Half-term holiday bookings jump 200% after England travel rules change


Clea Skopeliti

Thomas Cook says it expects a busy weekend for bookings as people take advantage of simplified travel rules

Half-term holiday bookings have jumped by 200% compared with August since the government announced a relaxation of travel rules in England, the travel firm Thomas Cook has said.

On Friday, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, unveiled plans to simplify the Covid rules around trips abroad from next month, scrapping the traffic light system and replacing it with a pared-down “red” list of countries from which arrivals will continue to be required to quarantine in a government-supervised hotel.

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