TUI cancels more holidays until July due to green list uncertainty – including Greece, Spain and Italy
TUI has cancelled more holidays until next month at the earliest amid fears that the return of trips abroad may be delayed.
The tour operator has already been forced to cancel flights and holidays to many Brit hotspots in recent weeks due to the uncertainty.
The following holidays have been cancelled until July 5, according to Travel Weekly:
- Greece – Crete, Kavala, Kefalonia, Mykonos, Preveza, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki
- Spain – Mainland Spain, Formentera, Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, La Palma
Holidays cancelled until July 11 are:
- Cape Verde
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
Holidays with non-TUI flights to the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the UAE have also been cancelled until July 11 while TUI holidays to Florida have been cancelled until June 30.
The tour operator has been forced to cancel more holidays in recent weeks due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the green list.
TUI said: "We want to offer our customers flexibility and choice this summer, so where borders are open and FCDO advice allows travel, we will operate to those destinations as planned.
“We are constantly reviewing our holiday programme and cancellations in line with the government updates every three weeks, with the next update expected on June 24.
“All customers will be contacted as soon as possible if there is any change to their booking.”
They also 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."
Portugal, one of the few holiday destinations on the green list which doesn't require a UK quarantine, was removed just three weeks after being added.
Most holiday destinations – Spain, Greece, Italy and France – remain on the amber list which required a 10-day quarantine when returning to the UK as well as two extra Covid tests.
It is feared that holidays are likely to be affected further if the June 21 reopening date is delayed until July.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to announce when restrictions will be lifted during a press conference today.
Other airlines have also cancelled holidays due to the uncertainty – Jet2 has cancelled all holiday until July 1 while OnTheBeach has cancelled all holidays and stopped all sales until August.
MPs have warned Brits not to go on holiday abroad this summer.
Shadow trade secretary Emily Thornberry said foreign holidays are “very unlikely” to be given the green light this summer.
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 last 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."
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