Which popular holiday destinations could make it onto the UK Government’s green List?

Though there are signs that lockdown is easing and the world is inching towards opening up to travel, much of the world is likely to remain out of bounds for a little while yet.

For instance, lifting the flight ban from the UK to the US hinges entirely on how quickly their respective citizens get inoculated – some say it could be as early as July. Australia though is likely to keep its borders closed throughout 2021 and when it does open on January 1st 2022 there will most likely be restrictions and quarantining.

At the same time holidays in Europe may be delayed as the continent prepares for a third wave of coronavirus infections.

At this time it remains illegal to travel and those that break this rule will be fined £5,000. This rule expires at the end of June, but may not be enforced for the duration if it proves that it is no longer necessary.

Read also: Holidaymakers to be slapped with a hefty £5,000 fine

Yet, there is some hope. On April 12, a newly reformed Global Travel Taskforce will report on whether it is safe to travel by May 17 – the date cited on the UK government road map out of lockdown.

The word is that it will provide a new traffic light system that labels countries as green (no restrictions), amber (open, but with quarantine and test requirements) and red (banned entirely, or hotel quarantine on return). But which countries have the most potential to get onto this coveted list? Let’s look at the possibilities of our favourite holiday destinations.

The Caribbean

The Caribbean, a chain of 13 islands surrounding the Caribbean Sea. including Antigua, Aruba and Barbados should be applauded for the immense efforts in navigating the pandemic.

The islands rely heavily on tourism and early on they put in place testing regimes so that visitors don’t have to quarantine. They have a robust vaccination roll-out. Barbados for example has at least 18 per cent of their population vaccinated.

For visitors, proof of vaccination may well replace having to present a negative Covid test on arrival.

Cyprus
The doors open to tourism is due to be 1 May. Tourist should be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Also, those who can prove a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of travel will be allowed to enter without quarantine.

As incidences of infection continue to rise, it may be that Cyprus may not make it onto the green list after all.

Greece
British holidaymakers can return by mid-May whether they have had the vaccine or not. However, even though unvaccinated travellers can enter, they may face testing.

Iceland
Iceland famous for the spectacular Northern Lights, has been putting out the welcome mat to Britons since 18 March. The requirement is full vaccination and no need to test or isolate.

Interestingly, British holidaymakers who have already had Covid-19 and can present an antibody test can also enter.

Israel
Israel has become the standard for rolling out the vaccination to its citizens. At least 60 per cent have had their first dose.

The notion of a ‘vaccination bubble’ is also be created with certain countries that allow free travel between the countries for visitors who have been jabbed without having to quarantine. The first bubble is currently with Greece though they have their eye on the UK too.

There is a robust campaign Bring Tourism Back to Israel, fronted by model Shir Elmaliach. The country is expecting to open up to international arrivals by the middle of 2021.

Portugal
It must have been a massive relief for Portugal when it was removed from UK’s red list and there are hopes tourists can return by mid-May. That means that as soon as it is legal British holidaymakers can return to popular spots like the Algarve.

Currently, anyone who can present proof of vaccination can already go to the island of Madeira.

Seychelles
Impressively, Seychelles has is set to be the first country in the world to fully vaccinate 70 per cent of its adult population. It feels able to welcome travellers from anywhere in the world as long as they are fully vaccinated.

Yet Seychelles remains on the Government red list. The reason cited is the fear around the south African variant as cases have spiked though it’s likely their vaccination drive would stem that.
Spain’s tourism minister Fernando Valdés has confirmed that Spain was in “discussions” with the UK over vaccine passports.

The Balearics (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera) reportedly hope to have such a system in place by mid-May.

Also Read: Q&A is it safe to travel to the Balearics?

Thailand
This popular hotspot in Asia is targeting British travellers who are over 50 as they are the age group that are likely to have been vaccinated in time for July 1. The Thai prime minister, Prayuth Chan-Ocha, has revealed a pilot programme due to be operational by this date on the holiday island of Phuket in southwest Thailand.

Visitors will have to prove they have had both doses of the vaccine and if they can, they will be escorted from the airport to their hotel to undergo a Covid-19 test.

Turkey
Turkey is so impressed with the UK’s vaccination success that it says it is willing to allow British visitors to enter without proof of vaccination. It’s very generous however, this may not be reciprocated as infection rates are still high. But as we have seen, anything could change as quickly as it started.

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British Airways serves up first class dining experience to make at home

British Airways serves up first class dining experience to make at home

High flyers missing first-class cabin cuisinee can now have the ingredients delivered to their door.

ondering what to spend that spare £80 on?

British Airways have a first-class idea. How about a Feast Box containing a limited-edition cook-at-home meal kit that mirrors British Airways’ First cabin dining experience.

The idea for this first-class dining at home experience was cooked up in partnership with Feast Box and DO & CO. Each meal kit has a four-course menu inspired by the food served in British Airways’ First cabin.

 Now more than ever, we are all itching to pack our bags, clamber in our cars and head out on an adventure. International travel may not be possible this summer for Brits, so why not avoid the anxiety and book something a little closer to home?

“Glamping” (glamorous camping) combines all of the best parts of a British holiday: the great and beautiful outdoors, fun activities, delicious home cooking and good value for money.

And the best part? Whether you are staying in a bell tent, treehouse, converted van or wooden “pod”, you’ll be sleeping in comfort and style, rather than squashed in a tent you can’t stand up in and showering with a water bottle and funnel.

Check out our recommendations for five fabulous Glamping sites located across England.

 

COVID: Holidaymakers to be slapped with a hefty £5,000 fine

COVID: Holidaymakers to be slapped with a hefty £5,000 fine

The increased fine is a reflection of the increased risk of holidaying abroad

A hefty fine of £5,000 is be imposed on holidaymakers or anyone departing from England without a good excuse before the end of June. This tightening of the country’s border controls is due to come into force as part of new coronavirus laws. 

The road map out of lockdown states that no international travel is allowed until May 17 2021 yet his new measure means that travel may not be allowed for a further 5 weeks.

There will be a vote on Thursday and If approved, the new measure will become law on March 29.

The increased fine is a reflection of the increased risk of holidaying abroad due to another surge in Covid cases in continental Europe and the slow rollout of vaccines across Europe.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock explained that the restrictions on travelling abroad were necessary to guard against the importation of large numbers of cases and new variants, which might put the vaccine rollout at risk.

The government’s global travel task force is looking at creating a traffic light or tiered system for international travel to be put into place when the ban on leaving the country is lifted.

Interestingly, embedded in the new rules is the right to protest about the new legislation.

And confusingly, even though the new laws won’t expire until 30 June, Health Secretary Matt Hancock hinted that foreign holidays could be allowed before that date. The road map cites May 17 as the first possible date when travel without a good excuse – i.e. work or eduction – however, it will depend on the results of the government’s travel review of which are due to become available on April 12.

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