Passport, credit cards, sunglasses, cossie, sunscreen, hat, flip flops, TWO JABS? Yes! Taxi to the airport please! Get us on that plane to the blues seas and sun-kissed beaches of Europe and beyond.
After 16 long, miserable months of seemingly endless overseas holiday dismay and disruption could there finally be some light at the end of the travel tunnel? Boy, do we desperately need it.
Of course, any new Government getaway scheme for double vaccinated people must be introduced with public safety at the forefront as there are highly transmissible Covid variants circulating across the UK, notably the Delta which originated in India.
But this news may just be the moment we first heard the bugles of the Costas cavalry charging over the hill to save the holiday hopes of millions of Brits and rescue the traumatised UK travel industry.
Whatever you think of how the Government performed at the onset of this horrendous pandemic early last year, they have implemented the vaccination programme with incredible success.
So, given this near-miraculous shot in the nation’s collective arm, it seems reasonable to consider allowing double-jabbed, lockdown-weary holidaymakers to travel to amber list destinations without the need to quarantine on their return, just as 400,000 Germans were able to jet to Majorca in May.
In fact there are so many Germans travelling to the Balearic island the national airline Lufthansa has had to deploy larger planes to get them all there.
This would open up a wonderful world of holiday possibilities to many of our favourite destinations – from Spain, France, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta and Italy to the USA, Canada and Mexico via the Caribbean and Southeast Asia (subject, of course, to any entry restrictions for Brits on their part.)
Restarting meaningful leisure travel for part of the main summer season – with none of the crazy, costly dash-home-now Thursday Shapps o’clock hokey cokeys – will also give the cash-starved travel industry a chance of salvation.
A second lost summer could be disastrous – Irish airline Stobart Air collapsed last week and British Airways has again furloughed thousands of staff, a worrying sign.
Make no mistake, the UK travel trade, which normally pours billions of pounds into the Chancellor’s coffers each year and employs hundreds of thousands of people, is fighting for its life and there is a lobby of Parliament next Wednesday by agents and operators calling for a safe restart of international leisure travel and tailored support for the sector.
So, to the elephant in the airport departure lounge: will there be cries of ‘’discrimination’’ from those younger people yet to have their second jab? Probably yes, and who can blame them? There can’t be many of us out there who aren’t in need of a holiday.
But hopefully the phenomenal rate of vaccine rollout can be maintained so as many people as possible get an opportunity to travel abroad on holiday as soon as possible if they so wish.
And it could be really harsh on family groups planning to travel together who are split between double jabbed, single jabbed and no jab. That will take a lot of working out, but hopefully something can be agreed.
We’ve had our Pfizers, AstraZenecas and Modernas, now get us to that sunny beach bar for Pilsners, Aperol Spritzes and Mohitos!
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