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Government ‘not intending to open up travel to Europe or US before end of July’

Quarantine-free travel to the UK from mainland Europe or the US will not be permitted before late July, an industry expert has warned.

The reopening of travel had been “sacrificed by ministers watching their backs”, Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said.

Mr Charles was among leading figures in the sector who expressed outrage when Portugal was moved to the amber list last week, as it meant no viable major tourist destination was in the green tier.

Portugal and other countries such as Malta, Morocco and Grenada should be on the green list but decisions on

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Travel industry leader berates government for ‘green list’ tightening

Homeward bound: British holidaymakers queuing at Faro airport in Portugal to get out before the quarantine deadline

(Victoria Richards)

Travel business owners have been hit so hard by the coronavirus pandemic and government travel restrictions that some face losing their homes, MPs have been told.

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of Abta, the travel association, told the Treasury Select Committee the government was “prepared to say that international travel is not going be restarting as originally envisaged”.

On Thursday 3 June the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, announced further tightening of travel restrictions. He moved Portugal, the only mainstream European

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