England adds 12 countries to its travel ‘green list’

England adds 12 countries to its travel ‘green list’

May 17 is the earliest that overseas leisure travel will be allowed for people in England under Boris Johnson's road map for easing restrictions.

David Child, head of PR and brand at Thomas Cook, said bookings for Portugal went "through the roof" immediately after the announcement.

She said Mr Greenwood would be able to enter the USA if they were married: "But we don't want to be forced to get married just because that is what the government says".

"Yes, it's a surge absolutely, but the market is still down on where it would normally be this time in the year", he said.

The "Stay in the UK" regulation will lift on 17 May, meaning leisure travel from England will no longer be illegal.

People arriving from a green location will not need to quarantine and will only have to take one post-arrival test. Obligatory Covid-19 tests will be taken on day two and eight.

Red: Spend 10 days in a quarantine hotel.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today (7 May 2021) announced that global travel can begin to safely reopen from 17 May, allowing people to go on foreign holidays to green list countries.

They will still need to take a pre-departure test up to 72 hours before their return travel, and a single PCR test on or before day 2 of arrival into England - this can be booked in the same way as is in place now, through private test providers.

"Holidaymakers and business travelers will be disappointed by today's news, with so few countries on the "green list", while Europe steals a march on the United Kingdom by continuing to open up and welcome visitors back".

"But every three weeks from reopening, we'll be reviewing the countries, to see how and where we can expand the green list".

Clive Dix at his home in Hertfordshire
Clive Dix at his home in Hertfordshire. Credit Fiona Hanson

Shapps noted green-list countries "will be placed on a watch list if we have any concerns" and warned: "It is up to you to check thoroughly the restrictions applying".

"However, airlines and the wider Travel & Tourism sector will be hugely disappointed that the USA, which has a similar vaccination success rate has not been included on the "green list" as it would have enabled the resumption of transatlantic travel, which would have thrown a vital lifeline to the sector in two of the biggest Travel & Tourism markets in the world".

Brian Strutton, general secretary of pilots' union Balpa, accused the Government of an "excess of caution", adding that it is "extremely disappointing for everyone who works in the travel sector and the millions of people who are desperate to jet away on holiday or business". Destinations will be categorised as red, amber or green, with different quarantine and testing requirements.

Comparing the whole of Friday to the whole of April 30, Thomas Cook said web traffic was 85% higher.

All those traveling to the above nations and territories, will not need to be placed in compulsory quarantine when they return to the UK.

Holidaymakers from England will be able to travel to Portugal and Israel from later this month under new guidelines issued by the government.

On Friday night, one of the most expensive travel options for May 17 appeared to a British Airways flight from Heathrow Airport to Faro in the Algarve, costing £436 or £530 depending on the time of day.

Travel firm Jet2 said it was committed to restarting holidays from June 24.

Sophie Dekkers, easyJet's UK Chief Commercial Officer said, "As we are looking forward to ramping up our flying program as soon as it is safe to do so, we can now give our customers added peace of mind that they can book their much-needed holidays knowing they are fully protected should they test positive before they travel, while on holiday or if they have to cancel their trip altogether".

"We also look forward to important updates from the UK Government about a simple and affordable testing regime for customers".

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