Following news that British tourists would be welcome to visit Greece and Cyprus from May, there has been a surge in the number of holiday bookings to both destinations.
Tour operators have even reported a noticeable increase in bookings to both countries from July 2021, all the way through to the end of winter 2021, and even into summer 2022.
While this is exciting news for the travel industry, it is important that travellers book holidays that come with flexible cancellation terms where possible and take out adequate travel insurance to protect their trip, just in case the holiday is unable to go ahead.
The reason we say this is because the Global Travel Taskforce is due to provide the UK government with recommendations on how the UK can resume international travel on 12 April.
If the Taskforce suggests that international travel resumes later than 17 May, holidays around that date may not be able to go ahead. This where the benefit of having flexible booking terms and conditions would help and allow travellers to move their holiday to another date later in the year.
Additionally, it has not yet been confirmed how or if the digital vaccine passport will work. Currently, proof of a Covid-19 vaccine comes in a paper format, and many privacy challenges come with creating a digital vaccination certificate which the government will need to work through before it can be launched.
However, we are hopeful that all will be clarified in the Global Travel Taskforce’s report and rolled out in the coming months – just in time for the summer holidays.