Labour's stance on travel restrictions 'not cared about' says host
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Restrictions on international travel are set to cost the UK £639million a day in July. More job losses in the tourism sector are predicted if the current restrictions remain in place next month.
The World Travel and Tourism Council has warned of the huge loss the UK will face if international restrictions remain in place next month. They’ve said it is a sum that goes up to “£638million a day.”
Currently, only travelling to and from green list countries is allowed without quarantine restrictions.
The Government advises not to travel to amber list destinations and passengers arriving from those countries have to quarantine for 10 days.
On top of that, travellers arriving in the UK from both green and amber countries have to face the costs of mandatory COVID-19 testing.
The trade body has urged the Government to save the tourism industry by easing quarantine rules for fully vaccinated people and removing PCR tests for arrivals from green list countries.
It said that up to 218,000 jobs will be lost in the UK if no action is taken.
Last year, 307,000 jobs were lost in Britain due to the pandemic.
Senior vice president of the WTTC, Virginia Messina, said: “Stalling the resumption of international travel could cost the country dearly.
“We simply can’t afford any further delay – we are running out of time and money, with many more businesses in danger of going bust, which would result in more job losses.
“However, there are steps that the Government can take now so that, when the green list of travel destinations is updated, we can get travel safely moving again.
“Bring certainty to a market begging for stability and help power the economic recovery.
“The restoration of free cross-border mobility is essential to help drive the economic recovery from the pandemic.”
The Government responded to that saying: “Our international travel policy is guided by one overwhelming priority: protecting public health.
“Decisions on traffic light allocations take into account a range of factors including genomic surveillance capability, transmission risk and variants of concern, with data behind decisions to move countries on the list published online.
“We keep all measures under review and continue to engage with industry and international partners to explore how we can open international travel safely.
“Both tailored and wider economic support is still available to the sector, including the furlough scheme.”
Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, said yesterday that the Government is looking at allowing fully vaccinated passengers to travel without quarantining.
However, nothing has yet been confirmed.
The next travel list update will take place on June 24.
More countries are expected to be added to the green list in order to allow Britons to go on holiday this summer without restrictions.
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