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Holiday bargains abound if you are brave enough to book before the ‘green list’ is announced

Revealed: Holiday bargains (with Covid cover) abound if you are brave enough to book before the ‘green list’ is announced

  • The Government is due to announce which countries will be on its ‘green list’
  • Prices could shoot up after this, so booking now secures today’s low prices
  • Several firms aim to reassure early-bird bookers by offering free Covid insurance

Every week our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at an important holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don’t have to. This week: Best-buys that won’t be ruined by coronavirus.

Bargains abound if you are brave enough to book a holiday before the Government announces which countries will be on its quarantine-free ‘green list’.

With overseas holidays due to be allowed from May 17, booking now secures today’s low prices, which may well shoot up when the starting gun for summer is fired – and that could come as soon as Friday.

Safe summer fun: The main port on the Greek island of Kos

If you fancy a sparklingly clean resort with no fewer than eight swimming pools set amid the lunar landscape of Lanzarote, the stylish H10 Rubicon Palace costs from £387pp in July (onthebeach.co.uk).

Or pick the Mitsis Summer Palace Beach Hotel with an infinity pool looking out over the Aegean Sea on the Greek island of Kos. Book now for September and a week costs from £407pp (loveholidays.com).

Another palace is on offer from Saga, which offers flights and all-inclusive weeks at Madeira’s palm-fringed Monte Mar Palace Hotel from a rock-bottom £549pp up to the end of October (saga.co.uk).

But what happens if your chosen destination goes on the red or amber list, which means that you must quarantine on return? Or if you come down with coronavirus just before departure and are unable to travel?

Several firms aim to reassure early-bird bookers by offering free Covid…

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