British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that it was too early to say whether Britons would be able to spend their summers abroad this year, suggesting that for May 15, the planned provision of tourist travel to other countries could be delayed.
British tourists are one of the most numerous during the tourist season in Europe, so the decision of the British government significantly affects many European, primarily Mediterranean countries.
London plans to introduce "green", "yellow" and "red" country labels, according to the epidemiological situation, after opening international transport. Currently, only "essential" trips are allowed.
However, the government says it is not yet possible to say which countries will have a "green" label, in which case coronavirus tests will be needed before departure and after returning to the country.
"Taking into account the latest situation with coronavirus variants and evidence of the effectiveness of vaccines against them, we will confirm in advance whether non-essential international travel can continue on 17 May, or we will have to wait longer before lifting the outbound travel restrictions," read a government statement.
Johnson, meanwhile, told a news conference that he hoped travel would be made possible from May 17, but also said he did not want to underestimate the growing number of Covid-19 cases in other states.
“Obviously we hope we can start from May 17, but we don’t want to try our luck or underestimate the difficulties we see in some countries of destinations that people might want to visit,” he said.
The British media suggests that Portugal, Malta, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States could be on the green list.
Upon return from the countries on the yellow list, self-isolation is envisaged, while upon return from the countries on the red list, it is necessary to go into quarantine.
The British Prime Minister also confirmed that the government is considering a system of certificates with Covid-19 status, i.e. "Covid-19 passports", in order to enable larger events and facilitate travel.