International travel from the UK has been given the nod to resume from 17 May, the government has announced. From this date, travel will commence according to a traffic light system, in which countries are assigned green, amber or red, according to their perceived risk of the spread of Covid.
Green countries will carry the lightest restrictions: no quarantine, but arrivals will need to take one pre-departure and one post-arrival test. Arrivals from red list countries must enter hotel quarantine for 11 nights at their own expense.
The countries will be sorted into colours in early May, although the exact date is unknown.
The same colour designation might not apply to the entire country, however. The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has said that an “islands approach”, similar to 2020, will be adopted this summer.
“I want to do that again,” Mr Shapps told an online ConservativeHome event. “I don’t want to go backwards, I want to go forwards.”
What happened in 2020?
A handful of countries in Europe were given an “travel corridor” in July last summer, which didn’t require quarantine or testing on arrival back into the UK…