‘Scrapping’ of traffic light system could add to surge of holiday bookings in Worcester

THE TRAFFIC light travel system that has haunted holiday-makers for the last year may be “scrapped” according to national reports – bringing positive news to the travel industry after a gruelling 18 months.

The government is planning to overhaul the travel traffic light system, as industry bosses hope a relaxation in travel rules could lead to a bookings surge.

The move would mean countries on the green and amber list could be removed, giving vaccinated travellers the chance to go to countries with similarly high levels of vaccination as the UK, without the need for quarantine.

Kelly Stanley, owner of Kelly’s Travel, said customer confidence is “definitely returning” with a surge in last minute holiday bookings.

She said: “It’s nothing like pre-covid sales but people are wanting to travel!

“It’s been wonderful to send customers on their holiday however with the testing and extra paperwork required it’s still putting some people off.

“I have just recently returned from a cruise and covid procedures were handled extremely well and I felt completely safe. It was fantastic to get a glimpse of normality.”

Mrs Stanley said it was too early to comment on the scrapping of the traffic light system but felt it was time for the government to scrap “costly testing” for travellers returning back to UK.

National reports said countries on the red list would remain and should not be visited “except in the most extreme of circumstances”.

Jennifer Lynch, general manager at Arrange My Escape is “anticipating” the booking surge will continue.

She said: “For vaccinated travellers it will mean there won’t be any change to what we have currently.

“We are definitely seeing confidence for travel return with the amount of bookings we are doing.

“I hope the scrapping of the traffic light system will encourage more people to travel as we move into 2022”

The government devised the travel traffic light system to limit the transmission of Covid-19 from overseas and protect against new variants coming into the country.

Any potential changes are set to be announced by October 1.