Fury at UK holiday ‘flip-flop’ as France excluded from rule for double-dosed
Travel industry chiefs are fuming at a sudden change of isolation rules for travellers returning from France which puts thousands of holidays in doubt.
The government had said that anyone with two jabs returning from amber listed European countries wouldn’t have to isolate from July 19.
But now with concern over a rise of the Covid Beta variant, the government will make everyone isolate who is coming from France to the UK.
The news has frustrated many across the tourist industry with claims that the government is failing to show a clear strategy.
Willy Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association, tweeted: “The UK has no coherent policy on international travel.
“The government is flip flopping and making life impossible for people who are desperate to see friends and family.
“They promised freedom on the back of a successful vaccine programme and now pull the rug out from people at the 11th hour. Weak political leadership leads to weak policy. The UK is entrenching itself as outlier in its confused approach to travel.
“This, in turn, is destroying its own travel sector and the thousands of jobs that rely on it.”
Similarly, Gemma Antrobus, from the Association of Independent Tour Operators told the BBC that the call on France has affected confidence and “proves that something can come out of nowhere at the very last minute.”
And Easyjet chief Johan Lundgren reportedly said the decision “pulls the rug” from travellers who are in France and claims that the strategy for pandemic travel is “falling apart”.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid defended the government’s decision by saying that they were always prepared to take “rapid action”.
He said: “We have always been clear that we will not hesitate to take rapid action at our borders to stop the spread of Covid-19 and protect the gains made by our successful vaccination programme.
“With restrictions lifting on Monday across the country, we will do everything we can to ensure international travel is conducted as safely as possible, and protect our borders from the threat of variants.”
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