With the news that international leisure travel may well be legal again from 17 May, plenty of itchy-footed UK holidaymakers are already making plans for their next trip abroad.
The government has announced a travel traffic light system, with countries categorised as red, amber or green depending on their Covid-19 infection rates, vaccine rollouts and prevalence of new virus variants.
Each category has its own requirements for travellers entering the UK, with green countries having the lightest restrictions: passengers need not quarantine, but must take a rapid antigen or lateral flow test before departing for the UK, and take a PCR test within two days of arrival.
However, the UK rules are only one piece of a complex puzzle – the country you’re travelling to must be prepared to accept foreign visitors again, preferably minus a lengthy quarantine requirement that would make most holidays obsolete.
There’s also the issue of vaccine passports. The European Commission has published plans for a “digital green pass” to facilitate travel around the EU this summer. More countries and airlines have said they would be happy to accept vaccinated travellers…