THE first flight for holidaymakers jetting off from Leeds Bradford Airport departs tomorrow following the lifting of the ban on international travel.

From today, people are allowed to go on holiday abroad again for the first time in months, with just eight countries around the world (and four British overseas territories) included in the travel 'green list', meaning people don't have to quarantine when they get home from their trip.

The first flight to one of these countries leaves from Leeds Bradford Airport on Tuesday afternoon, when a Ryanair flight departs for the popular destination of Faro in Portugal.

Tickets on the flight are still available, and you could secure your seat on the plan for just £10 if you're in the market for a last minute break abroad.

You are required to wear a face mask on the three hour flight, and also must follow all the Government guidelines on testing before coming home from the Algarve.

The Government rules state before arriving in England you must take a Covid-19 test and book and pay for a Day 2 Covid test to be taken after you get back to England, and also complete a passenger locator form.

Once you are back in England you must take your Covid test on or before the second day after you arrive.

You have to quarantine if your test result comes back as positive, and also if Test and Trace tells you that someone you travelled to England with has tested positive for Covid.

Across England, thousands are expected to jet off today and throughout this week on holiday, and long queues have already been reported this morning at airports.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has urged people not to visit amber and red list countries “unless it’s absolutely necessary, and certainly not for holiday purposes”.

Travel firms such as airlines and tour operators have called for quarantine and testing requirements to be relaxed, and for more destinations to be added to the green list.

However, Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford University, cautioned that there are “broad swathes of Europe that are largely unvaccinated” and are therefore “pretty vulnerable to new variants, be it Indian or otherwise, sweeping across the continent”.

Long queues, and mixing of passengers to countries on different lists, have been reported already this morning by New York-based journalist Steve Myall.