Travel latest news: Disbelief as none of 10 new travel corridors are open to British tourists
British vacationers can not go to any of the 10 new journey corridors that have been introduced yesterday by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, sparking disbelief and disillusionment amongst business leaders.
The weekly evaluation of the inexperienced listing noticed the addition of Aruba, Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Mongolia, Bhutan, Micronesia, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Tonga.
The latter seven on this listing have all closed their borders to British holidaymakers, whereas Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands require a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Aruba can’t be reached with out transiting by way of a rustic with restrictions in place, corresponding to the US or the Netherlands.
These largely ineffective additions really feel like a specific blow to the journey business, when tour operators and Telegraph Journey have been calling for extra corridors to nations which are really welcoming British travellers. Costa Rica, Belize, Brazil, Cape Verde, Botswana, Mexico, South Africa, Ecuador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Egypt, all of which have decrease Covid case charges than the UK, stay on the quarantine listing however are open to vacationers.
Paul Goldstein, who runs Kicheche Camps in Kenya, mentioned, “As ever [Shapps’] resolution shouldn’t be based mostly on any form of cause, sense or, certainly, science and, after his African blunders final week, when two nations have been granted corridors with none direct accessibility, he has reverted to disgracefully ignoring this continent once more. He’s bankrupting […] the UK journey business along with his idiotic insurance policies, simply as his chum Hancock is bankrupting UK hospitality along with his tiers. “
James Aitken, CEO of Cashel Journey and MD of Travelmediate UK and USA, replied with an air of sarcasm to the announcement on Twitter, “Extra nice information! Journey to and from the Solomon Islands is now potential. Assuming we might get there with out travelling by way of some other airports. What a aid to our struggling journey business!”
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