Boris Johnson has unveiled the next steps in easing England out of lockdown, as the government hopes to reopen foreign travel ‘as soon as possible’.
But it’s not quite time to start packing your suitcase, as the Prime Minister didn’t confirm whether holidays could resume from May.
Instead he announced a traffic lights system, with countries rated from green to red depending on their Covid risk.
The government said that the Global Travel Taskforce will give an update on travel later this week and will set out “well before May 17” its plans regarding holidays.
Currently there is a ban on international travel for Brits as part of lockdown rules and while there are some legally permitted reasons to travel abroad, a holiday isn’t one of them.
The earliest foreign travel could return is May 17 under the government’s roadmap.
While Brits wait to hear when international travel will be back on the cards, other countries around the world have already started to open up.
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People who have either been vaccinated or recovered from Covid in the last six months don’t have to isolate or provide a negative test.
Further restrictions allow entry for arrivals from a country in the EU, European Economic Area and the Schengen area with an infection rate below 150 persons per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days.
As of March 25, Seychelles is open to all visitors irrespective of their vaccination status, excluding travellers from South Africa.
Visitors from all other countries will be required to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure and must stay at approved accommodation. There is no quarantine requirement and no restriction on movement for visitors upon entry.
On March 25 the Romanian Government said that the UK is no longer on the ‘yellow list of highly infected countries.’
This means that travellers legally arriving from the UK don’t have to self-isolate, show a negative test of give evidence of a vaccination.
Foreign citizens from a limited number of countries, including the UK, are allowed to enter Georgia by air under some conditions.
This includes entry for citizens of any country who have ‘documentary proof’ of having received a full course of the Covid vaccination.
Travellers to Poland are exempt from a ten-day self isolation if they have either had Covid or been vaccinated.
Passengers will have to give evidence they have in the last six months ‘self-isolated or have been hospitalised in hospital due to testing positive’ or been fully vaccinated.
Official travel advice states that vaccinated passengers can avoid having to quarantine.
The UK Gov advice says: “Diplomats and their families, official delegations and [United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon] officers are exempt from the quarantine measures, as well as those who have received the Covid-19 vaccination, on the condition that they have proof of vaccination and take a PCR test on arrival as a precautionary measure.
The country’s tourism minister previously announced that British tourists who had been fully vaccinated against coronavirus could enter without restrictions from May 1.
Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios told the semi-official Cyprus News Agency that Brits with the jab would not need a test or have to quarantine.
Speaking at a travel conference, the country’s Minister of Tourism Harry Theoharis said that the nation would be welcoming back tourists from May 14, without a need to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccine to enter.
However, you would still need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken before travel, according to some reports.
The country’s tourism minister Maria Reyes Maroto said Spain wanted to be a pioneer in introducing the immunity passports and confirmed her ministry was pursuing the idea.
The minister did not say exactly where or when the pilot scheme would start but some reports suggest it could be by mid-May.
Rita Marques, Portugal’s Secretary of State for Tourism, has said that authorities are pushing to reopen borders to UK travellers from May, and that visitors would either need to have received the Covid-19 vaccine, or be able to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken before travel.
Speaking to LBC News, she said that the country could reopen from May or June, depending on the Covid-19 situation at the time.