THE PRIME Minister is set to give the go-ahead for foreign holidays as part of a new traffic light system for travellers, it has been reported.

Countries will be assessed according to their vaccination programme, infection rates and size of known variants before being given the "green light" to travel.

According to the MailOnline, the system means Boris Johnson is set to resume holidays abroad from May 17.

It is understood that only a small number of European countries will be given green status.

It means the system may open trips to US, Barbados, Maldives, Gibraltar, the United Arab Emirates, Malta and Israel.

The first list of "green" countries will not be announced until next month.

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The Prime Minister said: “We have made huge strides over the past few months with our vaccine programme and everyone in the country has made huge sacrifices to get us to this stage in our recovery from Covid-19.

“We are doing everything we can to enable the reopening of our country so people can return to the events, travel and other things they love as safely as possible, and these reviews will play an important role in allowing this to happen.”

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Under the plans, travellers arriving from countries rated “green” will not be required to isolate – although pre-departure and post-arrival tests will still be needed.

For those classed as “amber” or “red”, the restrictions will remain as they are will arrivals required to isolate or enter quarantine.

The Prime Minister will also outline the Government’s approach for easing restrictions on foreign travel when its global travel task force reports on April 12.

Ministers have made clear that the ban on foreign travel will remain in place until at least May 17.