Coronavirus latest: TORY backbenchers have blasted the government’s “inexplicably complicated” plans to introduce an amber watchlist over fears they could ruin summer holidays.
The scheme, which was agreed in principle this week, would see holidaymakers warned that while they are abroad certain amber countries could go straight on to the red list.
Under current rules, tourists have to quarantine for ten days on their return to Britain — even if they are double jabbed.
And if the country suddenly moves to a red list, travellers would face compulsory hotel quarantine on their return, at a cost of £1,750 a head.
Spain could be one of the countries added to the list after experts previously cited that cases are looking “worrying” and “bleak”.
It would be likely to cause an exodus of up to a million British tourists who are on holiday there now.
Furthermore, fears are also mounting that Italy and Greece could be included as well as they begin enforcing their own measures to curb the spread of the virus.
It has promoted Tory backbenchers to pressure Boris Johnson and his government regarding any changes to the traffic light system that could leave the travel industry in jeopardy.
Huw Merriman, the Tory Chairman of the Commons transport committee, said the proposal for an amber watchlist was a “giant red flag” that would cause bookings to collapse.
“The government has used the vaccine dividend to make some positives strides in the last few weeks, making it easier for those travelling in and out of the UK.
“This is not the time be adding further complexity, uncertainty and anxiety to an already beleaguered sector."
Ministers were set to meet on Thursday to review which countries Brits can safely visit, but a decision has now been delayed amid the government split.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak reportedly told Boris Johnson that the UK's current border restrictions were "out of step with our international competitors".
He warned that the curbs were having a damaging effect on jobs, amid mounting fears for the tourism and hospitality industries.
A source told the Sunday Times: "Rishi has called time on the travel restrictions."
Tory backbench revolt over ‘complicated’ amber watchlist plans that could wreck summer holidays
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