British holidaymakers will probably be barred from the European Union from 1 January underneath present Covid-19 security restrictions, with the EU fee indicating there will probably be no exemption for the UK.
Solely a handful of nations with low coronavirus charges are exempt from guidelines that prohibit nonessential guests from exterior the EU and European Financial Space (EEA) – with the UK included solely till the top of the Brexit transition interval.
EU member states agreed in October to undertake a European council proposal to permit nonessential journey from a small group of nations with decrease ranges of Covid instances together with Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
An EU fee spokesman final week stated there have been no plans to increase that to the UK. “This can be a resolution for the council to make,” he stated.
Inside the EEA, or Schengen-associated states, Norway has additionally confirmed it is going to bar UK guests from 1 January, in accordance with the Monetary Occasions.
The approaching bracketing of British vacationers with these of different non-EU international locations equivalent to Albania and Turkey underlines the potential influence of a no-deal Brexit. EU member states can override the European council suggestions in concept, ought to they want to .
Leisure airways together with easyJet had reported a surge in bookings for 2021 in current weeks after information of a vaccine, however a lot of these journeys will probably be unsure.
A UK authorities spokesperson stated: “We can’t touch upon selections that might be taken by different states on public well being issues.
“We take a scientific, risk-based strategy to well being measures on the border, and it’s in fact within the pursuits of all international locations to permit protected worldwide journey as we emerge from the pandemic.”
Below European guidelines, people can nonetheless enter the bloc in sure instances, primarily for work – together with support staff, care staff, diplomats, healthcare professionals, navy personnel, seasonal farm staff and transport staff. Entry for research, transit, and pressing household causes can also be permitted.
The International Workplace presently advises in opposition to all nonessential journey to most of Europe, bar some vacation locations equivalent to sure Greek islands, and quarantine on return is required for individuals who select to journey.
With most insurance coverage insurance policies invalidated by the FCO recommendation – and with the top of the Ehic (European Well being Insurance coverage Card) reciprocal well being cowl scheme on 31 December – UK journey business sources stated that outbound bookings had been presently very low for winter sports activities holidays in 2021.