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‘Close the borders!’ Boris urged to BAN foreign holidays this year amid Covid fears

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England began relaxing coronavirus rules on Monday as the country entered stage three of the roadmap out of lockdown. A new traffic light system with green, amber and red lists of countries was created to allow overseas travel to a limited number of destinations.

Passengers can now visit 12 countries on the Government’s green list, including Portugal, without quarantining on return.

However several countries on the list including Australia and New Zealand are yet to reciprocate.

The vast number of popular tourism destinations remain on the amber and red lists, meaning Britons must quarantine at home or at a hotel when returning to the UK.

The system has been met with mixed messaging from ministers as to what are the permitted reasons for travel, with confusion over whether a summer getaway is allowed.

There is also growing fears from health experts about the risk of new coronavirus variants entering the UK.

A subsequent poll of more than 4,000 Express.co.uk readers has found the vast majority of people think there should be a ban on holidays abroad.

The online survey conducted on May 19 from 12.32pm to 10.00pm asked 4,786 online readers, should Boris Johnson ban foreign holidays this year?

It found 74 percent (3,627) thought overseas holidays should be banned and voted “yes”.

Just 25 percent (1,119) said foreign holidays should not be banned and voted “no”.

The remaining one percent (40) remained unsure and said they did not know.

A number of Express.co.uk readers let their opinions known in the comments section of the poll story.

One reader wrote: “Yes. Close the borders. Make sure anyone coming in for import/export purposes is double vaccinated and tested regularly.

“Let’s get back to normal, with the exception of foreign travel. That will have to wait till next year.”

A second added: “Yes, he should ban foreign travel and also ban entry from foreign travel. Close the borders, allow no one in, if you choose to travel without it being necessary, then you have to suffer the consequences.

“Surely, going without a foreign holiday until the virus is on the wane isn’t such a big deal, no one will die because they haven’t been on holiday abroad.”

Meanwhile some others took a different stance on holidays abroad, a third said: “They should not be banned in a free country but we should have more sense than to go.”

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A fourth added: “Of course not, no PM should be allowed to think they have that power it’s very dangerous. This nonsense needs to stop and stop now.”

The re-opening of some travel has sparked much confusion this week, Environment Secretary George Eustice said people could go to amber-listed countries to visit family or friends as long as they observed quarantine rules on their return.

Meanwhile, Welsh Secretary Simon Hart said “some people might think a holiday is essential” and therefore a valid reason to travel.

Passenger returning to a country or territory on the green list do not need to quarantine but must take one coronavirus test after arriving back in Britain.

Meanwhile, people returning from countries on the amber lists, including Spain, France, Italy and Greece , must self-isolate at home for 10 days and take two Covid tests.

Those returning from a red list country must stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights at a cost of £1,750.

On Wednesday afternoon, Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock addressed the confusion over the amber list of countries, to which travel is allowed but not encouraged.

The Prime Minister insisted the position was “very clear” and people should only travel to an amber list country “for some extreme circumstance, such as the serious illness of a family member”.

He said: “You should not be going to an amber list country on holiday.”

Mr Hancock told a Downing Street press conference: “We have been absolutely crystal clear that you should not go to an amber or red list country on holiday, you should only go in exceptional circumstances.”

But, Mr Hancock added “you don’t necessarily have to ban everything” even if the Government advised against it.
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