As Covid lockdown rules regarding overseas travel are loosened, thousands of British holidaymakers are headed for the sun.
Travellers from England, Scotland and Wales can now visit 12 countries on the UK government’s green list.
Although booksings are only a tiny fraction of the pre-pandemic levels, flight operators and holiday firms are hoping this is just the start of a turnaround.
Although Israel is on the UK’s green list the bombings mean very few people are headed there at present. Portugal and Gibraltar are seeing quite a bit of holiday traffic and people are taking the opportunity to fly to New Zeeland to reconnect with family.
Green list in full (17/05/21)
Israel and Jerusalem
Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Of course, the pandemic is still with us and the current view on the impact of the India variant is still undecided, so most travellers are gambling on a good outcome in this regard.