The Department of Transportation (DfT) has warned travelers not to visit Amber List destinations “for recreational purposes” when it introduces its traffic light system next week.
But travel agencies, including Tui, easyJet Holidays and British Airways Holidays, plan to organize trips to amber countries like Malta, Antigua and the Spanish Canary Islands, using advice from the Foreign Office (FCDO), which is separate from DfT, as an authorization to do so. Travelers returning to the UK from Orange Countries must be quarantined for up to 10 days at home.
Bharat Gadhoke, business manager at Aito, the Association of Independent Tour Operators, said the government had failed to clarify matters to vacationers. “AITO questions the wisdom of having an amber traffic light. It is neither one thing nor another. Basically all the major vacation countries are orange right now, ”he said.
An easyJet Holidays spokesperson said he recognized the gap, but would follow FCDO’s advice. A spokesperson for Tui said, “We want to offer our customers flexibility and choice this summer, so where borders are open and FCDO guidance allows travel, we will operate to those destinations.”
British Airways Holidays said: “Customers who cannot travel or choose not to do so can continue to modify their vacation without a modification fee, or request a voucher for future use.”
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