New rules for travel risks will open up long-haul foreign holiday market


The coronavirus infection rates in countries outside the EU will no longer be taken into account in official government travel advice from Wednesday, the Telegraaf has reported.

This means dozens of countries will now be classified as ‘yellow’, or ‘caution required’ destinations, the paper said on Tuesday afternoon.

Formal travel advice has been linked to infection rates since the start of the pandemic, although the situation was changed for EU destinations last summer.

As yet, it is unclear which countries will change from red or amber to yellow, the paper said.

Nor is it clear what the rating will be for countries such as New Zealand, where overseas visitors are not welcome.

Travel companies had campaigned hard for a change in the system so they could again offer winter sun breaks to countries such as Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico.

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