The big revelation has passed: holidays abroad are back from May 17th. Grant Shapps, Secretary of Transportation, delivered, as promised on April 9, a “traffic light” system. This is the first and most important step towards resuming travel. From next Monday, we are no longer prohibited from going abroad without a “valid” reason.
Still, the little bubbling of excitement set in, leaving behind many worries. The initial “green list” is very meager, and beyond the green, orange and red ratings, there was little clarity for Britons wishing to take a trip overseas this summer.
Here we outline some of the most pressing questions for vacationers and try to answer them as best we can.
When will testing be made cheaper for everyone?
Everyone will need a negative Covid-19 test result to return to England, a current rule that must remain in place after May 17. Even those returning from greenlisted destinations will have to take another PCR test no later than the second day of their return. Many have commented that PCR testing costs will cost some of the vacation abroad, especially those traveling with teenagers. Some test vendors have cut costs after Telegraph reported that companies were taking advantage of PCR testing requirements. Tour operator TUI has negotiated the best deal yet: a Â£ 20 test package for Green List countries.
Yet vacationers who choose to travel independently, or with smaller operators who cannot negotiate such great discounts as TUI, still have to choose from government-approved suppliers. Prices are dropping, but even at Â£ 45 – the cheapest test available without a booking through an operator – it still adds Â£ 180 to the cost of a holiday for a family of four. The Department of Transportation confirmed to Telegraph Travel that anyone over the age of five will be subject to testing rules.