Holiday surge expected after travel rules change
Travel agents report a rise in bookings after the amber list is scrapped and testing rules are eased.
It means people returning from these destinations will no longer have to stay in hotel quarantine.Mr Shapps also announced that from October travellers returning to England will no longer have to take a PCR test two days after arrival. Instead, they can take the quicker and cheaper lateral flow tests.
Alan French, chief executive of travel firm Thomas Cook, said October half-term bookings were three times higher than in August and he expected this figure to increase as a result of the changed system."Based on our bookings already today, I would expect this weekend to be the biggest of the year so far as people take advantage of the great deals on offer, the new easier rules on testing and the simplified system for international travel," he said.
Andrew Flintham, managing director of holiday company TUI UK, said he had already seen "an uptick in bookings for Turkey in October" and expected a boost in customer confidence with the new rules.Online travel agency Skyscanner said it saw a 133% spike in traffic in the 30 minutes following Mr Shapps's announcement, while there had been "huge increases" in searches for destinations such as Turkey and the Maldives in anticipation of Friday's news. headtopics.com
'Weaken the line of defence'But Labour has raised concerns over how the monitoring for coronavirus variants will continue amid the plans to scrap the PCR test requirements.Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon said: "PCR tests play a crucial role in identifying variants of concern and ministers must now set out in detail exactly how they will continue this surveillance - including whether they plan to increase sequencing of tests - to ensure we do not see a repeat of the failings that allowed the Delta variant to spread rapidly through the country."
The Scottish government said it would also drop the traffic light system but would not follow England in removing the pre-departure test requirement for the fully vaccinated returning from non-red list countriesThe country's Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, said there were "concerns" this would "weaken our ability to protect the public health of Scotland's communities".
media captionGrant Shapps outlines a new travel system, which he says will be "easier, simpler and cheaper"Scotland will also not copy in England in using lateral flow tests on day two at this stage.The decision to diverge from England's rules has been
criticised by Edinburgh Airport, which said the move would "further curtail Scotland's aviation and travel industries in their recovery".The Welsh government said it would consider the UK government's proposed changes, but health and social services minister Eluned Morgan warned they could "weaken the line of defence on importing infection and increase opportunities for new infections and new variants to enter the UK and Wales". headtopics.com
Both administrations said they would mirror the changes to the red list destinations.Mr Shapps said the measures were intended to strike the "right balance" between simplifying the system while managing the public health risk "as number one priority".
Airport Operators Association chief executive Karen Dee said the easing of restrictions should encourage more people to travel over the winter, but urged ministers to go further.EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said it was a "welcome step forward" which would make travel to Europe significantly easier although there was more that needed to be done.Read more: BBC News (UK) »
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We ain’t travelling for at least another year. Money in bank, after 2 cancelled last year with TUI (due to COVID). But, the times not right. No matter how much we both miss the Caribbean. We ain’t that stupid, irresponsible and selfish. Yet another 'England only' story under a UK banner What about the other Nations of the UK, BBC? Scotland? Wales?
Holiday? Who can afford a holiday? longtime no swiming Holiday surge. And Covid Surge!! For all the countries visited by infected Brits. Here come the variants!!! UK Summary Last updated on Friday 17 September 2021 at 4:00pm Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK. Deaths within 28 days of positive test. Daily 178 Total Deaths 134,983 Cases. People tested positive. Daily 32,651
What about those who have been double vaccinated in other countries? I am double vaccinated with Astra zenica in the UAE . Should I now have the booster or start again with two jabs? Nope disagree. You can still get covid after being fully vaccinated..... what a load of BOLLOCKS Hope folks remember most other countries still exercise precautions such as masks, social distancing and vaccine passports. Wouldn’t do to export the UK covid trend elsewhere
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