British citizens will be allowed to visit and holiday in countries with high Covid-19 vaccination rates as the country’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to unveil a traffic light system. The system will see destinations rated as red, amber and green.
Government sources who spoke to The Daily Mail said the British Covid-19 Traffic Light System will categorise countries according to the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated, rate of infection, Covid-19 variants and a country’s accessibility to reliable data and genomic sequencing. Using this criterion could mean that British tourists cannot visit countries such as France and Italy.
Under the yet to be announced system, citizens returning from green category countries will not need to isolate, although they will need to have Covid-19 tests before and after they fly. Those coming from countries in the red category would have to isolate in a hotel for ten days, while those that would have holidayed in amber category countries will isolate at home.
Daily Mail reports that the system is likely to come into effect on 17 May 2021. Health Minister Edward Argar told BBC Breakfast:
We are seeing many of our friends in Europe seeing an increase in infections. That is one of the reasons why we have to be very careful that as we see an increase across the world in infections that we get this right because one of the things we don’t want to see – and just as the vaccination programme is working so well – is getting new variants or risking new variants getting imported into this country. But, although tempting as it is, I’m not going to pre-empt which countries might be in which categories or what the Prime Minister might say.
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