‘Is this a joke?’ FCDO removal of advice against travel to 32 countries attracts criticism

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The lifting of the FCDO advice against all but essential travel for 32 countries may mean easier holidays for Britons. Or, if one industry insider is to be believed, it’s just “a joke”.

Chris Rowles, chairman of AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators) said: “Is this a joke in extremely poor taste?

“The FCDO can only attract ridicule when it names destinations such as Algeria, Belarus, Djibouti, Liberia and Congo.

“They are not destinations on the majority of holidaymakers’ lists, quite frankly.

“And who knows, without Googling or checking a map with a good index, where Tokelau and Niue sit on the globe?”

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Tokelau and Niue are in the South Pacific, between Hawai’i and New Zealand.

Britons would have to fly to New Zealand, or Samoa, to visit either.

It is also worth noting international borders are currently closed in New Zealand and in Samoa.

Foreign secretary, Liz Truss, said: “These rule tweaks will make travelling more straightforward.

“And allow more of us to see friends and loved ones with greater peace of mind.”

Countries Britons can now potentially travel to include Kiribati, Micronesia and Tonga, Congo and Algeria.

Rory Boland, Which? travel editor, said: “This move, which creates a more unified set of rules, is welcome news for those hoping to book holidays or visit friends and family abroad.”

He advised Britons to check the rules for the countries they are planning to visit.

He warned: “If you don’t meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to, you won’t be able to board the plane or get your money back.”

List of countries with lifted FCDO advisory against all but essential travel
Algeria
America Samoa
Armenia
Bangladesh
Belarus
Benin
Comoros
Congo

Tokelau & Niue
Djibouti
Equatorial Guinea
Fiji
French Polynesia
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Kazakhstan
Kiribati
Kosovo
Liberia
Madagascar
Malaysia
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Nauru
São Tomé and Príncipe
Senegal
Solomon Islands
Togo
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
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