United Kingdom must be ‘realistic’ about restart of foreign holidays - PM

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It said: "For the moment, the government advises people not to book summer holidays overseas until the picture is clearer".

The Global Travel Taskforce, which was set up by the government a year ago, is due to publish a report setting out more details on the traffic light system later this week.

However, the prime minister said it was too soon to say whether worldwide summer holidays can go ahead this year, a remark suggesting a planned reopening of outbound travel could be pushed back beyond May 17.

But the document said: 'The review is looking at key baseline measures, including how and when to safely lift or amend the 1m+ rule and related COVID-secure measures, as well as guidance on working from home. The government also is considering a system of certificates, or "vaccine passports", that would allow people seeking to travel or attend events to show they either have received a coronavirus vaccine, recently tested negative for the virus, or recently recently had Covid-19 and therefore have some immunity.

But those going to amber or red countries will have to self-isolate or quarantine afterwards.

Britons are among Europe's highest spending tourists so the fortunes of the continent's summer season and the travel industry, hit hard by restrictions imposed on travel because of the Covid-19 pandemic, will depend on when tourists can return to the beaches, cafes and tavernas of southern Europe.

He said "the goal must be to have unrestricted travel to "green" destinations" and said current testing costs "may be a deterrent to many United Kingdom travellers", urging government to "ensure that testing is required only where the public health risk justifies it".

He added: "Now that a safe, scientifically-backed process has been agreed upon, a clearer timeline for the return to worldwide travel is needed".

Argar said the government was still considering measures like Israel's green passes, which allow Covid-vaccinated people access to hotels, bars and other services.

"We have seen how the story goes, we still don't know the vaccine shield will be", the British PM said, adding,"Please get your vaccine when your turn comes". Britain has recorded nearly 127,000 coronavirus deaths, the highest toll in Europe. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are following slightly different timescales.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (April 5) a planned reopening of the economy would take place next week from April 12, with the opening of all shops, gyms, hairdressers and outdoor hospitality areas in England.

So far, rapid testing has been available to those most at risk and people who need to leave home for work, including frontline health workers, care home staff and residents, and schoolchildren and their families.

"I want to stress there are complicated ethical and practical issues raised by the idea of COVID status certification because many people for many reasons may be unable to get a vaccine for medical reasons or perhaps they are pregnant or whatever", he said.

"That's why we're now rolling out free rapid tests to everyone across England-helping us to stop outbreaks in their tracks, so we can get back to seeing the people we love and doing the things we enjoy".



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