Air bridge announcement: When will the government update travel advice on summer holidays?

BRITS desperate regain normality and book a summer holiday await the publication of the list of 'air bridge' countries.

But home secretary Priti Patel has urged people not to rush into booking holidays and wait for the government to finalise agreements.

When will the government make an announcement on air bridges?

Air bridges will mean that people can travel abroad again, eight weeks after Boris Johnson announced a quarantine on all arrivals to the UK.

Initially, it was thought that the announcement would be made this weekend, but Priti Patel said on June 28 that deals would be published "in the next few days".

No10 is due to today announce the first list of destinations it has struck deals with including France, Spain and Greece.

It had been hoped that Brits would then be able to jet off as early as July 6.

But sunseekers hunting the web for a cheap deal have been warned to put the brakes on until the plans are announced.

What has Priti Patel said about air bridges?

Ms Patel told Sky News: "These measures won’t come in overnight. They will take time because some of this will be down to negotiation [and] discussion with certain countries.”

This weekend, Brits crashed holiday websites – with some firms experiencing their busiest Saturday ever as families scrambled for a budget break., the third biggest holiday rental site in Spain, said it had seen a 42 per cent surge in bookings making it 24 per cent higher than any previous Saturday.

What is the new traffic light system?

“Green” and “amber” traffic light destinations cover every Europe nation — allowing sunseekers to fly off to favourite hotspots Spain, Greece and France without having to isolate when they return.

Only those flying to “red” countries — Covid hotspots such as the US, Brazil and India — will have to self-isolate on return.

The Foreign Office will continue to advise against all non-essential travel to the red-light nations.

For all three lights, every passenger arriving in the UK will still have to fill out the “passenger locator form” to track any potential virus outbreaks.


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