Cyprus and Lithuania removal dampens hopes for 2020 getaways
Grant Shapps has confirmed that Cyprus and Lithuania are to be removed from the travel corridors list, in the latest blow to the travel industry.
The transport secretary tweeted that the changes would come into effect as of 4am Sunday morning. Those who arrive in the UK after that time will need to self-isolate.
An ABTA spokesperson said: “The industry’s optimism from last week’s good news has been short-lived following the removal of Cyprus from the travel corridor list. Last minute changes like this further erode consumer confidence in overseas travel and serve as a stark reminder of the urgent need to introduce testing to cut quarantine.
“We need to get people travelling again to support travel businesses and save jobs. The government needs to urgently act on testing, introduce a regional travel corridor approach and lift the global travel advisory against non-essential travel by moving back to country specific advice.
“If you are due to travel to Cyprus imminently, we strongly recommend you speak to your travel company to understand your options, which may include seeing whether you can change your booking to another destination, like one of the Canary Islands, or postpone your booking for a later date.“
EasyJet Holidays published a statement saying that it was offering clients with holidays booked to Cyprus a refund, or the option to rebook to destinations like the Canaries, which was added to the travel corridor list last week.
Matt Callaghan, easyJet holidays customer director, said “It’s our mission to make sure our customers have safe, comfortable and enjoyable holidays, so we will cancel all upcoming holidays to destinations where the FCDO advises all but essential travel. We share how disappointing this news will be that we’ve had to cancel holidays to Cyprus. We know just how much people look forward to winter sun holidays, so we’re pleased that following last week’s announcement our affected customers still have the option to book a break to the Canary Islands.
“We’re here to do all we can to give our customers comfort during these uncertain times so we’ve introduced a set of Covid Commitments to ensure safety, flexibility and peace of mind when booking with easyJet holidays. We take pride in always being on our customers’ side.”