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Holidaymakers eye cut-price trips to Greece, Turkey and Italy amid Spanish travel restrictions


Holidaymakers still keen on a summer break despite the Spain travel ban are jetting off to other destinations and prices continue to tumble.

Guidelines stating that travellers returning from mainland Spain, the Balearics and the Canaries will have to quarantine for 14 days caused demand for these destinations to plummet.

A continuing increase in coronavirus cases means holidays to those hotspots are unlikely to resume this summer, reports BirminghamLive.

A quarantine has now also been imposed on passengers arriving in the UK from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas. But there are changes with Jet2 resuming flights and holidays to Cyprus from August 17.

Holiday comparison site TravelSupermarket says that since the Foreign Office’s change in advice to allow only essential travel to Spain, and the requirement of a 14-day quarantine on return, bookings have dropped by 80 per cent.

However, the site says there is still demand for summer holidays overseas. Holidaymakers still keen on a getaway after months of lockdown are turning their attentions to Greece, followed by Turkey, Italy, Malta and Croatia, its search data shows.

It says there is also still a lot of interest in package holidays for next summer, particularly April and May 2021 departures.

Holiday-makers enjoy the sun on Kaputas beach in Kas,Turkey

There are bargains to be snapped up. Prices to Greece have dropped by 28 per cent compared with the two weeks before the Spanish travel ban and there are similar reductions for trips to Turkey.

There are even bigger discounts on holidays to Italy, where prices have lowered by more than half. You can go there for 52 per cent less than the cost before the travel ban on Spain was imposed.

And there are ways of protecting yourself in case the travel advice changes.

Emma Coulthurst, travel commentator for TravelSupermarket, said: “My advice for those looking for a holiday is to go for packages, which give you that gold-plated protection.”

She said that if the advice changes to stop non-essential travel to your booked destination, meaning your holiday is cancelled, then you are entitled to your money back for the package within 14 days.

Emma added: “Check worldometer or a similar site for Covid levels. The low Covid levels in Greece, Turkey and Italy are why the countries are proving popular destinations for UK holidaymakers.

“Book on a credit card for the extra consumer protection it provides. Make sure you have travel insurance. There are many insurers now back in the market offering cost-effective comprehensive policies and most will cover you for medical care if you were to contract Covid while abroad.

“It is also possible to find cover for the event of you getting Covid before your holiday and not being able to travel.

“And if you do decide to go down the DIY route, be aware of the terms and conditions you are signing up to.

“For example, with Ryanair, to avoid fees, you need to change your flight within a week of travel – and for easyJet within two weeks of travel. You can still change your flight after that but you will incur fees.”





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