Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he expected there would be “some openings” on May 17 if a new risk-based traffic light system is to be introduced for international travel.
When asked if people should plan a vacation abroad, he told reporters, “We’ll say more as soon as possible.
“I think there will be some openings on the 17th but we have to be careful and sensible and make sure we don’t see the virus come back.”
Mr Johnson said he did not want to see an “influx of disease” once international travel resumed, which is why the government was “as careful as possible” with the timetable.
“We want to open on May 17th, but I don’t think people in this country want to see an influx of disease from anywhere else,” the prime minister told reporters during a campaign visit to Hartlepool.
“I certainly don’t and we have to be very, very tough and we have to be as careful as possible as we open up further.”