Travel: Expert says UK needs a ‘wide green list’
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Travel has been an important issue for millions of Britons hoping to get abroad in summer 2021. As a result, the issue has today been tackled by transport secretary, Grant Shapps in a televised coronavirus briefing. Mr Shapps today unveiled the Government’s plans for Britons to holiday abroad, and it is likely to be good news for those hoping to travel to Gibraltar.
Speaking today, Mr Shapps confirmed Gibraltar had made a limited list of countries where free travel would be permitted.
He said: “We are a country that thrives on travel, so I’m glad to stand here today to announce the tentative steps towards international travel.
“We want a summer where we can reunite family and friends, and travel to places we love.
“While COVID has isolated us, travel unites us and there is no substitute for human contact.”
International travel has been banned for millions of people since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the initial lockdown in March 2020.
However, the ban on foreign holidays is to be lifted on May 17, according to the Government’s lockdown easing roadmap.
This news has provided a great relief for those hoping to get abroad for a change of scenery, and to perhaps grab some summer sun.
It was announced a short time ago that the Government would be implementing a traffic light system for international travel.
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As expected, this is split into the categories of red, amber and green to make it easy to understand.
The system corresponds to the risk level of coronavirus which is present within each nation.
The categories, though, are based on statistical information, relating to a number of issues.
- The proportion of vaccinations undertaken
- Covid infection rates
- The prominence of variants of concern
- Prevalance rates
Countries classified as green are deemed as safe to fly without individuals needing to quarantine on their return.
Amber countries will be permitted for Britons to visit, however, people will be required to isolate for a 10 day period upon their return.
Red countries, however, will mean direct flights from the UK are banned.
Any individuals who are returning to the UK from these countries will be required to stay, at their own expense, in a Government-mandated hotel.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with his Cabinet this morning to sign off on travel arrangements.
Gibraltar recently confirmed it would not require UK tourists to gain a COVID-19 test when foreign holidays once again resume.
Fabian Picardo, the chief minister of the Rock, said it would not be appropriate for UK citizens to provide evidence of a negative test, as EU citizens do not have to be tested.
Mr Picardo took to Twitter to share his delight about the UK Government’s announcement, saying: “Great news that Gibraltar will be green listed for travel from the UK as from the 17th May. Come visit us and see everything we have to offer!”
Commenting on the Government’s travel green list announcement, was Rory Boland, Editor of Which? Travel.
He said: “Travellers should also be aware that there is still some financial risk involved in booking travel plans, depending on how you book and which company you choose.
“In a summer when further disruption can be expected, travel companies must be honest about the risks holidaymakers may be taking on.
“Crucially, holidaymakers also need to do their research before booking, as choosing the right provider could be the difference between getting hundreds of pounds back or just getting the runaround.”
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