An easing of lockdown restrictions is now being implemented across the UK, and globally, giving hope to those who are hoping to travel abroad again.
Several airlines, including easyJet, TUI, Ryanair and British Airways, have all announced plans to restart flights from July, with Jet2 the latest to reveal its plans.
When will Jet2 holidays and flights restart?
Jet2 and Jet2holidays have announced plans to restart holidays and flights on 1 July.
The company made the announcement on its website on the afternoon of Tuesday 25 May.
In a statement, Jet2 said, “In view of the ongoing travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to recommence our flights and holidays programme on July 1st.
“The health and safety of our customers and colleagues is our absolute priority, and we are continuing to monitor the situation very closely.”
However, the airline has been forced to cancel all holidays prior to this date.
Those who were due to travel before 1 July do not need to contact Jet2, as they are proactively contacting customers to discuss options, including the choice to rebook your holiday to a later date.
The airline will get in touch with customers in departure date order and bookings on or after 1 July will be subject to Jet2’s normal terms and conditions.
The airline said it will enforce new health and safety measures onboard its flights, as well as for package holidays, to ensure the safety of its customers. Further details on such measures are yet to be announced.
Which destinations will Jet2 fly to?
Destinations that will be on offer in July vary depending on which UK airport customers fly from, with 37 locations available from more than 60 locations available from some of Jet2’s bases.
Here are some of the locations on offer:
- Czech Republic
Am I allowed to travel yet?
At the moment, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all but essential international travel.
While countries will make their own decisions regarding domestic travel, EU regulations allowing free movement of people between borders will depend on the growth rate of coronavirus cases around the world.
The gradual lifting of borders in Europe has now been proposed by the EU’s executive in an effort to restart the tourist industry, with economic affairs commissioner Paolo Gentiloni stating that the EU “will have a tourist season this summer, even if it’s with security measures and limitations”.
Some EU countries are starting to reopen their borders, with Austria and Germany the latest to agree to remove travel restrictions.
As of 15 May, random checks have been in place at border crossings, but free movement should resume from 15 June.
Will I be quarantined if I travel?
In a bid to limit the amount of contact international travellers have with people arriving in theUK from abroad, the UK government is imposing a 14 day quarantine rule.
The measure is expected to start in airports from 8 June and will affect anyone arriving by plane, train or ferry, with travellers required to fill in a form on arrival, including their contact information and an address where they will have to remain for two weeks.
If travellers don’t have anywhere to stay, accommodation will be arranged by the government.
Health officials will perform spot checks to ensure compliance with the measures and fines of up to £1,000 will be issued if rules are broken.
UK travellers also face a 14 day quarantine on arrival to some countries abroad, although travel without quarantine will be possible to France.
The European Commission said its guidance involves countries working together to gradually remove travel bans, while keeping the virus under control, and eventually opening all of the EU’s internal borders.
However, this will be done slowly in phases, with destinations required to have coronavirus testing and tracing measures in place, along with tight controls on transport, accommodation and leisure activities.