The government has stated that it does not expect to open up travel to Europe or the United States before the end of July.
Quarantine-free travel to the UK from mainland Europe or the United States would not be allowed until late July, according to an industry expert.
According to Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultant The PC Agency, the reopening of travel was “sacrificed by ministers guarding their backs.”
Mr Charles was one of the industry’s key figures who was outraged when Portugal was demoted to the amber list last week, implying that there was no sustainable big tourism destination in the green tier.
Portugal, as well as other nations like Malta, Morocco, and Grenada, should be on the green list, but Mr Charles claims the limits are “very political” and “not based on data at all.”
People arriving in the UK from a green tier nation are not needed to self-isolate, however those entering from an amber tier country must quarantine for 10 days at home.
Spain, France, Italy, and the United States were hoped to be included to the green list ahead of the prime summer vacation season.
Ministers have lined up in order to secure their future careers and gain from a looming Cabinet upheaval. And it means foregoing the overseas travel sector’s early launch.
Mr Charles, on the other hand, stated that it is his “clear understanding” that ministers “do not intend to open up travel to mainland Europe or the United States until the end of July.”
“Ministers have lined up to protect their future careers and possibly gain from an imminent Cabinet reshuffle,” he stated. And it means foregoing the overseas travel sector’s early launch.
“Thousands of jobs, as well as some airlines and travel companies, are now at risk since June and July will be lost in terms of travel.”
Mr Charles claimed that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson were “in favor of allowing travel to be opened up sooner,” but that Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Home Secretary Priti Patel, and Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove were “overruled.”
“Buoyed by opinion polling, they have now all come together to focus on reopening the UK by mid-July, once the vaccine rollout has reached,” he continued. (This is a brief piece.)