Cymru moves to alert level two; rules change on travel abroad


Gwisgwch Fasg Os Gwelwch yn Dda / Please Wear a Mask (Image: Gwalia).

The country will move into alert level 2 on Monday (17 May), the First Minister will confirm today as coronavirus levels remain low and vaccination rates remain the best in the United Kingdom.


The First Minister will also confirm international travel will resume from Monday (17 May), but the Welsh Government is advising that people only travel abroad for essential purposes.


From Monday (24 May), a paper-based vaccination status will be available for people who have had two doses of a vaccination, and need to urgently travel to a country that requires Covid vaccination proof.


A traffic light system, aligned with Scotland and England, will be introduced, whereby countries will be classified as green, amber, and red.


This means that people living in Cymru will be able to travel to a small number of foreign destinations without the need to quarantine on their return. Mandatory quarantine for countries not on the green list remains in place.


If public health conditions remain positive, the next three-week review will consider:

  • Further changes to meeting people in private homes

  • Increasing the number of people who can meet outdoors and the number of people who can attend organised activities and events, including wedding receptions, to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors

  • Permitting larger-scale events to take place indoors and outdoors.

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