Holidays were looking more likely this year as some countries prepared to open their doors to tentative tourists. But now, for people in the UK at least, a holiday abroad might have to be shelved. The current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice states that Britons are still not allowed to travel abroad unless it is “essential”.
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Holidays 2020: A holiday abroad might have to be shelved for Britons
He said that he is hoping that business travellers may be exempt from quarantine rules soon.
Mr Figgins explained: “The TRIP group very much welcomes the recent government guidelines; however, it should be noted that this is just the first in a series of steps, which need to be adopted before we can safely return to air travel.
“We have been working with our members and partners to help keep travellers safe, once current restrictions are eased but tourists shouldn’t expect to be getting on an aircraft anytime soon.
“The 14-day quarantine rule is still in place for people entering the UK and that will not be reviewed until the end of June.”
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Mr Figgins added: “Any return to travel needs to follow a risk-based approach and not an emotional or economic one.
“The TRIP Group would like to see quarantine exemptions for business travellers, as a next step and if that’s successful, then we can look at rolling this out to the tourism sector.”
Mr Figgins also issued a warning about an early large-scale return to travel.
He added: “An early large-scale return to travel could be catastrophic for both travellers and the already beleaguered travel industry.
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“Also, don’t expect to see temperature screening taking place at airports.
“The Government has stated, that ‘the current scientific evidence does not support temperature screening as an effective method to screen passengers for coronavirus.
“‘SAGE advice is that there should be no requirement for temperature screening before passengers fly to, enter, depart from, or fly within the UK.
“Although it does go on to say that if airlines and airports wish to implement their own screening, they can do so.”
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It comes as the government issued new guidance for Britons hoping to travel abroad in the future.
According to new guidelines, anyone on a plane will have to check in all their luggage, including hand luggage to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Britons must also wear face coverings at all times on a plane.
The new government guidance is for all UK airlines.