The travel industry has given a mixed response to proposals from the British government for the reopening of the travel sector.
As expected, a ‘traffic light’ system will be introduced, grading destinations on exposure to Covid-19.
However, while roll-out is expected in mid-May, no firm dates were given by transport secretary Grant Shapps.
In response to the news, ABTA chief executive, Mark Tanzer, said: “The travel industry now has a much-needed framework for the restart of international travel, and it is good to see government maintain its ambition for overseas travel to start from May 17th if the circumstances allow.
“While the framework isn’t perfect – the requirement for a PCR test when you arrive back from a green list country could prove a cost-barrier for many people – we welcome the fact that the government commits to engaging with industry on this issue.
“Small changes, like requiring a PCR test only if the individual gets a positive result from a lateral flow test, would make international travel more accessible and affordable while still providing an effective mitigation against re-importation of the virus.
“The government should also consider whether those who have been vaccinated can be exempt from testing…