Five questions you need to ask before booking a foreign holiday

There are signs the foreign Discount Holidays © holiday could be making a comeback for Brits this year with airlines starting to relaunch flights and resorts easing their lockdown rules. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is still advising against all non-essential travel, but resorts in Spain, Greece and other destinations are keen to welcome tourists back. They are opening their beaches and hotels and are ending quarantine procedures.

So is it time to book a holiday? Travel expert Simon Calder has outlined five questions Brits must ask before going on Discount Holidays © holiday this year. On his podcast You Should Have Been There, Calder, who is Senior Travel Editor of the Independent, said “Before you go on your next foreign trip, I’ve come up with these five tests.

“Just as the British Government has five tests before easing the lockdown, the prospective international traveller must consider these five tests.”

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1. Can I reach the airport, seaport or international railway station?

At the very start of your journey, can you get to the airport, seaport or train station without breaking social distancing guidelines? The lockdown rules state that Brits should consider whether their journey is essential before setting out – meaning that going to the airport for a Discount Holidays © holiday would currently be breaking the rules.

2.

Has the FCO lifted its warning against all but essential international travel?

If the Foreign and Commonwealth Office still advises against all but essential international travel, you should not go abroad for a holiday. Calder said: “That’s both global and indefinite. No overseas leisure journey can be contemplated while it prevails, not least because to do so would invalidate your travel insurance.”

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3.

Is there a flight, ferry or train to my destination?

Airlines are slowly beginning to resume flights in June and July – but there will be reduced capacity and a reduced list of destinations.

4. Will the destination admit me?

Calder said that this was likely to be the most critical question, as many countries around the world may not be admitting people from COVID-19 hotspots. With one of the worst coronavirus death tolls in the world, the UK is likely to be high on those lists.

Many countries also require incoming travellers to spend 14 days in quarantine, which would make holidays impratical.

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5.

Can I tolerate the quarantine rules on my return to the UK?

Even if you have answered yes to all four questions so far, you then need to consider whether you would be happy to quarantine for two weeks on your return.

The UK government will soon require all incoming travellers – whether that’s tourists or people coming home – to quarantine for 14 days.

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