Boris Johnson backs hols abroad from May 17 but warns of ‘influx of disease’

Boris Johnson has given hope for Brit holidaymakers seeking some sun abroad this summer but warned of the dangers of an “influx of disease”.

The prime minister said that he expects for there to be “some openings up” on May 17 when a new risk-based traffic light system is set to be brought in for international travel.

At the same time he cautiously said that there is a danger of bringing Covid back to the UK if the right conditions are not in place.

Asked if people should be planning foreign holidays, he said: “We will be saying more as soon as we can.

“I think that there will be some openings up on the 17th, but we have got to be cautious and we have got to be sensible and we have got to make sure that we don’t see the virus coming back in.”

He said that he did not want to see an “influx of disease” once international travel resumes, which is why the government is being “as cautious as we can” with the roadmap.

“We do want to do some opening up on May 17 but I don’t think that the people of this country want to see an influx of disease from anywhere else,” he said.

“I certainly don’t and we have got to be very, very tough, and we have got to be as cautious as we can, whilst we continue to open up.”

At the same time the EU has unveiled plans on Monday that mean that Brits who have not been fully vaccinated may be allowed to travel to Europe.

The European Commission has said that people who have had both doses of the vaccine for at least 14 days can travel for leisure from any country outside the EU.

Also, anyone who isn’t fully vaccinated will be allowed in if their country has a “good situation” with Covid cases.

It is positive news especially for people under 40 who may have to wait well into the summer before they have had both doses of the vaccine.

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