London: In view of the spread of COVID-19, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday announced a ban on non-essential international travel from and to the country till at least May 17. Though travel and aviation sectors have been among the hardest-hit during the pandemic, the ban came as the new COVID-19 strain has been spreading.
PM Johnson said domestic overnight stays and self-contained accommodation will be allowed no earlier than 12 April but non-essential international travel will remain banned. Highlighting the road map of lockdown, Johnson said, “This is part of the roadmap’s second step and it will take place at least five weeks after the first step 8 March but could be postponed if the prime minister and his advisers say it is necessary.”
He said the date for international holidays to be allowed is not before 17 May. The government’s Global Travel Taskforce will reconvene to issue a report by 12 April recommending how international trips can resume safely, he said. Boris Johnson said this will “give people time to make their plans for the summer.