Britons with COVID are gearing up for a winter getaway in the sun, as overseas travel restrictions will finally be eased.
But those over 50 may be stuck at home as the jab booster rollout continues at a slow pace.
The British must have their third jab if they want to spend a holiday abroad with Care Minister Gillian Keegan, saying the definition of “fully vaccinated” will include the booster.
The move will affect millions of sun seekers, including those over the age of 50 who have yet to receive their booster.
Currently, people only become eligible for the complementary vaccine six months after being fully immunized.
It was reported that some ministers wanted to reduce that time frame to five months to get more punches.
The Daily Telegraph said that would mean most people over 65 could be vaccinated in early November rather than December.
Ms Keegan said the final decision would rest with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI).
Meanwhile, nearly half of Britons say they have booked or are considering a late break this year – more than before the pandemic.
Many are playing “catch-up” after being forced to stay home for the past two summers and are ready to have some fun on exotic trips.
The exodus was spurred by the relaxation of the Covid test rules which added hundreds of pounds to the cost of family vacations.
Starting today, people who are completely stung will no longer have to shell out for an expensive PCR test two days after returning home.
Instead, they’ll be able to take a cheaper and simpler side-flow test, reducing the cost of the test for every holidaymaker traveling to Spain from £ 320 to just £ 22.
Tour operators brace for a surge in bookings as families take advantage of a year of lockdown followed by five months of “traffic light” travel restrictions.
Many are headed to hot spots such as the Canary Islands, ski resorts, and Christmas market destinations.
Foreign travel is set to explode again when the United States reopens to British tourists on November 14.
A spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents said: “Many people have missed out on overseas travel this summer due to all the travel restrictions.
“Now that the process of going abroad is much easier and simpler if you are fully immunized, many vacationers are looking to catch up during the winter – in search of sun, snow or Christmas shopping. . “
BOND IN RESERVATIONS
ABTA’s own consumer study shows that 46% have booked or are considering taking a winter vacation this year.
But a separate survey finds more travelers are expected to travel overseas this winter than last summer.
One in four people – 26% – say they now plan to spend a winter vacation abroad, according to a Survation poll for test provider Covid Project Screen by Prenetics.
The company, which operates from Heathrow, Stansted, Southend and Luton airports, is bracing for a surge in bookings from returning vacationers.
Prenetics boss Avi Lasarow said: “It looks like more people will be traveling now than during the summer.
“This was caused by a double increase in cheaper tests and more people fully vaccinated.
“After a year of lockdown, the British deserve a break and we are delighted to help them travel abroad safer and cheaper.”
Younger people are more likely to get by with 43% of 18-34 year olds saying they will take a winter vacation.
But the poll shows that more than half of the public, 51%, still don’t seem to be aware of the new testing rules, which means you need to buy them from a government supplier and return a photo of your test so that ‘it can be verified.
Prenetics, which is on the government’s new list of approved lateral flow providers, offers this lateral flow test for just £ 22, meaning a fully vaccinated traveler to Spain will see their covid test costs reduced by £ 300 or 93. %.
That’s enough money saved to pay for round-trip flights for a family of four from London to Spain.