Popular European holiday destinations, including Spain and Greece, have been firming up plans to enable tourists to visit this summer.
Greece announced that its tourism sector will reopen on 15 May – two days before the UK will once again permit international leisure travel.
From the same day, the ban on travel between different regions of Greece will also be lifted.
The country has already eased quarantine restrictions on arrivals from certain countries; as of 19 April, travellers from the UK, US, UAE, Serbia, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, as well as EU member states, have no need to self-isolate upon entering.
Spain has also reaffirmed its desire to open up to British holidaymakers for summer stays.
Tourism Minister Fernando Valdes told Sky News that the European nation “desperate” to welcome British visitors with open arms, and was cheered by the fast vaccination roll-out in the UK.
Mr Valdes said: “I think we will be ready here in Spain. We also think that the vaccination scheme in the UK is going pretty well, so hopefully we’ll be seeing this summer the restart of holidays.”
He added that vaccination certificates, which would prove holidaymakers have either been inoculated or show a negative Covid test result, are “going to help us”…