E.ight more destinations were added to the UK’s non-UK quarantine list in Thursday’s Government update, but only one of these is open to British tourists, which has prompted wary responses from the travel industry.
Rwanda and Namibia were the first two African countries to have a travel corridor, marking a new victory for the Telegraph’s Long Unlock campaign. However, of the two, only Rwanda is truly open to UK travelers – the only flights between the UK and Namibia are through quarantine listed countries.
The other six destinations that received the green light – Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Israel, the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands and Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba – all remain closed to tourists.
Paul Charles, chief executive of The PC Agency’s travel consultancy, told Telegraph Travel: “The sooner we can get a consistent approach abroad, the better. Government advisers sometimes seem to stick a pin on the world map to decide which country to give a travel corridor to and it is no wonder that consumers question why Namibia is being opened instead of Jamaica for example?
“There is no clear logic to the weekly review as the Northern Mariana Islands, that popular UK tourist spot, has proven. Let’s have a consistent traffic light system, as the EU has done; shorter quarantine and move on to normalcy as early as possible in 2021. ”
Meanwhile, Paul Goldstein, co-owner of Kicheche safari camps in Kenya, said the government, and in particular Mr Shapps, “have shown complete disregard to the travel industry with their cynical grants wrongly giving away some travel corridors . ”
Referring to the new additions to the travel green list, he added: “Unfortunately, as with so much of this random government, there has been no research.”
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