COVID-19 LATEST UPDATE
Page last updated on 10/04/2021.
It’s expected that international travel can resume from 17 May at the earliest. We review the information on this page in line with each government announcement and expect to know more within the next few weeks.
The Global Travel Task Force published their report for the safe return to international travel.
The full report, available via this link, includes a set of recommendations on:
- progressing a risk-based reopening of international travel
- ensuring readiness for international travel restart
- building consumer clarity and confidence
- supporting a transition to future travel
As part of the risk-based approach of reopening international travel, the Government will implement the traffic light system for countries, with high-risk destinations labelled as Red, moderate risk – Amber and low risk – Green. In due course, a “Green Watchlist” will also be published, so that the public can identify the different countries’ risk of moving from Green to Amber.
Below are the measures that will apply to different countries, based on their risk profile:
Turkey to open up to British holidaymakers without need for vaccine certificates. (15/03/2021)
Turkey is prepared to accept UK travellers this summer as soon as the Covid-19 pandemic permits international travel from Britain. No vaccine certificate will be required and the current PCR test proof for British citizens to enter Turkey will be reviewed on April 15. Foreign holidays are currently banned from the UK until May 17 at the earliest as part of the government’s Covid-19 roadmap Turkey, which attracted 2.5 million British tourists a year before the pandemic is taking necessary steps to ensure it continues to be safe. A priority vaccination programme for staff at hotels and other tourist facilities is set for the upcoming summer season. Culture and tourism minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said: “We are looking forward to welcoming British tourists with open arms, as we did safely last summer. “We have world-class border processes in place for ensuring travel will be low-risk throughout Turkey. “We are working with the British authorities to ensure these necessary processes are world-class and as up-to-date as possible. “We will not require vaccination passports from international travellers when entering the country.” Ersoy added that “After April 15, we will look at the number of cases again, we will re-evaluate the situation and then decide if we will continue to require negative PCR test results from British citizens entering the country. “I expect there will be no such requirement from British visitors as the UK government is rapidly, and impressively, rolling out the vaccination program for the whole nation and a significant portion of the population will be vaccinated by early summer.” He continued: “To ensure our visitors can enjoy a safe and healthy holiday at all stages of their trip, we will continue to invest in the ‘Safe Tourism Certification Program’ which we launched in 2020. “We have expanded the scope this year and made it compulsory for hotels and other accommodation facilities with 30 rooms or more. More than 8,000 facilities have been certified so far.” All hotels certified under the tourism certification scheme provide testing facilities for tourists so they can obtain test results, if needed, before departing Turkey for the UK or elsewhere. Tests cost approximately €30 and are also available to be carried out at the country’s international airports. Tourists visiting Turkey are also offered a special insurance package, from €15, which covers Covid-19 related expenses such as treatment, medication and emergency care costs that may be incurred if visitors are taken to a state-owned or private pandemic hospital during their stay in Turkey. The Covid-19 Accommodation Support Insurance also guarantees to cover any extra accommodation expenses that may be necessary during the trip, following the issuance of a medical report requiring them to be kept under supervision in a hotel. Ersoy said: “We are confident that the successful vaccination programmes ongoing in both the UK and Turkey will ensure this season is even safer than last year. More than 10 million vaccinations have been given in Turkey so far.”
Hopes raised for holidays in Greece this summer ( 5/02/2021)
Britons could return for summer holidays in Greece from May using a ‘quarantine passport’ if reports today prove accurate. The tourism-reliant country is reportedly prepared to waive quarantine rules for tourists who can prove that they have been inoculated against Covid-19. British tourists could be welcomed to Greece in May provided they can provide proof of inoculation against the virus. Government officials have told the Greek Ministry of Tourism that Britain’s vaccination process is so advanced that British holidaymakers will save their lucrative summer season, according to The Times. About two million Britons visit Greece every year, second only to German travellers, spending more than €10 billion. Tourism was responsible for a fifth of the country’s GDP in 2019. A certification system is being planned, the newspaper reported. The Foreign Office, Department for Transport and Department of Health and Social Care are working on options for travellers to countries that may demand it as an entry requirement. Officials are said to be discussing what form of proof Britons will need to show that they have been vaccinated. Holidaymakers will also need to provide a negative test taken less than 72 hours before their arrival in Greece. The Greek government has scrapped measures introduced last summer under which residents from countries with low Covid infection rates were able to enter the country. Hotels, restaurants and resorts are hoping for a resurgence of British tourists who are expected to redeem vouchers for holiday packages cancelled last summer. Grigoris Tasios, president of the country’s hoteliers federation, said: “Greece has long been a favourite holiday destination for the British, and with the rate of inoculations in the UK largely outpacing all others across Europe and beyond, British travellers will be among the safest to travel here by as early as May.” Tourism ministry officials have aid that the government would subsidise salaries in the industry this summer, but that it has yet to decide when and whether incentives would be introduced to cover hotel reopening costs. Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis old Reuters he was “cautiously optimistic” of a lucrative summer. “Essentially we are dependent on the pace of vaccination in our main markets,” he added, noting that Britain and Israel were leading the way.
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