‘Lock-in bargains today’ – a last-minute warning before the quarantine lifts, causing a spike in holiday prices.
The announcement of QUARANTINE-FREE travel for fully vaccinated Britons is due later today. However, one expert has warned that if the plans are finalized, prices could skyrocket.
The Government is set to announce plans to lift the quarantine for the double-jabbed later today, giving holiday-weary Britons a much-needed boost. Paul Charles, the CEO of the PC Agency, is asking interested travellers to “lock-in” their trip plans now.
Airlines and vacation companies are expecting a jump in bookings once the plans are revealed, according to the expert.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is anticipated to announce that all Britons who have taken both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination are free to travel to countries on the amber list without having to self-isolate when they return.
Mr Charles used Twitter to warn Britons about the impending increase in travel expenses.
“I would encourage people to lock in offers today before costs rise – and travel companies bring back some sales personnel from furlough – because the government is expected to announce a vaccine dividend for the fully-jabbed starting July 19,” he added.
While this is a positive move for the travel industry, Mr Charles underlined that the guidelines must be implemented as soon as possible.
“I think the travel industry is expecting that the government announces what amounts to a vaccine dividend for everybody who is properly jabbed before travelling away for 14 days,” he told GB News.
“This could be the good news the industry has been waiting for to help it recover.
“If the Government announces that from July 19th onwards, fully jabbed people can travel to amber nations and return without having to quarantine in the UK, it will provide a substantial boost in confidence and bookings, which is exactly what the business needs to stay afloat.
“If the government waits much longer, if it says we’ll only open things up more fully in early August, it won’t help the sector, and the summer season will be lost entirely.”
It is unclear whether the existing testing standards for persons returning from countries on the green and amber lists would be maintained.
Currently, all passengers flying to the United Kingdom must take the COVID-19 test before boarding their flight.
Arrivals on the green list are required. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”