Britons have warned overseas vacations ‘unlikely until August’ with BA, Virgin and easyJet canceling flights until after July 19
BRITS who hoped to vacation abroad this summer have seen their hopes dashed as experts warn overseas travel may not return until August.
This follows Boris Johnson’s announcement last night that the UK’s June 21 reopening date has been pushed back to July 19.
The head of the Valencian Hotel Association (HOSBEC), Toni Mayor, said he did not expect British tourism to return until August after meeting with British Ambassador Hugh Elliott.
He told the Telegraph: “Overall infection levels in Spain are still high in places and the picture is uneven, so I think we’ll have to wait, maybe until July 20.”
However, he added that resorts would need at least two weeks to prepare for tourist arrivals and capacity levels.
Turkish tourism officials have also said by the Foreign Office not to expect UK travel restrictions to be lifted until August.
Last week, the PC Agency’s Paul Charles warned that despite many countries meeting the UK government’s criteria, the threat of the Delta variant is likely to prevent destinations from being added to the green list anytime soon.
He said: “I clearly understand that British government ministers do not intend to open travel to continental Europe or the United States until the end of July.”
Mr Charles added that destinations such as Portugal, Malta, Grenada and Morocco should be added to the green list, according to data used by the UK government to determine which countries are safe.
Instead, it is likely that the trips will not reopen until the vaccine rollout “hits 18,” he warned, and when the Delta variant (formerly known as the Indian variant) has been released. eradicated.
He said: “Once the UK almost fully opens up, overseas travel will be back on the agenda for the end of July.”
Airlines and tour operators are already canceling their schedules.
TUI has canceled the majority of its holidays in Spain, Greece and Italy until July 11, although this is likely to be extended.
Jet2 canceled all flights and holidays until July 1 while OnTheBeach canceled all holidays and stopped all sales until August.
British Airway and Virgin Atlantic canceled flights until after July 19, while easyJet cut flights to Greece and France.
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Britons have already faced travel chaos after Portugal, one of the few countries on the UK’s green list, was taken off at short notice earlier this month.
There are currently only 11 countries, including Gibraltar and Iceland, on the green list, although the majority of them require mandatory quarantine on arrival or have their borders closed to the British.
The rest of Europe remains on the orange list which requires a 10-day quarantine in the UK as well as two additional Covid tests.