Uk News What the Government announcement means for summer holidays at home and abroad United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Prime Minister has said that the intention is still for international travel to resume on 17 May, but a traffic light system will mean that holidays will not be straightforward
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! When will holidays cease to be illegal?A holiday ban has been in place for non-essential travel in England and beyond since 5 January. From Monday 12 April, domestic holidays will be allowed in England for single households and bubbles staying in self-contained accommodation and campsites that do not share facilities. This has been possible in Wales, for Welsh residents only, since 27 March. This will be the only way in which holidays are possible until at least 26 April, when Scotland allows domestic travel.Is travelling abroad wise with infections rising outside the UK?The Government still advises against booking holidays abroad “until the picture is clearer”. The sharp rise of infection in several countries in Europe and further afield underlines the fact that we are – one year on – still in a pandemic. Many will take the view that it is better not to travel abroad until it the pandemic is over.However, travel bans continue to jeopardise livelihoods. According to research by the World Travel & Tourism Council in January, more than 100 million jobs could return to the global tourism sector – but this is based on a best-case scenario of a strong summer of travel.The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.When could we start going abroad again?Boris Johnson has said that he is “hopeful” that international travel will be able to resume from England from 17 May, but cautioned that “we are not there yet.”There are no firm dates for when international holidays might be possible for residents in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Scotland’s rules state that “we are certain that this won’t be possible before 17 May and maybe for some time after, particularly as the position in many of our closest European neighbouring countries is deteriorating at the moment”. Once the Global Travel Taskforce has submitted recommendations for resuming international travel to the Cabinet by next Monday, there are likely to be further updates. The Prime Minister has assured that this will happen in good time before 17 May.The aviation sector has said that it needs at least three weeks’ notice to be able to scale up operations safely and effectively.Where will we be able to travel abroad?On Monday, the Government confirmed that when non-essential international travel does return it will do so with a risk-based “traffic light” system.Presently, all international destinations are effectively categorised as amber and red. Arrivals from amber destinations must self-isolate for 10 days. Travel from high-risk red destinations is banned for anyone except UK residents, who must go straight to a managed “quarantine hotel” on arrival (Scottish residents must complete hotel quarantine when returning from any international destination).Under the new traffic light system, quarantine would continue to be a requirement for red and amber destinations, but a new green category would be introduced. A Covid test would need to be taken before returning to the UK, and then a second one on arrival, but quarantine would not be a requirement unless a positive test result was returned.Green destinations would be assessed as lower-risk, taking into account the rate of vaccination and infection, prevalence of variants of concern and access to genomic sequencing (identifying new variants). Destination assessments would not be made until closer to the mooted 17 May restart date.
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. With a considerable propotion of the UK’s adult population having now received a first vaccination, countries including Portugal, Malta, Turkey, the Seychelles, Iceland and Spain have confirmed that they hope to welcome British visitors in the coming months. Entry requirements will vary by country.How frequently will restrictions be reviewed?Shape-shifting “travel corridors” undermined confidence in international travel last year and the Global Travel Taskforce is likely to caution against a similar pattern emerging this summer. While variants of concern will be almost impossible to predict, increasing rates of vaccination abroad should offer more stability. However, the government has cautioned that “countries will move between the red, amber and green lists depending on the data.”How would pre-departure and post-arrival testing work?The cost of testing for travel could price many people out of a holiday this year. The average cost of a PCR test is around £120pp, although rapid, lateral flow tests – which produce results more quickly – cost around half as much.Currently, Covid testing for travel must be booked with a private provider at the traveller’s expense. Some travel companies are considering covering the cost for customers.A positive result could jeopardise travel plans and require self-isolation, reinforcing the importance of flexible booking conditions and robust travel insurance.Negative Covid test results could form part of Covid Status Certification (Photo: Getty)What about vaccine passports?“Covid Status Certification” is the Government’s preferred phrasing. Boris Johnson has admitted that it is likely to be “part of the way people deal” with international travel. He also stressed the importance of testing as part of any certification, particularly when considering complicated “practical and ethical” issues involved with vaccination.The EU has proposed a Digital Green Certificate across the bloc. Although the UK wouldn’t be part of this scheme, Covid Status Certification would work in a similar way – confirming both doses of an approved vaccine, providing confirmation of a negative Covid test, or identified antibodies.The government has refused to say whether children will be required to take a Covid test in order to travel abroad. However, under-11s are exempt from current testing requirements for essential travel purposes.What are the options for a holiday in the UK?From next Monday, self-contained holiday accommodation (including campsites) can reopen in England for single households. Travel will also be possible between England and Wales, where the same rules apply. All holiday accommodation is likely to reopen in Scotland on 26 April, when travel around the UK should resume. It is hoped that hotels, B&Bs and inns will reopen in England on 17 May, when the Rule of Six will apply indoors; First Minister Mark Drakeford has set a target for “late May” in Wales.Contrary to reports that holiday accommodation is selling out in the UK, there is still availability away from the coast, and also around Wales, this summer.
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