Holidays booked: 25 percent of Britons plan to ignore Government advice and go abroad

Nearly three in 10 those polled said they were fully vaccinated and saw no reason not to go, while the majority (39 percent) said they needed to get away for their mental health. Paul Charles, the CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: “Travel is vital for so many reasons, to see family, to celebrate milestones, to ease stress and support mental health; it’s not just for holidays. Consumers are fed up with waiting for restrictions to lift and have realised they can travel safely and responsibly.

“There is no reason why fully-jabbed citizens should not be allowed to travel to many other countries, whether green or amber. The Americans and Europeans are letting their populations travel, so why isn’t the UK government? Vaccines work and should enable life to get back to normal, including travel.”

Separate research showed similar defiance with at least 16 million people contemplating a foreign trip.

A survey commissioned by Project Screen by Prenetics found younger people are more likely to go abroad with 38 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds considering a foreign holiday.

Avi Lasarow, of Project Screen by Prenetics, said: “After more than a year of lockdowns and restrictions, Britain deserves a break. It is absolutely right the Government puts public safety first.

“But our survey showed that 16 million people are still considering travelling this summer and more of them will now require two tests after they return, following the Government’s decision to add Portugal to the Amber List.

The firm has launched a campaign called Take a Holiday From VAT to remove 20 percent VAT from holiday Covid tests to make it cheaper to go abroad.

Lasarow added: “The money saved by removing VAT could save a family of four the costs of flights to Spain and back. This is a positive step the Government could make to help families take a holiday and give a boost to the travel industry.”

Oliver Bell, the co-founder of Oliver’s Travels, said It was clear that the majority of customers are either hoping that their destinations go green before their summer holidays or are prepared to accept the minimum of five days of self-isolation on their return.

Seamus McCauley, of Holiday Extras, called it “no surprise” holidaymakers are planning to travel to amber list countries. 

He said: “People have been locked in long enough, and keeping some of these places [Greek Islands or Canaries] on the amber list at this point goes far beyond reasonable caution.”

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