Travel expert predicts some flights will go ahead from March but 'lots' must change first

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Holidays are not an option for Britons at the moment, foreign travel for “non-essential” purposes currently illegal. However, there is some hope Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “roadmap” out of lockdown could see foreign holidays return from May 17.
“But you will not necessarily be able to fly to Scotland or Northern Ireland, despite what I just said.

“There are no domestic flights between England and Wales at the moment. There are from Scotland but then that relies on the rules in Scotland and in Wales.”

Mr Calder concluded: “The first day any of us are allowed to go abroad except for essential purposes is May 17.”

Of course, in order for this to happen a number of current rules and restrictions being imposed by the UK Government would need to be withdrawn.

“Crucially, you’ve got to have a lot of the restrictions lifted so you don’t have to spend hundreds of pounds on tests and go into quarantine on the way back,” concluded the travel expert.

It is not yet clear how international travel will be resumed, though many countries are already in discussions about the use of vaccine passports.

The EU has put forward plans for a “green pass” for travel which would hold information including whether a person has been vaccinated or tested for Covid.

In April, the UK Government is set to reinstate its Global Travel Taskforce who will work on ways to ensure travel can be resumed safely.


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