FOREIGN holiday hopes have been dealt a blow after a Cabinet minister suggested there are unlikely to be any new additions to the green list soon.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said Brits should stay at home this summer as the spread of the Indian variant has wrecked plans to reopen travel.
He warned people not to go abroad “unless it’s absolutely necessary” and those who do “have to understand there are obviously risks”.
His remarks came after chaotic scenes at airports as Brits tried to rush back from Portugal before it was slammed on the amber list this morning.
Mr Eustice said it’s up to people to “make their own individual judgements” whether they want to risk a trip abroad this summer.
But he insisted the PM will prioritise protecting the unlocking at home over opening up more destinations for holidays.
He said: “Basically now there are very few countries on that green list. Our advice all along has been don’t travel unless it’s absolutely necessary.
“We’d hoped the situation would be improving in other parts of the world, that we’d be able to progressively add other countries to the green list.
“Sadly that’s not the situation, we do have this new variant of concern first identified in India that is now cropping up in other countries.
“We’ve got to take a very cautious approach. The most important thing is we can continue to open up our own economy get back to life as normal here.
“The biggest threat to that is we’d have a variant come from another country that would find a way of getting around the vaccine.”