AN MP has warned the government they are taking risks with the new travel announcement.

Caroline Lucas, the MP for Brighton Pavilion since the 2010 General Election, has spoken out against the new travel plans, suggesting the government could be "making the same mistakes."

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has confirmed that Britons who have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine can avoid quarantine when returning from “amber list” destinations from July 19.

The decision will allow fully vaccinated travellers to holiday across European destinations, which it is hoped will provide a boost to the travel industry.

He also confirmed that children under 18 would not have to isolate.

However, a pre-departure lateral flow test... a coronavirus test you do yourself which shows you the result on a handheld device will still be required.

Also required is the PCR test. It involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud, which is more reliable.

Ms Lucas, who is also the vice-chairwoman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus, said: “The government is in danger of repeating the same mistakes that allowed the Delta variant to take root in the UK.

“Urgent measures are needed to reduce queues at airports before international travel is opened up further, including upgrading e-gates and digitising test results.

“We must also ensure test results of inbound travellers are checked for new variants so that dangerous new Covid mutations do not slip through the cracks.

“Dropping quarantine without these additional protections in place risks leaving the country dangerously exposed to new variants that could undo our hard-won progress against the virus.”