Travel Information: Coronavirus

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 20th July 2021.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the consistency of travel advice for UK citizens issued by his Department with travel advice issued by the Department for Transport.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Travel Advice and the International travel Traffic Lights System are two independent processes based on different risk analyses. FCDO travel advice considers the risk to British nationals travelling overseas, and specifically the risk in each country or territory, while the Traffic Light System assesses and aims to mitigate the overall risk to UK public health from all inbound travellers to the UK. At present, Travel Advice advises against all but essential travel to all countries on the 'Red' list and does not advise against travel to any country on the 'Green' list.

The International traffic light system is currently signposted across all FCDO Travel Advice pages, both at the top of each page, where there are links to relevant covid guidance and also within each country page where the Traffic Light status of that country is given.

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