As Europe opens up, the UK mulls the future

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Yesterday many thousands of British holidaymakers returned from Portugal anxious to beat the quarantine that commenced at 4am. Many didn’t make it. Some were unconcerned knowing that they could work from home or else were retired.

a beach in the Canary islands
a beach in the Canaries. It wants to see Britons but can you face the hassle involved?

For the others there would be conversations with the companies for who they worked.

Nervousness and annoyance could be detected in those interviewed by the media.

And that nervousness is reflected in government thinking about what will it should do when it makes its announcement on 14th of June of what will happen seven days later.

If you believe yesterday’s The Times, then the opening up will be delayed a few weeks..

To make it abundantly clear to all readers, the announcement on the 14th as to whether lockdown restrictions will cease applies only to England. Those living in the devolved nations will have to await the views of their own governments. I’m pretty sure that the Scottish and Welsh governments are wary about dropping social distancing and facemasks rules.

Whether to add destinations to the green list or increase numbers to the red or amber list is something the government won’t have decided about yet. My best is they won’t make the minds up until the very last minute.

Elsewhere though, countries are opening up as the warmer weather continues.

On Saturday, Denmark opened their borders to fully vaccinated visitors from the UK as long as it has been at least 14 days since the final dose.

The Canary Islands will allow entry to anyone staying in tourist accommodation who taken a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival but this needn’t be a PCR test. It can be a TMA or antigen test, both of which are cheaper. Alternatively you can present an accredited document certifying that you have been fully vaccinated within the eight months prior to your trip, or have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within the past four months and at least 15 days prior to your trip. Finally for others, you can present a medical certificate which proves the traveller has had and recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months.

Mainland Spain allows British residents who have had the full dose of vaccines to enter freely.

Italy has removed restrictions from fully vaccinated Britons since May 24th.

But as with rules, the destination country must be viewed in the light of UK rules which mean that you would have to self-quarantine on your return just like those unfortunate holidaymakers returning from Portugal after the deadline will have to do.

Is it worth it?

Only you can decide.

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