During Monday’s government briefing, no further information was released regarding the reopening of international travel, however we remain positive that this will change early next week following the Global Travel Taskforce announcement.
CT Business Travel is a proud member of the Business Travel Association – read Clive Wratten’s, the CEO of the BTA, response to yesterday’s update below:
“Today’s announcement from the Prime Minister is beyond disappointing. We are leading the way in vaccination and science. This is a huge cause of celebration, but, if we are to re-start our economy, we need to have a clear pathway to international travel and trade. This has once again been kicked down the road.
To be a truly global Britain, we must lead the way in opening borders, supporting vital supply chains, and digitising health certification. The business travel industry continues to be crippled by today’s lack of movement. We ask the Government to be confident in its roadmap as the Global Travel Taskforce reports on the 12th April. This is our last resort.”
This is what we know so far with regards to the reopening of international travel:
- The government will confirm in advance whether non-essential international travel can resume on 17th May, or whether we will need to wait longer before lifting any existing travel bans.
- It is likely that when international travel does return it will do so with a risk-based ‘traffic light’ system. CT Business Travel see this as a positive step on reopening international travel.
- Media reports suggest a new green and amber level will be added to the existing ‘red list’ system.
- The green category will accommodate countries with a low risk, which will be based on the country's vaccination programme, infection rate and the prevalence of variants of concern. The Global Travel Taskforce is due to publish its report including further details on this system on the 12th April.
- It is too early to say which countries will be on the green list when non-essential international travel resumes. These decisions will be driven by the data and evidence nearer the time. Countries will then move between the red, amber and green lists depending on the data.
CT Business Travel remain hopeful that there will be number of positive announcements with regards to the reopening of international travel following the Global Travel Taskforce update on the 12th April.
For further information on travel at present, please get in touch with one of the team here.