Travelling overseas

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On Tuesday, the Scottish government announced that its traffic light system for overseas travel was the same as that introduced by the Westminster government last week. The Welsh government will follow suit later in the week.

We might want to hop to Oz but teh Australian government says not yet!

The same places are on the green destination list which is really the only one that anyone is concerned about at the moment and after On the Beach’s announcement on Wednesday will people fancy booking overseas holidays even if they are on the green list?

Only the Northern Irish government needs to indicate what their position is.

One of the countries that is on the green list is Australia, a destination where Britons have many hundreds of thousands of relatives and about some three-quarters of a million Britons travelled each year prior to the pandemic.

But Australia imposed one of the toughest measures on international travel and it looks as though that lockdown will continue for some time.

Originally, the national airline – Qantas – planned to resume international flights to Europe, North America and Asia later in the late Autumn or early winter. Now the airline has announced that it won’t resume those flights until late December. In effect, that probably means 2022!

During his budget speech in the Australian parliament this week, the Treasurer said that international travel would have a “gradual opening from next year” but that it was dependent on how the virus spreads. So the date could be put back even further. The leader of the state government, NSW, has called for international travel to start earlier as has the travel industry in Australia

And the spread in particular of the Indian variant is what seems to be dominating international travel thinking. It seems to be more transmissible than other variants but insufficient people have been vaccinated globally to allow medical boffins to say how efficient the vaccine is.

According to the WHO, the UK has the highest incidence of the Indian variant outside India. So the UK will be a good test case of how the vaccine copes with this strain. Until that is proven there is a chance some countries might be reluctant to see British tourists.

A much greater percentage of the world needs to be vaccinated before some parts of the world open up for international travel again.

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