Holidays under threat: Ministers face anger over ‘green list’ disaster – ‘Ignoring advice’


    Environment Secretary George Eustice said Brits should “holiday at home” due to the threat of Covid variants. He added: “We’ve got some great places here, there aren’t many places that are on that [green] list.

    “But obviously some people will want to travel abroad. There are still a small number of countries on that green list.

    “If they want to do that they can, but obviously they will have to understand there are risks in doing so as well.”

    Mr Eustice said the Government had intended to add countries the green list but that was “not the situation” anymore due to the spread of the Delta variant.

    On Monday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said reopening international travel would be “challenging”.

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    The World Travel and Tourism Council, headquartered in London, said it was “time the Government abandoned the hugely damaging traffic lights system”.

    Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, said: “What happened to the risk-based, data-led approach, which seems to have survived all of three weeks?

    “These comments betray a desire to stop Brits travelling anywhere abroad.”

    Under the Government’s traffic light system, travellers can visit green listed countries without having to quarantine on their return.

    For amber list countries, up to 10 days of isolation and two PCR tests are required from the UK to travel.


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