Latest guidance on holidays in the UK and abroad

Coronavirus travel restrictions are likely to be eased slowly during the coming months in the UK and overseas - with some destinations already planning to welcome tourists. Many families are keen to get away from a summer break when they get the go-ahead if the death rate from the pandemic continues to fall.

Dawlish town beach, South Devon, UK

And a senior EU leader recently said she thinks holidays "can be done safely" in the future, reports the LiverpoolEcho. But considerable uncertainty remains over whether summer holidays will be able to go ahead, with many people already having booked their getaways.

These are the latest guidelines on holidaying at home and abroad, and this is what should you do if you have a holiday booked.

What are the current travel regulations?

Holidays of any kind are not permitted under existing guidelines. While the easing of lockdown curbs in England mean that people are free to drive to parks and beaches, you cannot stay at the destination overnight. Many national parks remain closed and public facilities such as car parks and toilets may not be open either.

In Cumbria, police have asked people not to "rush to the Lake District" now that the government guidance has changed and Visit Cornwall has advised visitors to keep away from the county. People from England are not able to travel into Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, where their devolved governments are still telling residents to avoid all non-essential travel.

What about foreign holidays?

Latest guidance on holidays in the UK and abroadTourists flock to Andratx, on Majorca

The current Foreign Office advise is that British nationals should not go abroad unless it is essential. The UK Government is planning to introduce a 14-day quarantine period to apply to visitors and UK nationals returning home from abroad.

However, the government has said that people coming from Ireland and France will be exempt from the quarantine period.

Rules for popular holiday destinations

Other countries also have travel restrictions in place which restrict foreign arrivals, such as the United States, and most airlines are running a reduced service or all have suspended all flights entirely. Spain - uncertain this summer In Spain, residents saw one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, with compulsory closures of all restaurants, and adults only permitted to leave the house for essentials.

However, members of the Spanish government have said there will be no simple return to normal. Tourism minister Reyes Maroto told newspaper El Pais: "We have to guarantee, when international tourism opens, that the person who comes to Spain is a safe person... "The issue of borders will be accompanied by the evolution of the health crisis.

"Therefore, I do not have the solution of when [they will be able to open]." Turkey - end of July

Latest guidance on holidays in the UK and abroadA beach resort in Turkey

The Turkish government has said that European tourists will not be able to enter the country until the end of July. Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said: "The tourism sector itself has a vital role in terms of returning to normal processes.

The importance of caring for our guests in our culture leads us to be ready for the transition to healthy tourism before everyone." Portugal - 2021

Latest guidance on holidays in the UK and abroadBrits enjoying the heatwave on Fisherrman's Beach in Albufeira Portugal.

In Portugal, travel officials have created a "clean and safe" badge for companies to increase confidence amongst tourists and workers. But Eliderico Viegas, head of the Association of Algarve Hotels and Tourism Enterprises, said that foreign visitors are expected to start returning to the Algarve in April 2021.

He told  Bloomberg  in a phone interview: "This year, hotels in the Algarve will have to rely on locals for bookings, which is insufficient to keep many of these units open. "Many hotels won't open this year."

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Should I book my summer holiday?

Hotels and resorts in the UK could possibly reopen in July if the Government makes enough progress against its five tests set out by the Prime Minister last week. People may be able to travel more easily across the rest of the UK should restrictions ease further in the coming weeks.

Some airlines, such as Ryanair and British Airways, have said they plan to resume flights in July. Other airlines, such as Jet2, plan to start earlier.

What about other countries?

The European Union has said that the summer season should be able to go ahead as planned and the European Commission has discussed allowing travel to gradually resume. European Commission vice president Margrethe Vestager said she hoped visitors from the UK could travel abroad for a break.

Asked about the prospect of Britons heading to Europe for a holiday, Ms Vestager told BBC Radio 4's World At One programme: "I would hope so. I think that there's discussion over it at every dinner table in Europe and probably also in the UK.

Latest guidance on holidays in the UK and abroadPassengers waiting in a departure lounge at London Stansted Airport

"We really need a break from this. Can we go as we planned, or will we have to stay within the borders of our home country?

We think that it can be done safely. And I think it's a very good sign that Germany said that they will open their borders towards France and Austria." Further developments depend on infection levels across Europe.

According to EU guidance, those travelling would be asked to follow social distancing guidance and face masks would be compulsory and access to hotels and restaurants would be controlled. However, all EU level plans are not binding and individual countries would be responsible for putting these procedures in place. Even going into autumn, international travel for leisure may not be possible.

If you booked a holiday against Foreign Office travel advice your trip will probably not be covered by travel insurance which could leave you out of pocket if you cannot travel.

What if I've already booked a holiday for later this year?

If you booked a package holiday or flights that have now been cancelled you are entitled to a full refund. However, some airlines or tour operators are offering travel vouchers instead of immediate cash refunds.

My trip hasn't been cancelled yet - what does that mean for me?

You may not currently be entitled to a refund if your holiday provider or airline hasn't cancelled your holiday yet, even if you no longer wish to travel. Some providers are letting people rebook trips at a later date for no cost.

Contact your airline or holiday company to discuss your options, otherwise you may have to wait until nearer the time to request a refund.

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