Currently the Government has banned all non-essential foreign travel until May 17. Anyone found to be heading abroad without good reason during that period is liable to a £5,000 fine. However, the Prime Minister will announce on Monday that he will replace the near-blanket ban on foreign travel with a new traffic-light system, The Mail on Sunday suggests.
Countries will be ranked according to their vaccination rates, number of infections, the prevalence of infection variants and the ability to identify them.
There will be three separate categories – a “red list” of banned countries, an “amber list” and a “green list”
Only countries with high vaccination rates and a low number of Covid cases will make it on to the “green list”.
The first “green list” of countries will not be announced until next month.
Travellers will still have to undergo at least three Covid tests – one before departure and two on return, potentially adding hundreds of pounds to travel bills.
It comes as the Prime Minister is set to announce on Monday that drinkers will not need vaccine passports to go to the pub.
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Vaccine passports have proved a contentious issue for the Prime Minister and attracted fierce criticism from all political sides.
Critics claim that they are an infringement and threat to civil liberties.
Labour peer and human rights activist, Baroness Chakrabarti, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s one thing to have a passport to travel internationally, that is a privilege, even a luxury, but participation in local community life is a fundamental right.”