secure solutions for business, leisure and family visits, and cannot track deadlines for updates.”
Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel said: “The government’s plans to use a traffic light system to safely resume international travel will be welcome news for both industry and vacationers, but important details are still pending.
“As the mandatory testing must continue for all destinations, the cost of private testing risks excluding millions of people from the tour price, so the government urgently needs to find ways to reduce these costs before moving on to the international one Travel reopened. “
Tim Alderslade, boss of Airlines UK, said: “While we support the creation of a framework for the resumption of international travel and welcome the removal of self-isolation for arrivals from green countries, the announcement does not provide the clarity we have sought on the roadmap back to normal.
“We are waiting for more details, but the measures indicated, including the potential for multiple tests for travelers even from ‘green countries’, will prevent meaningful travel to low risk destinations as well.”
Countries currently on the red list:
- Bangladesh (Joins the list on Friday, April 9th at 4 a.m.)
- Cape Verde
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- French Guiana
- Kenya (added to list on Friday 9 April at 4 a.m.)
- Pakistan (added to list on Friday, April 9th at 4 a.m.)
- Philippines (added to list on Friday, April 9th at 4:00 a.m.)
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
The decision to put Kenya on the travel red list sparked an angry response from the East African nation. In retaliation, it banned passenger flights from or through UK airports for a month.