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UK PM Johnson says hopeful international travel could resume from May 17

UK PM Johnson says hopeful international travel could resume from May 17”

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

"Obviously we are hopeful that we can get going from May 17th, but I do not wish to give hostages to fortune or to underestimate the difficulties that we are seeing in some of the destination countries that people might want to go to", Johnson told a news conference, adding that he did not want to see cases being reimported into Britain.

"We set out our road map and we're sticking to it", Johnson said during a news conference.

Tanzer pointed to Abta research which suggests 63% of people hope to book a holiday overseas and urged them to book package holidays for "the best level of protection should circumstances change".

PM Johnson said: "We're hopeful that we can get going from May 17".

Once travel resumes, Britain will rank countries on a traffic-light system as green, yellow or red based on their level of vaccinations, infections and worrying new virus variants.

He added: "I know that people watching will want to know exactly what they can do from May 17th but we're not there yet".

Non-essential worldwide travel remains banned under current lockdown rules and the government advice continues to go against booking any overseas trips for summer holidays at this stage.

Britain plans to use a traffic-light risk system for countries once non-essential global travel resumes, but the government said it was too early to say which countries could be given the green light that would only require coronavirus tests before and after travel. Those on the red list would require quarantine.

A government document released this evening also confirmed the introduction of a traffic light system - but it did not reveal which countries would be on the green, amber and red lists.

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What countries can we travel to?

Travellers arriving from countries rated "green" will not be required to isolate although pre-departure and post-arrival tests will still be needed. The government insists they are reliable.

What will I need to do to travel?

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.

The government report said: "The vaccination programme could offer a more stable route out of the need for such restrictions - provided we see sufficient efficacy against any variants of concern - which means the role of COVID-status certification is crucial to this work".

"Plainly, there is a surge in other parts of the world and we have to be to be mindful of that and we have to be realistic".

People talk to each other in the street in Primrose Hill, following the easing of lockdown restrictions, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, March 29, 2021.

Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye said it is "disappointing that the opportunity has been missed to provide more certainty to reunite families separated by travel restrictions, to give sunseekers the confidence to book ahead for their summer getaway and to help businesses across the country that have had their exporting ambitions placed on hold by the pandemic".

This led to an angry reaction from the travel industry.

He said that the pathway to worldwide travel and trade has "once again been kicked down the road" and added: "We ask the Government to be confident in its road map as the Global Travel Taskforce reports on 12th April".



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