No foreign holidays until May 17th

… at the earliest from the UK

Foreign holidays: having just listened to Boris’s latest low-key and cautious announcements during the much anticipated Downing Street news conference tonight, it looks like it will be at least May 17 before Madeira can expect to see any UK visitors.

Overseas holidays will not be permitted until at least May 17, Boris Johnson announced in the Commons earlier this afternoon. The Prime Minister explained that current restrictions on international leisure travel will only be eased pending a review in April, led by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Domestic holidays will also be prohibited until April 12 at the earliest, Johnson confirmed. While an initial tranche of wider restrictions will be lifted in the first stage of the plan, which begins next month, even domestic holidays will not be permitted until the second stage of the strategy – due to begin in seven weeks’ time, at the earliest.

The current raft of restrictions on international travel – including triple testing of passengers, quarantine hotels, and ten-day mandatory quarantine – will remain in place until mid-May. 

However, the review will investigate how they could be lifted through vaccine certificates for travellers who want to holiday abroad and verify their inoculations and through testing for both inbound and outbound travellers.

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COVID-19 in Madeira: previous daily updates can be found on an earlier post

4 thoughts on “No foreign holidays until May 17th”

  1. Even worse, my wife cannot have her hair done till 12th April!! The good news is that our Madeira holiday at the end of August now looks a lot more hopeful.

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  2. I will not be planning a travel to soon.
    The situation will not reviewed until April/ May.
    Although we need some normality, if lessons are to be learned it must be done with caution.
    I dread the Global crisis we all endured Post Christmas.
    The vaccine is proving to be successful but all places must be deemed safe to travel to.

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