BRITS are itching to take a well deserved break away after a tough couple of months in lockdown.
But when Boris Johnson make his international travel announcement? Here’s all you need to know…
Boris Johnson is due to make an international travel announcementCredit: AFP
When will Boris Johnson make his international travel announcement?
Speaking at his press conference on Tuesday March 30, the PM confirmed that an update on holidays will be unveiled on April 5, Easter Monday.
When asked about whether Brits would be able to travel abroad to see their families, Mr Johnson said the most important thing is to continue to vaccinate people in “great numbers”.
He added he’ll soon reveal “what the global travel taskforce has come up with”.
But sources told The Sun: “Don’t expect a firm date then.”
However The Sun has revealed ministers will keep holidaymakers on tenterhooks for weeks to come over foreign jaunts.
Next week’s review of international travel will likely conclude that it’s too soon to say when the borders can be reopened.
When will summer holidays be allowed?
Holidays abroad hope to restart by the summer, although this is yet to be confirmed by the government.
Boris Johnson announced that international travel will be given a start date on April 12 – and it could resume by May 17, in time for the May holidays, or June 21, in time for summer holidays.
Holidays abroad hope to restart by the summerCredit: Alamy
However, experts have warned that trips abroad may be off all summer.
Last week the PM said “no decisions have been taken” yet on what might happen with vaccine passports.
Quarantine-free holidays may not be allowed to most European countries until as late as August or September – though no final decisions have yet been made.
Health Minister Lord Bethell even warned the UK may slap all of the European neighbours on a travel ban “red list”.
But Matt Hancock denied this was on the cards this morning when asked.
He suggested people may need to show a negative test, proof they have had the virus, or a vaccine stamp – but refused to be drawn on what it would be for except for foreign holidays.
But when asked again if people might need a vaccine passport for the pub, he said: “All sorts of things are being considered, it’s premature to start talking about that.”
But he hinted last Thursday that the vaccine passport plan might not come in until everyone has been offered a vaccination.
Although international travel is currently not allowed, some holiday companies and countries have already begun discussing plans for visitors.
When will UK staycations be allowed?
Self-catered accommodation will be able to reopen from April 12, but only for one household meaning you cannot go on holiday with friends or family.
Hotels and group holidays will then resume from May 17 – this can only be for two households, with no limit on people, or the rule of six from more than two households.
Hotels and group holidays with no restrictions will go ahead from June 21.
Day trips will also be allowed to go ahead from April 12, which will include attractions such as zoos and theme parks, although indoor hospitality will not resume until May 17.