Covid travel news: Green list announcement looms as travel bosses demand clarity from Foreign Office

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The Government is set to reveal on Friday its “green list” of quarantine-free travel destinations starting 17 May.

The highly anticipated list, which is part of the UK’s “traffic light” travel system, is expected to be revealed by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Ministers were expected to meet on Thursday to determine which countries will make the list, which is expected to be relatively short.

It comes as senior travel industry figures have called on the Foreign Office to provide “clarity” and “consistency” in its travel advice.

Chief executives of Airlines UK and travel association Abta wrote to the Foreign Office demanding that its advice be “used for its intended purpose, to assess the risk to individuals travelling to a particular destination”.

Tim Alderslade of Airlines UK, which represents leading carriers, said the office’s advice must be “consistent and coordinated with the traffic light system – providing clarity for the industry and travellers.”.

Travel industry leaders have also struck out at the UK over its “cautious” approach to easing holiday restrictions as the Government prepares to release its “green list” of countries travelers can visit without having to quarantine after.

In a joint article in The Daily Telegraph, leaders of British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, Heathrow Airport and the Manchester Airport Group took aim at the British government’s “overabundance of caution”.

In particular, the group hit out at the government’s plan to require fully vaccinated holidaymakers to take a PCR test when returning home from a country on the green list.

“Instead of taking advantage of the success of the vaccine programme the Government risks closing the UK off from the rest of the world,” they said.

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