Boris Johnson travel announcement: What did the PM say in his speech today, Monday, April 5?

THE next stage of the UK's path out of Covid lockdown has finally been revealed.

Boris Johnson unveiled a 'traffic light' system for restarting international travel when he spoke at a press conference on Monday, April 5.

What time was Boris Johnson's announcement today?

The Prime Minister gave a press conference at 5pm this afternoon.

His announcements came after Cabinet met online to discuss our next stage towards freedom.

When will foreign holidays be allowed?

With cooped-up Brits itching to escape this island, the PM answered the question everyone has been asking – when can we go on overseas hols.

He revealed about what might happen when international travel resumes – but said it was still too early to confirm whether people could go abroad this summer and added he was 'hopefully' it could resume next month.

The earliest day for that is May 17, on the government's roadmap – in time for the May holidays – or June 21, in time for summer holidays.

There has been much talk of a 'traffic light system', featuring countries split into safer green, dodgy red or the riskier amber categories.

Travel destinations will be ranked green, amber or red according to virus risk, Downing Street explained in a statement.

Brits heading to low-risk "green" countries will simply take a virus test before and after they travel, the government said.

But those going to amber or red countries will have to self-isolate or quarantine afterwards.

Currently people arriving in the UK from abroad are required to self-isolate for 10 days.

British nationals who arrive from a banned "red list" of high-risk countries face costly quarantine in government-approved hotels.

The government has urged people not to book summer holidays, saying it was "too early to predict" which would be the green-lighted countries.

Its new system "will help ensure the UK's vaccine progress isn't jeopardised and provide clear guidance for travellers", the government added.

When will UK staycations be allowed?

Self-catered accommodation will be able to reopen from April 12, but only for one household meaning you cannot go on holiday with friends or family.

Hotels and group holidays will then resume from May 17 – this can only be for two households, with no limit on people, or the rule of six from more than two households.

Hotels and group holidays with no restrictions will go ahead from June 21.

Day trips will also be allowed to go ahead from April 12, which will include attractions such as zoos and theme parks, although indoor hospitality will not resume until May 17.

UK campsites have been pulling out all the stops for what is expected be the biggest staycation summer ever.

What else did Boris Johnson announce?

Apart from the latest Covid and vaccination statistics, we heard both short-term announcements and a look ahead to longer terms goals.

From April 12 at the earliest shops, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries, outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality venues such as beer gardenswill reopen.

Apart from trips abroad, we heard more about Covid status certificates, in relation to mass events, such as sports matches and music festivals.

These prove whether you've had a recent negative Covid test, you've had the jab, or you've had coronavirus in the past six months.

The government has announced it will allow a number of people to attend public events such as football matches from this month in trials of this virus certification system.

But it has not made clear whether it will issue "virus passports" for international travel, an idea backed by many tourism-dependent countries and airlines but opposed by more than 70 MPs.

The UK has already give more than 31 million first vaccine doses and over 5 million second doses.

The rollout has far outstripped popular holiday destinations such as France.

How can I watch Boris Johnson's speeches

You can watch the press conferences via The Sun Online's YouTube page, or follow our dedicated Coronavirus liveblog.

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