THE cost of a holiday abroad could be about to drop even further this summer, following the UK government’s shock decision to impose new travel restrictions on Spain.
As a result of the new 14-day quarantine rule for anyone returning to England from the country, travel experts fear that many holidaymakers will be too worried to book a trip.
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The move has also caused families to cancel booked trips to Spain as well as France, Italy and Greece due to fears of similar last-minute quarantine restrictions being introduced.
The announcement, which gave just four hours’ notice, has affected as many as 600,000 Brits with Spanish holidays this summer, as many frantically tried to get home this weekend before the quarantine was imposed.
Tens of thousands of Brits cannot afford to effectively take a month off work – with no guarantee from the government regarding their jobs.
Emma Coulthurst, travel expert at TravelSupermarket.com said that she thought holidays would “come down even further in price as a result.”
Gavin Harris, Commercial Director at Skyscanner, told The Telegraph: “Safety is, of course, paramount in many people’s minds.
“Many travellers are taking advantage of the airlines and hotels who are offering their most flexible cancellation policies ever and booking international travel for later this year and early next.”
Last week, Sun Online Travel revealed that flights his winter have plummeted in price after months of reduced travel – meaning bargains to Spain are available for under £50.
Bodrum, Gran Canaria and Crete flights this October have dropped by 80 per cent compared to last year.
And this summer, package holidays to the Mediterranean have been found for less than £99 per person – prices not seen by Brits since the 90s.
Bargain deals which include return flights and seven nights at a hotel have been on offer to destinations such as Spain and Croatia throughout July, as tour operators slash their prices.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Brits are being warned to book their staycations for next summer now – as holiday parks, campsites and hotels are already getting full for 2021 high season.
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