For almost a year, we’ve not been able to venture much further than our local supermarket.
But all that is about to change on Monday (May 17) when the next stage of restrictions are eased and international travel can resume.
Many services, such as pubs, restaurants and cafes reopened for outdoor service on April 12 as well as nail salons and hairdressers, as well as non-essential retail.
But what it didn’t see, was a lift on the strict travel restrictions that have been put in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
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To tackle this, as England goes into the next phase of the roadmap out of lockdown, a traffic light system that divides countries based on their Covid risk levels has been drawn up.
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, outlined in a Downing Street press conference on Friday evening, the Government’s plans for the ‘traffic light’ style of system for international travel.
It means countries will be ranked green, amber, or red depending on the risk they pose and will have different criteria for travel to and from the UK for passengers.
Since the announcement, Thomas Cook has already seen a 250 per cent increase in bookings for Portugal holidays.
Top flight and holiday deals
Holidays abroad may soon be in sight and if you’re thinking of jetting off on a plane after lockdown then you’ll want to check out these deals.
Here are the best travel companies to book including their latest deals.
Tui: Has launched sale on summer holidays with thousands of free places for kids you can book now. They also offer exclusive testing packages and covid cover is included on every holiday departing up until the end of August.
EasyJet: Reported a 337% surge in flight bookings and a 630% jump in holiday bookings – they have plenty of offers on holidays later in the year for more peace of mind. And there’s a long list of Green List flights to choose from.
Booking.com: You can now book an early 2021 deal in pretty much every city in the UK
Expedia: Some of the most popular European destinations including deals to Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Rome.
Jet2: One million free child place holidays available. All inclusive holiday packages from £60pp deposit. Summer 2021 holidays start from £400pp and they have a refund guarantee with all bookings.
On the Beach: Holiday deposits start from £30pp. Family holidays start from just £169pp. Discounts and deals on last minute escapes
We know how desperate many are for a bit of fly-away freedom. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the cheapest flights and holiday’s from different airlines we’ve found flying out of Bristol Airport.
- Bristol to Vienna – £7.99 one way in June
- Krakow (Poland) – £18.79 one way in May
- Dublin – £21.99 in June
- £194pp 10 night self catered holiday to Odysseus, Kavos, Corfu, Greece from Monday May 24
- £311pp 10 night self catered holiday to Jardin Del Sol Apartments in Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Spain from Monday May 31
- £338pp seven night self catering at Vigilia Park in Puerto de Santiago, Tenerife from Tuesday June 1
- Paris June 13 – 20 – £54
- Venice July 10 – 17 – £45
- Barcelona October 29 – November 6 – £46
- Amsterdam – £70 return
- Rome – £88
- Bristol – Katowice (Poland) Monday June 14 – £26.99
- Copenhagen – £155
- Moscow – £290
- Marrakesh – £308
- Lisbon – £175
- Prague – £148
- Athens – £169
- Cairo – £371