Here's exactly what that means.👇🇨🇦
Towards the end of last week, the U.K. government announced its new "traffic light" travel rules. The system categorizes countries into green, amber and red, depending on their current COVID-19 situation and risk levels.
From May 17, travellers leaving from England have been given the go-ahead to vacation in countries like Australia, Iceland and more. However, travel to Canada from the U.K. is still a little more complicated.
📢 INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL UPDATE 📢 The ban on non-essential international travel will be removed on the 17th May and… https://t.co/V2cZLqri0B— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP)1620408790.0
This is because Canada was excluded from the green list. Travellers returning to England from any of the "green" countries are not required to quarantine and only have to take one post-arrival COVID-19 test.
Among others, countries like Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Iceland and Israel are on the green list. However, some of these spots do have their own travel restrictions in place.
Canada, on the other hand, is on the amber list, which means travellers must take two post-arrival tests and self-isolate for at least five days upon returning to England.
"You should not be travelling to these places right now," said British Transport secretary Grant Shapps, according to Sky News. Countries on the green, amber and red lists are expected to be reviewed every three weeks from May 17, 2021.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is yet to reveal Canada's own plans for a return to non-essential travel, but he has hinted that vacations abroad could be possible by summer "if all goes well."