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MetiNews.Com - Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has laid out plans so people can start travelling abroad again
Breaking News ! A new framework has been released to navigate the safe return of international travel and holidays once lockdown has ended. The government has proposed a traffic light system that will rate the risk of each country. The system will aim to avoid spreading and importing, cases of the coronavirus internationally, and focuses on avoiding new Covid-19 variants from abroad. People in England will no longer need to fill out a Permission to Travel form – so you won’t need to prove you have a valid reason for travelling overseas. However, all travellers will require to take a pre-departure PCR test and another upon their return to the UK. The travel industry has already expressed concerns about the testing requirements, saying it could make holidays unaffordable for many families. Transport secretary Grant Shapps said he wants to drive down the cost of the tests by working with the private sector. Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said: "I think they are too expensive and that may be that there needs to be more entrants in the market, and we'll be taking a very close look at that." The new plans will come into force from May 17 at the earliest. Each country will be assigned a traffic light colour individually, based on the ever-changing coronavirus situation. The status of each country will depend on the rate of infection, the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated, the prevalence of new variants and the quality of the Covid testing. How will the traffic light system work? Green: A pre-departure test will be required, and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon return to the UK.
. Amber: If you’re arriving into the UK you will need to quarantine for 10 days, take a pre-departure test, and two PCR tests upon your return. There is an option to end your quarantine early by taking a Test to Release test. Red: This will be the same as current restrictions on red-list countries. Therefore, arrivals will need to stay in a quarantine hotel for 10 days, take a pre-departure test and two PCR tests of day 2 and 8 of their isolation.
Which countries are on the green list? No countries have been designated to the 'green' or 'amber' lists yet, although the UK does currently have a 'red' list. People that arrive from a green listed country will escape the need to quarantine, although they will still need to have a Covid test before leaving and on returning. The government has said it's “too early to say which countries will be on the green list when non-essential international travel resumes" and added that "these decisions will be driven by the data and evidence nearer the time, which we cannot predict now". What does Heathrow say? CEO of Heathrow Airport, John Holland-Kaye told Good Morning Britain: “It’s very good news and I think actually Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, has done a great job getting this through Government so we can now all start to plan to get away internationally, and a lot of us will be thinking about our holidays – we’ve been focused on that through this period of lockdown.” “It’s great news for international businesses and, of course, there’s many people who have friends and family overseas who haven’t been able to see them for over a year, so this new traffic light system will allow people to reconnect once more, and it’s a really good step forward. “ Do you want to travel abroad this summer, or are you opting for a ’staycation’ instead? Let us know in the comments.
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