22 MARCH 2021


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Article from BTNews 22 MARCH 2021

Summer holiday gloom

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, speaking on BBC TV over the weekend said that booking a trip abroad for this summer would be "premature”. 

His words are bound to send misery to the beleaguered overseas holiday and air travel industry.  This comes at the same time that, according to a survey by this publication, domestic flights bookings are showing a significant rise. https://www.btnews.co.uk/article/17393

Mr Wallace has justified his comments by stating foreign trips would increase the risk of travellers bringing variants to the UK.

A government taskforce will report to the prime minister on 12 April detailing when and how international travel can resume.

The earliest date people in England could holiday abroad is 17 May.

While the devolved nations issue their own guidance on international travel, they have been broadly in line with Westminster.

Non-essential travel is currently banned from the UK and those coming to the UK must quarantine.


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Paul Kay, London, UK

..." I'm sitting in a Sand Pit in my Garden with a Bucket on my head....at least I'm experiencing my holiday dreams"...

Jeff Smart, Hendon, London

This piece does give food for thought. However at the price easyJet is quoting for August I will probably make a booking and if cancelled by me (not Government) the cost I will bear.

Anne & Ben Silver, Holborn, London

I must say that the prospects of a summer holiday in the sun do not look very good. As a family we will wait until 12 April and see what is announced. If it is OK we will book quickly as we can as the fares will go up, to be sure.