Holiday bookings to European destinations have soared by 300% after the UK announced it is scrapping the traffic light system.
Travel firms are reporting a massive boost in enquiries and bookings for holidays after the UK government announced it was scrapping the traffic light system.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the travel traffic light system would soon be replaced with a single red list by October 4. Shapps also said that fully vaccinated people will no longer need a pre-departure test before returning from non-red list areas.
Travel firms said they had already seen an uptick in bookings and expected a very busy weekend as pent up demand for European and other destinations is released
As part of the changes announced by Mr Shapps, eight countries – Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya – were removed from the red list.
‘The good news for travellers returning from these countries is that they will no longer have to stay in hotel quarantine.
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.
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