The tiered approach, which is in an early stage of assessment by ministers, would enable Brits to book holidays in lower risk “green” foreign destinations. The system, if approved, would enable holidaymakers to go away without having to take coronavirus tests before their flight or self-isolate upon returning to the UK.
On the other hand, travellers returning from ‘red’ destinations would face a 10-day quarantine and additional coronavirus tests.
Government sources told mirror.co.uk officials were looking into the proposal, but warned it is “quite early days” for the discussion.
People are currently being advised against arranging holidays as it may be too soon to know what the situation will be in the summer in other countries.
Cabinet minister Ben Wallace spoke out against “premature” holiday booking.
He told the BBC: “It would be premature to do that. It’d be potentially risky, we are seeing growing variants.
“We are not going to do anything that puts at risk this national effort on the pandemic. Let’s take it step by step.”
The news comes after Qantas Airways’ boss suggested travellers should be asked to show evidence they have taken the coronavirus vaccine before boarding international flights.
CEO Alan Joyce said he believes Qantas should enforce its own vaccination policy.
He argued that the airline has a “duty of care” to its customers and that asking passengers to show a certificate of vaccination before flying would ensure that they comply with the policy.