Holidays: Spain and Portugal ditched for new British favourite – it’s not where you think

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Holidays abroad have been uncertain this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, with many countries implementing travel restrictions. However, for those Britons still travelling abroad, it appears that there is a new destination favourite. Turkey, which is included on the travel corridor list, appears to have become a British favourite since holidays restarted.

The country appears to be benefiting from the fact that its coronavirus rates have remained relatively low and on the quarantine exemption list.

Over the past week, between September 8 and September 15, 30 percent of all package holiday price comparison searches for holidays departing between September 11 and October 31 have been for Turkey, according to TravelSupermarket.

This is a huge leap of interest compared with eight percent of searches this time last year.

Unsurprisingly, Greece has all emerged as a firm favourite among keen travellers.

The country has seen the second biggest share in search in the last week, according to TravelSupermarket, with 15 percent of all package holidays price comparison searches.

However, travellers should be warned that while mainland Greece is on the travel corridor list for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is not for Scotland.

Several Greek islands are also on the quarantine list for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Italy came in third with ten percent of the share, compared with just six percent at the same time last year.

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According to TravelSupermarket’s Travel commentator, Emma Coulthurst, Turkey has gained popularity due to its climate and lack of restrictions on travellers entering the country.

She said: “People are picking a country on the government’s ‘travel corridor list’ where coronavirus rates appear steady and haven’t significantly risen, where the plummeting lira means you get a huge amount for your money, where temperatures stay warm well into October and where there are no prohibitive restrictions on entering the country.”

The most popular specific searches in the last week are in Turkey, but other countries feature on TravelSupermarket’s list:

1. Resorts around Antalya region (Alanya, Lara, Belek, Kas, Kemer, Kalkan, Side, Beldibi etc.)

2. Resorts out of Dalaman (Marmaris, Oludeniz, Icmeler, Fethiye, Turunc et.)

3. Istanbul

4. Corfu

5. Rhodes

6. Rome

7. Cyprus (negative coronavirus test result required to be presented on arrival)

8. Dubai (UK government is advising only essential travel there so travel insurance likely to be invalidated if you do travel there. Negative coronavirus test result required to be presented on arrival)

9. Crete (on government’s quarantine list)

10. Sicily

The average price of a seven-night late summer holiday is 19 percent less compared to a year ago.

Seven-night stays in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus are all cheaper compared to last year.

However, travellers are being warned to check entry requirements before they travel to certain countries.

The travel corridor list is also reviewed on a weekly basis, with countries being removed and added regularly.

If you are abroad when the country you are in is removed from the travel corridor list, you may need to self-isolate for 14 days on your return to the UK, depending on when you return.

One of the government’s key criteria for countries being at risk of being removed from the safe list is their seven-day case rate per 100,000 people in the country.

Countries recording more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period could be removed from the list.

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