Welsh government advises against non-essential overseas travel

Advice from ministers as traffic light system due to be confirmed

Welsh government advises against non-essential overseas travel

The Welsh government is to urge people to travel overseas for essential reasons only for the next three weeks despite easing restrictions in line with England and Scotland, the BBC reports.

According to the report, Wales will introduce the traffic light system outlined by the UK government from Monday as it moves to ‘alert level two’.

However, ministers said international travel in the coming weeks should be for “essential purposes” only.

First minister Mark Drakeford told BBC Breakfast the advice was not legally binding as it would be “unenforceable” with Welsh residents mainly flying from English airports.

But he said the advice was “clear” and that people should consider domestic holidays instead.

Drakeford also said that “extra assistance” including access to additional testing would be provided to those who decided to travel against the advice.

These “extra safeguards” are expected to apply to countries whose inclusion on the green list described as “more marginal”, including Portugal, Israel and Singapore.

The report confirmed a “paper-based vaccination status” would be available from May 24 for people in Wales who are fully vaccinated and require proof for urgent travel.

The scale of the reopening of international travel remained in doubt on Friday morning, with Portugal still yet to confirm if UK holidaymakers will be allowed to enter from Monday.

Portugal is the only mainstream destination included in the green list and restrictions currently prevent travel to most others.

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