COVID-19: British holidaymakers could be allowed to travel to Europe in weeks

COVID-19: British holidaymakers could be allowed to travel to Europe in weeks

There are reports that ministers are considering a small handful of countries the British can first visit in the coming weeks.

Reports suggest the list could include a dozen countries, although some newspapers have suggested it could be less than 10.

Several newspapers have designated Malta, Gibraltar, Portugal and Israel as destinations likely to be open to Britons, while the Daily Telegraph said Spain, Greece and France could be added by the end of the month. of June.

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France could open again to British tourists

The Times put Seychelles on its list while the Daily Telegraph also included Iceland.

The European Commission said it was proposing “to allow entry into the EU for non-essential reasons not only for all people coming from countries where the epidemiological situation is good, but also for all people who have received the last recommended dose of a vaccine authorized by the EU ”.

It was not said which countries would be on its list, but an anonymous EU official said the UK remained a ‘question mark’.

The UK government’s ‘green list’ of countries people can travel to without having to self-isolate for 14 days upon return is expected to be released this week, although it is understood that details are still being finalized.

It comes as Boris Johnson has said the approach to overseas travel this summer will be smart and cautious to avoid “an influx of disease.”

The prime minister said there would be “some openness” on May 17, the next step in the government’s roadmap to lifting restrictions, but that things need to be done in a way “to be sure.” ensure we don’t see the virus coming back “to the UK.”

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The government does not want to “re-import” the virus

Commerce Secretary Liz Truss urged vacationers to wait for government travel announcements before booking.

Asked about the resumption of travel from May 17, Ms Truss told Sky News: “We are doing everything we can to make sure we are following the roadmap and opening up the economy and traveling gradually.

“The really important thing is that we’re not going too fast and jeopardizing the progress we’ve made – so people will have to wait a little longer to be able to hear the news on what’s happening on the travel front. “

She said she would encourage people to wait before booking a summer vacation so they can see what “details are based on the data.”

The government fully supports safe travel, but “we need to be careful to make sure we don’t just import the virus after successfully treating it in Britain,” Ms Truss said.

She added: “If we can get people to go on vacation, I don’t see any reason as long as it’s safe. “

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, meanwhile, expressed his certainty of a ‘great British summer’ to come by confirming that a total of 50 million COVID-19 shots have been distributed across the UK.

The government said another person died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19[feminine[feminine Monday, bringing the UK total to 127,539.


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