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Would you be happy to visit Europe this summer?

The European Commission has said it will ease restrictions on travel as Covid-19 vaccination campaigns progress and infection rates drop

British holidaymakers could visit destinations including Italy and France this summer if Covid-19 cases there can be driven down to UK levels, a senior scientific adviser has said.

Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, whose modelling work informs Government scientists, said he had not yet booked a break abroad but the risks were focused on countries with higher infection levels than the UK.

It comes after the European Commission said it would ease restrictions on travel to the bloc amid progressing Covid-19 vaccination campaigns and lower infection rates.

The EU is proposing “to allow entry to the EU for non-essential reasons not only for all persons coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation, but also all people who have received the last recommended dose of an EU-authorised vaccine”.

The UK Government’s “green list” of countries to which people can travel without having to isolate for 14 days on their return is also expected to be released shortly.

Prof Ferguson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think if for instance, by the summer, infection levels in France and Italy are the same sort of level as they are here, then there’s no risk associated with travelling overseas.

“The risk comes from going from a place like the UK with very low infection levels and going to a place with much higher infection levels and therefore having the risk of bringing infection back.

“If the two places are at comparable levels, and that’s what the EU is saying, then there is no particular risks associated with travel.”

He said the risk of vaccines being less effective in the face of variants was “the major concern” that could still lead to a “very major third wave in the autumn” in the UK.

It was therefore “essential we roll out booster doses, which can protect against that, as soon as we’ve basically finished vaccinating the adult population, which should finish by the summer,” he said.

Prof Ferguson said he was “feeling fairly optimistic that we will be not completely back to normal, but something which feels a lot more normal by the summer”.

Meanwhile, Portugal’s secretary of state for tourism, Rita Marques, said the country is “taking the lead” at the European Council in negotiations aimed at opening up the European Union to UK holidaymakers.

She told BBC Breakfast: “We are really pushing hard to open up to third countries like the UK.”

But International Trade Secretary Liz Truss urged people to wait for an announcement from the UK’s travel taskforce, telling Sky News: “I would encourage people to wait until we make that announcement so that we can see exactly what the details are, based on the data, because what we don’t want to be doing is reimporting this virus after we’ve done such an excellent job in getting the levels down in the UK… we need to be cautious and we need to make sure that we’re not simply importing the virus after we’ve successfully dealt with it in Britain.”

Are you hoping to visit Europe this summer? If European borders are re-opened to non-essential travel will you be going? Do you think it is still too risky? Or perhaps you feel it is morally wrong when we have come so far?

Would you be happy to visit Europe this summer?

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DaveEllerby
18 hours ago
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I'm thinking of very late Summer or Autumn to visit Madeira.
Wilf
2 days ago
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Most of Europe seems off limits for now so we will be going to Cornwall for a few days.
Mari50
2 days ago
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What fools these people are to let holidays to the EU begin. Someone going to Spain which is not Covid free. I believe it is orange, could easily nip over the border to Portugal and get to the UK on a green light. Any countries can do this.
To be honest I think everyone is coming out of lock down too quickly
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Would not be prepared to visit Europe or anywhere else until much later in the year if everywhere is Covid clear.
Debbie Jewell
2 days ago
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never travelled to the EU before Covid so why travel there during Covid the EU is far to expensive for short to medium haul holidays
dansker
2 days ago
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Having to wear a mask outside in th heat, no thank you
simbadog
3 days ago
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For me it's not a case of having some sun!
I live in the sun and I have 2 daughters living in the UK that I haven't seen for a year so for holidays no I think it's too soon but to see separated families, as long as the rules are followed, I think it's a must
viking
4 days ago
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Feel sorry for those who are colour blind and won't be able to read the " traffic light " system ie., red , amber green. !!
490dm
4 days ago
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If the people from the UK can travel abroad to EU etc, then so can those within the EU and other other countries including illegal immigrants ie India, Pakistan, China etc. Clearly it is not really safe to travel overseas until it has been proven that the vaccines are good and strong to prevent further contaminations.
Why take the risk? Just because you want a bit of sun?
pidgeypony
4 days ago
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NO> i never travel abroad but many do often. That is their choice but when they do they put every one else at risk due to the risks of any disease they may carry from other countries.
ecarg
4 days ago
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I don't travel abroad but it worries me that all those who are planning to do so are going to put the rest of us at risk again.
The resorts may be save enough but the risk is at the airports ,people coming and going from many places mixing together ,delays while paperwork is checked etc.
jason49mac
4 days ago
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Too early.
Too many other countries are still besieged by this, also they tend to employ cheap foreign labour.

I also hate to say this but might have to look at the Upper End of Holidays/Resorts
dibank
4 days ago
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i think we should allow covid more time to dissapate before we continue spreading.
HolidayAddict
5 days ago
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Happy to go to somewhere we know well and who we know are taking every precaution.
SandraM5
5 days ago
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I would love a holiday in the sun but feel that it is maybe too soon. I have had both vaccination but still so apprehensive about doing things....
Thomas1
5 days ago
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It’s still too soon to be travelling abroad on holiday.
PaulineJ17
5 days ago
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We have a holiday to Menorca carried over from last year...its all a waiting game...I would hate to cancel only to find that by August its safe to go....we all need a week in the sun so fingers crossed
Smokeyno1
6 days ago
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I had a holiday booked to Gran Canaria at the end of July. I am not at all confident of going, although I have had both vaccinations, so I cancelled. I received a full refund from Travel Republic, an amazing company. However Ryanair are being less than helpful and I am fighting for my air fare back. I do not feel it will be safe enough at this time. Better luck next year eh ?
NDW57
6 days ago
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Where the hell does the Travel Industry think this disease came from? It arrived in this country as a result of international travel - period. It did not waft in on a summer breeze nor did it arrive with migrating birds. The Travel Industry brought it here. So, before they start moaning about how their industry has been decimated and how they'd like to start making lots of profit again, perhaps they would like to make a substantial contribution to the cost of this disease? Or pay compensation to bereaved families. Yes, the government might have acted sooner but the fault lies squarely at the door of the industry. No, of course we must not have a carte-blanche return to the old days. Any return to freedom to travel must be done in a measured and carefully considered manner. First principle of disease control - stop it getting in. And this same principle should be applied to other diseases and countries. TB is very common in some; how would you like an outbreak of Ebola here? We need to balance the freedom to travel against public health very carefully.
Lionel
6 days ago
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I've been to Europe a good number of times. Not impressed with the French, the German attitude belonged in the thirties and the Italians, well, they're just too Italian.

So no, we've no plans to go back again. But delighted the Brexit drawbridge has been lifted.
HappyHippie
5th May 2021
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think its too soon
SheilaW13
5th May 2021
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Until I know the country I would visit is low risk then I wouldn't want to chance it. But then will still feel cautious until later in the year.
Bald123
5th May 2021
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We are off to Malta fingers crossed
GrummpyGranny
5th May 2021
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We plan to travel to Portugal, but we won’t be flying. We will be driving our motorhome so can keep ourselves to ourselves.
Wilf
5th May 2021
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We have a trip to Turkey booked which was rebooked after last year due Covid. We are just waiting to see what happens after 17th May with Boris announcement.
Trillium
5th May 2021
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With an appointment booked before the holiday season for the booster, I would certainly be ready to travel to. Europe. I have been to many European countries but would love to take a tour through Britain’s countryside.
jeffsoo
4th May 2021
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Audrie57
4th May 2021
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I think its to soon, of course we would be welcome because of the money that you spend. Nothing about Covid. I am isolating right now until I go to hospital on Thursday for my treatment. Only had one jab in the arm. Our Drs are so slow with it. I thought it would be quicker going to my own GP. I thought wrong

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