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Holidays are at the mercy of the shrinking travel corridor list. Every week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps shares the latest updates to the ‘safe’ list of where Britons can go without having to quarantine. And every week, more destinations are removed – and it’s feared more will be axed later today.
Booking holidays is, therefore, a very tricky business right now.
With so much uncertainty it’s hard to know where to go in the world and how to go about organising a trip.
Travel expert Simon Calder shared his latest travel advice with BBC viewers this morning.
He explained that he himself is desperate to jet off to sunnier climes but is “simply not in a position to book”.
“We just don’t know,” Calder said.
Italy and Greece are currently among a handful of countries Britons can travel to without any restrictions at all.
However, rising cases could see the two hotspots moved to the quarantine list this week.
“It’s entirely possible the Greek mainland might be put on the no-go list tonight, or Italy, we just don’t know,” said Calder.
“We don’t know exactly what the government’s grounds are for putting places on but no go list,” the expert continued.
“We do know that it’s much tougher to get off the no go less than it is to get on to it.”
Calder’s solution amid the unpredictability is to wait and book last minute.
“Therefore I’m doing what an awful lot of other people are doing which is just keeping my fingers crossed.
“Then getting towards maybe a day or two before half term I’ll actually make a booking.”
The health of the ailing travel industry is a big concern right now as the sector feels the brunt of the government’s stringent restrictions.
The industry has repeatedly called for testing at airports to be introduced as a way of reducing the quarantine periods for those who get a negative result.
Yesterday, it was announced that a new task force would be introduced in a bid to limit the self-isolation period.
“This new task force will not only help us move towards safer, smoother international travel as we continue to battle this virus but will also support global connectivity – helping facilitate more COVID-secure travel whilst protecting the population from imported cases,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
The Global Travel Taskforce will work with industries on how to implement testing and identify options to help reduce the self-isolation period.
The task force will also look at what steps could be taken to facilitate business and tourist travel through “innovate testing models and other non-testing means” and how to give consumers confidence in trying to support the recovery of international travel.
The group will mainly be chaired by Shapps and Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.
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