As the government warn no travel is 'risk-free', is it safe or stupid to holiday abroad?

The government has warned that no travel is "risk-free" after the decision was made to take Spain and the Balearic and Canary Islands off the safe list of countries to travel to amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Travellers returning to the UK are now required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Following the government's U-Turn, other countries could be removed from the safe list.

Amid all the uncertainty and confusion, is it safe or stupid to holiday abroad at this time?

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, travel editor Lisa Minot told Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway that "any kind of travel this summer is going to involve risk."

"The best way absolve some of that risk is to book with a package tour operator so therefore if it does have to be cancelled, you’ve got that extra reassurance that you will get your money back. But for independent travellers, people taking flights, it is going to be a hell of a risk, unfortunately," she said.

"If you’ve just booked flights alone, it’s going to be very difficult to get your money back. Many of the travel companies are trying to be a little bit better at saying ok you can change it to another date or perhaps travel at a different time so there is some flexibility there. The travel industry isn’t set up yo have that kind of flexibility. They’re used to knowing exactly how many people they’re putting on a plane or booking into a hotel. So this fast-moving situation and the fact that people don’t know from one day to the next if the country they’re looking to go too is safe. It’s quite frustrating," Lisa added.

"It is going to be making that decision based on the risks that you have and the risks that you’re prepared to take. Are you prepared to risk the money? Are you prepared to risk your health?"

Meanwhile, broadcaster Sally Jones suggested that holidaymakers should explore the wonders the British Isles has to offer.

"I do think it’s totally bonkers to encourage people to do abroad when we don’t know which other countries are going to be shut down. There are wonderful places in England," she said.

"Why not go and explore places like Scotland or the beaches of Northumberland or Cornwall? There are these incredible places in England and we’ve never been there. There’s more to holidays than the sun. Really go out and look around Britain." 

Here is a look at the Covid-19 rates in holiday hotspots (correct at the time of broadcast)

Covid-19 rates in holiday hotspots
Covid-19 rates in holiday hotspots
Covid-19 rates in holiday hotspots
Covid-19 rates in holiday hotspots