FAMILIES can finally book their summer holidays abroad, Grant Shapps declared last night.
The Transport Secretary said that he was “not advising against” planning a getaway.
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Latest data shows that potentially vaccine-busting strains are responsible for less than five per cent of infections on the continent.
He also said he would “not spare” money-grabbing firms which are charging £200 for a Covid swab.
They have to be done privately to avoid overloading the NHS.
Some airlines warned that using tests would put people off visiting “green” nations on the government’s traffic light foreign travel system.
EasyJet boss Johan Lundgren said it risked “making flying only for the wealthy”.
Ministers are expected to announce early next month where a country is placed.
Under the plans, arrivals from a “green” country will not need to self-isolate.
Those from an “amber” destination must quarantine for ten days.
Rules for “red” location arrivals will continue, including a paid-for quarantine hotel stay.
“These restrictions will be reviewed on June 28 to take account of “the domestic and international health picture”.
Steve Heapy, of Jet2.com, said there was “continued uncertainty”.
He said: “We still don’t know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to and the availability and cost of testing.”