When WILL we find out about summer foreign holidays? Everything you need to know about these important dates03/24/2021
A HOLIDAY abroad is yet to be given an official date for restarting, with fears that they could be delayed due to the Covid situation abroad.
The UK government has a number of important dates as part of the roadmap out of lockdown, which hope to allow travel to resume as soon as possible.
However, while the UK vaccination programme is world-leading with 41 per cent of the population given the first jab, countries in the EU are falling behind.
Along with a slow vaccine programme, rising cases of Covid as well as the increased transmission of dangerous variant such as the South African strain may delay Brits going on holiday abroad.
The Global Travel Taskforce has four key criteria which have to be passed to allow travelling to resume, which includes Covid cases, vaccines and other factors.
Here are some of the important dates which will impact your going on holiday abroad this year.
On March 29, the Stay at Home lockdown order ends but holidays in the UK are still not allowed.
The new law will allow the Government to ban international travel right up until the end of June but is intended to continue to make it illegal to leave the country for a holiday after the Stay at Home order lifts.
Anyone caught breaking the rules will be fined £5,000.
The only restriction lifted on March 29 is in the UK with outdoor meetings up to six people allowed.
At a press conference last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hoped to be able to say more about foreign travel by April 5, seven days before the task force is due to report back.
He said: "A lot of people do want to know about what’s going to happen on the holiday front and I know there’s a great deal of curiosity and interest.
"All I can say is it’s just too early to say and my advice is to everybody to wait for the global travel task force to report.
"We’ve heard already that there are other European countries where the disease is now rising so things certainly look difficult for the time being but we will be able to say more we hope in a few days’ time, I certainly hope to say more by April 5."
On April 12, ministers will review the date after Global Travel Taskforce reports back and will review it every 35 days after that.
It is still hoped that travel after May 17 will be allowed, although experts have warned this could be pushed much further back depending on the Covid situation abroad.
When will UK holidays resume?
- April 12 – self catered holiday homes can be let to single households
- May 17 – hotels reopen and holiday homes can be let to groups of up to six people from different households or groups from two households with no cap on size
- June 21 – holiday homes can be let to groups of all sizes
This is the earliest date that travel abroad could resume, depending on what the government say on April 12.
If they have not been given the go ahead by this date, then the government will most likely hold another press conference on this date to give the go-ahead to foreign travel.
Another 35 days after the May date, this is also the expected date that foreign travel could resume depending on cases abroad and the UK vaccination, if it did not go ahead from May.
This would allow time for families to go away during the popular summer holiday season.
Here is everything else you need to know about going on holiday this year.
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