Prime minister, Boris Johnson, has said he is “hopeful” international travel can resume from the UK on May 17th, but offered few further details on the process of reopening borders.
Confirming a number of lockdown measures would be lifted next week, he said more data was needed before a firm decision could be taken.
Johnson confirmed a traffic light system would be introduced, with travel allowed to specifically designated ‘green’ countries.
More detail is expected this week and in a report from the Global Travel Taskforce next Monday.
However, there have been calls from the travel industry for more information on the reopening of the sector.
The Business Travel Association said the announcement was “beyond disappointing” and called for “a clear pathway to international travel and trade”.
Chief executive, Clive Wratten, said moves to open borders had “once again been kicked down the road”.
“The business travel industry continues to be crippled by the lack of movement,” he added.
In a Downing Street briefing, Johnson said he did not want to see coronavirus re-imported from abroad and urged people to wait before booking.
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