It comes after Cyprus announced it would accept British tourists from May 1 if they have had both vaccine shots. Akamas Peninsula National Park is seen above in Cyprus
Portugal is currently on the UK’s red list, with arrivals banned from entry, unless they are UK residents or Irish nationals who must quarantine in a hotel. Travel industry expert Paul Charles, of the PC Agency, said that as more ‘countries unveil their opening plans’, bookings will increase as confidence returns.
And airlines are developing a Travel Pass app, which can include a traveller’s vaccine or Covid-19 test result status, through industry body IATA.
Last night government sources insisted that the roadmap dates would not be brought forward and one said: ‘The holiday debate is yet to be had but expectations need to be reined in.’
What are the rules for entering Britain?
You cannot enter the UK if you’ve been in or through a country on the banned travel list (known as the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days, unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK
You must either quarantine where you’re staying or in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days
What you need to do depends on where you travel in the 10 days before you arrive – if you travel in or through a country on the banned travel list within 10 days, you must stay managed quarantine hotel; if not, you can quarantine at home
You need to provide your journey and contact details in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. You must do this by completing the online passenger locator form
You’ll need to show proof that you’ve completed the form when you arrive at the UK border as well as proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken three days before departure
You could be fined £500 when you arrive at the border if you cannot provide proof that you have had a negative coronavirus test
You do not need a test if you’re travelling within the UK, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey; from Ireland; from Ascension, Falkland Islands or St Helena; and children under 11 do not need a test
After arriving at a quarantine hotel you will be tested on days two and eight of your stay using a PCR test self-administered in your room
In Scotland, arrivals from all international destinations have to quarantine, even if they are not on the red list.
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