UK holidaymakers looking forward to European travel within 2 weeks

UK holiday makers looking forward to European travel within 2 weeks

As restrictions within the UK ease, allowing everyday life to gradually return to normal, the UK government is close to announcing good news for holiday makers who have been hoping to resume travel into Europe this summer.

All non essential travel is currently prohibited as part of the UK recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Frustrated holiday makers have had to put their travel plans on hold for the last 8 months, but there are positive indications that this is soon to change.

Ministers are reportedly considering 10-12 countries which people from the UK will be able to travel to initially in the coming weeks. An announcement is expected with days about an updated UK “green list” which will identify which European countries people can travel to without having to isolate for 10 days on their return.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has consistently voiced a cautious approach to opening up European travel to avoid an influx of disease when people return to the UK. He said there would be “some opening up” on 17 May but that things must be done in a way “to make sure that we don’t see the virus coming back in” to the UK.

For holiday makers this would be the initial piece of news that would help them confidently make plans for a summer holiday. They also need to understand what EU restrictions will be in place if they plan to travel into Europe. The European Commission is currently considering plans to allow entry into the EU for non-essential reasons. In a recent statement they said entry into the EU from countries with a good epidemiological situation is highly likely, but they’re only considering entry for “people who have received the last recommended dose of an EU-authorised vaccine”.

The challenge for the UK government is how to future-proof the country’s shield against the virus – and prevent the need for another lockdown. Easing European travel restrictions with green list countries is the start point. Constant monitoring and adjustments of green, amber and red lists is likely to make planning difficult for holiday makers. However, in the fight to overcome the disease, England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty has confirmed he is looking at a range of vaccines for any potential booster shots which will further lighten any travel restrictions into Europe and further afield.

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