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Jet2 bookings for Mallorca take off after UK travel relaxation

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Following the UK government announcement that fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need a pre-departure test for returning to England or a PCR test on return (a lateral flow test will be required), Jet2 has seen bookings for Spain leap by some 150%.

Coinciding with the change to travel rules, the airline and tour operator made special offers available for flight and holiday package bookings before January 18. Reservations more than doubled – “an overwhelming increase of more than double the reservations for Spain compared to the previous 24 hours”, with bookings returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Referring to Boris Johnson’s announcement, the CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, Steve Heapy, said: “The relaxation of travel restrictions is welcome news for both the travel industry and holidaymakers and comes during what is traditionally a very busy period for holiday bookings. We were already heading into the New Year with a strong feeling of positivity and confidence, and the removal of these restrictions really gets 2022 off to a great start.”

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In the devolved nations, Wales has “reluctantly” followed suit, says health minister Eluned Morgan. Scotland and Northern Ireland, as of Thursday, had yet to confirm if they would be.

* Pre-departure testing was no longer needed as of 4am Friday. Change from PCR to lateral flow test requirement from 4am Sunday; these tests can be booked as of Friday.

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People who are not fully vaccinated will still be required to self-isolate on return.

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