Sumary of Green, amber or red: UK to classify travel destinations in May:
- Britain will confirm in early May whether it will allow international travel to resume from May 17 and which countries will fall into the red, amber or green categories in a traffic light system based on COVID-19 risks..
- Airlines, desperate for a bumper summer after a year of restrictions, criticized proposals from the government Global Travel Taskforce, which include COVID tests, saying the 100 pound cost of PCR testing for those arriving from low-risk green countries would put off many travelers..
- Giving new details of how it hopes to allow people to travel this summer, the taskforce also said work was going on to develop a certification system, sometimes called “vaccine passports”, for inbound and outbound travel..
- Britain is gradually emerging from a strict winter lockdown prompted by a surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths..
- Case numbers in Britain have dropped dramatically since the January peak but a government priority is to avoid undermining the success of its vaccination program by importing vaccine-resistant variants from overseas..
- The government said it was working with the travel industry and with private COVID-19 test providers to cut the cost of travel…