Hopes of foreign holidays this summer dashed as Brits urged to stay in UK
Would-be holidaymakers have had their hopes of foreign jaunts dashed after being told they should stay in the UK this year.
Environment Secretary George Eustice claimed it was difficult to add countries to the green list and that his advice would be to "holiday at home".
He insisted he has "no intention" of taking a foreign trip himself.
And he suggested families visit "very busy" Cornwall despite reports of surging prices amid heightened demand.
His warning comes after British tourists faced a frantic scramble to get home from Portugal before it was put on the amber list at 4am on Tuesday (June 8).
And it follows fears the easing of lockdown on June 21 could be delayed as the Indian coronavirus variant continues to surge.
Mr Eustice told Sky News: "Our advice has been don't travel unless it's absolutely necessary.
"Obviously we had hoped, with these three categories that we had, we had hoped that situation would be improving in other parts of the world, that we'd be able to progressively add other countries to the green list.
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"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, and we've just got to take a very cautious approach."
He added: "I will be staying at home, I have no intention of travelling or going on a holiday abroad this summer."
People who go on foreign holidays have to understand the risks, he added.
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He continued: "But I think most people will probably decide this year to holiday at home.
"We've got some fabulous places to visit in this part of the country, not least, of course, Cornwall, where there will be a very very busy summer I'm sure.
"My advice to people would be holiday at home, we've got some great places here."
He told Times Radio it is "proving difficult" to add countries to the green list, which means people do not need to quarantine on their return, because of Covid infection rates around the world.
Holidaymakers were left furious about Portugal being added to the green list last week.
Tamar Smith, 21, who flew back to London Stansted after a trip in Portugal, said: "I’m not keen on the way they change the status.
"I don’t think it is fair on businesses that rely on tourists."
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