International leisure travel will become possible again from England on 17 May, finally paving the way for foreign holidays.
Despite this important step forward, trips abroad initially will in no way resemble the care-free travel we experienced pre-pandemic.
All kinds of restrictions will still be in place this summer, and will vary depending on where you go.
From mandatory testing to mask wearing, here’s how holidays will look when the ban lifts later this month.
Will I need to be vaccinated to go abroad?
No, although it will certainly widen the pool of destinations you can visit without restrictions, and could in many cases excuse you from the expense of a Covid PCR test before the outbound journey. Rules vary widely between destinations, but many countries have already said they will not require fully vaccinated travellers to present a negative test or undergo any sort of quarantine, including the Seychelles, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia and Malta (from 1 June). In all cases travellers must have had both jabs and waited a further couple of weeks.
However, once the travel ban lifts, unvaccinated British travellers have also had the go-ahead from a host of destinations – Portugal and Greece among them – provided they produce a negative Covid test result before departure…