Holidays in Spain, Greece and France “should resume by the end of the month” for British double vax, according to the boss of Jet2
HOLIDAYS in Europe should be back on the cards without having to quarantine by the end of the month if the rules change for Britons to double vaxx, the boss of Jet2 said.
The tour operator today launched its first flight from Bristol Airport, with package holidays to the Balearics, Madeira and Malta operating from the airport for the first time.
However, Jet2’s Steve Heapy told Sun Online Travel that until more destinations are greenlisted, or double-bitten Brits can return from Amber List countries without quarantine, vacation will not come back as usual.
Ministers hope to allow double-bitten Britons to travel from Orange List countries without having to self-quarantine, it was revealed yesterday.
Boris Johnson said “double hits will be a liberator” when asked for information that fully vaccinated people might be able to travel without quarantine from Amber List countries by July 26.
Mr Heapy said he hopes to revive vacations in European hot spots including Spain, Greece and France.
When asked when the British would be able to travel to most of Europe unrestricted again, he said: “I think it will come if they change the amber criteria, and we hope it will be. end of July.
“The longer the government leaves it, the harder it will be, but if it does by the end of July, we could have a reasonable end to the season.”
However, he called for more greenlist destinations to be added later this month.
He said: “As beautiful as the Balearics, Malta and Madeira are, they are not for everyone.
“Based on the data that we can see and the government can see, there is a strong case for the Canary Islands and many Greek islands to be on the green list, and possibly Cyprus.”
He also said he “didn’t know” why Turkey was still on the Red List and should instead be on the Amber List.
“It has statistics similar to those of Orange List destinations, so I would like to know from the government why it is still on the Red List,” he said.
New additions to the green list this week were the Balearics, which includes Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, as well as Madeira and Malta.
However, Malta only allows Brits who have had both jabs, which also includes children between the ages of 12 and 17, while the Balearics require Brits to test negative or be fully vaccinated.
Portugal has also introduced new rules, with the British to be subjected to a double vaxx, but this does not apply to children, nor to Madeira, which only requires a negative test.
Jet2 restarted flights and vacations yesterday to Green List destinations in Spain and Portugal.
However, their vacations and flights to Orange List destinations have been canceled until July 14 due to uncertainty, with Mr Heapy saying the British “just don’t want to travel to Orange destinations”.
Jet2holidays also has a vacation money back guarantee that promises customers a quick refund if the company has to cancel your vacation due to coronavirus.
They have added special Covid coverage to their travel insurance that covers you if the Department of Foreign Affairs travel advice changes during your trip, and you are also covered if you or a member of your party fails an airport check. , such as a temperature reading or COVID- 19 tests.
TUI has also canceled more flights and vacations until next month due to uncertainty about travel, especially to Spain, Greece and Italy.