Reveal which nations are on the no-quarantine travel “green list” by 1 May: that is the demand made to government by MPs on the Transport Select Committee.
The call is part of the committee’s highly critical response to the latest report by the Global Travel Taskforce. In it, the government set out the “traffic light” system aimed at helping international travel to restart from as early as 17 May. But the nations in the “green” category, from which quarantine will not be required, are still unknown.
The Transport Select Committee chair, Huw Merriman, said: “The aviation and travel sectors were crying out for a functional report, setting out clear rules and offering certainty.
“This is not it. Where the industry craved certainty, the government has failed to provide it.”
He described the report as “a missed opportunity” to capitalise on the UK’s successful vaccination programme.
One of the witnesses was Brian Strutton, general secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa).
He said: “The UK aviation and travel sectors face an urgent, existential crisis which is a result of government policies to control the coronavirus…