Dominic Raab says it’s ‘too early’ to book summer holidays
Plans for the 2021 summer holidays may suffer considerable disruption as Britons are being warned to postpone their booking plans. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it is “too early” to know what coronavirus travel restrictions will be in place in the summer months and it will be “difficult” to book. Speaking to LBC, Mr Raab said: “I think at the moment it’s too early, I think you have to follow the guidance that we’re putting out.
“The rules now are very clear that people shouldn’t be travelling domestically, or certainly internationally unless there are very exceptional reasons.
“I’m afraid until we’re in a position to give the reassurance, I think it’s very difficult to plan.”
Britons are currently being advised to limit their travel to essential or emergency journeys both in the UK and abroad.
Mr Raab also dismissed reports suggesting people returning to or visiting Britain will be made to pay to quarantine for 10 days in a hotel.
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The Conservative frontbencher however said the Government will keep “measures under review.”
He continued: “The end of the transport corridors and the reimposition of the self-isolation measures, coupled with the sandwich of the two negative Covid tests, is the system that we are announcing this week.”
“The measures that we’ve just put in place and let’s be clear, we’re doing this to protect the NHS as it’s still coming under immense pressure and to protect our vaccine rollout.”
Boris Johnson announced on Friday all travel corridors into the country, which allowed arrivals to move through the country without the need to quarantine, would be shut.
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Flights from South America, Portugal and Cape Verde were also banned over growing concerns about the risk of a new strain of the coronavirus spreading across the UK.
Mr Raab added: “We’re saying that on top of the negative Covid tests you have to have 72 hours before you leave, on top of the Passenger Locator Form and the increased checks that we’re going to have when people come into the country to make sure that they’re quarantining, they then have to go into self-isolation for ten days unless you’ve had a further negative test.
“I think it’s important to say that in terms of making it more workable and effective, we’ll be increasing the Border Force checks at the border but also increasing, through Public Health England, the checks that people are respecting the quarantine in their homes.”
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Mr Hancock said he wants people to get behind the final big push which will allow lockdown restrictions to be lifted.
He said: “We are rolling out two highly effective vaccines, with a third coming in spring and others progressing through trials.
“We’re rolling it out to as many vulnerable people as possible, quickly and safely, and we expect tens of millions to be vaccinated by the spring.”
The Health Secretary also confirmed that the NHS has now vaccinated around 45 percent of people aged 80 and over, and over a million have now been invited to book their jab at one of the NHS vaccination centres.
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