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Roadmap: the unanswered questions surrounding international travel

Finally, we have a better idea of when we might be able to leave the country again: May 17 at the earliest, according to the Prime Minister’s four-stage roadmap. Beyond that date, Boris Johnson was fairly vague on the details regarding international travel, but we can expect to know more on April 12, when the Government’s new ‘Travel Taskforce’ will produce its report on the matter. The current raft of tough travel restrictions – including triple testing of passengers, quarantine hotels for arrivals from red list countries and 10-day self-isolation at home for other travellers – will remain in place until mid-May. In the meantime, there are plenty of answered questions surrounding foreign travel. How long will quarantine hotels remain in place? Will vaccine passports hold the key to our freedom? Could the current ban at least be loosened before April, to allow for some non-essential travel? We’ve combed through the Government’s 60-page road map out of lockdown and talked to the industry experts in search of more clarity. Can I leave the country at the moment? That’s a hard no, unless you have a ‘legally permitted reason’. For example, essential work that cannot be done from home or for education, a medical emergency or a bereavement. In a further crackdown last month, Home Secretary Priti Patel said that anyone without a valid reason to leave the UK will be turned back and face fines of £200. However, there has been confusion and conflict over who should be responsible for policing this. Many travellers who have departed the UK in the last month have said they weren’t asked their reason for travel at check-in. It appears to vary between airlines. Regardless, the new guidance makes it clear that non-essential travel remains prohibited, at least until May 17. What’s more, anyone leaving the country will soon have a new form to submit. The guidance states: “From 8 March, outbound travellers will be legally obliged to provide their reason for travel on the Declaration to Travel form.” Could the non-essential travel ban be relaxed at all before May? Interestingly, all mentions of the travel ban in stages 1 and 2 of the roadmap are specifically in relation to holidays. “Travelling abroad for holidays will still not be permitted” during Stage 1, it reads, and “International holidays will still be prohibited” in Stage 2. Might this mean travel for other purposes could open up; for example visiting relatives or for business purposes? It’s not looking good. A spokesperson for the Department of Transport told us: “There’ll be an update after the Global Travel Taskforce provides its recommendations in April but the rules on international travel will remain the same until at least May 17.” What can we expect from this taskforce report in April? Hopefully, a more solid plan as to when and how international travel will resume. “The Global Travel Taskforce will report on 12 April with recommendations aimed at facilitating a return to international travel as soon as possible while still managing the risk from imported cases and Variants of Concern,” the document states. “Following that, the Government will determine when international travel should resume, which will be no earlier than May 17.” What will decide whether we open our borders on May 17? Several factors will be taken into consideration before Boris Johnson agrees to re-open to international travel. In a nutshell, the number of ‘concerning’ Covid-19 variants still floating about, and the success both of our own vaccine program, and those of other countries. The guidance explains: “This decision will be dependent on the global and domestic epidemiological picture, the prevalence and location of any Variants of Concern, the progress of vaccine rollouts here and abroad, and what more we have learned about the efficacy of vaccines on variants, and the impact on transmission, hospitalisation and deaths.”


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