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COVID-19: MPs urge ministers to maintain ban on overseas vacations after May 17 amid various fears | UK News

Limits on international leisure travel are expected to continue even after May 17, a multi-party group of lawmakers warned.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the coronavirus has told the government to “discourage all international leisure travel” to protect the UK from COVID-19[female[feminine variants.

The group said airport arrival halls are a “breeding ground for infection” and that importing variants could lead to “further lockdowns and inevitably further loss of life.”

He recommended that passengers returning from green, orange and red countries under the new risk-based system should not be allowed to mix.

Their documents must be checked before entering an arrival hall so that those taken to quarantine facilities can be moved “quickly”.

The ban on overseas holidays is set to end for England from May 17 as part of the government’s roadmap to ending coronavirus restrictions.

But the APPG wants limits beyond that.

The news comes just days after the original deadline to classify countries under a new traffic light system for international travel was missed.

A report released last week by the Commons Transportation Selection Committee said destination lists should be published by Saturday May 1 “at the latest”, but This does not happen.

The transport ministry said the lists would be made public “in early May”.

Lib Dem MP Layla Moran, who chairs the APPG, said: “It is astounding that the government is even considering encouraging overseas vacations as airports already struggle to keep the virus and the new variants out. remotely.

“Urgent action is needed to better detect fake COVID test certificates, reduce overcrowding in arrival halls and separate those arriving from Red and Orange List countries.

“The country’s biosecurity cannot rely on border personnel detecting a spelling error.”

But Paul Charles, managing director of travel consulting firm The PC Agency, claimed “the best financial backing in the …

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