There’s fresh hope for the holidaymakers as the government has said Brits will be able to book holidays abroad this summer.
When travel does resume, countries will be divided in a ‘traffic light’ system with green, amber and red lists determining different levels of travel, testing and quarantine requirements.
The ‘green’ list is the one that you’ll want to watch for holidays, although we don’t yet know the destinations that will feature.
Key factors that could play a role include a country’s vaccination programme and the global Covid situation – the earliest foreign travel could resume under England’s roadmap is May 17.
So, where could Brits actually go on holiday this summer? We take a look at some of the strongest contenders for the green list below…
Portugal was previously on England’s existing red list, but was removed in March along with Madeira and the Azores, sparking hope that it could be back on the cards for summer.
It had originally been put on the list because of its links to Brazil where a new variant was of concern, but the Department of Transport said that the hotspot had put in enough steps to mitigate the risk.
In fact, the country has already said it plans to welcome Brits back from May, provided they can show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof that they have been fully vaccinated.
Gibraltar has had a successful vaccination programme, with 85% of its adult population having received their Covid-19 vaccine.
Meanwhile lockdown restrictions have been eased in the holiday hotspot, meaning that you could have a ‘normal’ holiday there come summer, with bars and restaurants and other attractions likely to be open.
Because of the successful vaccination rollout, Gibraltar is one of the strongest contenders for the green list.
Malta has relatively low numbers of Covid cases, has a successful vaccination roll-out and has started to ease its lockdown restrictions, so it could be in shape for the green list come summer.
Malta, Gozo and Comino are due to reopen to tourists from June 1, 2021, including Brits who are vaccinated against Covid-19. They won’t require a negative test result, but will need proof of a vaccination certificate.
Generally Caribbean islands have had relatively low numbers of Covid cases, and vaccine roll outs have begun in popular holiday spots such as Barbados.
Last year when travel corridors were in place, Caribbean islands were open for travel so it could be that a similar scenario takes place this summer – especially as the islands rely heavily on tourism.
Some do have quarantine measures in place, but they’ve been creative with how this could work.
For example, Anguilla has low case numbers and recently introduced ‘resort bubbles’ where holidaymakers can spend their quarantine exploring their hotel, beach and nearby approved resorts and their restaurants.
Most of the island resorts are naturally socially distanced, so it’s no surprise that the Maldives has previously remained on the cards for Brits when some international travel was possible last year.
The Maldives currently require tourists to show proof of a negative PCR test in order to enter the islands, so it could be a potential contender when restrictions ease once more.
One we’ll be dreaming about – after all, there are heaps of amazing experiences to be had on the islands.
Mauritius was removed from England’s red list earlier this year so it could be good news for holidaymakers looking to tick off those picture-perfect beaches from the bucket list.
The island has relatively low numbers of cases at the time of writing, which could see it being a viable option.
However, it’s worth noting that currently international flights are suspended to Mauritius, so it will be dependent on the island’s own restrictions when the UK’s restrictions lift.
Vaccines are being rolled out across the USA so it could be that it begins to reopen in time for the summer holidays.
Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency has revealed that the UK and US governments are currently in talks regarding introducing a form of ‘travel corridor’ between the countries – and it could be in place by June.
Some states have already been preparing for a return of tourists, although predominantly for US residents only. For example, the Hawaiian island of Kauai launched ‘resort bubbles’ which allowed visitors to cut their quarantine time down from 10 days to just three days – and they can spend those three days exploring their hotel.
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