Vacationers can save huge amounts of money if they choose a destination on the government’s Amber List, new figures revealed today.
Average prices for stays in Portugal in July or August fell 64% in the week after the government changed the country from green to amber from the previous seven days, the comparison site said. TravelSupermarket price.
Seven-night family packages during school holidays are available from £ 180 per person, according to the company.
Beach goers tread Santo Amaro beach near Lisbon on a hot and sunny afternoon in Portugal yesterday
People returning to the UK from amber destinations are required to self-isolate at home for 10 days.
There are no viable major summer hot spots on the green list without quarantine.
Summer holidays in the Spanish Canary Islands, which are also on the orange list, are lower than before the coronavirus pandemic.
The biggest savings compared to 2019 prices are in Gran Canaria (25% cheaper), but prices are also reduced in Tenerife (23%), Lanzarote (15%) and Fuerteventura (12%).
Prices for travel to another amber destination, the Greek island of Corfu, are down 20% from pre-pandemic levels.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against travel to any of these destinations.
However, the government is urging people to avoid vacations in amber places.
Emma Coulthurst of TravelSupermarket said that before the pandemic it would have been “quite difficult” to find a seven-night holiday package during the summer school holidays from under £ 300 per person, but “the industry has many vacations for sale ”.
She continued: “Prices are often the most expensive at the start of school holidays as people are eager to leave as soon as possible.
“This year they are among the cheapest due to the current confusion and chaos regarding the implementation of the traffic light system. “
The decision to switch Portugal from green to amber, and not to make any additions to the green list, has provoked a furious reaction from the travel industry.
Many senior officials claimed the data showed destinations such as Malta should have been placed in the green box, and questioned why Portugal had not been placed on a ‘green watch list’ to stress that he was in danger of being changed.