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Holidays ‘unlikely to be legal until August’ as ‘optimistic’ Brits book trips
March 28, 2021
Holidaymakers are unlikely to be back in the sky until August 1, despite plans to lift the domestic lockdown in June, it has been claimed.
Brits booking abroad trips have been warned they are being "very optimistic" as plans to lift non-essential travel will be considered cautiously.
There are signs ministers will keep the legal ban on non-essential travel in place longer, it has been reported, as the government hopes to risk the importing of Covid mutant strains.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said international travel in the time of Covid is "challenging" due to the risk of new mutant strains, such as the South African variant.
He said the government is "hopeful" a spike "won't happen this time around" because of the progress "with the vaccine," but added that ministers can not be too careful.
Mr Dowden said: "We're exploring all these issues as part of the international travel taskforce.
"We consider all options as part of the travel taskforce.
"Clearly there are challenges around international travel, you only have to look across the continent and see the rising case rates in many of our nearest neighbours.
"It has been in the past the case that those rising infection rates have seen their way to the UK, we're hopeful that won't happen this time round because of our progress with the vaccine and so on, but we do need to be cautious about that."
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Lockdown restrictions currently limit foreign travel to work, education, volunteering or medical purposes.
New legislation cracking down on would-be holidaymakers will come into play from March 29.
The legislation will see anyone caught jetting off on holiday fined a whopping £5,000 for being in breach of lockdown.
Although the new laws won't expire until 30 June, Health Secretary Matt Hancock suggested foreign holidays could be allowed before that date.
Emergency Covid laws extended for six months as Govt insists rules 'remain essential'
He told Sky News a government review of international travel would decide whether to allow Britons to holiday abroad from 17 May.
However, the message comes as Europe faces a third-wave of Covid amid its struggling vaccine rollout scheme.
Scientists have been cautioning that tougher borders might be the trade-off for loosening the lockdown, with households set to be allowed to mix outside from tomorrow for the first time in months.