Boris Johnson today played down suggestions that restrictions on foreign travel could be lifted as more people receive the Covid vaccine. 

The Prime Minister insisted that July 19 was "looking good" for the final stage of reopening, but warned it will be "a difficult year for travel" – regardless of whether or not he presses ahead with plans to allow fully-vaccinated adults to travel without quarantine. 

Speaking on a laboratory visit, pictured above, Mr Johnson said: "There will be hassle, there will be delays, I am afraid, because the priority has got to be to keep the country safe and stop the virus coming back in." 

Greg Dickinson explains why Britain’s green list of 11 destinations should be increased to 25, according to the Government’s own criteria. 

And travel expert Chris Moss argues an entire generation is missing out on gap year experiences.

Mr Johnson also warned of a "rough winter" to come, as fears grow that restrictions could be reimposed later in the year. 

It came as experts warned flu could become an even bigger problem than Covid. 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s deputy chairman said it could "come back to bite us" after levels were suppressed by lockdowns.

Pensions tax raid plan: How much you could lose

Millions of savers stand to be hundreds of thousands of pounds worse off as the Treasury plans a raid on worker’s retirement savings. Pensioners are likely to be spared as the Government attempts to fill the black hole the pandemic ripped into public finances. But workers will take a direct hit in plans for three reforms to the way pension contributions are taxed. Savers face a triple tax threat that would blow a hole in nest eggs. Jessica Beard explains what each proposal could mean for you. Join the debate in the comments of this article on the views of fellow Telegraph readers.

Five decisions that will define Euro 2020 for England

Gareth Southgate’s safety-first decisions have put him and his players under pressure as they prepare for the third and final group game against Czech Republic tomorrow. If England ultimately fail to meet expectations in Euro 2020, Matt Law says the manager will be defined by five decisions that have so far marked him out as a cautious coach. Jamie Carragher picks his England XI and our other expert writers suggest what is required to draw the best out of Harry Kane – as Man City put together a £100m opening offer for the Tottenham striker.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

  • Billy Gilmour tests positive | Scotland try to contain outbreak
  • Manchester travel ban | Sturgeon accuses Burnham of ‘spat’
  • Dominic Cummings | Working at No10 was ‘blind leading blind’
  • Rail | Flexible season tickets more expensive for some commuters
  • Harvard study | Birthdays could increase Covid risk by nearly third

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

‘Kidnapped’ princess | Princess Latifa has appeared in a photo at a Spanish airport – four months after claiming she had been kidnapped by her billionaire father, the ruler of Dubai. The 35-year-old today featured in a friend’s Instagram post, captioned: "Great European holiday. We’re having fun exploring!" Read more about the public sighting after claims the princess was being held hostage in a guarded Dubai villa.

  • Solstice | Gallery: Police disperse Stonehenge crowds
  • Traveller festival | Town suffering fights and drag races
  • Earthquake triggered | US Navy tests warship’s strength
  • Twins | Usain Bolt reveals names of his new children
  • Explained | How people can die from a broken heart

Around the world: A new presidential contender?

President Emmanuel Macron’s plot to destroy France’s traditional Right has suffered a humiliating electoral setback, casting doubt on predictions of a face-off with Marine le Pen next year. Henry Samuel reports that, with the polls so off-kilter and amid record-low turnout, a two-horse duel may not be the foregone conclusion touted until now.

Monday interview: Joan Armatrading – ‘Lockdown? It made no difference to me, really’

After five decades in music, British singer Joan Armatrading tells Neil McCormick why she has always preferred to go it alone. Read the interview.

Joan Armatrading's debut album was released in 1972

Credit: Getty

Comment and analysis

  • Matt Ridley | Flawed modelling condemns us to lockdown
  • Andrew Lilico | If we can’t open on July 5, how can we on 19?
  • Norman Tebbit | PM has chosen right path out of lockdown
  • Bob Seely | Tory party must change or be bulldozed by voters
  • Jane Shilling | UK has forgotten joys of delayed gratification

Editor’s choice

  • Jane Russell | From licentious lust object to ‘conservative Christian bigot’
  • Try ABSI | Forget BMI, here is the new formula to measure health
  • ‘Nothing I say is relevant’ | My wife is using her depression to get her own way
  • Business and money briefing

    Vote of confidence | Goldman Sachs has unveiled plans to expand further in Britain years after it warned a difficult Brexit would negatively affect its investment in the UK. The Wall Street giant is launching a UK transaction bank a year after it set up the division in the US.

    • Morrisons | Shares soar after £5.5billion takeover bid
    • Fantasy Fund Manager | Your chance to win thousands
    • On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day

    Sport briefing

    Trans row | The weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics despite fresh warnings of an "unfair advantage", which cannot be sufficiently mitigated by the IOC’s testosterone limits. Two academic reviews have suggested a strength advantage is retained following transition from male to female. Oliver Brown says Hubbard’s appointment is "an affront to fairness".

    • F1 | How Verstappen and Red Bull outsmarted Mercedes
    • Michael Holding | ‘If I’d grown up in the UK, I’d be dead’
    • Rugby Union | How marathon man Joe Marler made history

    Three things for tonight

    • Watch | Devon and Cornwall, Channel 4, 8pm – a lavish tour
    • Nutrition | Learn how to improve your gut health in one week
    • Play | Telegraph Puzzles featuring today’s Crossword and Sudoku

    And finally… for this evening’s downtime

    Third Reich escapees | A thrilling book unearths the true story of a secret military unit hell-bent on revenge. Anne de Courcy discovers how the British army turned Jewish refugees into Nazi-killers.

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