The government should maintain a ban on international travel in place through the summer, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has urged.
Non-essential travel abroad has been illegal for the past four months. The government has indicated that overseas holidays can resume, from England at least, on 17 May. Ministers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have yet to decide on reopening international travel.
But the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus has warned of “a deadly third wave and further lockdowns” if the prohibition on going abroad is eased.
It says the travel ban should continue with a review every three months, which would effectively rule out holidays until late August at the earliest.
Layla Moran MP, who is chair of the group as well as the Liberal Democrats’ foreign affairs spokesperson, said: “It is staggering that the government is even contemplating encouraging overseas holidays when airports are already struggling to keep the virus and new variants at bay.”
The report warns the country’s airports have become “breeding grounds” for the virus because of overcrowding. Heathrow airport bosses have warned that queuing times at the UK’s main port of entry can extend to six hours…