TUI Cancels More Public Holidays in Amber and Red List Countries Update
Vacation giant TUI canceled bookings in a host of Amber and Red List countries over the next month, blaming “lingering uncertainty” over leisure travel.
The tour operator had resumed vacations in a slew of Amber-listed countries from May 17, when the government lifted its travel ban, with its traffic light system indicating required test and quarantine levels instead. .
But now TUI has confirmed that it is canceling all vacations in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Turkey, Egypt, Cape Verde, Morocco, Tunisia and Bulgaria until June 27 inclusive.
The next update on the countries on the green, orange and red list is not expected to be given by the government until June 7, and it looks increasingly unlikely that major changes will be made to the current lists.
Currently holiday travel is only allowed to Green List countries, meaning anyone traveling from the UK to these destinations will not have to self-isolate on return.
Only 12 countries are on the green list, including Portugal, Iceland and Israel.
The government has said that leisure travel is not allowed in Amber or Red List countries, but if anyone needs to go there, they will have to self-isolate for 10 days at home upon returning from. an orange destination, or pay to stay in a managed country. hotel returning from a country on the red list.
A statement on TUI’s website says, “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 as planned.
“We are constantly reviewing our vacation schedule and cancellations in accordance with government updates every three weeks, with the next update due in early June.
“Due to the lingering uncertainty, we unfortunately had to cancel all vacations to the following Red and Amber destinations up to and including June 27: Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Turkey, Egypt, Cape Verde, Morocco, Tunisia and Bulgaria.
“All customers affected by these cancellations will be contacted directly and may request a full cash refund, or move to a later date or other holiday and receive a booking bonus.
“If we have to cancel an upcoming vacation due to updated government guidelines, we will contact you directly and endeavor to give you at least 7 days notice.
“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding at this time.”