It was hoped foreign travel could resume by May 17, but Europe’s third Covid wave may ultimately dash the hopes of thousands who’ve already booked foreign holidays in the coming months.
Speaking at his press conference last night the PM confirmed he will reveal ‘what the global travel taskforce has come up with’ on Easter Monday.
But a source quoted by The Sun said the review will likely conclude it’s too soon to say if travel rules can be relaxed.
Mr Johnson also ruled out lifting the ban on people visiting their loved ones overseas.
Foreign travel from the UK is only permitted for limited reasons such as work, education, medical treatment and funerals.
The PM said what people can do to see their families abroad ‘will be governed entirely by the rules that cover travel abroad and people coming from abroad.’
He added the ‘most important thing’ to do right now is to continue vaccinating ‘great numbers of people’ and prevent new variants coming in from abroad.
Even when the ban on foreign holidays is lifted, it is likely there will be restrictions in place, such as hotel quarantines and Covid tests upon return.
Countries with a successful vaccination roll-out are likely to be easier to travel to and from.
Holidays within England will be allowed from next month, with people able to stay in self-contained accommodation from April 12.
If infection rates remain under control, hotels and holiday parks are set to open up for non-work and essential purposes on May 17.
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