Travel restrictions

Europe “knee” travel restrictions jeopardize ski vacations

AAustria has joined with France in tightening travel restrictions on British arrivals, just as the ski season kicks off.

From Saturday, all Britons wishing to visit the Alpine nation must show full proof of vaccination, a booster and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel. While not an outright ban on visiting, as in France, 54% of Telegraph readers believe such rules will discourage them from taking a ski vacation this season, as the industry responds to the approach of the “knee” of nations at such a crucial time.

“These gut answers seem unnecessary, so we have to hope that they will remove them quickly when their omicrons percentages match those of the UK in about a week or so,” said Richard Sinclair, managing director of the specialist travel agency. SNO.

Operators, resorts and holidaymakers have been left to ‘hold their breath’ to see if the remaining departure over the New Year, to destinations which remain open to UK skiers, goes unscathed.

“The UK travel industry is on its knees financially,” said Charles Owen, founder of Seasonal Business in Travel, which represents more than 200 companies operating in the mountains, as he joined calls on the Chancellor for a ‘it offers “tailor-made” support to thousands of workers. who rely on the winter months to survive.

Reports from the French Alps, where the British are now banned, suggest businesses are expected to lose 20% or more of season revenue over the next few weeks of celebration.

Once omicron becomes dominant on the continent, “it will be more difficult to justify these ill-conceived barriers to movement,” Sinclair said. Today, the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) is expected to confirm research suggesting that omicron causes much milder disease than delta and that booster vaccines offer “substantial” additional protection.

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