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Thousands of UK holidaymakers have started to leave the country – some heading to Orange List destinations – as the ban on overseas leisure travel is lifted in England, Wales and the major part of Scotland.

Travel agencies have reported an increase in demand for travel to Portugal, after the government put them on its green list – meaning travelers won’t need to self-isolate on their return and will have to take that after arrival. COVID-19[female[feminine test.

However, some passengers taking flights from Gatwick Airport on Monday morning were heading to Orange List destinations – despite warnings from ministers against travel to Orange and Red destinations.

Some companies and organizations have banned staff from traveling to Amber and Red List countries, according to Sky News.

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Nathan Priestley, 31, from Wokingham in Berkshire, was heading to Corfu on Monday with five friends.

When asked if he wanted to be quarantined after returning to England from the Greek island, he replied: “For me, I’m working from home right now, so it’s neither here nor over there.”

The software vendor said he had no health concerns about his trip when asked, replying, “I’m still pretty young and pretty active. I haven’t had anything wrong with myself. , nothing underlying, so for me, test negative and off you go. “

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Times Radio on Sunday: “The Red and Orange List countries are places you shouldn’t go unless you have an absolutely compelling reason.”

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• Green List: This includes Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, as well as several small remote islands that are overseas British. .

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This notice was published: 2021-05-17 07:18:00