Fresh doubts over foreign holidays in early summer have emerged amid growing concerns that a third wave of Covid-19 in Europe could “wash up on our shores”.
Advantage Travel Partnership chief executive, Lo Bue-Said said: “The speculation over the weekend with regards to summer holidays not being possible this summer is damaging to the travel industry and consumer confidence, and serves no purpose until we see what is announced in the Global Travel Taskforce report.”
Travel industry leaders are calling for clarity as Boris Johnson gave a warning over rising virus rates on the continent, while health ministers suggested a travel ban from all EU countries.
Under new laws published on Monday 22nd March, people who leave the UK without a “reasonable excuse” will be illegal until June 30th, those trying to do so face fines of £5,000. This legislation will be voted on by MPs on Thursday.
Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, insisted no changes have been made to England’s timings as of yet, “The earliest date by which we will allow international travel…is the 17th May. That has not changed,” he told Sky News.