Travel corridors, quarantine and now, global travel bans, have made holidays a difficult process in 2020. However, one travel expert has shown optimism holidays will return in the coming months.
Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency has shared when he believes “with certainty” Britons may be able to enjoy their next holiday.
In a tweet, the travel expert said: “I was asked when I thought holidays would be ‘on’ again?
“I’d book for 1st May onwards with certainty.”
What’s more, some holidays may be “back on” even sooner according to Mr Charles.
“Staycations will return from March onwards,” he continued.
“Short-haul from late April; long-haul from Sept.
“The #Oxford vaccine go-ahead will vastly boost confidence.”
When prompted by a Twitter user, Mr Charles went on to explain his reasoning for believing holidays would resume according to his predicted timescale.
“UK tier restrictions (and new strain travel bans) will curtail most overseas travel until March,” he wrote.
“Short-haul will properly open up after Easter as warmer days return.
“Most long-haul borders will only fully open after summer with vaccine programmes underway.”
Currently, many countries around the world have imposed bans on UK arrivals from entering following the discovery of a new strain of COVID-19.
Though borders have reopened for “essential” purposes in many places – including France, Spain and Italy – tourism remains off the cards.
Other nations, such as Dubai, are allowing tourists to enter on the condition they present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
However, under current tier system rules in the UK many Britons are not allowed to travel internationally.
London and vast swathes of the south have been placed under tier 4 restrictions which makes all non-essential travel into and out of the tier area illegal.
“If you live in a tier 4 area, you can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. In addition, you should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting,” explains the Government website.
“If you live outside a tier 4 area you may still transit into or through a tier 4 area to travel abroad if you need to, but you should carefully consider whether you need to do so.
“In addition, you should follow the public health advice in the country you’re visiting.”
Britons in lower tiers may still be able to travel internationally.