Brits set to be allowed to holiday in ‘all of Europe’ under traffic light system

Brits are set to be allowed to go on holiday across all of Europe under the government’s new travel traffic light system, according to reports.

The new system will decide which nations are safe to travel to, with those classed as green or amber available to holidaymakers.

Austria, Barbados, Croatia, Germany, New Zealand, Thailand and Greece are some of the countries that have been given the ‘green’ light, according to the Sun.

While Spain, Australia, Belgium and Italy are on the amber list.

The government has said the full list of countries and exemptions will be announced next week with people being able to go on holiday to those destinations the following week.

Under the traffic light system quarantine restrictions will be lifted for people returning from those countries on the green and amber lists.



However, it is unclear whether British nationals could still be forced into self-isolation as they begin their holidays.

The Sun Online reports that the two colours will cover every European nation.

The UK Government is understood to still be in air bridge talks with France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Greece.

This would mean UK travellers could go abroad, without any need to quarantine at their destination or when they travel back home.

Portugal remains uncertain because of a recent surge in infection rates.

People who have travelled to the UK from countries deemed at red risk under the traffic light system will still have to self-isolate on their arrival.

All travellers arriving from abroad will have to supply  contact information so they can be traced by health officials if someone they have been near, for example on a plane, displays symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19.

The Foreign Secretary has agreed that travel advice can be eased in countries and territories where the public health risk is no longer ‘unacceptably high’ and therefore advice ‘against non-essential travel’ can be lifted.

Travel advice decisions will be separate from the decisions made on air bridges.

A spokesperson for ABTA said the news should “encourage customers” to book holidays.

They told the Sun: “Confirmation of the list of countries is eagerly anticipated by the travel industry, and should encourage customers to book.

“The blanket Foreign Office advice against all but essential travel is still a major impediment, and we look forward to the Government adopting a similar risk-based approach to that advice.”

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