THE UK may slap ALL of its European neighbours on a travel ban “red list”, a health minister has said.
And the threat of the ban has caused airlines to axe some summer flights, throwing Brit holidaymaker’s plans into chaos.
The UK may slap ALL of its European neighbours on a travel ban ‘red list’Credit: Louis Wood News Group Newspaper Ltd
Tory frontbencher Lord Bethell said Britain’s neighbours could be put on the no-go list as he accused them of “rejecting” vaccination.
British Airways and EasyJet have confirmed they will cut back on summer flights across Europe in July and August because of the possibility.
Across the EU, just over 10% of adults have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, but in the UK the figure is more than 50%.
Lord Bethell, said: “We are watching with enormous sadness the sight of our European neighbours rejecting the vaccine policy.
“They are not embracing the opportunity that a vaccine provides for driving down infection rates and protecting their populations.
“I don’t know how that will play out and it’s certainly above my pay grade to speculate.
“But we are all aware that the possibility lies that we will have to red list all of our European neighbours.
Airlines have axed summer flights, throwing Brit holidaymaker’s plans into chaosCredit: Alamy
Across the EU, just over 10% of adults have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, but in the UK the figure is more than 50%
“But that would be done with huge regret, because we are a trading nation, we do work in partnership with out countries. We depend on other countries for essential supplies, not only medicines, but food and others.
“Although we could put in place a haulier programme that protected our trade routes, it would be an enormous diplomatic blow and one that we would do with huge regret.”
A British Airways spokesperson said anyone whose flight was cancelled could get a refund.
They added: “We are sorry that, like other airlines, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic and global travel restrictions we are operating a reduced and dynamic schedule.”
The travel ban would mean anyone returning to England from the red list countries will have to quarantine at a government-mandated hotel at their own cost.
Mandatory quarantine means returning travellers cannot self-isolate at home and must pay £1,750 to stay at the hotel for 10 days.
Full list of red list travel ban countries
- Cape Verde
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- French Guiana
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
It comes as Brits face an official holiday ban in law from Monday – with the risk of a £5,000 fine for escaping.
Under new Covid laws, which were published by ministers today, people across the country will be officially banned from leaving the country without a reasonable excuse.
People will face a fine of £5,000 for breaking the new law, however.
Brits already have to also fill out a form if they do want to leave the country, stating their permitted reason to do so, or they will face a £200 fine for not having the right paperwork.
Today Boris Johnson warned Britain will soon “feel the effects” of Europe’s third wave of Covid as he vowed to vaccinate population as quickly as possible.
Speaking today on a visit to Preston, the PM said Britain wouldn’t be able to escape the effects on soaring infections on the continent, despite Britain’s vaccine programme going from strength to strength.