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Traffic light system confirmed but wait goes on for full destination list


A new traffic light system is set to be introduced to allow foreign travel to restart (Picture: Getty)

A traffic light system is set to be introduced to allow foreign travel to begin again – but the list of ‘green’ destinations won’t be announced until next month.

The Department of Transport has confirmed countries will be rated green, amber or red and this will determine the rules for people returning from those destinations.

People coming from a ‘green’ country will not be required to self-isolate, but will still have to take a test at their own expense both pre-departure and on or before day two of their arrival back to the UK.

Those entering the UK from an ‘amber’ destination must quarantine for 10 days at home and take three tests.

Existing rules for arrivals from ‘red’ locations will continue, including the requirement to pay to enter a quarantine hotel.

The restrictions will be reviewed on June 28 to take account of ‘the domestic and international health picture and to see whether current measures could be rolled back’, the DfT added.

Further reviews will take place no later than July 31 and October 1.

A ‘Green Watchlist’ will be introduced to identify countries most at risk of moving from ‘green’ to ‘amber’.

Bits are waiting to find out what rating will be given to popular tourist destinations like Tenerife (Picture: Getty)
Countries are going to be given a green, amber or red rating (Picture: Metro)

Speaking to Sky News earlier, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that the public could now ‘start to think’ about foreign holidays this summer.

He said: ‘I’m not telling people that they shouldn’t book summer holidays now, it’s the first time that I’ve been able to say that for many months.

‘But I think everybody doing it understands there are risks with coronavirus and of course actually, I think people would want to be clear about which countries are going to be in the different traffic light system.

‘So there is only two or three weeks to wait before we publish that list itself. But yes, tentative progress, for the first time, people can start to think about visiting loved ones abroad, or perhaps a summer holiday.

‘But we’re doing it very, very cautiously, because we don’t want to see any return of coronavirus in this country.’

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