Brits are currently banned from traveling overseas but with rapidly falling Covid-19 infection rates and a highly successful vaccination rollout, many had been hoping for the chance to head overseas during the summer.
However, the U.K. government and its advisors have been warning holidaymakers that it is too early to book anything and that international travel might not be possible over the summer.
Travel is only currently allowed for U.K. residents for work, education or health reasons, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to review the situation on 5 April, with a view to relaxing more travel restrictions from 17 May. However, it is not yet clear if this will involve allowing international travel–a domestic U.K. holiday seems more and more likely this summer:
U.K. Health Minister Matt Hancock told Sky News, “we are seeing this third wave rising in some parts of Europe and we’re also seeing new variants and it is very important that we protect the progress that we’ve been able to make here in the U.K.”
Mike Tildesley, a member of the U.K. government’s Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group told the BBC that international travel is going to be unlikely for the average British holidaymaker. Global Capital reported that it led to a tumble for all U.K. airline stocks on Monday and Tuesday, with fears that emergency capital would once again have to be found.