UK raises hopes of easing travel restrictions after months of lockdown

Hopes are rising for foreign holidays to be allowed for UK travellers. Under proposals that could come into force from 17 May, countries will be placed in a traffic light system with green, amber and red lists. These will determine whether, and where, travellers must isolate on returning to England, government officials confirmed.

Ministers are expected to confirm at the start of May whether travel can resume on 17 May, and will also then give the first list of countries in each colour-based list.

What is the UK’s traffic light system?

The UK’s traffic light proposal shows green, orange and red list countries, which are identified by the risk of contracting COVID-19.

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