The reduction of the quarantine period from 14 days to five will offer a timely boost for holidaymakers – but tour operators have warned they will not be able to offer trips to “high-risk” destinations unless the Foreign Office (FCDO) changes its travel advice.
Currently, countries not on the travel corridor list – such as South Africa, Brazil and Mexico – are subject to an FCDO warning against “non-essential” travel, and tour operators, which have a duty of care to protect their customers, will not offer trips against FCDO advice.
Edward Paine, managing director of adventure specialists Last Frontiers, said: “I welcome any reduction in the length of quarantine, and using testing to do this safely makes perfect sense. It will definitely help Christmas and New Year bookings where time off can be a limiting factor. However, we still need the FCDO to remove its Covid-related advice against non-essential travel.