Will you be leaving Lytham St. Anne’s for some Summer sunshine – or will you still be very cautious about travelling abroad? Priti Patel, the Home Secretary has today said that the Foreign Office is set to change its advice against ‘all but essential travel’ to allow holidays to low or medium-risk destinations. The list of countries is set to be published on Wednesday, with restrictions lifted as soon as 6th July. Many commentators expect this list to include France, Greece, Spain, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey – but possibly not Portugal.
This comes after travel firms reported record sales this weekend as bargain hunters looked to secure a holiday this summer. However, speaking to Sophie Ridge on Sky News this morning, the Home Secretary has warned that negotiations on ‘air bridges’ will take time. Deals to allow quarantine-free travel to holiday destinations ‘won’t come in overnight’ she said.
Although on Friday the government announced it would waive quarantine rules for people arriving from ‘safe’ countries, under a ‘traffic lights’ system, Priti Patel said, ‘These measures won’t come in overnight. They will take time because some of this will be down to negotiation, discussion with certain countries but the principle around sharing data, travel data, the locator form that the Home Office has created, to capture a lot of this information, will absolutely still remain.’
Sophie Ridge asked Ms Patel if she would be taking a summer holiday overseas this year. The reply from the Home Secretary was, ‘I’ll be working hard throughout the Summer. I’ll be here.’

Staying at home this summer