Travel industry bosses have expressed despair after the domestic reopening was delayed – with fears that overseas holidays at scale will not be possible until August.
While Boris Johnson declared that 19 July would be “terminus date” for restrictions in England, the effect of the postponement from 21 June is likely to delay still further widespread overseas travel.
The next review of the “traffic light” categories is due on 24 June, with further adjustments on 15 July and 5 August. There are concerns that the government will be unwilling to ease overseas travel significantly while domestic restrictions continue in England.
The health secretary, Matt Hancock, told the Commons on 7 June: “A variant that undermines the vaccine effort would undermine the return to domestic freedom, and that must be protected at all costs.”
Travel industry leaders appear resigned to a continued effective ban on holidays abroad – with almost all destinations on either the “amber list” or…