It’s taken time, but finally there’s hope on the travel horizon, with news summer holidays might be more than a far-off dream.
As confidence rebuilds, tour operators are receiving more enquiries, although plenty of question marks still hang in the air.
Boris Johnson’s traffic light system has sparked speculation about which countries might be safe for travel, and both Scotland and Wales remain cautious about announcing any restart dates.
Ireland, meanwhile, recently added 16 more countries to its mandatory hotel quarantine list, bringing the number of high risk destinations to 59.
But it’s highly likely vaccination rates will play a key role in determining which destinations will open first to UK and Irish travellers.
Worldwide, nations are storming ahead to safeguard their citizens and restore tourism economies.
Of course, there’s no guarantee who will meet the government’s criteria, but here are a few of the places leading the Covid-free travel charge.
The Greek Islands
Eager to welcome back foreign visitors, Greek authorities have already announced borders will reopen to tourists from May 14.
In anticipation of a busy summer, an ambitious vaccination programme codenamed ‘Freedom’ has been launched to ensure islands are Covid-free, shielding vulnerable residents from outside visitors and restoring foreign confidence.
The government has vowed at least 69 islands will be vaccinated by the end of April – quite some feat.
One of those is Ios, close to…