Holiday bookings in France jumped 75% following its removal from “amber-plus” status


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Revealed: France vacation bookings soared 75% after its removal from ‘amber-plus’ status, Dubai travel searches soared 287% after UAE turned orange

  • France went from “amber plus” to “amber” on Sunday August 8
  • Britons rushed to book flights to Paris, Nice and Marseille, Skyscanner says
  • Interest in travel to Dubai, Slovenia, Latvia and Romania has also increased










The rush to vacation in France is on.

Skyscanner has revealed that due to the country’s change in status on the traffic light system, weekly bookings from the UK to France have increased by 75%.

According to the travel search site, the most booked French airports are Paris, Marseille and Nice.

Skyscanner has revealed that due to France’s change in status on the traffic light system, weekly bookings from the UK to the country have increased by 75%. In the photo, Montmartre, Paris

The average round-trip ticket prices for these destinations are £ 102 for Paris, £ 164 for Marseille and £ 55 for Nice.

France changed from ‘amber plus’ to ‘amber’ on Sunday August 8, meaning fully vaccinated Britons do not need to self-quarantine upon their return. However, unvaccinated travelers should still self-isolate at home for 10 days after vacationing in France, according to the FCDO.

Skyscanner also revealed that interest in travel to Dubai skyrocketed after the news that the UAE would drop off the red list and switch to amber.

Searches for trips from London to Dubai increased 235% between August 2 and 9 from the previous week, and by 287% for flights from Manchester to Dubai.

The airport in the coastal city of Nice (pictured) has also proven to be a popular choice among sun-hungry vacationers

The airport in the coastal city of Nice (pictured) has also proven to be a popular choice among sun-hungry vacationers

Holidaymakers are also looking to Central Europe, with searches for Slovenia surging 235% following its move to the green list.

Searches for Latvia, which was moved to the green list at the same time, also increased over the past month, with a 70% increase in searches by Britons on a week-to-week basis.

Romania, another new addition to the green list, saw a 51% increase in searches following its change of status.

Laura Lindsay, Destination Expert at Skyscanner, said: “International travel is definitely back on people’s agenda and while the selection of destinations among the British in 2021 may look a little different, it is clear that travelers Brits jump at the chance for a break in the sun, returning to their favorite spots whenever they can do so safely and properly.

Dubai, pictured, was removed from the red list and on amber on August 8

Dubai, pictured, was taken off the red list and placed on amber on August 8

“The new guidelines for vaccinated travelers mean that long-awaited trips to traditional favorite destinations like Spain and France can take place again.

“We have seen the UAE’s addition to the Orange List lead to more searches and bookings, as well as extending travelers’ gaze into the fall to enjoy the climate and luxury getaways.

“The list of non-quarantined destinations for unvaccinated travelers is smaller, but the summer sun can still be enjoyed in Malta, Croatia and newcomers like Slovenia.”

Travel searches for Slovenia soared 235% after being on the green list.  In the photo, Lake Bled

Travel searches for Slovenia soared 235% after being on the green list. In the photo, Lake Bled

It comes as the French Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has pledged to crack down on the cost of PCR and antigen testing, after Health Secretary Sajid Javid kicked the travel testing market back to the dog from keep.

Over 400 private companies are listed on the government website for vacationers.

The CMA warned that it “would not hesitate to take enforcement action” against suppliers flouting the law and not giving customers what they paid for.

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