HALLELUJA, we've finally glimpsed a light at the end of the tunnel. It looks like the vaccine and lockdown are working and we finally have a roadmap out of these restrictions.
I for one am feeling thrilled at the prospect of being able to see friends and family again in the next few months and getting a holiday!! Imagine a break from homeschool / work / constant washing? Oh my gaaad, I can not wait.
As far as holidays are concerned Boris Johnson has given some dates when we finally might get a break.
While we are still advised to 'stay at home' until the end of March (in England) restrictions on UK self-catering holidays will start to lift in April.
April 12th is the date from which we can book self-contained accommodation where there aren't shared indoor facilities for different households, and you can only go away with your own bubble.
Away Resorts, Forest Holidays, Hoseasons and Center Parcs and Forest holidays have confirmed they plan to open on this date (in England) Butlins will wait til May 17th.
Hostels, hotels and B&B's will also all follow suit on May 17th.
All of this of course, is subject to things moving in the right direction in the mean time. As long as numbers continue to fall.
The PM did say he hopes most restrictions will be lifted by June 21st, which gives hope for foreign travel from that date, and holiday companies are saying they have seen huge lifts in bookings late summer.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland haven't announced their travel plans yet. We'll keep you updater....
What are the current restrictions?
The official line is still (despite what the Dubai-obsessed insta celebs would have you think) do not travel anywhere unless it's permitted - here's the government line:
Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.
(full government info here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice )
At the moment, If you're travelling into the UK you'll have to isolate for 10 days, and if you're coming into the UK from a 'red list' country you'll have to isolate in a government-sanctioned hotel AND pay for that yourself. For the hotel, transport and tests it'll cost you £1750, for children up to five it's £325 and from five to 12 it's £650, and you need to book it yourself via their website. So unless you have that time and money and a damn good excuse for travelling, well, don't.
And bear in mind that those not meeting these rules will be met with fines between one and ten thousand pounds and even a possible jail term.
More information is HERE
The 'red list' is HERE
Anyone coming into the UK also has to provide a negative Coronavirus test and test twice during isolation - on day two and day eight - positive tests mean you adhering to the usual isolation rules.
If you do need something in the diary just be sensible when booking. Book with a credit card for extra security, book through a reputable company, check your travel insurance and keep across the news.
If you do have a foreign holiday booked and need help with insurance etc, this article should help
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Written by Amy Clowes
Amy is Seatkickers' editor, she lives in Manchester with her daughters aged seven and two, her husband and her rescue dog Lebowski. She loves travelling and discovering new places. Her favourite place in the world is Biarritz in France.