Vacationers are targeting countries with a high level of vaccination, such as Israel, the US and Malta, as ministers want to “ prioritize travel to countries where at least 50% of adults have had an injection, ” while Tory MPs urge the prime minister to to discontinue ‘expensive’ test plans.
- Travel companies see the number of bookings for trips to countries with a high vaccination coverage increase sharply
- The US, Malta and Israel are prioritized because of the government’s traffic light plan
- Ministers said they want to prioritize travel to countries with an intake of more than 50%
- Tory MPs urge Boris Johnson to scrap ‘expensive’ testing rules for ‘green’ countries
Travel companies are experiencing a spike in travel bookings to countries with advanced vaccination programs, it was claimed today, ahead of the introduction of the government’s traffic light system.
In the new resume international travel schedule, countries will be rated as green, orange, or red based on criteria such as including vaccinations, the number of coronavirus cases and the prevalence of variants.
As a result, there has been reported an increase in summer vacation bookings to countries such as the United States, Israel, Malta and Dubai, where the rollout of injectables has been rapid.
Ministers are considering prioritizing travel to countries where at least 50 percent of adults have had one dose of vaccine, according to The Times, as they prepare to reveal further details of the plan possibly tomorrow.
It came when Boris Johnson faced calls from Tory MPs to scrap all the ‘expensive’ testing requirements for travel to and from ‘green’ countries.
Boris Johnson’s plans to resume international travel from May 17 will use a traffic light system to determine which countries can be visited without quarantine
Travel companies are experiencing a spike in travel bookings to countries with advanced vaccination programs
Mr. Johnson is aiming for a return to non-essential international travel beginning May 17.
Travel to ‘green’ countries would be quarantine-free, but people will still need to be tested before departure and upon arrival in the UK.
The importance of vaccination levels in the traffic light system has prompted travelers to target countries with a high rate of needle intake.
EasyJet reportedly said it had experienced a surging demand for travel to Israel and Malta.
Britons, meanwhile, are also targeting travel to Greece and Turkey – countries that have made it clear that they want to welcome British holidaymakers once it is safe to do so.
The government is still advising people not to book vacations just yet, and the booking numbers are still well below pre-pandemic levels.
Restricting ‘green’ status to countries where at least 50 percent of adults have had one dose, it would result in only a handful of destinations being available to Britons.
But it is hoped that many European countries will hit the benchmark by the summer and potentially add many more destinations to the list.
The government has said travel from ‘green’ countries requires testing, but it is still unclear what kind of testing will be required.
Travel heads have warned that using lab-based PCR tests that can cost £ 100 would cost a lot of people from traveling abroad.
They have called for scrapping the testing requirement for the safest countries or using cheaper lateral flow testing instead.
Mr Johnson said earlier this week that he wanted to make travel “as flexible and as affordable as possible.”
Henry Smith, the Tory Chairman of the Future of Aviation Group which has 100 MPs, including 40 Tories, has written to the Prime Minister urging him to scrap the ‘expensive’ test plan.
Mr Smith told The Telegraph, “I am not against testing, but I doubt the need for PCR testing.
‘All testing in terms of costs must be kept to a minimum, otherwise it is a major obstacle.’