TUI has cancelled more flights and holidays as the majority of holiday destinations remain off the green list.
Despite hopes that some of the Spanish and Greek islands would be added this month, no new countries were added to the list.
TUI has cancelled more holidays this month[/caption]
The tour operator has since cancelled holidays to the following destinations until June 20 at the earliest:
- Spain (including La Palma and the Balearic Islands)
- Greece (including islands Crete, Kefalonia, Santorini, Skiathos)
The following holidays have been cancelled until June 27 at the earliest:
- Cape Verde
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
Trips to Spain and Greece have been cancelled until at least June 20[/caption]
Holidays to Turkey, which remains on the UK red list, have been cancelled until July 12.
TUI said they cancelled the holidays due to “ongoing uncertainty” over restrictions in the government’s traffic light system.
They said: “All customers impacted by these cancellations will be contacted directly and will be able to request a full cash refund, or to change to a later date or alternative holiday and receive a booking incentive.”
Other airlines have also cancelled holidays due to the uncertainty – Jet2 has cancelled all holiday until July 1.
OnTheBeach has cancelled all holidays and stopped all sales until August.
However, some airlines are still flying to amber-list destinations, which while advised against visiting, are not on the UK ban list.
Ryanair is still offering flights to many European destinations, along with easyJet.
The cancellations follow the removal of Portugal from the green list, leaving just 11 countries on it – many of which are closed to Brits.
It was hoped that more destinations could be added to the green list this week, although government ministers have warned that families to avoid travelling abroad this summer.
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Environment Secretary George Eustice said Brits should stay at home this summer as the spread of the Indian variant has wrecked plans to reopen travel.
He said earlier this week: “We’d hoped the situation would be improving in other parts of the world, that we’d be able to progressively add other countries to the green list.
“Sadly that’s not the situation, we do have this new variant of concern first identified in India that is now cropping up in other countries.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock also said that restoring international travel is an “important goal” – but is one that will be “challenging and hard.”