The sunny island of Cyprus has announced that Brits who have had both of their Covid-19 jab doses will be welcomed to holiday from May 1.
However, travellers wouldn’t be able to go on a holiday abroad before the UK government lifts the restrictions, too.
So, should you be booking a holiday to Cyprus this summer and when will Brits be allowed to go on international trips?
Here’s everything you need to know.
Should you book a holiday to Cyprus from May?
The Cypriot government has revealed they will allow vaccinated Brits to holiday there from May 1.
However, that’s two weeks before the UK government’s earliest date for travelling abroad, which is May 17 in England.
So, even if you received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, booking a holiday before mid-May is discouraged.
However, if you would like to book a holiday after that, it is advised you book a trip with protections that offer flexible cancellation and rebooking policies.
Between now and your holiday, a number of factors that affect holiday decisions and laws can change.
For instance, the Covid-19 risks in the UK or Cyprus could escalate.
Of course, before you can go ahead and travel to Cyprus, non-essential international travel needs to be allowed in the UK and you have to receive both doses of the Covid-19 jab.
When will international holidays be allowed?
The current foreign travel advice on the government website states that only those who have a legally permitted reason to travel can go abroad.
Holidays are not one of the legally permitted reasons, which makes it illegal under lockdown restrictions.
The necessary discussions to reopen trips abroad have already begun, with government departments, aviation industry bodies, travel agencies and transport operators holding meetings.
Through these meetings, they are hoping to come up with a safe plan that facilitates travel while containing the risk of importing new variants.
It has been announced that the Global Travel Taskforce will provide the Prime Minister with a report on the matter on April 12.
An exact start date for the reopening of international travel will come after that report.
As for Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is hoping to return to a regional, five-level system from April 5, leading to a steady reopening of non-essential retail, hospitality and more.
But, the Scottish government will uphold the travel restrictions for ‘some time yet’, as they want to avoid importing new Covid-19 variants into the country.
Wales is currently in alert level 4, making non-essential travel illegal. While the Welsh government is planning to reopen their local tourism sector in Easter, no announcements about international trips have been made just yet.
And, in Northern Ireland, a five-stage roadmap has been revealed.
The return of international travel is included in the final stage of lifting the restrictions. But, none of the stages has an assigned date, as the government will ‘pause and reflect’ on data after each stage.
What is the latest on the UK’s Covid vaccine programme?
More than 20 million people in the UK have now had the first dose of the vaccine.
And, nearly 900,000 of those Brits have already received their second dose.
The government’s vaccination programme prioritises those who are most at risk from Covid-19.
Based on that, older care home workers and residents, health and social care workers, clinically vulnerable people and everyone aged over 60 has now been offered the jab.
The current phase is set to last until mid-April and see unpaid carers, 16 to 64-year-olds with underlying health conditions, and those aged between 50 and 69 be invited to get vaccinated.
Then, phase 2 will kick off on April 15 and last until July 31.
During this final phase, Brits aged between 18 to 49 will receive the jab.
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