You’re probably excited about the prospect of a staycation (actually, in these coronavirus times you’re probably excited about going to the park.) But let’s be honest; nothing beats an Aperol Spritz at sunset overlooking the Med in a place that’s guaranteed to be hot and sunny indefinitely.
Yes, a holiday abroad is what we’re hoping for this summer and, if the huge spike in online travel searches is anything to go by, we're not the only ones. But what we all want to know is which countries are welcoming Brits, how do we get there, and is it safe to book now?
So where are Brits welcome to holiday this summer?
It’s the number one holiday destination for people in the UK, with eight million of us flocking there annually. The country, which includes Majorca, Ibiza and the Canary Islands, had a last-minute change of plan and reopened its border to European tourists (including Brits!) on June 21, ten days earlier than planned. What’s more? You won’t be required to self-quarantine on arrival. YES.
How to get there: The amount of flights to Spain is set to increase dramatically from the start of July, when airlines such as Ryanair aim to restore up to 40 per cent of their service. Boss Michael O’Leary, who has slammed the UK’s current quarantine rules, says, "We will dump prices to get people moving again, we will sell at whatever price we can to fill as many of those seats as we can."
Expect to see prices to go as low as £10.50, which is pretty tempting tbh.
Italy opened its borders to tourists on June 3, without any quarantine restrictions. Flavio Zappacosta, spokesperson for the Italian Tourist Board, says, "We know how popular Italy is for Brits and hope we can inspire them to play and book an Italian holiday this year."
Apparently visitors will have to wear a mask in enclosed spaces and on public transport, but most theatres, restaurants, parks, museums and iconic sites and beaches will be open when you arrive. Sounds hopeful.
How can I get there: At the moment there are limited flights to major cities like Milan, Rome and Naples, but there’ll be lots more available from next month from easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways, with enticingly low prices. We found a flight to Rome in August with easyJet for £44, hooray, though the low fares have resulted in the majority of the flights in August being sold out already, boo.
France has opened its borders again, but at the moment holidaymakers would have to quarantine for 14 days on both sides of the channel, meaning a week’s holiday could potentially mean five weeks stuck indoors…not ideal. There are still hopes of an air bridge between the UK and France when the government reviews its 14-day quarantine rule for all arrivals into the UK on June 29.
How can I get there: Eurostar is running - you’ll have to wear a mask at stations and aboard at all times - and fill in an online Public Health Passenger Locator Form. Brittany Ferries and Air France are still operating.
Visiting Portugal wouldn't involve a quarantine period, but rather just a temperature check at the airport on arrival. The UK and Portugal are also currently in talks about an air bridge, meaning a quarantine-free holiday between the two countries and a whole lot less hassle for us. Hotels and campsites are open - before you book be sure to look for a Clean & Safe stamp created by the tourist board which means the resort has upped their hygiene and safety measures to help fight Covid-19.
Greece opened up to international tourists in the EU on June 15 and from July 1 all countries with low levels of Covid-19 will be welcomed, though random sample tests on travellers will take place on arrival. In terms of risk in Greece, most of the islands, such as Corfu, Santorini, Kos, Rhodes and Mykonos, have stayed relatively Covid-free.
How can I get there? Easyjet is operating pretty much a full service from July, though when we looked at flights to Corfu that month they were almost completely sold out. Move quickly!
It's worth noting the UK Foreign Office is still advising against all but essential international travel for Brits right now, and that there is a 14-quarantine rule for anyone returning to the UK from abroad.
“As countries respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel,” the advice reads.
As there are still government restrictions in place, your insurance would be invalid if you do decide to travel.
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