Brits could be heading off to Europe on their holidays by the end of the month, a tourism industry leader has claimed.
Currently, European destinations on the government's green list which Brits can travel to without the need to isolate upon return are The Balearic Islands (which include Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca and Formentera), Malta and Madeira.
However there has been speculation that plans will be announced to allow Brits who have had two of their Covid vaccinations to travel to countries on the amber list, which would open up the possibility of being able to go to Spain, Greece, France and a whole host of other destinations as well.
And now Jet2's CEO Steve Heapy has said trips abroad could be back sooner rather than later.
He told The Sun: "I think that will come if they change the amber criteria, and we're hoping that will be the end of July.
"The longer the government leave it, the harder it will be, but if they do it by the end of July, we could have a reasonable end to the season."
He also added that more countries should be added to the green list, meaning Brits won't need to be double-jabbed to visit them.
"As lovely as the Balearics, Malta and Madeira are, they aren't for everyone," Mr Heapy said.
"Based on the data we can see and the government can see, there is a strong argument for the Canary Islands and many of the Greek Islands to be on the green list, and probably Cyprus."
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It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week raised expectations over holidays abroad when asked about reports that fully-vaccinated people may be able to travel quarantine free from amber list countries by July 26.
"Everybody who is frustrated about travel over the summer – double jabs will be a liberator," he said.
"I want travel to be possible but I’ve got to stress that this year will not be like every other year because of the difficulties with Covid. People shouldn’t expect it will be completely hassle free."
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Other reports have suggested that millions of Brits could have their holiday plans thrown into chaos because their Covid vaccines are not recognised by the EU’s passport scheme.
Up to five million doses of the unrecognised jab have been given out in the UK meaning those who received them could have real difficulty getting away for a much-needed break.
The AstraZeneca vaccine, which is called Covishield and produced by the Serum Institute of India, has not been approved by the European Medicines Agency.
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