Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething has said that it is “too uncertain” to say that people will be able to enjoy a summer holiday abroad this year.

“I’m optimistic that people will be able to have a holiday break of some kind over the summer, I wouldn’t want to forecast where that would be though,” Mr Gething said.

“We know many people are opting to stay within Wales or the UK but the challenge is that we know that from this summer, international travel to mainland Europe caused lots of mixing and a reintroduction of coronavirus into the UK.

“It helped to promote the growth of the virus through the autumn. So we’re all still going to need to make responsible choices.

“If international travel restarts in earnest for people to be able to go on holiday, we’ll then need to see what the rules are about either vaccination or testing before and on arrival back as well.

“I don’t think we’re going to go back to the days we would have enjoyed, say a year and a half ago. I don’t want to get too fixed on foreign travel for holidays at any point in the future because I just think that’s too uncertain.”

Mr Gething said Wales was currently “winning the battle” of reducing case rates and increasing vaccination rates, which he said would “open up more choices” in the future.