Holiday Brits may be banned from Cyprus and other countries over Leicester lockdown

Brits may be banned from holidaying in several countries due to the Leicester lockdown, according to reports.

The government is expected to announce a full list of countries under a traffic light system which will decide which nations are safe to travel to in the next 24 hours.

The list is set to include 75 countries, according to the Daily Telegraph.

However, when quarantine restrictions are expected to be lifted on Monday, Brits will only be able to travel to about a dozen of the holiday hotspots because air bridge deals have not been agreed.



The government is expected to announce quarantine-free travel for Brits any day now

The Times claims some countries have raised alarm over the safety of opening to UK holidaymakers because of the Leicester lockdown.

Greece has already extended its ban on UK tourists for a further two weeks until July 15 and Cyprus may also ban Brits from going on holiday due to the rise in coronavirus infections in Leicester, officials have warned.

Cyprus is putting countries into categories based on their coronavirus risk levels with those in category C banned from entering.

The UK is understood to be in this category with Dr Petros Karayiannis telling the Cyprus Mail that we may face a wait to be promoted to category B which requires passengers to test negative for coronavirus to be able to enter the country.



The list is set to include 75 countries, according to the Daily Telegraph

He said: “This depends on the epidemiological picture it will present in the coming days”.

Noting the lockdown in Leicester, the professor of Microbiology/Molecular Virology at the University of Nicosia Medical School, said: “If there is a wide spread, then it will be difficult to integrate the UK even into category B.”

Under the traffic light system Britons holidaying in “green” or “amber” countries will not have to self-isolate for 14 days when they get back.

But people returning from countries in the ‘red’ zone would need to self-isolate.

The Cyprus deputy tourism minister Savvas Perdios had announced that he expected flights to resume to the Mediterranean hotspot by mid-July.

Speaking to the Sun Online, he said: “The UK is our biggest market, it’s massively important to us, and the situation there is improving all the time.

“In a few weeks from now, by mid-July, flights will be possible from the UK to Cyprus … 15th July sounds very reasonable.”

And TUI has warned that more countries are likely to follow Greece and ban Brits due to our poor coronavirus record.

Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Managing Director Andrew Flintham said: “The conversations with overseas countries, as Greece has demonstrated, is a two-way decision.

  “So I think there are still going to be a few bumps in the road and I still think there will be some countries that won’t be opening up – which means we’ll have to cancel a few more holidays, but hopefully not as many as we’ve been cancelling.”

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