Although all regions of the UK are currently under much tighter travel restrictions, many people will be hoping that the vaccine rollout means they will be able to head abroad for a holiday this summer.
For those thinking about travelling to Europe, the UK leaving the EU means that for the first time holidaymakers will have to ensure they are covered in case they get ill or require medical treatment.
Prior to leaving the EU , UK citizens were entitled to free medical care in all EU countries, as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein if they became ill or had an accident through their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Although the EHIC cards are currently being phased out, those with a card should still be entitled to free medical care if they travel to Europe this summer. The Government has announced that it is planning to replace the cards with a new version that will be called the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).
While those with an EHIC should still be able to receive treatment while abroad, the Government has advised travellers to buy travel insurance with healthcare cover before they go on holiday to ensure that they are protected.