The UK’s testing system could be overwhelmed if holiday hotspots are added to the green travel list, according to an industry expert.
What ? Travel editor Rory Boland has told Sky News that “many people are not getting their test back in time”.
The warning comes ahead of the government’s expected review travel traffic light system later today.
Portugal is the only viable major tourist destination that is currently at a low risk level, but it is believed that Malta, parts of the Caribbean, and the Greek islands of Zante, Rhodes and Kos could be connected.
Holidaymakers returning to the UK from green spaces are not required to self-isolate but will have to take a time off after arrival coronavirus Exam.
Mr Boland said the testing system is struggling to meet demand.
“The providers for us were saying it just isn’t set up to deal with the number of people who need to use it,” he told Sky News.
“So if we look at the Canary Islands, Spain, Greece – some of the big destinations where hundreds of thousands of people want to go – turn on the green list, it’s hard to see how this system is going to cope.
“It’s in danger of being overwhelmed.”
Boris Johnson gave nothing when asked about the review yesterday, even hinting at Amber and a possible expansion of the Red List.
The prime minister warned: “I want you to know that we will have no hesitation in moving beyond the countries Amber List Green List Red List, if we have to do that.”
But many holidaymakers are optimistic, if on edge, ahead of the announcement.
“I’ve actually been on tenterhooks for the past few weeks,” Justin Hume, who is hoping to move to Cyprus to get married later this month, told Sky News.
The island is currently an Amber List location, meaning that Ms Hume will have to be in home quarantine for 10 days upon return and undergo two tests upon arrival.
“We expected about 70 guests to come, but you know a lot of people are not willing to do a 10-day isolation when Amber returns,” she said.
“So we’ve got a lot riding on it – whether we have 70 guests, or seven!”
The government has urged people against non-essential travel to Amber countries. But having originally planned their wedding at the coastal resort of Paphos for 2020, and later postponed it, Ms Hume is reluctant to change the date again.
“Because of the year we have, we are willing to do anything to get out there,” she said.
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