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Home Secretary says ‘it’s far too early’ to book holidays abroad

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
24th Feb 21 2:40 pm

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel has said on Wednesday that it is “far too early” for people to start booking holidays abroad.

On Monday the Prime Minister said from 17 May foreign holidays could be allowed subject to the data allowing this to happen.

However, speaking to the Commons Home Affairs Committee Patel was asked what advice would she give people who are thinking of booking holidays.

Patel told the Committee, “Well, it’s too early. It’s far too early.

“It is too early and we have to look at the data at every single stage, and the road map outlined by the Prime Minister makes that abundantly clear.”

The Home Secretary is urging people to follow the restrictions whilst the vaccines are being rolled out across the UK.

She warned that the four tests have to be met before any restrictions can be lifted. On Monday Boris Johnson said a taskforce will produce a report by April which will outline which 12 foreign countries can resume for Brits to travel too.

Speaking to Sky News on Wednesday, John Holland-Kaye chief executive of Heathrow Airport said that summer holidays will go ahead.

Holland-Kaye said, “Whether it’s May 17th or June 17th I think people can start planning with confidence to go on their summer holidays.

“It’s amazing how it’s the one thing people have been looking forward to for the past 12 months is to get away and start taking control of their lives again.”

He added, “The quicker we can get back up and running again, the quicker we can help with the rebuilding of the economy and protecting jobs.”

Within hours of Johnson’s announcement on Monday, easyJet and Tui saw huge amounts of bookings for holidays abroad.

The most popular destinations are Greece, Malaga, Alicante and Palma in Spain and Faro in Portugal, with August being the most booked then July and September.

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