Britain is all set to resume international leisure travel which was a thing of the past pre-pandemic where it will reopen its border for these 12 destinations which include Iceland, Israel, Portugal, Faroes, Australia, the territories of Gibraltar and the Falklands, and more. The UK is now controlling the pandemic and is now keen to start tourism as the UK’s Department of Tourism declared an easing of the legal ban on leisure trips.
Speaking about opening its borders, Grant Shapps, UK Transport Minister said, “Today marks the first step in our cautious return to international travel, with measures designed above all else to protect public health and ensure we don’t throw away the hard-fought gains we’ve all strived to earn this year.”
The UK has come up with a Green list which mentions the list of countries that are open to visit the UK and the 12 destinations which include: Australia, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Portugal (Including the Azores & Madeira), South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha.
As of now, European countries are off the list and the advisory committee has urged people not to travel to countries that are on the red-list unless it is essential. British people who are traveling to the nations which are on green-list are told to undertake covid-19 test and a test before arrival to the UK, another test is needed to be taken after 2 days once returning to the UK.
It is for the first time that leisure travel has been allowed after it has been lifted since the time lockdown was announced last year.