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Holidaymakers and tour operators remain in the dark as to when the Government will announce its plans for air bridge agreements, allowing for the resumption of overseas holidays. 

It was first thought details would be revealed last weekend, but this was then moved to Monday, when the UK quarantine measures were up for review. On Sunday Home Secretary Priti Patel said the list of countries would be made public “in the next few days”, then this morning Business Secretary Alok Sharma said it would be “later this week”. 

The confusion has led travel agents to halt the sale of summer holidays, saying they cannot accept bookings when they do not know whether trips will be able to take place. Tour operators have warned they need two weeks notice to resume operations. 

Noel Josephides, a director at Aito, the Specialist Travel Association, said travel companies were none the wiser. “No one has heard anything,” he said. 

On Tuesday, the European Union agreed a list of 15 non-EU countries for which border controls would be lifted from today, raising the prospect of potential loopholes for any air bridge agreements the UK attempted to implement, with travellers able to sidestep the need to quarantine for 14 days. 

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EU’s safe list risks efficacy of air bridge deals

The EU yesterday revealed its “safe” list for countries outside of the bloc. The publication led to concerns it would render any UK air bridge deals pointless, as visitors could reach Britain via Europe. 

See below for the full list of EU-friendly countries:

  1. Algeria 
  2. Australia 
  3. Canada 
  4. Georgia 
  5. Japan 
  6. Montenegro 
  7. Morocco
  8. New Zealand 
  9. Rwanda 
  10. Serbia 
  11. South Korea 
  12. Thailand 
  13. Tunisia
  14. Uruguay
  15. China, subject to reciprocity

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