Government urged to ‘discourage’ foreign holidays this summer

Khanh Ngo writes on the Government's stance to dissuade the public from booking international holidays this summer

Khanh Ngo
10th May 2021
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on coronavirus has told the government to "discourage all international leisure travel" this year to protect the UK from Covid-19 variants.

Chairwoman of the group, Lib Dem MP Layla Moran said: “It is staggering that the Government is even contemplating encouraging overseas holidays when airports are already struggling to keep the virus and new variants at bay.

"We wouldn't want to have for the sake of one summer holiday for us to go backwards and have a further wave and a further lockdown.”

She added that the APPG wanted the curb on foreign holidays to be maintained beyond May 17, the proposed date in England’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Regardless, it looks like holidays are still going ahead, although more limited than previously expected.

It was announced last week that foreign travels will resume from May 17, with the traffic lights system confirmed.

Green list countries include Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and several small remote islands of British Overseas Territory.

However, popular holiday destinations like Spain, France, Italy and Greece are on the amber list, meaning passengers returning to England need to self-isolate for 10 days.

With the vaccine rollout on track, it seems like the appropriate time for travels to return; but with new variants emerging, despite complaints, it was a logical decision that some popular destinations are kept off the green list.

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