Falkirk travel firm welcomes resumption of international travel

The list of a dozen foreign destinations the UK Government has given the all clear to travel to are not necessarily places the average Falkirk holidaymaker would want to go at this time according to a local travel agent.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 8:34 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 5:14 pm

Barrhead Travel, which has a branch in Falkirk High Street, welcomed the UK Government’s announcement on the resumption of international travel on May 17 as the “first major step on the road to industry recovery”.

However, the firm stated many of the destinations on the government’s so called “green list” of places people can travel without having to quarantine upon return were not very practical for most holidaymakers.

The green list destinations at the moment include Portugal, Israel, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Iceland, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and St Helena, Tristan de Cunha and Ascension Island.

Barrhead Travel welcomed the resumption of international travel on May 17 but not some of countries available to travel to on the UK Government's green list

Jacqueline Dobson, Barrhead Travel president, said: “We’re very disappointed the green list has many more destinations impractical to visit than those that could be visited restriction-free.

"We hope to see more destinations added to the list in the coming weeks as people begin to think about summer holidays.”

The firm was also happy to see the Scottish Government go along with the green list guidelines

Mrs Dobson said: “We are pleased to see the Scottish Government confirming they will be reopening international travel from this Monday in line with the UK Government’s approach.

"We have long been advocating for consistency across the four nations and we urge the Scottish Government to continue taking this approach when it comes to travel.

“Both the inbound and outbound travel industries are interconnected across the UK and having consistency will be critical when it comes to recovery. For our customers, having one clear message is important to support confidence.

“There is a significant demand for travel – not just for holidays, but for travel to see family, friends and loved ones and many customers will be hoping to see more destinations added to the Green list in the coming weeks and months.

"Our stores are now open throughout the UK and we’re really looking forward to helping customers with their travel plans.”