Foreign holiday bookings to France and amber list soar after rules relaxed

Britons are snapping up foreign holidays after the announcement that rules on France would be relaxed and the green list expanded.

Travel companies and airlines have reported a surge in demand, despite the announcement coming two weeks after the school summer holidays had already begun.

Hays Travel, the UK’s largest independent agent, said that bookings rose by 193 per cent yesterday. “What we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks is a lot of inquiries and so we had many people who were ready to book them,” Dame Irene Hays, chairwoman of Hays Travel, said.

Hays urged passengers to book with a “reputable travel agent” amid fears that rules on travel could change with little notice. Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, said no changes would