Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer has called for Foreign Office (FCDO) advice to amber list countries to take into account the reducing risk of Covid-19 to UK visitors in many destinations.
Tanzer has already welcomed the government’s plans to end the requirement for fully vaccinated people travelling back from amber countries to quarantine for 10 days from 19 July.
But many in the industry continue to be worried about differences between how countries are classified under the traffic light system and FCDO travel advice for destinations, which can stop operators from sending holidaymakers to these locations.
“We still need to see where we go with Foreign Office advice – I know this is a big issue for many of you,” said Tanzer in a message to Abta members.
“It is important that the Foreign Office advice against travel to some amber list countries takes into account the increasing vaccination rates in destinations and the reducing risks.
“We have been raising this with the FCDO and will continue to do so. We will also continue the work we are doing with destinations on their entry requirements.”
Transport secretary Grant Shapps told the House of Commons on Thursday (8 July) that FCDO advice could differ from the traffic light system due to non-Covid factors such as “political unrest and other circumstances going on in the country”.
“Travel advice going to amber countries, which at the moment says don’t for the purposes of holidays, we will be changing that advice from 19 July to make it clear people can travel for holidays and other reasons,” he added.