A risk-based traffic light system will be introduced, with different rules for returning travellers depending on which list their destination is on has been introduced ahead of the expected lifting of the ban on foreign holidays for people in England from May 17 as part of the next easing of coronavirus restrictions. Speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, Ms Neesom said: “We need to get our lives back now. The industry is on its knees. There are so many people who are going to lose their jobs which leads to that tsunami of mental health issues, poverty.
“The effects are going to go on for years on this one.
“This constant anxiety-inducing and depressing messages that we’re getting from some of our scientists and our politicians.
“Stop terrorising people, you’ve got to be optimistic.
“Even the EU are saying it’s safe to travel.”
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People arriving from a green location will not have to quarantine, while those returning from somewhere on the amber list must self-isolate for at least five days.
The red list requires a 10-night stay in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £1,750 for solo travellers.
The green list for foreign holiday destinations will reportedly be published on Friday, and Government travel advice gives an indication of which destinations could be on it.
Tourists visiting a number of popular summer hotspots do not face a level of risk for coronavirus that is “unacceptably high”, according to the latest updates from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
The FCDO is not advising against non-essential travel to Portugal (excluding the Azores), Spain’s Canary Islands, or the Greek islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zante, Corfu and Crete.
Downing Street has admitted the NHS app may not be ready for use as a vaccine passport when international travel resumes.
Holidaymakers visiting the most popular foreign destinations will be required to show evidence that they have been vaccinated, received a recent negative test, or have coronavirus antibodies.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has previously said the NHS app – which is currently used to book medical appointments and order repeat prescriptions – will be able to display evidence that someone in England has been vaccinated or tested.
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But the Prime Minister’s official spokesman indicated that officials are working on alternative plans for when international travel resumes.
“Mr Shapps set out the approach we are looking to take,” the spokesman said.
“Obviously we will be able to confirm ahead of the 17th at the earliest what measures are used for those initial countries that are available for travel, be it the app or another approach.”
The spokesman added: “There are other routes to achieving the same end-goal. We are working on the app at the moment, at pace, to have it ready, and we will be able to confirm ahead of the 17th at the earliest what approaches we will be using.”
Meanwhile, campaigners have warned that care home residents are forgoing healthcare appointments because of a requirement to self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the home for certain visits.
John’s Campaign is calling for the requirement, set out in Government guidance, to be urgently scrapped for all visits out, including external medical appointments and overnight stays.