Holidays: Simon Calder gives advice on booking travel on GMB
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The Prime Minister has announced his roadmap for lifting lockdown and the ambitious plan is 60 pages long. The plan starts with schools reopening on March 8 and the final step is to lift all restrictions completely by June 21. If the roadmap goes to plan, international travel could be possible this summer. When can we fly to Spain?
International travel for leisure has been illegal since lockdown came into place in January, but you may be able to jet off to Spain in the near future.
You cannot travel internationally right now, but Boris Johnson has announced his plan to lift lockdown measures step by step and you might be on holiday sooner than you’d think.
The Government hasn’t decided exactly when international travel will resume, but Mr Johnson has given a few hints.
READ MORE- When will staycations be allowed?
Staycations in England will be possible from April 12, so you will be able to embark on a self-catered holiday in a caravan, tent or holiday from this date.
This is only possible if you go with members of your household or support bubble.
Hotels and B’n’Bs will reopen on May 17, and mixed-group holidays with two households or six people from different households will be allowed.
From June 21, three households will be able to go away together even if it is more than the ‘rule of six’.
The earliest international travel could resume by May 17, Boris Johnson said.
The Transport Secretary, Grant Schapps, tweeted: “Following @BorisJohnson‘s #RoadMap I will launch new Global Travel Taskforce to facilitate return to international travel while still managing risk from imported cases & Variants of Concern. Taskforce will report on 12 Apr. International Travel resume no earlier than 17 May.”
While May 17 is the date that has been thrown out there, the Prime Minister has stated that the Government will not make a decision until April 12.
The Global Travel Taskforce will consider how international travel can resume in a safe and sustainable way.
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If you’re desperate to book a holiday to Spain, you might be in luck.
The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said that the country is “progressively” preparing to welcome tourists back in, but this won’t be until 70 percent of the Spanish population have been vaccinated.
At present, around six percent of the population in Spain have been vaccinated.
Mr Sanchez said: “Only mass vaccination will open the way to the normality we want.”
Easter is too soon to think about booking a holiday to Spain, unfortunately.
If Spain lets UK citizens in this year, it might not be until around August.
Mr Sanchez has said tourists may not be able to return to Spain until “the end of summer”.
Spain’s Secretary of State for Tourism said he is keen to invite Brits into the country. He said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming you again.”
Fernando Valdés Verelst said: “The UK is among the countries with the highest vaccination rates in the world and we aim to have at least 70 percent of our adult population immune by summer so I’d say to British people, ‘Keep open your expectations regarding holidays in Spain’.”
The Spanish government is reportedly pushing for the introduction of a vaccine certificate that would allow anyone who had been vaccinated to travel.
The Balearic Islands’ tourism minister, Iago Negueruela, has said: “We have offered to become one of the first parts of Spain where the vaccine passport is trialled.
“We showed with last year’s pilot that we can work effectively and the Spanish government’s response to our proposal was very positive.
“We will focus our efforts from now on in becoming a lead region in the implementation of immunity certificates to facilitate mobility.”
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