With the government delighted to abolish the travel signaling system, there was despair for people in the travel industry who wanted more countries to be off the Red List.
The Ministry of Transport said the existing list of 62 countries would be reduced by only eight on Wednesday, September 22nd. Its countries are Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Kenya, Maldives, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Oman.
The 62 strong Red List is reportedly halved, and Britain could become more in line with European countries with much less stringent restrictions.
Anyone returning to the United Kingdom from a Red List country must stay at a designated quarantine hotel for 11 nights at a cost of £ 2,285 per person.
Britain’s adventure vacation operator said on Friday Me The leisure market, a popular destination that is stuck on the Red List, has been “completely killed.”
Most of South America, including Brazil and Argentina, remains on the list with most of southern Africa and hotspots including Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and Seychelles.
Much of Central America remains in the red, including Mexico, which was added last month.
After last night’s change, Latin American Travel Association CEO Danny Callahan is made up of more than 360 companies working in the region, with operators becoming “bloody at work” at the end of a layoff. He said he was heading.
He states: “Although the changes announced for testing are a step in the right direction, most of Latin America, and in fact most long-distance trips, are left on the Red List.
“How are long-distance operators supposed to trade to get out of trouble? This seems to be the Treasury’s expectation. Most industries have layoffs and no government support. We are heading for a bloody job as we continue to be closed.
“How could the UK lag far behind the EU in opening when our vaccine program was the envy of the EU just a few months ago? Where are the vaccine dividends? Brexit Where are the dividends? You can’t start expressing dislike for the treatment of Latin American countries. “
On Friday, London-based travel agency Wild Frontier said Me Losing 40% of staff during a pandemic, up to 90% of countries arranging tours are on the Red List.
Despite the peace of mind that Pakistan and Sri Lanka will withdraw, founder Johnny Ballby said it was too late to save many businesses this year and was primarily considering arranging tours for next year. ..
Ginny Russell, owner of Cedarberg Africa in Lewis, East Sussex, said: Me Her business lost half of her staff due to pandemic restrictions. South Africa has not been off the Red List since it began in May.
She states: “It is very important to start balancing risks to prevent death and individual tragedy in the travel industry.
“It’s not only about people who can’t see their loved ones or leave on holidays, but also about those who are losing their livelihoods.”
Last night, other industry insiders called for further reductions in the Red List.
“To protect public health, we should focus purely on changing concerns,” said Shy Weiss, Virgin Atlantic’s CEO. In order to start a trip to a country like South Africa, it is essential to quickly and continuously eliminate non-threatening countries. “
Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive Officer of Abta, the Travel Association, said:
“Government needs to be much more transparent in the standards for placing a country on it and should be retained only for the management of known varieties of concern.”