Proposed new government travel traffic light system explained.

It may be a few weeks before we know the specific date when trips overseas can resume, and which countries will be subject to the most relaxed measures.

But the transport secretary, Grant Shapps has said families can finally "start to think about" booking foreign holidays, instead of insisting Britons travel within the UK.

So how will the new travel traffic light system work?

Green countries

• People entering the UK from "green list" countries will need to take a pre-departure test in that country

• On or before the second day after arriving in the UK, you will need to take a PCR test, which is available from with a travel certificate from £145

• You will not need to quarantine on your return unless you receive a positive test

• Test packages must be booked and paid for before travelling from a government-approved provider (we use Excalibur Healthcare Services)

Amber countries

• If you are coming from an "amber list" country you'll have to quarantine for 10 days at home

• You will have to take a pre-departure test, then a PCR test on days two and eight

• There will be an option for "test to release" in which people can end self-isolation early if they test negative on day five by purchasing an extra PCR test (If you opt to take advantage of this please use code RELEASE5 for £5 off this additional purchase) 

Red countries

• Travellers arriving from the "red list" will have to quarantine for 10 days in a specific quarantine hotel.

• They will have to take a pre-departure test then PCR tests on day two and day eight

• Passengers must book and agree to pay for a quarantine package before departing for the UK