Brits should holiday in the UK and only go abroad for essential reasons, ...

Brits should holiday in the UK and only go abroad for essential reasons, ...
Brits should holiday in the UK and only go abroad for essential reasons, ...

Brits should holiday within the UK this summer and only travel abroad for essential reasons, a Government adviser said today.

Professor Stephen Reicher, a social psychologist who sits on a subgroup of SAGE, urged people to be 'sensible and cautious' when making getaway plans.

But he accepted that some may need to travel abroad for essential reasons, such as work, or to attend weddings and funerals.

In a plea for people to consider staycations, he argued it's 'pretty hot at the moment and there's lots of good places to go'.

As it stands, Brits can travel to green list countries as long as they take Covid tests before departure and two days after arriving back in the country.

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Double-jabbed holidaymakers can follow the same rules for amber list countries, while those who are unvaccinated must isolate for 10 days on return.  

It comes as the Government is considering an 'amber watchlist', to identify countries at-risk of turning red. Spain, Greece and Italy are thought to be contenders for the list.

A sudden move to the red list would force hundreds of thousands of Brits to scramble for a to return to the UK, or have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days, at a cost of £1,750. 

Professor Reicher told Times Radio today that now, 'is the time to be sensible and be cautious' and holiday in the UK instead of abroad

Professor Reicher told Times Radio today that now, 'is the time to be sensible and be cautious' and holiday in the UK instead of abroad

Apart from the UK, Spain, France and Greece have some of the highest infection rates in Europe

Apart from the UK, Spain, France and Greece have some of the highest infection rates in Europe

What are the current travel traffic light rules and how would an 'amber watchlist' work?

There are currently three main categories in the Government's international travel traffic light scheme: Red, amber and green. 

But there is also an 'amber plus' list and ministers are considering introducing an 'amber watchlist'. 

Below is a breakdown of the rules for each category: 

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Red: Travel to the UK from a red list country is banned for non-UK nationals. Brits returning must take a pre-departure test and book a 10 day stay in hotel quarantine at a cost of £1,750. 

Amber: A pre-departure test is required while non-vaccinated people have to quarantine for 10 days at home and book tests on day two and day 8.

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