Britons could be given fortnight’s notice of potential ‘green list’ changes

A travel agent has warned its customers not to book a summer holiday until the Government has given more detail on its traffic light system.

This week has seen positive news from Spain, Portugal and Cyprus on the prospect of a British return this summer alongside confirmation that the NHS app will be used as a Covid passport for foreign travel, but Lee Hunt, managing director of Deben Travel, says he is dissuading his customers from booking.

“There is still so much uncertainty,” he said. “We are actively putting customers off booking for this summer until the list of green countries is announced along with the associated rules. We then hope to see an influx of bookings.”

Jet2, one of the UK’s largest holiday airlines, has cancelled all flights up until June 24. In a statement it said it looked forward to “clarity [from the Government] about when we can fly, where we can fly to, and how much a Covid-19 testing regime will cost”.

Graham Carter, commercial director of luxury operator, Unforgettable Travel Company, said the absence of detail from the Government will mean “that any major travel between May and early July will [already] be impacted”.