The British government has unveiled more detail on the proposed ‘traffic light’ system it intends to implement as international travel reopens.
Transport secretary, Grant Shapps, explained the scheme would categorise countries based on risk.
Factors including the percentage of a population that have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the rate of infection, the prevalence of variants of concern and access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing will all be considered, officials said.
However, while prime minister Boris Johnson has previously said the system may be implemented from May 17th, no firm dates for the reopening of the travel sector have been given.
A report released today by the Global Travel Taskforce also includes plans to remove the permission to travel form – introduced in March – meaning passengers would no longer need to prove they have a valid reason to leave the country.
The traffic light system will be divided into three categories:
- Green: Arrivals will need to take a pre-departure test as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before day two of their arrival back into the UK – but will not need to quarantine on return (unless they receive a positive result) or take any additional tests,…