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Race to the Sun: join expert Simon Calder for The Independent’s exclusive travel event

Don’t book your summer holiday without listening to this first

Wednesday 30 June 2021 10:00 BST
A beach in Portugal
A beach in Portugal (PA Archive)

While international leisure travel got the green light to restart on 17 May, summer holidays have rarely been more complicated.

As we edge closer to the summer peak and continue on the roadmap out of domestic lockdown, the myriad issues around travelling abroad remain. The government’s infamous traffic light system for travel has been a hot topic for many weeks, and certainly long before the green list was announced on 14 May.

Now, several weeks on, confusion and frustration still surround the world of travel, with many unclear of the rules as the government continues to tread cautiously around the countries Brits can travel to without the imposition of onerous restrictions upon their return.

Will we be able to travel further than Gibraltar this summer? Will Britons who have been fully vaccinated be able to skip quarantine? The Independent’s renowned travel correspondent Simon Calder spends his days navigating these ever-changing rules.

To help you understand the ongoing chaos a little better, our award-winning travel team is gathering together to put on an exclusive virtual event in which the latest advice will be discussed and as many of your travel questions as possible will be answered.

Our experts – travel editor Cathy Adams and travel correspondent Simon Calder – will be on hand for an hour to break down everything from the rules around travel to specific countries to the latest advice and tips on booking a UK holiday for your summer break.

They will be joined by Covid data expert Tim White, who has become a renowned for his extensive knowledge on how to interpret the latest data on cases and what it means for us going forward.

The event will be held over Zoom on 30 June from 6.30-7.30pm; sign up for free here.

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