Relaxed testing rules ‘will lead to more overseas bookings’

Relaxed testing rules will see the proportion of Brits booking overseas holidays compared to domestic holidays increase, according to insurance firm Staysure.

Last week prime minister Boris Johnson scrapped pre-departure testing for those travelling to the England and announced that arrivals will only be required to take a rapid lateral flow rather than the more-expensive PCR test required previously. And self-isolation on return until a negative result is given has no longer been necessary from Sunday.

Ryan Howsam, chief executive of insurance provider Staysure Group, said he expects more holidaymakers to book overseas holidays as a result of the changes, which have been adopted by all four UK nations.

He said: “Despite Omicron, we are seeing a huge uplift of both new and our existing customers looking to insure their trips for 2022.

“We are also seeing a trend towards further flung destinations, like the USA as confidence returns and travel insurance becomes more important than ever before.

“Given the new rules we expect the confidence of those planning to travel to continue to rise, and the proportions of those choosing international holidays over staycations to return to those seen before the pandemic.”

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