Government “plans four-tier traffic light system to save summer vacation”

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Government is considering traffic light system for travel (Metro.co.uk)

The government is considering a four-tier traffic light system that could allow people to travel internationally this summer.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said ministers were considering the idea but added there were “challenges around international travel,” indicating rising rates of Covid-19 infection in Europe.

Asked about the proposed traffic light system that could allow shorter quarantine periods with more extensive testing, he told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “We are exploring all of these issues as part of the International Travel Task Force. .

“We consider all options to be part of the travel task force.

The Telegraph reported that Heathrow Airport had recommended a traffic light system that would involve four levels, green, yellow, orange and red.

Countries on the Green List would have no travel restrictions, but those from countries on the Yellow List would need test and / or vaccination certificates, but no quarantine.

Travelers in the international arrivals area of ​​Heathrow Airport in January (EPA)

Traveling from Orange Country would involve testing within 72 hours of departure and upon landing in the UK.

Travelers can leave quarantine if they test negative on the third day here.

No entry will be allowed from high risk Red List countries except UK and Irish citizens and those with residence rights and certain jobs.

They will have to quarantine for ten days, according to the proposals.

Dowden added: “It is clear that there are challenges around international travel, just look across the continent and see the rising case rate in many of our nearest neighbors.

‘In the past these rising infection rates have seen their way to the UK, hopefully that doesn’t happen this time around due to our progress with the vaccine etc but we have to do it. . be careful about it.

UK Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden speaks during the BBC's Andrew Marr show in London, March 28, 2021. Jeff Overs / BBC / Document via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.  NO RESALE.  NO ARCHIVES.  NO NEW USE AFTER 21 DAYS

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden (Reuters)

Heathrow Airport has reportedly pitched the idea of ​​the traffic lights to the government’s Global Travel Task Force, which is expected to issue a report on recommendations for the safe implementation of international travel next month.

The roadmap to facilitate the lockdown states that those living in England can travel on holiday abroad from May 17 at the earliest.

Heathrow Managing Director John Holland-Kaye said: “The UK’s progress in the global vaccine race, coupled with advances in testing, means ministers no longer need to choose between public health and economics – a risk-based approach to international travel will allow us to protect them both.

He added: “The restart of trade and travel to key markets like the United States after May 17 will be critical for the government to achieve its global ambitions in Britain and help communities in the UK move forward. “

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