Travel industry chiefs demand better Foreign Office advice

Travel industry chiefs demand better Foreign Office advice

With holidays abroad soon to be permitted, senior travel industry figures have demanded that Foreign Office travel advice reverts to “its intended purpose”.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the Foreign Office (FCDO) has been criticised for basing go/no-go warnings entirely on the basis of Covid figures.

Last August, Danny Callaghan, chief executive of the Latin American Travel Association, said: “People are looking at Foreign Office advice and seeing it as redundant. The travel trade are rapidly losing faith in that advice.”

Just ahead of the government’s announcement of a “green list” of low-risk destinations, the chief executives of Airlines UK and Abta, the travel association, have written to the Foreign Office asking for “clarity” and “consistency” in the travel advice.

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