The ban on travel abroad and restrictions on entry into the UK due to covid-19 will continue until at least 17 May, while the British government is evaluating measures such as the introduction of a vaccination certificate.
In presenting a phased deconfination plan starting in March, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said today in Parliament that the decision on international travel will depend on a study that will have to be completed by April 12, “so that people can make plans for the summer ”.
However, the official plan, meanwhile published, says that travel abroad, currently prohibited without valid justification, will not reopen before May 17.
“In the short term, the Government will continue to protect the progress of vaccination and mitigate the risk posed by imported variants,” says the document.
The decision on when international travel can be resumed will “depend on the international and national epidemiological picture, the prevalence and location of any worrying variants, the progress of vaccine distribution here and abroad, and what else does the Government learn about the effectiveness vaccines on variants and the impact on transmission, hospitalization and deaths ”, he specifies.
In addition to being prohibited from taking a holiday or traveling without a valid reason abroad, all persons arriving in the United Kingdom are required to test the new coronavirus with a negative result made up to 72 hours before departure and to comply with a 10-day quarantine. days on arrival.
Portugal and 32 other countries, currently on a “red list” of countries at increased risk of transmitting variants of the coronavirus, namely from Brazil and South Africa, so all travelers must quarantine at a hotel designated by the authorities to a cost of 1,750 pounds (2,025 euros) per person.
During quarantine, people are tested on the second and eighth day and, if the diagnosis is positive, they have to extend the period in isolation.
The British government has said it wants to work with the industry to “relieve restrictions on international travel in a gradual and sustainable manner”, but says it intends to continue to manage risk through testing and quarantine.
“Vaccination can offer a path to this safe and sustainable return”, and the Government admits “trying to introduce a system that allows vaccinated individuals to travel internationally with greater freedom”.
However, it also states that “any system of this type will take time to be implemented” and that it will depend on studies on the effectiveness of vaccines and immunization to be generalized so that the measure does not penalize those who do not have access to vaccines.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today unveiled a four-step plan to lift the confinement in force in England, which begins on March 8 with the return to face-to-face classes and aims to reach the end of all restrictions on June 21 social contacts and economic activities.
The UK recorded 178 more deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic to 120,757 deaths, the highest in Europe and the fifth worldwide, behind only the United States, India, Brazil and Mexico.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,466,453 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 111 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 16,023 people died from 798,074 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.