Jet2, easyJet, TUI: calls on transport secretary to add more countries to the green list in the next review
Vacation companies have urged Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps to open up travel to more destinations when restrictions are reviewed next week.
Trade association Abta wants more locations added to the green list, relaxed testing requirements, and tailor-made financial support for the industry.
He also questioned recent decisions to remove the quarantine exemption for fully vaccinated travelers returning from France and to put the Spanish Balearic Islands on the orange list.
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As of May, quarantine and testing requirements have been determined based on whether a person enters the UK from a Green, Amber or Red List location.
The next major update on which country is on which list will be around August 4.
But the Ministry of Transport has pledged to organize several “formal revisions” of the rules for each list, the next to be “no later than July 31”.
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People returning from a green destination don’t have to self-isolate, but only a handful of major European summer hotspots can be found in this level.
Spain, Italy and Greece are among the countries on the orange list.
Those returning from an amber country must quarantine themselves at home for 10 days, unless they have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine.
Abta Public Affairs Director Luke Petherbridge said: ‘While there have been some positive developments in recent weeks – including that people who have received both vaccines via the NHS do not need to put in quarantine upon their return from amber countries – the industry continues to suffer from setbacks like the recent changes we have seen in France and the Balearics.
“Every unexpected change or unexplained decision puts another gash in consumer confidence, which is already fragile.”
He added: “It is increasingly clear that the government is failing to provide the predictability and stability needed to restore consumer confidence and create the conditions for a recovery.
“The government must take action to support the travel industry, which is not only important in terms of jobs and contributions to the economy, but also for a broader UK recovery from the pandemic.
“We are a global nation and our international connectivity is the foundation of that. “
EasyJet has said this weekend will be the busiest of the year, as many families go on trips abroad at the start of the school holidays.
The airline plans to carry more than 135,000 passengers from the UK to destinations across Europe.
Meanwhile, Jet2.com said it has added more flights to Malta and the Portuguese island of Madeira – both of which are on the green list – in September and October due to high demand.
Managing Director Steve Heapy said: “It’s clear that the fall break is in demand this year, so we’ve responded to that trend. “