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Travel firms are recording the hight number of Saturday sales. People are booking trips to international destinations as coronavirus restrictions are lifting in many countries.

Busy Saturday For Travel Firms

Spain-holiday.com reported a record-breaking surge in bookings on Saturday as British tourists are planning their trips to international destinations.

The Foreign Office has allowed for nonessential travel, changing his advice against all but essential travel. This will allow holidaymakers to visit low or medium-risk destinations. However, trips to France, Greece, and Spain could be an option.

Under the new rule by the UK government, UK holidaymakers will not have to quarantine for 14 days after returning home from their holidays.

However, after the news of no quarantine, the UK residents started booking hotels and apartments abroad.

Website’s Crashing Due to Increase in Visitors

Another website, Eurotunnel’s was crashing as thousands of people were booking trips at the same time. A spokesman of the website confirmed they had more bookings in one day than they have had all year.

Similarly, TUI has seen a 50% increase in bookings this week compared to the previous one. As holidays to Spain and Greece proving popular.

Managing director Andrew Flintham said: “We’re pleased the Government has finally confirmed that holidays overseas will be able to go ahead. And the full list of green and amber destinations will be released on Wednesday.”

“It’s a hugely positive step forward for the travel industry. And I know our customers will be ecstatic that their summer is saved.”

However, Lastminute.com saw a spike in holiday sales by 80% as compared to the week before. It was because Spain announced that it is lifting the quarantine for British tourists.

The UK government will be announcing a new traffic light system in its place. In this system, the UK will be categorizing countries into green, amber, and red based on the occurrence of the coronavirus there.

However, only those travelers who have visited any country in the red category will have to quarantine for two weeks on their return to the UK.

The countries, which are safe to travel to, include France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

The UK will be publishing the list of countries on Wednesday, and lifting the restrictions as soon as July 6.

Safer methods

Unfortunately, the ministers showed a concern, if a country falls into the unsafe category due to a sudden outbreak. The holidaymakers returning from that country will have to quarantine for two weeks.

A Government spokeswoman said: “Our new risk-assessment system will enable us to carefully open a number of safe travel routes around the world. Giving people the opportunity for a summer holiday abroad and boosting the UK economy through tourism and business.”

“But we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if any risks re-emerge. and this system will enable us to take swift action to reintroduce self-isolation measures if new outbreaks occur overseas.”

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