On 27th April low cost Hungarian based airline Wizzair, announced they would resume flights from London Luton airport to Lisbon, Budapest and a number of other European destinations.
Wizzair have said they will bring in protective measures for staff and passengers including PPE and social distancing measures, and implement other measures including encouraging contactless and online payments.
Compareholidaymoney wondered if this this signalled the end of travel restrictions and we could begin looking through our diaries and calendars again to start booking our trips. Well actually, don’t get too excited just yet.
It’s certainly very encouraging to see some activity in the holiday market again and there is no doubt Wizzair are trying to get in ahead of their larger rivals EasyJet and Ryanair, but Ryanair’s boss Michael O’Leary has been critical of any return to regular schedules. There are certainly lots of things to take into account before you think about what to pack.
Non essential travel
At the moment even travelling to Luton airport for most people, would mean breaking the current Government advice on “non-essential” travel. It may not go down well if you are stopped on the M1 by the Police and explained you were on your way to the airport for a holiday flight!
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a notice in March advising against all but essential international travel and this has not been lifted at the time of writing. At the very least, with this warning in place your travel insurance would be invalid.
Will you be accepted?
Another question is whether or not the country you are travelling to will accept you. At the moment most countries still have travel restrictions in place and some have quarantine regulations. You could go for a weeks holiday and find yourself in quarantine for 2 weeks! There is also a chance that if you have escaped the virus in the UK you might well end up catching it in the country you are visiting.
There are signs that some countries are beginning to ease their lockdown. Italy and Belgium have announced this week a plan to open it’s museums and cultural centres in a phased plan from May 18th but this will be subject to strict safety measures. This cannot be seen at the moment as an invitation for international tourists.
A factor that may have to be considered with travelling abroad, is will you tolerate any measures introduced by the UK government. There has been suggestion that the UK might implement it’s own quarantine procedures for travellers entering the country once the travel restrictions are eased.
All these things are a little sign that maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We have a long way to go before we can start planning, booking and taking our holidays wherever and whenever we want to but, hopefully, things are pointing in the right direction. In the meantime, keep looking back through your previous holiday pictures and videos and remembering the great holidays you’ve had in the past, there is no better time for that!