Ministers are reportedly contemplating a handful of nations individuals from the UK will be capable to journey to initially within the coming weeks.
Stories advised the record may embrace a couple of dozen nations, though some newspapers have advised it may very well be fewer than 10.
A number of named Malta, Gibraltar, Portugal and Israel as possible locations to be open to Britons, whereas the Every day Telegraph mentioned Spain, Greece and France may very well be added by the top of June.
The Occasions put the Seychelles on its record, whereas the Every day Telegraph additionally included Iceland.
The European Fee is proposing “to permit entry to the EU for non-essential causes not just for all individuals coming from nations with an excellent epidemiological scenario, but additionally all individuals who have acquired the final beneficial dose of an EU-authorised vaccine”.
It didn’t say which nations could be on its record, however one unnamed EU official mentioned the UK stays a “query mark”.
The UK authorities’s “inexperienced record” of nations to which individuals can journey with out having to isolate for 14 days on their return is anticipated to be launched this week, though it’s understood particulars are nonetheless being finalised.
It comes as Boris Johnson mentioned the method to international journey this summer season will likely be smart and cautious to keep away from “an inflow of illness”.
The prime minister mentioned there will likely be “some opening up” on 17 Might, the following milestone within the roadmap for restrictions to raise, however that issues have to be performed in a approach “to guarantee that we do not see the virus coming again in” to the UK.
Commerce Secretary Liz Truss urged holidaymakers to attend for presidency bulletins earlier than reserving.
Requested if we’ll see journey resume from 17 Might, Ms Truss informed Sky Information: “We’re doing all we will to verify we observe the roadmap and open up the economic system and journey step by step.
“The actually essential factor is we do not transfer too quick and jeopardise the progress we’ve got made – so individuals must wait a bit longer to have the ability to hear the information on what is going on on the journey entrance.”
She mentioned she would encourage individuals to attend earlier than reserving a summer season vacation to allow them to see what the “particulars are primarily based on the information”.
The federal government totally helps protected journey however “we have to be cautious to guarantee that we aren’t merely importing the virus after we’ve got efficiently handled it in Britain”, Ms Truss mentioned.
She added: “If we’re in a position to have individuals go on vacation, I do not see any cause offered it’s protected.”
Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial Faculty London, who advises the federal government, mentioned he was optimistic of one thing “much more regular” this summer season.
Nevertheless, he warned nations with excessive an infection charges remained a journey threat and that COVID variants nonetheless had potential to trigger a “main” third wave.
“I believe if for example, by the summer season, an infection ranges in France and Italy are the identical form of stage as they’re right here, then there isn’t any threat related to travelling abroad,” he informed the BBC’s Right now Programme.
“The danger comes from going from a spot just like the UK with very low an infection ranges and going to a spot with a lot larger an infection ranges and subsequently having the danger of bringing an infection again.
“If the 2 locations are at comparable ranges, and that is what the EU is saying, then there is no such thing as a explicit dangers related to journey.”
Prof Ferguson mentioned variants such because the one first detected in South Africa – that are believed to be extra immune to vaccines – have been a “main concern” that would nonetheless spark a “very main third wave within the autumn”.
He mentioned it was important to get booster doses, designed to fight these variants, rolled out as soon as the principle vaccination programmes ends in the summertime.
These within the prime 4 precedence teams ought to hopefully start getting the extra shots from September, in accordance with the federal government.