UK scraps covid 19 Amber watch-list travel idea
Written by crest887fm on August 3, 2021
A proposal to create an “amber watch-list” of countries at risk of moving to red in the travel traffic light system has been abandoned.
It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wanted a “simple” and “balanced approach” to pandemic travel.
Government sources said no new categories would now be added.
Tory MPs and travel industry figures earlier warned a complex system risked putting people off from travelling.
The government had been considering the idea of a new level in the government’s traffic light system for overseas travel, ahead of the next review this week.
It would have warned people when a destination was at risk of a sudden shift from amber to red – meaning that travel would be banned for everyone except UK nationals and residents, who would be required to quarantine in a hotel on their return.
As opposition to the proposal gathered, Mr Johnson said he wanted to prevent new coronavirus variants entering the UK, though he recognised the desire to go abroad.