The UK journey sector has reacted with shock and confusion to a choice by the federal government to take away Portugal from the inexperienced listing of secure journey locations.
AITO chairman, Chris Rowles, stated: “Nothing is smart, sadly.
“Altering Portugal from inexperienced to amber at quick discover – regardless of telling us that extra discover could be given – isn’t going to encourage shopper confidence, and it’ll deliver the tiny variety of bookings which were coming in each day to a juddering halt.
“It’s going to additionally create much more confusion and a requirement for refunds, which clients is not going to be entitled to ought to they refuse to journey.
“We all know the vaccine is working – even towards the Delta variant (beforehand referred to as the Indian variant), which the federal government so cavalierly allowed to enter the UK by allowing flights from India to proceed freely regardless of the apparent dangers concerned.”
Authorities officers stated the choice to maneuver Portugal (together with Madeira and the Azores) to the amber listing follows elevated concern within the unfold of variants of coronavirus, together with a mutation of the Delta variant.
In a forthright assertion, Rowles added: “Our message