Greece remains one of the preferred destinations for travelers from the UK who are planning to spend Easter outside the country.
Data provided by ForwardKeys shows that Easter booking rates for Greece have so far increased by 26 per cent compared to the pre-pandemic period when there were no travel restrictions.
On the other hand, compared to 2021, booking rates for this year are up by 160 per cent, making Greece one of the most flexible international destinations for UK travelers for Easter 2022.
The increase in booking rates follows a UK government announcement made earlier this month, TheSchengen.com reports.
The latter’s authorities have revealed that travelers from the UK who have been fully vaccinated against the virus will no longer be required to meet COVID-19 testing requirements when returning to the UK.
The relaxation of travel rules by many European countries has also had a significant impact on the increase in booking prices. However, travelers from the UK are finding it difficult to travel with children who have not been vaccinated against the virus as they still have to meet some COVID-19 restrictions.
For this reason, UK travelers choose other destinations as well to spend their vacation in.
“Entry restrictions continue to hamper recovery – despite the strong revitalization seen in the UK’s exit market after the relaxation of entry requirements when returning to Britain. British families are still finding it difficult to travel,” said Olivier Ponte, vice president of Insights at ForwardKeys. to popular short-term winter sunny destinations in Europe with unvaccinated children, driving a strong preference for destinations as far away as Mexico, the Maldives or Barbados.
Unlike Greece, which currently ranks fourth in terms of bookings from UK nationals for Easter, Cyprus is the most flexible international destination, ranking first.
Easter bookings in Cyprus are up 68% compared to 2019 and 126% compared to last year.
Booking rates in Spain also showed a positive trend. So far, Easter bookings in Spain have increased by 5 percent compared to the pre-pandemic period. The difference is more significant compared to 2021. Compared to last year, this year’s booking rates in Spain have increased by 141 percent.