Foreign holidays and the travel traffic light system: what to expect from Boris Johnson’s announcement

Boris Johnson is to set out the next steps in easing England out of lockdown including the opening of pub gardens and the prospect of foreign summer holidays and vaccination passports for mass audience events.

Restrictions began to ease on March 29, with outdoor gatherings allowed in groups of up to six, or two households, following the return of schools and limited outdoor socialising earlier in the month.

But with daily Covid cases below 3,500 and more than five million Britons fully vaccinated with two jabs, he will give the green light to phase two of his roadmap.

The Prime Minister is expected to update the country on whether borders can reopen.

He may not make a concrete policy announcement, but Mr Johnson could give an indication of his thinking on loosening Britain’s borders.

Mr Johnson is expected to signal on Monday that, when foreign travel is opened up, restrictions will be based on a traffic light system under which countries are rated red, amber or green according to their risk based on vaccination levels, Covid rates and prevalence of variants.

Those grades are set to be linked to data, including cases and deaths, new variants, and the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated. 

Vaccinated Britons could avoid Covid tests and the need to quarantine, under plans seen by The Telegraph.

All travellers returning to the UK would be expected to have pre-departure Covid tests irrespective of their vaccination status under proposals drawn up by the Government’s global travel taskforce.  

Only countries with high vaccination and low Covid rates are likely to be on the green list with an analysis, published by The Telegraph, suggesting just a dozen countries such as Israel, Gibraltar and Malta will be open to British holidaymakers by June.

That taskforce is being led by Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary.

Mr Johnson is not expected to reveal on Monday exactly when borders will be loosened.

Read more: Exclusive: Green light for vaccinated Britons to take overseas holidays

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