Travel latest: Air bridge confusion threatens July holidays

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Which countries will the UK announce an air bridge with? Should I book a holiday now, or wait?  Key dates: When will destinations reopen to British tourists?  Listen to our new travel podcast  Holidaymakers and tour operators remain in the dark as to whe

n the Government will announce its plans for air bridge agreements, allowing for the resumption of overseas holidays.  It was first thought details would be revealed last weekend,

but this was then moved to Monday, when the UK quarantine measures were up for review. On Sunday Home Secretary Priti Patel said the list of countries would be made public “in the next few days”, then this morning Business Secretary Alok Sharma said it would be “later this week”.  The confusion has led travel agents to halt the sale of summ

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r holidays, saying they cannot accept bookings when they do not know whether trips will be able to take place. Tour operators have warned they need two weeks notice to resume operations.  Noel Josephides, a director at Aito, the Specialist Travel A

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sociation, said travel companies were none the wiser. “No one has heard anything,” he said.  On Tuesday, the European Union agreed a list of 15 non-EU co

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ntries for which border controls would be lifted from today, raising the prospect of potential loopholes for any air bridge agreements the UK attempted to implement, with travellers able to sidestep the need to quarantine for 14 days.  Follow the latest news below.  Auto update On Off 9:29A

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EU yesterday revealed its “safe” list for countries outside of the bloc. The

publication led to concerns it would render any UK air bridge deals pointless, as visitors could reach Britain via Europe.  See below for the full list of EU-friendly countries: Algeria  Australia&n

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sp; Canada  Georgia  Japan  Montenegro

  Morocco New Zealand  Rwanda  Serbia  South Korea  Thailand  Tunisia Uruguay China, subject to reciprocity Read the full story.