Holiday destinations could be on new traffic light system for low risk travel

Holidaymakers could face a “traffic light” system which will allow travel to low risk destinations.

According to The Sun, Ministers are considering a three-tiered plan so nations with a low Covid-19 infection rate, are easier to visit than those still struggling to cope with the virus.

A destination categorised as green will not require passengers getting tested before their flight or a compulsory quarantine period on their return.

Measures to visit higher risk “red” countries and regions will however be much tougher – involving testing and isolation.

Boris Johnson's roadmap currently states Brits will be unable to head abroad until May 17 but the date could be pushed back further depending on the state of Covid-19 at the time.

As a result thousands of Brits have already booked breaks but a scientist warned on Sunday that Europe's third wave of the virus makes overseas travel "extremely unlikely".

With the date of May 17 etched into diaries for those desperate to head on holiday after a year without, travel firm Jet2 recorded bookings rocket by 1,000%

Tui, the UK's biggest tour operator, also reported a 500% increase in bookings resorts across the Mediterranean including Greece, Spain and Turkey.

A slogan of “sun, sea, sand and swab” is being issued by the travel industry as it insists overseas trips in July and August, can still go ahead, despite Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, warning “people shouldn’t be booking holidays”.

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Dr Mike Tildesley, an infectious disease expert, added: "I think that international travel this summer is, for the average holidaymaker, sadly I think, extremely unlikely.”

Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said: “The renewed surges of Covid across Europe are worrying.

"We all want international travel to resume, but safety must come first.”

Another deadly wave of coronavirus is spreading across Europe – leading to fears the UK could be next.

Countries across the continent are plunging into a new lockdown to cope with the latest spread, which has been linked to the EU's handling of vaccinations.

The roll out of the AstraZeneca jab in the EU has been affected by supply issues and concerns over its safety.

France was one of one of around a dozen European countries that suspended the use of the British Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this week, after concerns the jab could be linked to blood clots.

But the European Medicines Agency has since confirmed that it was "safe and effective”, as nations resumed rollouts.

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