Alert: Travel restrictions on flights due to COVID-19 may have to return

 Monday, November 15, 2021

The travel restrictions on flights from Europe may have to return over fear Covid-19 surge on continent could spark new variant.

The travel restrictions on travel to and from Europe could have to be brought back if the Covid surge ravaging the continent creates a new variant.

Tory chief Oliver Dowden said ministers “haven’t ruled out” reintroducing measures like quarantine and PCR tests if necessary.

His remarks came amid growing concern at the new wave surging across the EU which is forcing some countries to lockdown again.

Unjabbed people in Austria can only leave their homes for essential reasons while bars and restaurants in the Netherlands must shut early.

The biggest fears surround Germany, where there is increasing pressure on hospitals amid low vaccination rates.

Mr Dowden said that this is happening across the English Channel is a constant reminder that this global pandemic hasn’t gone away.

This country’s approach to the pandemic is to make sure we have high levels of vaccine protection. That is the most appropriate approach.

He was pressed on whether travel curbs will need to return given criticism the Government was too slow to shut our borders to keep out past variants.

The Tory chairman said that of course they keep these things under review all the time. They have moved away from some of those restrictions.

“We haven’t ruled it out and of course if the situation changes dramatically we would have to review that again.

His remarks come after Boris Johnson warned the Covid “storm clouds” gathering over Europe could reach Britain.

The gloomy PM raised the alarm that concerning infection rates on the continent could bleed into Britain this winter.

Speaking on a visit to a pharmacy in Bexley and Old Sidcup he said: “I’m seeing storm clouds gathering over parts of the European continent.

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