The chance of having a summer break abroad in 2020 seems remote – with the Foreign Office still warning against non-essential travel, and quarantine rules making many trips impractical.
However, the holiday industry in parts of the UK looks set to start operating again during July.
Can I go on holiday in the UK?
Self-catering holiday accommodation will reopen in Northern Ireland from 26 June, and hotels will follow a week later on 3 July.
A decision will be taken in Wales on 9 July on whether to open up the country to tourists again. If this is given the go-ahead, it’s likely to take effect from 13 July.
The Welsh government has said that people can now start booking holidays in self-contained accommodation for that date onwards. This includes self-catering cottages and apartments, caravans with their own bathroom facilities, and hotels which can provide room-service meals.
The Scottish government has said that hotels and tourist accommodation may be able to reopen from 15 July at the earliest, if its next review of lockdown restrictions on 9 July decides that conditions are favourable.
Government advice in England still says that businesses providing holiday accommodation – including hotels, campsites, caravan parks and short-term lets – should stay closed for leisure-related trips. No person should stay overnight away from their own home for a holiday or similar purpose, it adds.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden says he’s keen get the tourism sector going as “rapidly as possible” with the government sticking to what it describes as an “ambitious target” to get England’s tourism sector back by 4 July – “as long as it is safe to do so”.
Can I go on a foreign holiday?
At the moment, it’s difficult.
British nationals are still being urged not to take any non-essential foreign travel.
This means you are unlikely to get travel insurance, because insurers take their cue from the official advice.
But the airlines are hopeful for the summer season. EasyJet has started limited flights in June, and hopes to resume flights on 75% of its route network by the end of August, while Ryanair and British Airways plan to ramp up their services in July.
But what if I do go?
On 15 June the European Union lifted travel restrictions, leaving it to individual countries to decide if they’re ready for tourists.
Some, including France, Germany, Italy and Portugal are now welcoming travellers from the UK.
Others, such as Ireland, require visitors to quarantine for 14 days upon entry.
Greece is open, but tourists will have to be tested for coronavirus upon arrival. Anybody testing positive will have to quarantine for 14 days.
British holidaymakers are currently unable to enter Australia, India and the US.
They will also have to spend two weeks quarantined in a hotel upon arrival if they wish to visit New Zealand.
Most travellers will also have to quarantine for 14 days upon their return to the UK.
The government hopes to set up a system of “air bridges” with other countries.
These would exempt travellers from quarantine, if they move between countries with low virus levels.
What about going away in the autumn?
Again, it’s impossible to say at this stage.
Travel advice will need to have been updated, but it depends on the disease’s progress.
What about holidays already booked for this year?
If your package holiday or flights have already been cancelled, then you are are entitled to a full cash refund.
However, lots of people have been struggling to get their money back, and have been offered vouchers or rebooked trips instead.
If you are offered a voucher, or a free rebooking instead of cash, you can accept or refuse it. But if the airline later folds, the voucher may no longer be valid.
If your airline or holiday company hasn’t cancelled your holiday yet, but you no longer wish to travel, you may not be entitled to a refund.
However, some providers are allowing people to rebook trips for a later date at no cost.