Covid: Holidays to Europe and the United States unlikely to return until August, experts warn

The majority of major holiday destinations in Europe currently remain on the amber list

Holidays to Europe and the United States are not likely to resume until August at the earliest, experts have warned.

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The majority of major holiday destinations in Europe currently remain on the amber list (Photo: Shutterstock)
The majority of major holiday destinations in Europe currently remain on the amber list (Photo: Shutterstock)

At a glance: 5 key points

- The UK is unlikely to reopen overseas travel to major European holiday destinations until the beginning of August

- The UK is also unlikely to reopen travel to the US until August

- The majority of Europe remains on the amber list, which requires a 10-day quarantine back in the UK as well as two additional Covid tests

- Boris Johnson pushed back the lifting of lockdown restrictions in England until 19 July

- The next travel review from the Government is due around 24 June

What’s been said

Toni Mayor, the head of the Hosbec association of Valencia region hoteliers, said he did not expect to see UK tourism take off until August, after a meeting with Hugh Elliott, the UK ambassador.

Turkish tourist chiefs are also understood to have received a similar message after meeting with UK Foreign Office officials. They are not expecting any lifting of overseas travel restrictions out of the UK until the beginning of August.

PC Agency's Paul Charles said: "My clear understanding is that UK Government Ministers do not intend to open up travel to mainland Europe or the USA before the end of July."


Only 11 countries are currently on the Government’s green list, which means quarantine-free travel is allowed.

Gibraltar and Iceland are the only two viable holiday destinations, with Portugal removed from the list earlier this month.

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet are all now cancelling flights until after the new restricting lifting date of 19 July.

Virgin Atlantic has also pushed back transatlantic flights until mid-July, with easyJet dropping trips to Greece and France up until 17 July.

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