Holiday warning: Travel expert’s chilling quarantine prediction – ‘likely to remain’

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This year, Britons’ holidays have been largely predicted by the UK’s travel corridor list. Currently, anyone arriving into the UK from certain countries overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. Each week, the travel corridor list is reviewed by the government with the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealing changes to the list on a Thursday evening.

Last week, no countries were removed from the list but several popular islands destinations were re-added in a huge boost for Britons looking for some Winter sun.

The islands added back to the travel corridor list include Zakynthos and Santorini.

However, Crete and Mykonos are still on the quarantine list.

And although there was hope that travel corridors could be scrapped later on down the line for airport testing, one expert has made a chilling prediction regarding travel corridors.

Director of Content at The Points Guy UK Nicky Kelvin exclusively told that they are unfortunately likely to remain in place.

“Quarantine lists are also likely to remain in the short to medium term”, he said.

“However, a successful vaccine, and more rigorous testing for travellers may help combat widespread quarantine restrictions.”

Last week, the government launched a a Global Travel Taskforce in “response to the impact of and specific challenges posed by COVID-19 to international travel”.

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The UK’s travel sector has repeatedly called for testing at airports to be introduced as a way of reducing the quarantine periods for those who get a negative result.

The taskforce will work with industries on how to implement testing and identify options to help reduce the self-isolation period.

“It will be interesting to see what the Government’s Global Travel Taskforce will achieve to start to open up travel,” Kelvin said.

Last minute bookings have become the way to holiday since international travel restarted earlier this year.

With uncertainty surrounding travel corridors and restrictions, booking last minute gives travellers more flexibility.

Last month, Skyscanner revealed that 11 percent of holidaymakers departed just less than a week after booking.

Kelvin also said that last minute bookings are an “advantage” due to the fact travellers can get great deals.

He explained: “Last minute bookings give the advantage of great deals, and knowing the immediate situation regarding quarantines and other restrictions.”

But, he explained, last minute isn’t an option for everyone.

“For many, it is difficult to just pack bags and leave,” he said.

“There is no harm in planning in advance,” he added.

However, he warned that travellers need to make sure they follow certain steps before they book.

He said: “But what is absolutely essential is to ensure all bookings are fully flexible or cancellable, and you are fully covered by insurance, ABTA or ATOL protection where relevant for package holidays, and pay on a credit card to otherwise protect yourself if the company you book with goes bust.”

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