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Travel news - live: Race to the sun begins as holidays abroad given green light from today

The Independent logo The Independent 17/05/2021 11:53:22 Travel Desk
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From today, 17 May, international leisure travel is finally legal again in England. Jetting off on a foreign holiday is now possible under a traffic light system, with countries classified as green, amber or red and prescribed restrictions to match based on the risk of arrivals importing new coronavirus infections.

Although holidays are no longer prohibited, there are still myriad hoops travellers must jump through, including pre-departure and post-arrival coronavirus tests taken within a certain timeframe. The government is currently advising that Brits should not be visiting amber or red countries for recreational purposes.

The Independent's travel team is engaged in a race to the sun to celebrate the easing of restrictions: our correspondent Simon Calder is winging his way to Faro, Portugal, while travel editor Cathy Adams is heading for Madeira (two of the few viable "green list" destinations). Deputy editor Helen Coffey, meanwhile, is celebrating the reopening of the UK tourism industry by decamping to a new hotel for the day.

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