Britain to Reopen Foreign Holidays to Just A Handful of Countries
Spain, France, Italy and the United States among those left off
Britain from May 17 will allow international travel to resume after months of banning most trips abroad.
However, nearly all major destinations were left off its list of countries open for quarantine-free holidays.
The top four destinations – Spain, France, Italy and the United States – were among those left off, angering stricken airlines and holiday companies battling for survival. Those four sits in the amber category, requiring self-isolation for those returning to the UK.
Turkey, another big holiday destination, was added to a red list. That requires travelers to spend 10 days in managed hotel quarantine on their return, which they must pay for themselves.
While a legal ban on all non-essential international travel will be lifted for the first time since January, the government said people should still avoid travelling to countries on the amber or red lists for leisure.
Airlines, holiday companies and tourist hotpots in southern Europe have been waiting for big-spending Britons to start travelling again, but they will have to wait a few months longer for a full rebound to take off.
The list will be reviewed every three weeks. It applies only to people from England for now, but devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to accept it too.
Those travelling to countries on the green list will have to take two COVID-19 tests, one before arrival back into the UK and one within two days of returning.