Travel firms are seeing a huge rush to book summer holidays after a new deal means restrictions on travel to many countries in Europe will be lifted from July 6th.

A new “traffic light” system will set risk levels for individual countries – with a “Green” rating allowing unrestricted travel. Many destinations including France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey are likely to be open to British tourists.

It means that holidaymakers will be able to return to the UK without having to self-isolate for 14 days.  The Foreign Office will also lift its advice against ‘all but essential travel’ to low or medium-risk destinations, making it possible to obtain travel insurance.

However the continued easing of restrictions will depend on the UK maintaining a low level of coronavirus infections, in order for other countries to accept British tourists.

Kate Silverton presents BBC News reporting by Transport Correspondent Tom Burridge.

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