When will India be taken off the blacklist?
INDIA is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United Kingdom, with many Britons keen to visit their relatives in the subcontinent more than a year after the outbreak began. But when will India be taken off the blacklist?
Within the United Kingdom, travel locations have been split into three categories: red, amber, and green. Although much criticism has been leveled at the government over the establishment of ‘amber,’ which many perceive as pointless and confusing for individuals to follow, the color differentiation signifies which nations are safe and risky to travel to. Travel restrictions imposed on the business have been disastrous for airlines and others, who have been subjected to constantly shifting laws and virtually continual travel reviews that yank nations off the list at short notice.
Tourism and aviation executives are now pleading with Sajid Javid, the new Health Secretary, to relax Covid travel restrictions in order to grow the economy and save employment.
They wrote a joint letter to the Secretary of State pleading with him to broaden the green list of countries where British citizens can travel without being isolated when they return.
Currently, just 16 countries are classified as “green,” mostly Caribbean and Mediterranean islands, and all are vulnerable to change at any time.
The letter, sent by Airlines UK’s head of trade Tim Aldersdale, stated that the United Kingdom is the world’s third most internationally linked country, with the travel industry raking in almost £53 billion in domestic spending each year.
“The pandemic has been a calamity for our sector and the wider economy,” the written plea adds.
It goes on to say that whereas the foreign travel sector employed 1.5 million people before the epidemic, “hundreds of thousands of employment have now been lost,” with “many more at risk.”
Mark Tanzer, chief executive of the Association of British Travel Agents, Kurt Janson, director of Tourism Alliance, and Prospect Union general secretary Mike Clancy are among the 14 signatories to the letter.
“We ask you and your cabinet colleagues to act decisively to save jobs and businesses, and to place the industry on the road to recovery in a risk-based manner,” the letter added, pleading for financial assistance.
The written document compared Britain’s travel policies to those of other countries that have been able to relax restrictions despite having lower vaccination rates.
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