What time is Boris Johnson speaking today and what will he announce?

Boris Johnson will hold a press conference this evening (Picture: Getty Images)

Boris Johnson is set to hold a press conference this evening, in which he is expected to confirm whether international travel will be allowed from May.

The Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown currently states that travel abroad will be able to resume from no early than May 17. However, with mainland Europe now experiencing a third wave of the virus, Johnson has been under pressure to push this date back.

He previously advised the public to wait until the global travel taskforce had reported, before booking their summer holidays.

The taskforce is not expected to send their findings to the PM before April 12, but Johnson could today unveil the Government’s new ‘traffic light’ system for leaving the UK.

This will see summer holiday hotspots ranked by their coronavirus status, with Brits allowed to fly to ‘green’ destinations, so-long as they complete a test on their return.

‘Amber’ countries would require passengers to have a test and quarantine at home upon their return, while travel to ‘red’ countries could either be banned or require people complete a 10-day stay at one of the UK’s quarantine hotels when they return.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Britain's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson gives an update on the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic during a virtual press conference in the new ??2.6million No9 briefing room on March 29, 2021 in London, England. Outdoor sports and up to six people or two households can gather as from today in the first stage of England easing lockdown measures. (Photo by Hollie Adams - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Prime Minister is likely to discuss the next stages of his Covid roadmap (Picture: Getty Images)

Safer ‘green’ countries expected to be opened first include the Cayman Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda and Barbados, due to successful vaccination programmes around the Caribbean.

The EU is still struggling with a slow vaccination rollout and rising infections, meaning the Government is unlikely to give Brits the green-light to fly to Europe until August.

During the press conference, Johnson may also discuss the news that everyone in England will be able to access a free and rapid coronavirus test twice a week from April 9.

The lateral flow tests, which can provide results in around 30 minutes, will be available to anyone, regardless of whether they are showing Covid-19 symptoms.

It is also likely he will discuss whether England can move forward to the next stage of easing lockdown. April 12 is due to see pub beer gardens return, as well as gyms, hairdressers and non-essential shops.

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