Tuesday , May 18 2021

Global Travel Taskforce Framework – for travel from the UK

Global Travel Taskforce Framework
The Global Travel Taskforce was created in February 2021, further to recommendations in November 2020.
The Global Travel Taskforce have worked to develop a framework to ensure the UK can return to safe travel. In order to ensure citizens are safe. The aim of the Taskforce is to consider:
* the global and domestic epidemiological picture
* the prevalence and location of any variants of concern
* the progress of vaccine roll-outs here and abroad
* what more we’ve learnt about the efficacy of vaccines on variants, and their impact on transmission, hospitalisation and deaths
The Taskforce is lead by the Department for Transport and is made up of the following members:
* Department for Transport
* Department for Health and Social Care
* Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
* Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
* Public Health England
* Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
* HM Treasury
* Home Office
* Department for International Trade
* Cabinet Office C-19 Taskforce Officials from the Scottish and Welsh Governments, and Northern Ireland Executive will be closely involved in the Taskforce’s work.
09 April 2020 Announcement Today,
09 April, the Transport Secretary set out a full framework for the safe return of international travel, as follows:
Traffic light system
A traffic light system, Green, Amber, Red will show the risk on a country by country basis.
Main factors will include:
* the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
* the rate of infection
* the prevalence of variants of concern
* the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
The traffic light system is as follows:
* Green: arrivals will need to take a pre-departure test as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before day 2 of their arrival back into the UK – but will not need to quarantine on return (unless they receive a positive result) or take any additional tests, halving the cost of tests on their return from holiday
* Amber: arrivals will need to quarantine for a period of 10 days and take a pre-departure test, and a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 with the option for Test for release on day 5 to end self-isolation early
* Red: arrivals will be subject to restrictions currently in place for ‘red list’ countries which include a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, pre-departure testing and PCR testing on day 2 and 8.
The framework notes that testing will continue to be an important part of the framework, and the framework sets out full details of testing and quarantine.
The Gov.Uk site notes that. At present it’s too early to set out which countries will fall where on the Green, Amber, Red list this summer.
It will be dependent on many factors. The Government have noted however that they hope to be able to set out all of the remaining details by early May, as well as hoping to be able to confirm if International travel will be able to resume from 17th May.
In light of the publication of the Global Travel Taskforce Framework today. There has already been a number of announcements from Airlines and travel companies as to what they plan to do over the next few months.
We wait for the UK Prime Minister to formally agree the information, which is due on 12th April 2021.
The full information relating to the above can be found at Gov.UK
Source Gov.UK

About Liz Osborn

Liz Osborn's first experience of the island was as a holiday rep in 1992. She fell in love with everything Zakynthian and has been here since then. Liz became a Greek citizen in 2003 and has been active in tourism and the Greek life over the years. Liz's support of the island saw her joining the Zakynthos Informer team in 2020

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