The Advantage Travel Partnership has analysed the Government’s list of ‘safe’ destinations and compiled its own list to help travel agents advise clients on where they can travel.
The travel agency consortium’s list is divided into ‘green’ and ‘amber’ destinations to make an easy-to-read list for agents before they book a client’s holiday.
It lists 15 ‘green’ countries where there is no quarantine currently required in destination or on arrival back into the UK and no extra Covid-19 checks.
These destinations are: France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Andorra, Belgium, Czech Republic, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Poland, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City.
It also lists 19 ‘amber’ countries where there is no quarantine in destination or on return to the UK but some Covid-19 tests are required. This list includes Germany, Greece, Malta, Turkey and some areas of the Caribbean.
The list forms part of Advantage’s ‘Say Hello To…’ recovery campaign, launched last week, and supports the consortium’s broader ‘Count On Us ‘ campaign which aims to encourage holidaymakers to talk to a travel agent for expect advice on travel.
Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive, The Advantage Travel Partnership, said the confusion from the government’s list of ‘safe’ destinations, which differed from a second list where the Foreign Office has lifted its advice against all but essential travel, had confused the public and stopped them from booking in the expected numbers.
She said: “Whilst the announcement by the UK government on Friday of a long list of countries for potential travel is welcome, it has proved confusing for travel agents and consumers.
“As a result our members did not see the anticipated spike in bookings on Saturday 4 July and onwards into this week.
“We have analysed the government’s list and have created our own simplified version to help agents best advise customers and cut through the confusion.”
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