Last-minute appeal from travel executives: preserve our industry before summer ends.
Before the last summer update to the green list, travel executives have made a last-minute plea for standards to be relaxed to safeguard the industry.
As early as today, a reassessment of which destinations travelers would be forced to quarantine upon their return is expected. However, the government is unlikely to abolish the dreaded amber-plus category, which has affected travellers from France.
Only France is included in the trip layer, which was recently added to the traffic signal system. It compels all travelers, even those who have been vaccinated, to isolate at home.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson scrapped plans for a new amber “watchlist” earlier this week, which would have warned travelers that they could have to stay in hotel quarantine upon their return. However, lawmakers and tourism organizations warned that it would hit in the final weeks of the holiday season.
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Holidaymakers have been “left in despair,” according to Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency.
He proposed a simple red-and-green system that would allow those who had been fully vaccinated to “travel to many more countries and thereby receive the benefits of their decision to be vaccinated.”
The CBI (Confederation of British Industry) released a paper proposing for a “new settlement for living with the virus,” stating that instead of being quarantined, travellers should be permitted to do regular testing.
Whitehall sources think Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is to blame for the snafu, while his defenders allege someone in the government “hates” him.
A few nations, including Germany and Canada, are set to be moved to the green list following an update to the traffic light travel listings. It’s the last three-week review, just in time for families to take advantage of the summer vacation.
Gillian Keegan, a government minister, said that leaders wanted to make the regulations clear. “The most important thing is that the method is basic enough for people to understand,” she explained. Meanwhile, Clare Gardiner, the chief of the Joint Biosecurity Centre, which advises on travel guidelines, has resigned from her position.
“The centre continues to operate consistently under rigorous interim arrangements,” a Department of Health spokesman stated.
The Prime Minister is facing a critical week of decision-making. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”