Today, 5 Live has been hearing from people facing the dilemma of whether or not to travel abroad this summer.
Valérie (pictured), in York, says she is conflicted over whether she should visit her terminally ill father in France later this year.
Originally from France herself, Valérie has a house near her father’s and travels there by ferry. She says she last visited in January when her mum died.
“With this India variant, I don’t know whether France will allow people from the UK to travel there,” she says.
“Time isn’t on my side. I don’t want to go too last minute.
“He isn’t well, he isn’t coping well, he is just looking forward to the summer.
“It is just quite stressful.”
Rob in Hertfordshire tells us about his family holiday to Greece which was originally planned for October 2020.
He explains that when foreign travel was banned last year, the travel company rescheduled his family’s trip to the upcoming May half term.
He says he still plans to go to Greece despite it being on the government’s amber list of countries.
“The travel company won’t move it again, so we are going because I can’t afford to write off a holiday,” he says.
“My insurance won’t pay anything because I can go. If the government don’t want me to travel, they need to change the guidance to ‘all but essential travel’, at which point the insurance pays me my money or I can move it again.”
Rob adds that he will lose £3,500 if he cancels the holiday himself, so he still wants to take his children to Greece with him, meaning they could miss school on their return if they need to quarantine.
He said: “The children will stay at home. If they miss a week of school, they miss a week of school.”
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