Holiday firms report a surge in bookings for foreign travel as government scraps testing and isolation rules for those arriving in the UK for those who are fully vaccinated.
From 11 February people who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to take a Covid test.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the change in rules will bring international travel “back to the good old days.”
The Cabinet minister told LBC, “You will be able to come to this country, and if you’ve been fully vaccinated, in other words two vaccinations, you will not need to take any tests at all, either before you leave to come here or when you get back here.
“Of course, no quarantine.
“In other words, kind of back to the good old days.”
Chief executive Steve Heapy of Airline Jet2.com and tour operator Jet2holidays said that Portugal, Italy and Spain are all very popular for their customers.
Heapy said, “Before yesterday’s announcement demand was already strong, however bookings have jumped by another 30% when compared with the previous week, demonstrating just how much of a game-changer the removal of all testing is for fully vaccinated holidaymakers.
“With international travel starting to look like it did before the pandemic, customers are jumping at the chance to book their flights and holidays.”
Andrew Flintham, managing director of the UK’s largest tour operator Tui, said the announcement was “a huge leap forwards in getting travel back to normal.W
He added, “The relaxation of testing rules has already resulted in an increase in bookings, with customer confidence growing every day in recent weeks.
“We now look to the governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to adopt the same approach.
“Many families look to go on holiday over the February half-term, so we are delighted these changes will come into effect in time. Going abroad will finally start to feel more normal again and without the added expense of testing.”