As some popular European holiday destinations, such as Italy and France, currently experience a third wave of Covid-19 infections, thoughts have turned to the likelihood of a holiday abroad this summer.
Matt Hancock has confirmed that despite an increase in Covid-19 infections in several European countries, there would not be a travel ban to the continent. Additionally, sources close to the government have insisted that “nothing has changed” when it comes to travel potentially resuming after 17 May and the new law enforcing £5,000 fines for those who travel outside of the UK is merely to prevent people from travelling before the travel ban is lifted.
Still, we can’t help but wonder how the UK government will decide on where and if we can travel.
One suggestion is that the UK introduces a ‘traffic light’ system, whereby each country has a colour-code on whether it is safe to travel to or not. Similar to the ‘travel corridor’ scheme in place before, countries would be added or removed as Covid-19 infection rates go up or down.
Should a ‘traffic light’ system be introduced, it is possible that countries that have had similar success with the vaccine roll-out as the UK would be open for British tourists for a holiday.
If this is the case, then it’s possible the below destinations could be an option for British tourists seeking a change of scenery this year, as they have also vaccinated a high number of residents.
Still, the Global Travel Taskforce is due to provide the UK government with recommendations on how the UK can resume international travel on 12 April. So, until then, we would recommend that anyone looking to book a holiday this year waits until they’re given the ‘green light’.
Additionally, we would recommend that anyone who already has a holiday booked this year makes sure they have protected their trip with travel insurance that includes cover for Covid-19. You can read more on the type of cover to look out for here.