Here Is The Latest Update About Holiday Bookings Jump As Covid Travel Tests Axed
Holiday Bookings Updates: Bookings for the February half-term and Easter holidays have increased significantly, owing to the cancellation of the Covid travel testing. Following the announcement that conditions for travellers arriving in the UK will be reduced, Jet2 reported bookings had climbed by 30% over the previous week. Covid tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated visitors travelling from abroad in certain nations. On February 11th, at 4:00 a.m. GMT, the change will take effect.
The absence of testing was a “gamechanger” for the travel business, according to Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2. He claimed demand had been “already robust” before the regulation changes for England and Scotland were published on Monday, but that it had now increased even more.
The Welsh government said on Tuesday that it was “reluctantly remaining aligned” with the UK government in removing testing as well. First Minister Mark Drake Ford, on the other hand, said the Welsh government will “adopt measures to encourage visitors arriving in Wales to take a lateral flow test, as well as a follow-up PCR test if positive.”
Since then, Northern Ireland has stated that it will join the other nations. Domestic testing requirements being phased out has resulted in a rise in demand for flights and vacations in January, however, this is from a smaller base than before the pandemic.
Jet2 has announced that its summer vacation package for 2022 will be larger than the one offered in 2019. Mr Heapy added, “We’ve seen a noticeable increase in demand for holidays and flights across all seasons, particularly February halfterm, Easter holidays, and Summer 22.”
The Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, mainland Spain, Italy, and Portugal are all “selling strongly,” according to the business. Bookings for Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus have seen “enormous growth,” the company said. Ski flights to Geneva, Salzburg, Grenoble, Chambery, and Lyon were also up, according to the business, following France’s relaxation of some restrictions on UK visitors.
People travelling overseas will be expected to follow the isolation and testing rules of the country they are visiting, notwithstanding the fact that testing regulations have been lifted in the UK.
According to Skyscanner, an online travel search firm, there are currently 106 countries with low restrictions where fully vaccinated people can visit by showing proof of vaccine status or a negative test. These countries include Spain, Italy, and the United States. Quarantine is obligatory in the Netherlands and 19 other countries. Thirty countries, including Australia and New Zealand, still have substantial travel restrictions.
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