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  • Anna Dugdale

Restriction free holidays and why I will be going.

With the news that certain countries have made the green list and are quarantine free, plenty of people are already planning to make the most of it.

The countries on the green list at the time of writing are: Australia, Brunei, Falkland Island, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan de Cunha.

The rules are very simple, before travelling to England.

You must take a COVID-19 test, complete and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test and complete a passenger locator form. You won’t need to quarantine unless the test result is positive. According to the government's website, you must quarantine if NHS Test and Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

These rules MUST to be followed.

This is a big step with a lot of rules and protocols that need to be followed in order to enjoy a beach vacay or city break. But it is a firm step to returning to normality. After being locked in our houses for a year, it is natural to be scared and uncertain of what international travel will hold.

Personally, I will be taking advantage of countries on the green list, and having a holiday, but not straight away.

I can’t risk having to quarantine so I have booked a holiday for September, when I will (hopefully) have received the vaccine and every aspect of society will be closer to normality. As much as I would love to go and sit on a beach and take full advantage of the summer, I would rather not deal with monotonous cancellations and the hassle of getting your money back. I also want to see what other people’s experiences of international travel are, so I can then make a judgement call and decide whether I want to jet off sooner rather than later.

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