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COVID-19: Thomas Cook boss’s ‘confident’ Med hotspots will be open to British holidaymakers when schools go their separate ways | Political news

A travel leader told Sky News he is “confident” Britons will once again be allowed to go on vacation abroad from May 17 – when most Mediterranean hotspots “will be open” when the schools separate for the summer.

Under the prime minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap For the lifting of the lockdown restrictions, international travel without one of the current exemptions – which exclude vacations – will not be permitted until May 17.

The government has yet to confirm when exactly Britons will once again be able to travel freely abroad, although ministers have drawn up plans for a “traffic light” system to be used this summer to classify the various destinations.

The four stages of lifting the lockdown in England
The four stages of lifting the lockdown in England

According to the proposals, different travel restrictions would be applied to each category of countries – “green”, “orange” or “red” – which would be determined based on their perceived risk of COVID.

Alan French, managing director of Thomas Cook, backed the plans and told Sky News that such a traffic light system “works well”.

But he joined growing calls for ministers to provide more details on which countries would fall into each category and what COVID tests Britons are expected to undergo while on vacation abroad.

“The travel industry is mobilizing,” he said.

“But of course, we don’t really know which destinations we will be able to travel to on May 17th.

“We don’t know exactly what testing regimes will be needed to be put in place. And we don’t know how people will get into the country from each of these corridors.

“So there are a lot of questions that need to be answered before you get to the very exciting position of being able to go on vacation.”

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This notice was published: 2021-04-25 11:55:00