Johnson said a task force this week will set out a “reasonable” plan on nonessential travel abroad. England has been in lockdown mode since late December as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with international travel restricted.
Once traveling abroad is allowed, quarantine rules will depend on a “traffic light system” – meaning that those traveling to countries on a “green” list will not be required to isolate upon their return to the U.K. Johnson said it was too soon to say which countries would be on which list. The prime minister also mentioned coronavirus passports — or “Covid status certifications” — but said the government was working through “complicated, ethical and practical issues” relating to them. The documents, which are expected to state whether a person has been vaccinated, has recently tested negative for the coronavirus or has natural immunity, would likely be used for travel abroad, he added.