07 May 2021
Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director, said:
"With Covid mutations posing a risk to the UK's vaccine success story, the government has understandably acted cautiously in its plans to reopen international travel. Business supports a risk-based approach. But given the limited number of countries on the government's initial 'green list', firms reliant on international travel are still heavily restricted in their ability to trade their way to recovery.
"Today's clarification of country classifications must be the first step towards a genuine reopening of international travel. The priority now has to be to work with business to lower cost barriers to safe travel and build the evidence base for safely reopening quarantine-free travel to more key destinations - reconnecting UK firms with key markets for a globally competitive recovery."