Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. With the weather heating up, Britons are getting restless. We’re all desperate to hop on a plane and lay by a tropical beach, but restrictions mean it’s a little tricky.
When can we actually go on holiday?
According to sources inside the Government, holidays are looking unlikely until August.
The Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden said the third wave in Europe could make holidays abroad impossible this year for Brits.
He said: “You only have to look across the continent and see the rising case rates in many of our nearest neighbours.”
This is bad news for everyone who has already booked international holidays, but it doesn’t mean a holiday is totally off the table in 2021.
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Where can we go on holiday?
At present, anyone in the UK should be avoiding all unnecessary trips within the UK or abroad.
You can enter England from other parts of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man (the Common Travel area) but the rules may not allow you to leave your area.
For example, in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, the rules require citizens to stay local or stay at home, which means they are not able to travel to England for a holiday right now.
UK citizens cannot travel abroad, unless they have a “reasonable excuse to leave the UK” such as work or to care for a family member in need.
It is impossible to predict where we might be able to go on holiday this year because this depends on the situation in the UK and the countries abroad in question.
A four-tier traffic light system suggested by Heathrow Airport is being considered by the Government as a potential way to make holidays possible this year
The system labels countries ‘red’ or ‘green’ – Brits won’t be able to travel to and from red countries but there will be few or no restrictions on travelling to green countries.
Even if this plan goes ahead, countries could be categorised green one day and amber or red the next.
International holidays in 2021 are risky unless the coronavirus situation is completely under control, so the status of your trip abroad will remain uncertain for now.
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While international holiday destinations are uncertain, you can go on holiday within the UK very soon.
From April 12, holidays within the UK can go ahead in England.
In Wales, people are already able to travel freely within the country but self-contained accommodation was allowed to reopen on March 27.
Scotland may open up to the rest of the UK by the end of April, but it is uncertain when Northern Ireland will allow other citizens from other countries in the UK to holiday in the country.
People in England are desperate for April 12 to arrive so they can start going on holiday within the UK, but this depends on the government’s conditions being met.
If the Government thinks it is safe to allow people in England to move around and stay overnight in different locations, only members of the same household or bubble can travel together.
Hotels and B&Bs will reopen in England on May 17, so until then you will only be able to travel to your own second home, a private holiday accommodation such as a cottage or house, or to stay with a member of your bubble.
Tourist accommodation will reopen in mainland Scotland from April 26, and Nicola Sturgeon has said she hopes travel between Scotland and the UK will be safe by then.
The earliest all restrictions could be lifted in England (and perhaps the rest of the UK) is June 21.
At this point, you might be able to travel wherever you like within the UK and all establishments – including nightclubs – may be able to reopen.
If you book a holiday within the UK for June, you may or may not be able to go depending on the coronavirus situation when the time comes.
However, according to the Competition and Markets Authority, most companies will refund you if coronavirus restrictions force you to cancel your trip.
Read the terms and conditions before booking a holiday for this summer, if you want to plan ahead.
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