LONDONMay 4 (Reuters) – The UK will shortly announce the “green list” of countries to which you can travel on vacation, and will have proper procedures in place to ensure travel is made safely, the minister said on Tuesday. of commerce, Liz Truss.
Hopes that the British will be able to travel to Europe rose on Monday after the European Union recommended easing restrictions to allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals and countries with a “good epidemiological situation.”
The British government said in mid-April that it would announce which countries would be open for free travel from England in early May, before holidays are allowed from May 17.
“I don’t think it will be long before we make those announcements,” Truss told Sky News.
Sources consulted have suggested that the list could be published on Friday, after local elections are held on Thursday.
“People want to book a vacation, but I would encourage people to wait until we make that announcement,” added Truss.
The UK’s largest airport, Heathrow, has expressed concern that any increase in passenger numbers could lead to long lines and crowds at border controls, as due to the coronavirus border staff must check multiple forms.
The government has said it is working on plans to put the proof of vaccination in a digital format to help speed up travel.
Truss said procedures would be put in place to facilitate travel safely once it resumes.
“We have to make sure that the airport configuration is correct and that the mechanisms are correct before moving forward,” he said.
(Reporting by Sarah Young, editing by Paul Sandle; translated by Tomás Cobos)