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Travel news: CAA advocate package holidays and we’re all going on a ‘Scotcation’

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September’s travel news brings us another traffic light update, Venice planning on charging people to enter, and Cornwall asking visitors to test negative before travelling.

There’s also an increase in plans for a holiday to Scotland and the CAA are urging us to make sure our holiday is ATOL-protected.

Keep reading to find out what’s going on in travel at the moment.

Traffic light system update

After three weeks, like clockwork, the traffic light list updates were announced on 26 August and came into play on 30 August at 4am.

Seven new countries were added to the green list; The Azores, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, and Switzerland.

No new countries were added to the amber list.

Montenegro and Thailand were added to the red list.

Turkey remains on the red list, despite calls for it to be moved to amber as the number of cases remains similar to amber-listed Spain.

CAA urges travellers to book package holidays

The Civil Aviation Authority has been directly speaking to people planning on taking a holiday in order to encourage them to choose package holidays.

People are urged to ‘look past the price’ and find a provider that offers ATOL protection to make sure their plans are safe should something go wrong.

For example, if you book through a company with ATOL protection and they go out of business before you can go away, you’ll get your money back or you can still take your holiday without forking out any extra.

If you aren’t protected elsewhere, some travel insurance policies may be able to help in the event of end supplier failure. Make sure to check your policy to see if this is included.

Test before travelling to Cornwall

The chief executive of Visit Cornwall is asking people planning to travel there to make sure they take a lateral flow test before travelling to Cornwall in order to help keep the number of cases in the area down.

If you’re looking to take a break in Cornwall, it’s advised that you test before, during, and after your trip to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Devon and Cornwall area is seeing case numbers rise – with an increase from 300 to 500 per 100,000 in the week leading up to 18 August. Nearly 5,000 cases have also been linked to the recent Boardmasters Festival in the area.

The ‘Scotcation’ boom reaches one-third of Brits

Research by Skyes Holiday Cottages has shown that as many as one-third of British people are planning on taking a holiday in Scotland this year.

Their study showed an increase of 31% in people thinking about going away in Scotland, and a 54% increase in the number of family bookings at Scottish rentals, compared to 2019.

Venice might charge to let you in from summer 2022

The Italian city is exploring the idea of charging tourists to enter from summer 2022. The cost is expected to be between €3 and €10 per person.

Based on the premise of reducing over-tourism, an online booking system and electronic turnstiles that stop people who haven’t paid from getting in are being considered.

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