Travel bans and border closures have changed in rapid succession across the world amid the coronavirus crisis. Now, as the UK Government rushed to try and protect the UK’s vaccine roll-out against a series of new variants from overseas, even tighter rules on international travel are expected to be introduced.
“There will be an announcement on this issue later on today so I can only say to you that it is the right thing to do because I am the vaccine minister, as we vaccinate more of the adult population if there are new variants, like the South African variant or the Brazilian variant, we acted on those very quickly and, of course, dealt with travel from the countries to Portugal and elsewhere rapidly.
“So it is important we continue to review our border policy and an announcement will be made when the decision is taken.”
He added the Government would be “engaged heavily with the currently struggling travel sector to explain “the decision making at health” as well as “the business department.”
However, travel industry insiders have said they need a “clear roadmap” as to when the limitations on international travel will, at the very least, be reviewed.
Sophie Griffiths, the editor of the Travel Trade Gazette, said: “We’ve seen an increase in people making enquiries about holidays. We’ve seen an increase in people actually booking.
“They want to actually go away. And if we don’t have this roadmap out of this crisis then that is going to be incredibly dangerous for the industry because of the thousands of jobs.
“We need to know are these quarantine measures still going to be in place by summer?
“Can the Government give any kind of suggestion of when they will be reviewed?