A slightly odd version of the old normal days may be back on the cards from early July, as the usually accurate advance leaks of government policy suggest that non-essential overseas travel – or what we used to refer to as a “holiday” – is to be allowed once more via quarantine-free air bridges to a basket of countries, with the week commencing July 6 when the departure gates may creak open.
This week should see the announcement made, and it’s expected that France, Greece, Spain and Portugal will be the first countries to agree to welcome us and our carrier bags full of Pringles and lager back to pollute the fossil record of their holiday hotspots. The air bridge deal will also see the end of the short-lived UK arrivals quarantine regime, as there’s little point having a week away somewhere if you then have to spend an additional 14 days in your house, partying like it’s Q2 of 2020 all over again.
It may be a good idea to sort out some high-spec travel insurance should you book anything, mind, as the sources say there’s going to be a “strict handbrake mechanism” applied to any tentative reopening, which could see routes closed at zero notice and quarantine reintroduced, should outbreaks there, or more likely here, put the dampeners on this gradual return to continental travel. We say continental, as no one’s going to America ever again anyway, no matter how cheap Disneyland gets and regardless of any sexual promises made by a clearly desperate Minnie. [Guardian]