A leading travel industry figure has called for all of western Europe to be placed on the low-risk green list when the government’s “traffic light” system for international travel begins.
Peter Liney, chief executive of Great Rail Journeys, told The Independent that companies need certainty about where they will be able to send holidaymakers this summer.
“You can’t run the business on speculation in the media about what countries will be in green,” he said.
Mr Liney was speaking ahead of the government revealing which countries are in which of three “traffic light” categories in terms of return to the UK.
At present holidays abroad are illegal, under legislation intended to reduce number of people coming into the UK.
When international travel restarts, which is currently planned for 17 May, each nation will be assigned to red, amber or green. Only the last category will not require quarantine on return back in the UK – though they will still need to pay for tests before departure to the UK and after arrival.
Speculation in the travel industry is that only a small number of short-haul nations will be included, comprising Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel and possibly Malta – with Portugal as a outside possibility…