Travel stocks took a tumble on Friday morning even as it was revealed that countries including Canada and Switzerland were moving from the UK’s "amber" travel list to "green". Popular holiday spots such as Spain and Italy are still on the amber list.
“The latest travel review may be disappointing news for some holidaymakers as popular holiday destinations like Turkey, Spain, Greece, France and Italy fail to make it to the green list before the end of the summer season," said Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO at travel money specialist FairFX.
“This summer has shown holidays can happen but the constant chopping and changing of destinations coming on and off the green lists does little to provide the certainty customers want when booking a trip abroad."
Laura Hoy, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, added that "complicated testing and quarantine regulations have made family travel less appealing".
She said travel stocks may also be down because "the all-important summer travel season is drawing to a close".
According to Hoy, this summer was a significant improvement on last year, but it wasn’t the best-case scenario that airlines and hotels had hoped for.
The UK government announced that from 30 August, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Switzerland and the Azores will be added to the green list, as it believes the risk that travel from these countries poses to public health in the UK is low.
This means travellers from these destinations will not have to quarantine regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated, although they still need to be tested before their departure and on day two of arrival back in the UK.
Meanwhile Thailand and Montenegro will be added to the red list,"reflecting the increased case rates in these countries and the higher risk that travel from these countries poses to UK public health".
Passengers arriving in the UK from red-list destinations will need to isolate for 10 days in a managed quarantine facility, which costs upwards of £2,000 per person. Some 60 countries are still on the red list.
Nations including Pakistan and Turkey had hoped that they would be removed from the red list, but this was not the case.
The UK has said it is taking a phased approach to restarting international travel and working with governments around the world, offering technical expertise and support to help them make any improvements needed for a change in traffic light rating.
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