Travel column with Katie Butler, Total Travel
This week we’ve seen a lot of speculation about restarting overseas travel, albeit nothing official until we hear from the government imminently. We are sure to find out next week which countries we can travel to without quarantine, and which countries have made the “green list”.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps also revealed last week that an NHS app would be used to allow holidaymakers to demonstrate whether they had received the Covid vaccine or whether they had tested negative for the virus, before travel abroad.
He added: “This will be the NHS app that will be used by people when they make appointments with the NHS etc. to be able to show that you have received a vaccine or that you have been tested.”
We look forward to the finer details, including how quickly this can happen.
What are the latest updates from tour operators?
Most airlines and travel providers wait for official government announcements before making new decisions on operations.
As it stands, Jet2holidays and Jet2.com are planning to resume flights on June 24.
However, they allow free changes to existing public holidays until July 15 inclusive.
TUI has canceled flights until May 16 for most destinations and is re-authorizing changes without an administrative fee until August.
However, they still hope to resume their flights from May 17 with Easyjet.
I want to stay in England this year, when can I travel?
If you are looking for a lodge and caravan vacation, most opened on April 12th. However, hotels and coach vacations are allowed to open / pick up on May 17th and this is the date you will be able to book from.
The Haven and Butlins sites are also slated to open from May 17, allowing two households to stay together with no limit on number of people – a total of six people from different households.
Do I need to have received the vaccine to travel abroad on vacation?
Major travel providers and airlines have not advised that you can only travel if you have received the vaccine, and although a number of staycation cruises in the UK have indicated that you can only sail if you have received the vaccine. have received the vaccine, airlines and tour operators have not implemented this.
However, it may be easier to travel to a certain destination if you have had both jabs, and may reduce the need to provide a negative test before entry.
That said, arrivals to the UK will require a negative test regardless of vaccination status.
I was fortunate this week to write the weekly column for a trailer in Withernsea, managing to take a well-deserved weekend away from the office and spend some quality time with the family, and in anticipation of what could be the calm before the storm. we are waiting for the “traffic lights” categories and the big updates expected next week.
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