The Global Travel Taskforce today published its report on the resumption of travel that will come on or after 17 May as part of the third step of Government's roadmap for easing lockdown measures.

The Government's approach will include:

  • A traffic light system, which will categorise countries based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel
  • A watchlist to identify countries that could move from green to amber level restrictions that will require travellers to self-isolate
  • Passengers required to take tests before travel and in the days following their return
  • Travellers to "red list" countries will continue to be required to book a 10-day hotel quarantine for their return to the UK

Responding to the report, ADS Chief Executive Kevin Craven said:

“The approach set out today will allow only a limited return to international travel. The cost of testing for travellers and continued uncertainty on a date for reopening threaten to stifle the pace of recovery.

“The Government must work to rebuild consumer confidence in travel and reconnect the UK with our most important trading partners. It should provide early confirmation that travel will resume on 17 May as planned, publish details of country categorisations, and work to cut the costs of testing for passengers to ensure travel is affordable for families and businesses.

“Building on the UK’s successful vaccination programme, a certification scheme that reduces the need for testing and quarantine can provide another route to give passengers the freedom and confidence they need to return to normal travel plans.”