Britons book half-year vacations abroad as travel bans are relaxed

As the UK relaxed its travel rules on Friday, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to travel abroad for half-year vacations.

The travel agency said it saw “comparable” bookings in 2019 before the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic began.

The Travel Association ABTA said the family’s desire to travel increased after nearly two years of being unable to do so.

Starting Friday at 4 am, those who have been fully vaccinated with the CCP virus will no longer need to be tested before and after their trip to the UK. Adults still need to prove that they are fully vaccinated, but this does not include booster immunization under current rules. The passenger locator form still needs to be filled out.

People who are not fully vaccinated do not need to be quarantined as long as the adult is negative within 2 days prior to travel and undergoes a PCR test after the 2nd day of arrival.

Between February 11th and February 18th, approximately 200,000 to 186,000 passengers will depart London Stansted and Gatwick airports. There will be approximately 90,000 flights from Luton, 160,000 from Manchester, 55,000 from Bristol and 17,000 from East Midlands Airport.

According to ABTA members, Turkey, the Canary Islands, Egypt and Portugal are favorite destinations for short trips, and long distance destinations such as Dubai, Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean are also popular.

For those who want to enjoy a ski vacation, resorts in France, Italy and Switzerland are the first choice.

Eurostar, a cross-channel train operator, said more than 125,000 people were booked to travel between the UK and the continent during school holidays.

The busiest day is Friday, with more than 16,000 passengers booked to travel.

Some services have been sold out.

“It shows the potential for recovery and the willingness to travel between the UK and the continent,” said Fran├žois Le Doze, Eurostar’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Andrew Flintham, Managing Director of TUIUK, said bookings for the half-February and Easter are now “comparable” to 2019.

According to an ABTA survey, 64% of families with children under the age of 16 say vacations are more important than they used to be because of limited travel opportunities due to a pandemic.

According to the survey, vacationers are 30 percent more likely to book from a travel expert, 50 percent for families with children under the age of 16, followed primarily by package travel security (43 percent), and COVID. -19 Guidance on travel requirements follows (35 percent).

British vacationers traveling abroad must comply with the CCP virus regulations that apply at their destination.

Many British families have canceled plans to visit the Mediterranean country for half a year, as Spain requires children over the age of 12 to be fully vaccinated.

“We hope other countries will soon catch up with Britain’s practical approach,” said Shawn Doyle, CEO of British Airways.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Lily Chow


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.

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