The UK, Guernsey and Isle of Man will be the first places to see travel restrictions eased from 26 April, the government has said. Other jurisdictions follow on 17 May, with the exception of countries on the banned list. The government intends to mirror the 'red list' of countries banned from entering the UK.
Isolation and arrivals testing at zero, five and ten days returns, although there will be a future review of the triple-testing arrangements. The government could not provide a date for when this review will take place.
The thresholds for green, amber and red arrivals will be assessed on the same basis as before Christmas, on a 14-day rate for cases per 100,000, with green arrivals able to leave isolation after a negative day zero test. In December a minimum ten-day isolation requirement was introduced for all travellers.
Travellers from amber regions have to isolate until they return a negative result from their day-five test. And people coming from red zones have to isolate until their third test, taken on day ten, comes back negative.
UK region classification will be assessed at a lower tier level. The government confirmed today that there are currently 65 green areas (54 in England and 11 in other devolved nations), 190 amber and 126 red.
In England, 18% of regions would be classed as green, 50% amber and 32% red.
Proposals for vaccination passports will also come before Ministers in future, although a date was not specified, and the Safer Travel Policy is also expected to be refined.
Meanwhile, airline Blue Islands has confirmed that they intend to restart flights to and from the UK on 26 April, starting initially with its Southampton, Exeter, Bristol and Birmingham routes.
Blue Islands chief executive Rob Veron said: 'This is the news we have all been waiting for and provides assurance for consumers who are eager to travel. Whether it is reuniting with friends and family, or a long-awaited escape, the easing of travel restrictions and aligning with the UK Common Travel Area means we can now look forward to travelling once more. Transport infrastructure plays a vital role in the island’s socio-economic wellbeing. We are delighted to be reconnecting Jersey once again.'
All services are now available to book at www.blueislands.com.
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