Stansted Airport boss 'encouraged' by Government's new travel rules
Stansted Airport’s boss has called on the Government to “develop a stable, sustainable and affordable system” for foreign travel.
MAG (Manchester Airports Group) chief executive Charlie Cornish was responding to the latest changes in Covid-19 restrictions for passengers.
Fully vaccinated travellers returning to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from France will no longer need to quarantine from 4am on Sunday (August 8).
France is being moved from amber-plus to amber – it was added to the higher-risk category last month amid concerns about the Covid Beta variant.
Spain will remain on the amber list, enabling travellers who are fully vaccinated to continue to enjoy a quarantine-free return.
Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway have moved to the green list and Georgia is now red.
Outside of Europe, Mexico, La Reunion and Mayotte are moving to the red list and India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are shifting from red to amber.
Mr Cornish said: “We welcome the movement of more countries to the green and amber lists in what is effectively the final review of the traffic light lists before the end of the summer holidays.
“Together with the new freedoms for fully vaccinated travellers, these changes will enable more people to enjoy a holiday, or reconnect with friends and family, in a growing list of countries.
“It's encouraging to finally see decisions that reflect the data on the ground in these destinations and close the gap with the approach being taken in other countries.
“Despite these positive moves, it's hugely disappointing that the UK is still so far behind in reopening international travel and has not gone further to support the recovery of the aviation sector.
“Government must now take this opportunity to develop a stable, sustainable and affordable system that gives people the confidence to book ahead through the winter and into next year.”
Travellers to green destinations do not need to quarantine. Amber designation means unvaccinated holidaymakers must isolate for 10 days, as well as taking a pre-departure test and two coronavirus tests – on days two and eight – after they return. Those who have had two Covid-19 jabs do not need to isolate or take the second test after arrival back home.
Anyone travelling to a red country must pay for a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel on return, as well as pre- and post-departure tests.