‘Wave of excitement’ ahead of this morning’s amber announcement

By Lisa James
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The industry will hear this morning how and when fully vaccinated Brits will be able to travel to amber countries without having to quarantine on return.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is to make a statement in the Commons on international travel at 11.30am. It will be broadcast live on the BBC Parliament channel.

World Travel Lounge Owner David McDonald said: “I will be glued to the TV, watching the announcement,” while Not Just Travel Co-Founder Steve Witt said a ‘wave of excitement has filled the entire travel industry’.

“We know travellers are eagerly awaiting the news that the world is open again. We welcome any move that allows customers to safely travel again,” Mr Witt added.

“There has never been so much pent-up demand to travel and so this is a very exciting development. Any further announcements made by the government are huge boosts to the industry as the floodgates gradually open.

“Last Sunday (4 July) was our busiest Sunday in 17 weeks and our second busiest of the entire year. 75% of all bookings yesterday were last-minute breaks for this summer.

“Allowing fully vaccinated customers to travel opens up so many possibilities. Moving from 10-day isolation to a test-based system allows people to travel flexibly yet safely. This is a great step forward in that it means we all have many more options to get away this summer. It gives us confidence to plan our holidays both now and in the future.”

Mr Shapps’ speech follows the announcement on Monday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson who said social distancing and other requirements will be dropped on 19 July and it’s expected the relaxation of rules for double-jabbed Brits returning from amber-list countries could come into effect on the same day.

The Government has already said it was planning to scrap the need to quarantine for those who are double-jabbed and returning from amber countries.

“We will work with the travel industry towards removing the need for fully vaccinated arrivals to isolate on return from an amber country,” Mr Johnson said on Monday.

But the Government has not yet set out how it would work, when it would happen, and whether unvaccinated children would also be able to avoid quarantine if their parents are fully vaccinated.

Currently, anyone returning from countries on the amber or red list must isolate for 10 days, with red-list returnees having to pay to quarantine in a Government-approved hotel.

It’s expected hotel quarantine will remain in place for red-list countries.

Donna Jeavons, Sales and Marketing Director UK & Europe at Contiki, Costsaver and Trafalgar – The Travel Corporation said: “We welcome today’s Government update on travel, however, there is still a significant lack of clarity for the travel sector and Brits on where travel is possible.”

The announcement comes as research by travel insurance provider Battleface found that 41% of Brits are planning to spend more on their holidays once international travel resumes.

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