‘Too early’ to e-book summer time vacation overseas, says overseas secretary

Dominic Raab said on LBC Radio that it is “very difficult” to plan international travel as restrictions increase.

“I think it’s too early right now,” he said of booking a summer vacation. “I think you have to follow the instructions we give out.

“The rules are now very clear that people shouldn’t travel domestically, or certainly internationally, unless there are very exceptional reasons.

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“I’m afraid until we are able to give security I think it will be very difficult to plan.”

Airlines, ferry companies and train operators need to ensure that travelers meet the requirements. There will be a £ 2,000 fine for every passenger they let through without proper certification.

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Anyone who crosses the UK border without a test will face a £ 500 fine (£ 480 in Scotland).

The system of travel corridors, which allowed those entering the UK from countries with low coronavirus rates, to forego mandatory quarantine has also been abolished.

All comers must self-isolate for 10 days. In England, however, travelers can pay for a test after five days and exit quarantine early if the result is negative.

In a separate interview with Sky News, Mr Raab reiterated that people should not be traveling for non-essential purposes at the moment.

“I think for now people should stay home unless absolutely necessary so they shouldn’t go on vacation. I don’t think that’s appropriate, ”he said.

“Any domestic or other travel should apply to the limited exemptions set out.

“We have this tight phase where the NHS is on the threshold, we have to protect it and we have the light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine rollout.”

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