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Destination roulette and the quarantine shuffle: the new travel landscape

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It’s been a summer of chaos and confusion for holidaymakers. Yet despite ongoing uncertainty around where’s safe to visit and a general upwards trend in new coronavirus cases in Europe – this week France and Italy recorded their highest tallies since lockdown ended – tour operators are reporting pent-up demand for holidays this autumn and winter, whether that means a last-minute flit to Europe, the vague hope of some winter sun or moving and/or rebooking a holiday for next year.

“Immense damage has been done to consumer confidence but people still want to go away,” said Sean Tipton, a spokesperson for the UK travel trade association (Abta).

The destination roulette that is the “travel corridor” and the imposition of quarantine measures on whole countries rather than a regional approach have made hard work of booking a holiday. For many, Thursdays are now a day of dread, with a knot-in-the stomach wait for a green or red light that means they can either get packing or have to postpone should their destination fall off the government’s travel corridor list. In the latest quarantine shuffle, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Jamaica were added to the growing list of countries that travellers can’t visit from […]

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