Sumary of Travel news – live: Government relaxes Covid advice for 20 amber countries including France and Spain:
- The Foreign Office (FCDO) has removed its warning for more than 20 countries, including Spain, France and Greece.
- The news is an extra boost for the tourism industry, as it means that travel insurance policies to these destinations are no longer invalidated, and package holidays can go ahead as planned.
- Meanwhile, air fares to some key amber list destinations have skyrocketed following the transport secretary’s announcement that fully vaccinated Britons will no longer have to quarantine from 19 July.
- Grant Shapps announced the move, which will see the rules relaxed for double jabbed amber list arrivals to the UK, on 8 July.
- The easing of restrictions means British travellers can visit a range of tourism favourites, such as France, Spain and Greece, and face only minor restrictions – two Covid tests, the same as green list arrivals – upon their return.
- It comes as the transport secretary warned of “more disruption than usual” at airports while travelling this summer, as passengers’ Covid paperwork was checked.Key pointsShow latest update 1625842041Travel industry body welcomes removal of ‘don’t travel’ government advice The travel industry body Abta has welcomed the news that the UK’s Foreign Office has removed its advice against all but essential travel to popular amber holiday destinations including France, Spain and the US.
- “There is huge pent-up demand for overseas holidays after so many months of travel restrictions, so many people will be very excited to be able to finally take a well-deserved break to favourite destinations like Spain, Greece and France,” said Graeme Buck, director of communications at Abta said.
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