What is the Traffic Light System?
The Global Travel Taskforce has created a framework to chart the safe return of international travel. A new traffic light system, which will categorise countries based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel, has been set up to protect the public and vaccine rollout from international COVID-19 variants.
Key factors in the assessment will include:
💉 The percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
📈 The rate of infection
🌍 The prevalence of variants of concern
🔬The country's access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
The report shows how international travel, shows how international travel could resume from 17 May 2021 at the earliest, in an accessible and affordable way. This includes the removal of the permission to travel form - meaning passengers would no longer need to prove they have a valid reason to leave the country.
The UK is a global leader in genome sequencing, which in positive cases allows the identification of variants of concern. The risks posed by these variants remain significant and restrictions for inbound passengers and stringent testing will remain in place - but will apply to people differently depending on whether the destination visited is categorised as 'green', 'amber' or 'red'.