TUI cancels flights to amber list country after important travel change

TUI has announced it has cancelled all flights to Jamaica after the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) advised against all but essential travel.

On its website, TUI has issued a statement saying: “Due to the updated travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advising against all but essential travel to Jamaica, TUI UK have cancelled all holidays to Jamaica until Saturday 11th September 2021.

“Customers currently on holiday in Jamaica can continue their holiday and return to the UK on their planned flight.

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“Customers will be contacted in departure date order to discuss their options, which will include amending to another holiday with an incentive or cancelling and receiving a full refund.

“We’d like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience.”

The FCDO made the change this morning to the travel advice just days after the travel lists were updated.

At the time of writing, Jamaica remains on the amber list meaning Brits should be able to travel to the country for leisure.

However, the FCDO has warned against all but essential travel meaning that Brits should not be going to the country for leisure – a similar warning issued to red list countries.

It is unknown if other airlines have yet to cancel flights to the country.

Travel expert and journalist Tim White flagged the changes on his Twitter this morning indicating that flights to the country could be cancelled.

He said: “Saturday’s #Coronavirus megathread starts with some breaking news this morning. Looks like Dominic Raab has said to Grant Shapps “How did you not red list #Jamaica?”

“The FCDO now advises against travel to the island”.

COVID-19 infections are increasing in Jamaica, with 630 new infections reported on average each day.

There have been 64,899 infections and 1,465 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Jamaica has administered at least 496,976 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 8.4 per cent of the country’s population.

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