TUI slashes holiday prices to ‘safe’ destinations by up to £650

Though rapidly changing travel corridors might be a cause for concern for some holidaymakers, TUI is encouraging Britons to jet off by slashing the cost of holidays to some “safe” destinations. Package deals to Turkey and Cyprus have been reduced by as much as £650 and £450 respectively.

Both nations are currently still on the UK travel corridor list, and low rates of coronavirus mean they are considered relatively safe from being removed any time soon.

The UK Government is currently using a threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period to determine whether nations should remain on the list.

Cyprus has seen 4.5 cumulative cases in the last 14-days according to the European Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC).

It is around 1.8 new daily cases per 100,000 of the population.

Turkey, meanwhile, has recorded 13.9 new daily cases.

In the UK, there are around 31.5 new cases.

With these figures in mind, both Cyprus and Turkey are most likely safe from any travel corridor changes in the coming week.

Holidaymakers could snap up an impressive deal with TUI.

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A seven-night all-inclusive holiday to Turkey’s The Land of Legends rest in Antalya is down from £1,296 per person to £719.

Meanwhile, seven nights at The King Jason in Paphos, Cyprus, is down from £1,301 per person to £568 per person.

However, while Britons are being welcomed to Turkey, Cyprus has put in place strict regulations.

Holidaymakers who hope to venture to the popular hotspot must present a negative coronavirus test on arrival.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) explains: “As of 1 August 2020, the UK is in Cyprus’ Category B: this means that tourists are permitted to travel to Cyprus, but they need to provide a negative test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel.

“On 31 July 2020 The Republic of Cyprus government announced that COVID-test results can be in the form of an email or SMS, but the test result itself and/or appointment letter must include the date and time when the test was taken.

“Children under 12 years old do not require a test in order to travel to Cyprus.”

CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency Paul Charles tweeted: “#Cyprus remains a clear leader in #Europe for keeping cases low – what is it doing right that others aren’t?”

However, TUI has also recently been forced to axe holidays to a number of destinations due to swiftly changing travel rules.

Affected nations include Greece and Portugal.

A TUI spokeswoman told Express.co.uk: “Due to the FCDO’s advice against all but essential travel to mainland Portugal, TUI UK has cancelled all holidays to Faro, Portugal up to and including Thursday, September 24 2020.

“We will proactively contact all customers to either arrange a full refund or the option to rebook their holiday with a booking incentive.

“All customers currently on holiday can continue to enjoy their holiday and will return on their intended flight home.

“TUI holidays to Madeira, using our flight partners like easyJet and British Airways, are still operating as planned.”

As for Greece, the spokeswomen added: “e to the FCDO’s advice against all but essential travel to a number of Greek islands, TUI UK has cancelled all holidays from Tuesday, September 8 to the following destinations up to and including Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Santorini, Zante (Zakynthos), Crete (Chania and Heraklion) and Mykonos.

“All impacted customers will be notified and offered the option to amend or cancel and receive a full cash refund.

“In addition, due to the recent positive cases from customers returning from the resorts of Laganas in Zante and Malia in Crete, TUI UK has taken the decision to no longer offer holidays to Laganas or Malia until October 31, 2020.

“All impacted customers will be notified and offered to amend or cancel and receive a full cash refund.”

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