The main question we are asking ourselves right now is will we be able to go on holiday this summer? With the vaccine being rolled out at top speed we are feeling more and more optimistic.
With Boris Johnson saying he's 'optimistic about summer holidays', and earlier this month Matt Hancock promising a 'great British Summer' we are feeling pretty positive about our 2021 holidays.
Let's take a look at what we know so far:
As far as staycations here in the UK go we're pretty confident they will be able to go ahead sooner rather than later. We know all travel is banned right now, but once lockdown is over, even if we go back to a tier system, travel was still permitted in some tiers.
UK travel firms are reporting record-breaking Summer bookings with places such as the Lake District and Cornwall and Devon proving to be top of the list for destinations. Many places are offering free cancellation policies or further cover for refunds if needed. Check out our post on accommodation in Cornwall and Devon with availability this summer!
Travel within the UK will be the first back on the cards, with rumours hinting maybe as soon as March, we are awaiting Boris next announcement with our fingers crossed and credit card in hand.
A city break or beach holiday could be on the cards when the travel ban is lifted and the travel corridors reinstated, depending on the rules of the country you want to enter, as well as the UK rules for returning. Some countries are going to allow people with the vaccine to enter freely and others will allow you to visit if you provide a negative COVID-19 test result or results.
Some places in the Caribbean were still allowing us Brits to enter in 2020 and they are currently not on the list of countries banned from entering the UK when the current travel ban in the UK is lifted we could be allowed to travel there and enjoy some much-needed sunshine. We will have to stick to each countries rules and restrictions for entering whether it be a negative COVID-19 test result or quarantine on arrival.
Looks like the USA won't be in our travel plans until at least Summer as President Joe Biden is re-introducing the ban on non-US citizens entering the country who have recently been in the UK, Ireland and Europe within 14 days.
Australia and New Zealand have both done so well with their handling of the virus that they are practically back to living life normally, they have said it is unlikely they will open their borders to tourists for the rest of the year.
Here in the UK, there is currently a list of 30+ countries on the banned list and that is likely not to change even if the current travel ban lifts if you travel from one of these countries you will have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days at your own expense. Read about it in our post here.
Cruising was hit hard during the pandemic and currently, many of the cruise lines have options for you to book from April, May or June but this could be moved depending on restrictions in place at the time. There will likely be new stricter health and safety measures in place and possibly a smaller amount of travellers on each cruise. They will also need to look at each country to abide by the entry rules and restrictions.
It was reported that the UK government were set to introduce vaccine passport's for people entering the UK but it has since been announced that will not be the case.
Boris Johnson is set to make an announcement on 22nd February which will hopefully give us more information on travelling in the near future.