The British government’s restrictions on foreign travel may remain in place until August, with flights limited to destinations with high vaccination rates such as Israel, according to a Sunday report.
A source told the Sunday Times that the May 17 target date for lifting travel curbs was “very optimistic,” saying August appeared more likely.
“There will be a system of travel corridors to green-list countries with good vaccination rates. Israel, here we come!” an official was quoted saying.
The report said travelers visiting France or other European countries wracked by the virus could be required to quarantine upon returning, while those coming from “green” locations with low infection rates may only need to undergo a rapid coronavirus test when they return to the United Kingdom.
“What we don’t want is new variants coming in that undo all the good that our vaccination program has done,” Dr. Mike Tildesley, a member of a scientific advisory body to the UK government, told Times Radio.
A separate report Sunday said British ministers were set to hold talks with their Israeli counterparts on potentially introducing a vaccine passport allowing entrance to certain venues, such as exists in Israel, though some have expressed concerns.
Israel and the UK are among the world leaders in vaccination rates, with the Jewish state passing the milestone last week of fully vaccinating more than half the population. Britain has administered at least one dose to over 50 percent of adults.