Small signs of hope for holidays abroad as ministers discuss plans for travel between 'low-risk countries'

THERE'S a slim chance holidays abroad this year could still go ahead as UK ministers begin talks for travel between the UK and "low risk" countries.

The Department of Transport (DoT) is in discussion to halt the 14-day quarantine for certain travellers from countries with low-cases of coronavirus.

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However, tourism may not be the main exemption in the plans -with lorry drivers and key workers expected to be the primary concern.

According to the Daily Mail, there's some hope that airport passengers may be included in the new plans as well.

The idea is being discussed by the DoT after airline bosses slammed the strict quarantine requirements, warning it would kill the industry.

The new plans hope to create "travel corridors" between certain countries, something, which has already been implemented between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye previously told Sky News that holidays needed to resume sooner rather than later.

He said: "We need to start planning ahead for how we start to reopen our borders so we can start to get the economy back on its feet."

If there were two countries with a low risk of transmission in each country, "there should be a free flow on passenger between those countries", he suggested.

Countries with high risk of transmission and a likelihood of passing on infections, should have much tighter controls.

"That is the kind of thing we could be thinking about for the next phase in a month or so’s time, as we see the infection rates coming down in this country, and we want to start opening up the economy again," he added.

Which countries this could apply to is yet to be revealed, but it is thought that high risk countries such as Spain and states in the US such as New York would not be included – both with high cases of coronavirus.

Similar agreements are also being considered between Australia and New Zealand, while the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia are also considering limited travel between each other.

However, while it may be good news for other popular tourist destinations with Brits, such as Greece and Portugal, tourism may be off the cards for now.

Other countries have also introduced new restrictions for Brits, with Spain banning UK tourists until June 15, while claims that the quarantine rules between the UK and France would not be implemented were quickly quashed.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock previously told This Morning that summer holidays would likely be "cancelled", adding: "I think it’s unlikely that big lavish international holidays are going to be possible for this summer."

The tourism industry has suffered since lockdown was enforced, with 90 per cent of flights grounded and airlines begging for government bailout.

The UK, which has 243,695 cases of coronavirus, also still advises against all non-essential travel.

We've answered all of your travel questions from getting refunds to when you can expect your next holiday.

However, some fear that a UK staycation may be the safest option for a trip this year, with caravan parks hoping to open by July.

Here are the most beautiful caravan sites in the UK you can visit when they reopen.


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