The hot weather in the UK has given people a taste for summer holidays – but coronavirus restrictions mean that plans will look a little different this year.
With some lockdown restrictions slowly lifting, people are hopeful that travel might soon be an option over the coming months.
Optimism also comes after European countries have announced they will soon be lifting travel restrictions for visitors.
Spain and France are just two countries open for travel later this month – but will Brits be able to visit anytime soon?
What is the current Foreign Office advice?
As it stands, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is currently advising Brits against all but essential international travel.
However, speaking on ITV’s This Morning last week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was ‘optimistic’ about holidays being an option soon.
He said: ‘We have been looking carefully at this and the rules on quarantine and international travel.
‘This crisis has had a massive impact on airlines across the world.
‘I am a little more optimistic than I was about being able to get some foreign travel back up.’
Of course, there’s also the 14-day quarantine day rule coming into place on 8 June, whereby anyone entering the UK will have to self-isolate for two weeks.
Will people in the UK be able to travel to Spain and France this summer?
Currently, UK travel to holiday hotspots such as Spain and France is not permitted.
But with European countries lifting restrictions, travel could be an option over the coming months – if the Government announces new changes.
Spain’s tourism minister confirmed that foreign tourists can book holidays in the country from 1 July, with the mandatory 14 day quarantine rule for foreign tourists to be lifted from this date.
This means that, if that UK government lifts its travel ban, Spain could be an option for a summer break.
Similarly, lockdown measures in France have been slowly relaxing over the past few weeks. France’s external borders will remain closed until 15 June, but on this date it’s hoped thet will be able reopen to EU nationals.
There’s also been talk of potential ‘air bridges’ between Britain and low-risk countries, to prevent people having to spend two weeks self-isolating on their return. But arrangements with other countries would need to happen, before any policy is introduced.