There are fears that Spain and Italy could be placed on the new “amber watch list” this week which has created uproar amongst Ministers.
Whitehall officials have reportedly said that the new “danger” watch list will wreck holiday hopes for millions of Brits.
The Daily Mail has reported that the government have held talks that Spain and Italy could be placed on to the new list this week.
The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and the Chancellor Rishi Sunak have reservations about the plan including other Ministers.
However, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, that people are making plans for the summer holidays, but we “have also got to remember that this is still a dangerous virus.”
Johnson added, “We must try and stop variants coming in, stop importing variants from abroad, so we have to have a balanced approach.”
One Whitehall source said, “You would have to be crackers to book a holiday to a place knowing that it could go on to the red list at any moment.
“If you have already booked to go there you are going to spend your whole holiday worrying whether you are going to have to make a dash to the airport to get home.
“The decision next week will basically be in place for August. It is peak holiday season, are we really going to cause that much disruption to this many people?”
Another source said the Treasury has told Minister to “stop messing about with travel,” which comes after the government placed France on the new travel list.
Huw Merriman, the Tory chairman of the Commons transport committee, also warned we “don’t need any more uncertainty.”
He told the BBC, “An amber watchlist will be viewed as a massive red flag which is likely to cause bookings to those countries on that watchlist to collapse.
“In my view we don’t need any more uncertainty, complexity or anxiety for passengers or this beleaguered sector, it just needs clarity.”