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UK holidays back on this summer but no international travel until 2022 warns Covid expert

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Holidays abroad may have to wait for many more months, an epidemiologist has said. SAGE advisor Mike Tildesley has predicted that international travel might not return until 2022. However, UK jollies will likely return for summer 2021.

Writing in The Mirror yesterday, Tildesley said it was vital that the country reopens slowly from this third lockdown.

Getting children back into school is of the utmost importance.

It’s is “foolish” to reopen retail or hospitality before this can happen, said Tildesley in his travel advice.

While reluctant to set any dates for when a relaxation of the rules might happen, the epidemiologist said explaining the “order” of what needs to take place is better during these uncertain times.

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“I think it’s feasible that we could have a domestic holiday season in the summer, and I really hope so,” wrote Tildesley.

However, the expert is “sceptical” about international travel for 2021.

Britons may have to wait much longer for jet-setting abroad.

“I’m thinking very much that it’s going to be 2022 by the time things are back to normal in terms of international travel,” Tildesley said.

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The problem, he explained, is that other countries whose vaccine rollout is not as effective as the UK’s might not have reached herd immunity.

However, Tildesley hopes “we’ll have worked out way out of this” by “Christmas,” if the vaccination programme continues with success.

The infection modelling expert’s words of wisdom came ahead of hotel quarantine coming into force this morning.

Anyone returning from 33 “red list” countries now has to self-isolate at a hotel for 10 days at their own expense.

“You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years, or both, if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK.

“If you break the quarantine rules you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.”

The countries that require hotel quarantine are as follows:

Angola

Argentina

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Burundi

Cape Verde

Chile

Colombia

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ecuador

Eswatini

French Guiana

Guyana

Lesotho

Malawi

Mauritius

Mozambique

Namibia

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)

Rwanda

Seychelles

South Africa

Suriname

Tanzania

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Uruguay

Venezuela

Zambia

Zimbabwe



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