That’s one way to dodge the quarantine chaos! Boris Johnson, pregnant Carrie and son Wilfred ‘will take a staycation next month rather than risk foreign jaunt’
- The move brings him in line with many who are staying in UK to avoid restrictions
- The PM, Carrie and Wilfred took a trip to Scotland last year but not clear this year
- It comes as it emerged the double-jabbed from France could be spared isolation
Boris Johnson will take a holiday in the UK later this month after deciding not to travel abroad.
The move brings the Prime Minister in line with many holidaymakers who are staying in Britain to avoid Covid testing and restrictions.
Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie and son Wilfred took a trip to Scotland last year but it is not clear where he will go this time.
A senior government source told the Telegraph: ‘The PM’s going to staycation this year.’
It comes despite it emerging double-jabbed holidaymakers returning from France, Spain and Greece could soon be spared the threat of quarantine.
Whitehall sources said ministers will scrap the ‘amber plus’ travel list which saw isolation kept in place for tens of thousands of tourists arriving back from France.
Several other major destinations which had been considered for the list, including Spain and Greece, will now be reprieved.
The move means – barring a surge in Covid cases – fully-vaccinated holidaymakers will not need to quarantine on their return to the UK from these destinations.
Boris Johnson will take a holiday in the UK later this month after deciding not to travel abroad. Pictured in Scotland with Carrie and Wilfred last summer
Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie and son Wilfred took a trip to Scotland last year (pictured) but it is not clear where he will go this time
The change is set to be signed off at a crunch meeting of the Cabinet’s Covid operations sub-committee which could come as early as today.
Ministers will also put all countries on to either the green, amber or red list.
A string of European destinations, including Germany and Austria, are expected to move to the green list.
The allocations are reviewed every three weeks, so should then stay in place until almost the end of August.
Boris Johnson has already vetoed the idea of a new ‘amber watch list’, which was approved by ministers last week.
The scheme could have seen countries like Spain and Greece close to moving to the red list, which would have forced returning tourists to undertake hotel quarantine at a cost of £1,750.
The PM said on Monday that, following criticism of the complex patchwork of travel warnings, he wanted to move to a system that is ‘as simple and user-friendly for people as possible’.
Boris Johnson is under pressure from aviation chiefs to scrap the Government’s traffic light travel rules and replace them with a single ‘red list’ of banned destinations
Officials have warned that amber countries could still be placed on the red list in the event of a major outbreak or the emergence of a new variant.
But a Whitehall source said it was almost unthinkable that any major tourist destinations would be turned red this summer.
The source added: ‘The truth is that none of the mass market destinations can really go red at the height of the holiday season.
‘It would cause so much disruption to so many people and we have not got anywhere near enough capacity for hotel quarantine.’
Travel expert Paul Charles, of the PC Agency, said the latest data suggested at least a dozen countries should go green tomorrow, including Canada, Poland and Slovenia, as well as Germany and Austria.
But he urged ministers to move to a simpler red/green list, with the fully-vaccinated allowed to travel freely to any country not rated as red.
The idea was backed by more than 300 travel firms. In a letter to the PM, they said the ‘easy to understand policy would help the UK travel sector recover, build confidence quickly among consumers and still protect our country’s health needs with pre-departure testing.’
The travel sector is also pressing ministers to cut the number and cost of tests required, amid fears that large bills for testing will make it impossible for many families to travel.
Whitehall sources did not rule out a move to a red/green system, but said it was more likely they would retain the amber list to help travellers judge the risk involved.
The Confederation of British Industry has called for a ‘new settlement’ to help the travel industry and the UK economy more broadly ‘live with Covid’, which would mean fewer people flying into the UK would need to isolate on arrival.
John Foster, CBI policy director, said: ‘The international travel sector is in the last chance saloon for the summer season.
‘Restrictions must be relaxed if beleaguered businesses are to salvage any opportunity to trade their way towards recovery this year.
The UK’s successful vaccine rollout, coupled with lessons learned throughout the pandemic, offer genuine opportunity for more travel to resume safely.
‘Rebuilding passenger confidence will be key. Establishing simple, consistent rules and communicating them clearly is essential.’
A Department for Transport spokesman said: ‘We recognise this is a challenging period for the sector, as we seek to balance the timely reopening of international travel while safeguarding public health and protecting the vaccine rollout.’
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