Britons could swap Spain for Bahrain under new traffic light system for summer holidays

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Britons could swap Spain for Bahrain under new traffic light system for summer holidays


BRITS seeking a quarantine-free vacation will have to swap Spain for Bahrain under new travel rules.

Slow jab rates and Covid variants have dashed hopes for a European getaway this summer.

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New traffic light system will display wishlists of top Bahraini destinationsCredit: Getty

But the Gulf state, with its rapid deployment, is getting the green light under plans unveiled next week.

Summer vacation hot spots will be classified under a new traffic light system – allowing Britons to fly to ‘green’ countries with low Covid rates and strong vaccine deployments.

The move, which will be unveiled by Boris Johnson, will see Bahrain, Dubai and the wishlists of major destinations in the United States.

But countries with high virus cases and slow jab deployments will require more quarantine.

This could deter millions of Brits from traveling to Benidorm in Spain and other European favorites such as France and Greece.

The PM will also explain how the British can use vaccine passports for travel.

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Boston could be a holiday favorite thanks to successful US jab rollout
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Israel has the best jab deployment rate in the world with 110 doses per 100 inhabitantsCredit: Getty
Millions of Britons could be deterred from traveling to Benidorm in Spain due to quarantine rules
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Millions of Britons could be deterred from traveling to Benidorm in Spain due to quarantine rulesCredit: Getty

But he will warn that June could be the first border opening.

Boris will publish the findings of the Global Travel Taskforce on Monday.

A source involved told The Sun: “Jab rates will play a crucial role in determining a country’s status.”

As part of the traffic lights plan:

VERT: Anyone returning from these countries must take a pre-flight lateral flow test at their own expense and then take a “sequencing test” within days of landing to check for new strains;

AMBER: Like green, but those entering the UK must self-isolate at home for ten days after arriving. They can go out after five days with a negative test paid in private;

ROUGE: Arrivals must self-isolate upon return to an authorized hotel at their own expense – as is currently the case.

So far, the United States, the Gulf States and Israel would be classified as “green” thanks to their jab deployments.

Israel leads the world with 110 doses per 100 inhabitants, followed by the United Arab Emirates with 84.1 and Bahrain with 46 percent.

America has 44.6, Great Britain 52.4 and Malta is second best in Europe with 37.

Most of Europe is on the verge of acquiring Amber status.

France, which plunged into another month of lockdown this week, only stung 16 per 100 citizens.

Spain and Italy are at 16.5 and Greece at 15.6.

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Boris Johnson to unveil new traffic light system next weekCredit: Getty
Travel restrictions could mean the Brits stick with local favorites like Butlins in Bognor Regis
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Travel restrictions could mean the Brits stick with local favorites like Butlins in Bognor RegisCredit: Ian Whittaker – The Sun

Speaking on a visit to Hartlepool yesterday, Mr Johnson said: ‘I’m afraid you can see what’s going on in France. It’s very sad actually.

Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye backed plans to prioritize countries with high immunization levels.

He told the BBC: “If you look at Israel, very low Covid levels, very high vaccination levels, they should be one of the first to open up to international travel.

“Then of course the US, a huge market for the UK – 20 percent of our passengers come and go from the US.

“They have high vaccination levels and low levels of Covid. They should be at the head of the queue. ”

Mr Johnson will address the country on the Monday public holiday giving a week’s notice on whether pubs can reopen on April 12.

He will explain how the Covid certificates will work, but he should also say that it is too early to set a date when the traffic lights come on.

GROWING CONCERN

Travel was to be reinstated “not before” on May 17. But there are growing fears in Whitehall that it is too soon amid a third wave of viruses around the world.

Mr Johnson is also under pressure from decentralized leaders to delay reopening UK borders.

Wales Premier Mark Drakeford said May 17 was overly optimistic and did not reflect the risk of re-importing the virus and new variants from other parts of the world.

He added: “When the Prime Minister speaks next week, I hope he says that date must be pushed back.”

Sir Keir Starmer said any vaccination passport would be “non-British”.

The Labor boss said he didn’t think people would back them, putting him on a collision course with Mr Johnson, who suggested they would ‘definitely’ have a role in travel.

Sir Keir said: ‘My instinct is that as the vaccine is rolled out, as the number of hospitalizations and deaths decreases, the British will feel like we don’t really want to go down this route. ”

Mr Johnson countered, saying some countries would certainly bring them in.

He said: “There will certainly be a world in which international travel uses vaccine passports.

“You can already see that other countries and the aviation industry are interested in this, and there is a logic in that.”

Ministers have completed their work on how vaccination certificates can work and will meet on Monday morning to decide whether or not to proceed.

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Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye backed plans to prioritize countries with high immunization levelsCredit: Getty
Premier of Wales Mark Drakeford said opening UK borders on May 17 was overly optimistic
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Premier of Wales Mark Drakeford said opening UK borders on May 17 was overly optimisticCredit: Getty

Essential buildings such as hospitals, GP surgeries and supermarkets are likely to be excluded from any such program. They could be optional for other companies.

The Prime Minister stressed again yesterday that any move towards vaccine passports for home use would involve a three-pronged approach of vaccines, tests or antibody evidence.

This would mean that people who could not get vaccinated for medical reasons would be sure to make it to the pub or restaurant.

The Prime Minister said yesterday: ‘When it comes to trying to make sure that we put maximum trust in businesses and customers, there are three things: there is immunity, whether you have had it. before, so that you have natural antibodies, that you have been vaccinated, and of course, if you have had a test. ”

But last night, 70 multi-party MPs signed a pledge to oppose “discriminatory and discriminatory use” of passports.

Forty Conservatives have broken their coverage to oppose the use of certification “to deny individuals access to general services, businesses or jobs.”

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Sir Keir Starmer claimed any vaccination passport would be ‘non-British’Credit: Getty

Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Esther McVey and Mark Harper are among those from the Covid Recovery Group who have supported the appeal.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, who has spoken out on several occasions in favor of accelerating the unlocking of England, said: “Certification of Covid status would be divisive and discriminatory.

“With high levels of immunization protecting vulnerable people and making transmission less likely, we should aim to return to normal life, not put permanent restrictions in place.”

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