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Can you go on holiday this summer?

Photo credit: CBCK-Christine

Photo credit: CBCK-Christine

From Harper’s BAZAAR

It’s been a long winter mired with two lockdowns, but the end is in sight. Not only are we approaching spring, but the Prime Minister’s announcement mapping the path to freedom has given many of us hope that summer 2021 is indeed something to look forward to.

For many of us, nothing feels more appealing than the idea of going on holiday, forgetting our worries and enjoying a change of scenery beyond our immediate four walls. But is it likely this year? The short answer is yes, if the data continues in the same positive way it has been. There are four key tests for restrictions easing – the vaccine programme needs to remain on target and continue making a difference to hospitalisations and the death rate. The number of cases needs to stay low enough not to overwhelm the NHS and we need to be sure that there are no difficult variants on the horizon. If all goes to plan, then we can expect a stellar summer ahead.

When can we travel in England?

Boris Johnson announced on 22 February that staycations can take place from 12 April. Members of the same household can stay in self-contained accommodation from this date, so that includes self-catered rentals, second homes, caravans or camping. If you need inspiration, read our guides to the best log cabins, glamping destinations or the best group holiday houses (although remember that you must be part of the same household).

When can I stay in a hotel again?

English hotels, hostels and B&Bs will open no earlier than 17 May. We’ve rounded-up the best UK hotels with pools, as well as a list of 12 UK destinations that could be abroad. For something a little more indulgent, read our guide of the country’s ultimate spa hotels, or if you’re clamouring for a trip to London, then browse our guide to the capital’s best and most luxe options.

When can I travel abroad again?

The earliest date to travel overseas is 17 May, but a lot rests on this date. The travel industry is understandably keen to get tourism moving again before the peak summer months, but it is still unconfirmed as to whether travellers will need to have had both Covid-19 vaccinations before they leave. These ‘Covid passports’ are currently under discussion, but nothing has been decided.

It is also highly likely that travellers will need evidence of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of departure. Holidaymakers aren’t currently permitted to use the free NHS testing service, instead having to pay up to £150 for a private one. Anyone coming to the UK is required to take a Covid test before entering the country.

Essentially, nothing is definite. All dates are subjects to date and things could change quickly.

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