The government's travel traffic light system explained

The Prime Minister will make an announcement tomorrow in which he is expected to introduce a traffic light system for international travel.

The countries are divided into red, amber and green.

According to the current blocking rules in England, stays abroad are permitted on May 17th at the earliest.

At this point a traffic light system will come into effect, The mirror reports.

It will be based on a number of factors – including a given country’s percentage of vaccinated population, infection rates, new variants emerging, and the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genome sequencing.

One test cannot take more than 72 hours before you leave for the UK and two – on the second and eighth days – after the traveler is back Daily mail reports.

For those classified as “Amber”, the restrictions remain as they would on arrivals that must be isolated for ten days after returning to the UK.

The same testing regime must be run as for “green” countries, although those who can pay extra can pay for a third test on the fifth day, thereby reducing isolation time.

Individuals returning from “red” countries must follow the same testing protocol, but an early third test and hotel quarantine option is not required.

Tests are likely to be done cheaper than they are now, so travelers don’t have to spend hundreds of pounds to get into the country.

While the government has not yet published a list of countries broken down by traffic lights, the likely criteria can be used to guess which nation is in which.

Israel is likely to be rated “green” because of its high vaccination rate of 60 percent and low infection rate of 27 cases per 100,000 people.

Other countries likely to be in the same category are Malta, Portugal, Gibraltar, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Canada, Barbados, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Morocco, and Grenada. This emerges from an analysis of the vaccination and case rates.

At present, countries like Turkey and Greece can be classified as “amber”, although the picture is changing rapidly due to the rate of infection on the European continent.

Brazil, which recorded more than 90,000 cases in a single day on April 1 and is competing with its own variant, is a contender for the “red” list.

However, this all remains speculation and the government has said the best course of action is to stay in the UK.

A spokesman said it was “too early to predict which countries will be on which list this summer,” adding, “So we continue to advise people not to book a summer vacation abroad.”

Under current rules in England there is a £ 5,000 fine for leaving the UK without adequate apology.

These excuses include work, college, elite sport, medical reasons, care and support for a vulnerable person, or a close family member’s wedding.

There is also a fixed £ 200 fine for not completing a travel declaration form for those wishing to leave the UK.

UK airline leaders have been reported to have tried to put pressure on Johnson to give them the green light to travel internationally within a few weeks.

The managing directors of British Airways, easyJet, Jet2.comLoganair, Ryanair, Tui and Virgin Atlantic, as well as the trade organization Airlines UK, wrote to the Prime Minister as ministers clarified that the international travel ban would apply at least until mid-May.

In their letter published by The Sun, airline executives said they realized that unrestricted universal travel may not be possible until May 17.

“However, without aviation, there can be no economic recovery and we are confident that we now have the tools to enable a safe and meaningful restart in May, so that we can get back to our job of bringing friends and family back together To support trade and business and so that the British can enjoy a well-deserved break again, “says the letter.

It added, “We believe that vaccinated passengers should not be subject to travel restrictions and that testing can also lower travel barriers, including for areas where there is some risk.

“Only very high risk areas would be subject to stricter measures.”


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