‘Nothing beats overseas’ British tourists’ confidence soars as travel restrictions lifted

Grant Shapps discusses introduction of 'simpler' travel system

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The scrapping of the traffic light system has refreshed British tourists’ sense of confidence in travel. While red list countries will still require travellers to quarantine in a Government hotel, the amber and green lists have been merged and will soon be under lighter rules.

Package holiday provider Jet2holidays has found that confidence in travel has returned to pre-pandemic levels.

Almost two thirds of travellers polled by the airline said they felt confident booking a holiday this summer and beyond.

The number of British tourists feeling confident in travel is now at the highest level since 2020.

Only one in five of those polled by Jet2holidays said they did not feel confident about travelling.

That number reflects a sharp increase on the low confidence levels before the latest travel announcement.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com said: “We knew that confidence and demand would bounce back very sharply once the onerous and unfair restrictions were removed, and our best day for sales this year shows that this is very much the case.”

British tourists shared their excitement on Twitter as the strict travel restrictions were lifted.

Twitter user, Peter Tix, said: “Great to see travel between the UK and US restarting in Nov. Can’t wait to visit again in Jan and March.”

Emily Lovell tweeted: “I can’t wait to be able to travel further afield again. I’m enjoying exploring the UK but nothing beats a real overseas adventure.”

Twitter user, Lianne Young tweeted: “I’m off to Turkey! Flight now booked! After all the confusion this week I am so damn excited.”

Ell Kaminski said: “Just booked a family holiday for three weeks time. Can’t wait to get abroad with my little family.”

Adrian Goddard claimed: “Can’t wait until it’s back to normal again. Then UK hotels, holiday parks have no one going there. Be their own fault ripping people off. I will be abroad again.”

The high prices of many staycations have upset British holidaymakers as the cost of a UK break is often higher than overseas travel.

Holiday parks and caravan sites have been blamed for inflating prices in the UK due to the increased demand.

The Government has said the new travel rules are here to stay until at least after the New Year unless there’s an emergency.

In more good news for British tourists, the USA has announced it will lift its ban on UK travellers from early November.

Bookings to popular destinations have soared as customers regain their confidence in international travel.

Turkey expects to see a high number of visitors after it was removed from the Government’s red list.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has said expensive day two PCR tests will be replaced with lateral flow before the end of October for double-jabbed travellers.

The hated traffic light system was heavily criticised by travel experts and customers as its complicated rules made it difficult to arrange a holiday.

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