Travel traffic light system should be 'abandoned' says Charles

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MPs have said no new categories will be added to the travel list, meaning there is no risk countries will be moved to an “amber watchlist”.

However, the shifting of the travel rules and the unpredictable UK’s traffic lights system is now affecting UK travellers.

Holiday operators and hoteliers from EU countries are reportedly not accepting bookings from British holidaymakers due to fears of last-minute cancellations.

Noel Josephides, director of Aito, the Specialist Travel Association said: “Hoteliers are turning away bookings from the UK in August because they don’t trust us.

“And European travellers are taking our beds and availability.”

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He continued: “There is no confidence.

“Why should people trust us when we have the sword of Damocles constantly hanging over us and things could change and result in cancellations at any moment?”

The travel agent explained to The Telegraph: “Suppliers just don’t trust us.

“They tell us: ‘You’ve cancelled in April, you’ve cancelled in May, you’ve cancelled in June and July. How do we know you’re going to operate in August?’

“They’ll say: ‘You’re telling us now that on Thursday, [the UK Government is] going to make further announcements.

“Well, we don’t want your clients, thank you very much, because we prefer to take the Germans, the French, the Italians, the domestic market because at least we know that those bookings will be honoured.’”

There were fears a new “amber watchlist”, including countries such as Spain, Italy or Greece, was going to be added.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a “simple”, “balanced and user-friendly approach” will be taken in the next travel review this week.

If an amber watchlist was created countries could move to the red list with short notice.

Today, MPs have said no new categories will be added.

The Government has been considering a new traffic light system for international travel, ahead of this week’s review.

There have been calls to completely ditch the current green/amber/red system and replace it with a single red list of countries.

Boris Johnson said yesterday: “We have to recognise that people want, badly, to go on their summer holidays, we need to get the travel industry moving again, we need to get our city centres open again and so we want an approach that is as simple as we can possibly make it.”

However, travel leaders have said the shifting of the restrictions is confusing for many and has now resulted in European countries not trusting UK bookings anymore.

When coming from an amber list country, fully-vaccinated Britons are allowed to skip quarantine but travellers who haven’t received their two jabs still have to self-isolate for 10 days on their return to the UK.

The next travel list review is due to take place on August 5.

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