© ReutersSpain, the most popular destinations for Britons, is currently closed to UK holidaymakers - Reuters
The most popular destinations for British holidaymakers, including Spain and France, look set to be off limits this summer, with much of Europe failing to meet the Government's criteria to make the new "green" list.
A traffic light system recommended by the Global Travel Taskforce looks likely to come into force in May governing where Britons can travel; those heading to countries labelled "green" will not need to quarantine on return.
But only a handful of nations will make the cut. The Government has said it will consider infection rates, variants prevalence and access to genomic sequencing, as well as vaccination rate, with the threshold possibly as high as 50 per cent.
As it stands, British travellers would only be able to visit Israel and Gibraltar, with the Maldives and the Seychelles soon to make the grade.
Spain, the country most visited by Britons, with 18 million trips in 2019, is a long way off, with a vaccination rate below 15 per cent. France (10 million trips) and Italy (5 million) also have some ground to make up for inclusion on the "green" list by the summer, with vaccinations rates at 15.6 and 13.8, respectively.
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Jet2: 'We need more detail on holidays'
Jet2 has said the Government has not given enough clarity or detail for its customers to have confidence in their summer plans.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2 and Jet2holidays, said:
We welcome the UK Government's announcement, which demonstrates a clear ambition to restart international travel, which is what our customers have been calling for. We now need further detail and clarity on the plans.We want our customers to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday, but without the additional cost of expensive pre-departure and post-arrival testing on top, so we are now calling for further clarity on a cost-effective Covid-19 testing regime for customers.We know how much our customers want to get away to enjoy their well-deserved holidays in the sunshine and we have a huge range of hotspots and leisure city destinations on sale from across our network of UK airport bases for Summer 21.
Morning, and the focus of today is the release of the Global Travel Taskforce's findings. The main concerns are:
- Which countries will make which list?
- How much will testing cost for travellers?
- Will there still be compulsory hotel quarantine?
- Will tour operators help with PCR test cost?
- Should I book now or wait?