Should I book an Easter holiday?

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The announcement by the British government of a lockdown that includes no international travel except in the most exceptional circumstances means Easter might be the earliest that we can get away.

No overseas holidays for a while it seems.

TUI, easyJet, Virgin Holidays, Thomas Cook and Jet 2 have all started cancelling flights over the next few weeks and have started repayment procedures. Other airlines and tour operators will follow suit.

Given countries are slapping PCR tests on Britons travelling if they accept Britons at all means that another period of isolation is happening. The cause? A spiralling growth in cases most probably do the high infectious rate of the new strain and the relaxation of meeting up rules over Christmas.

The UK government on behalf of England is not planning an end to the lockdown before its review in mid-February which is about six weeks away and that will be about the same time as the Northern Irish review takes place.

The Welsh government will keep schools closed until 18th of January so the lockdown there won’t be ended anytime soon. Chances are that it will align with Westminster and look again in mid-February.

Scotland has just entered a lockdown with no review until February and in Ireland, the government is considering closing schools. It already has a lesser form of lockdown in place.

Thus, despite the vaccines becoming available, I can’t see much travel until March at the earliest.

Easter this year falls on the first week of April.

The question I get most often asked is should I book an Easter holiday and be reasonably sure that I would be able to travel. Easter is thirteen weeks away. Will the lockdowns last that long?

The answer you won’t want to hear is that I don’t know.

With a goal of fourteen million people being vaccinated by February, will other countries allow us to travel without having had the booster jab? Countries will be under pressure by their tourism and economic advisors to allow entry but might still impose negative PCR tests and/or quarantine periods.

Canada, for example, introduces a demand for a negative PCR test as well as 14 days of quarantine from January 7th with no announced end date.

It is rumoured that the UK government will introduce a testing regime for entry into the UK. Will that also apply to British travellers returning home?

Chances are that by the time you read this an announcement will have been made. If not…

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