Chances of going on a summer holiday from Birmingham Airport are increasing as various destinations indicate they will allow tourists later this summer.
Officials in Greece, Spain and Madeira are set to welcome visitors from the UK -with flights from the Birmingham international hub.
Jet2, Tui and Ryanair are expected to resume services from Birmingham Airport later this summer, if the UK government lifts overseas travel restrictions from May 17.
It is understood the UK is in advanced negotiations with Greece and Spain.
Holidaymakers heading to Greece or its islands may be allowed to bypass lengthy airport queues if they have been vaccinated against Covid.
Tourists who have been given the jab will be granted use of a special ‘green lane’ at Greek airports, instead of a waiting in a longer queue for those who have received a negative coronavirus test, but have yet to be jabbed.
Greece hopes to launch the new service by mid-May, and tourists will have to use an app to prove they have received the jab. It will include passengers’ names, passport numbers and confirmation they have been given the jab.
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Negotiations between the UK and Greece are reported to be in the ‘advance stages’.
Meanwhile, Spanish tourism officials have also confirmed their intention to introduce Covid immunity passports. Resorts in the Balearic Islands want to welcome UK holidaymakers and officials have offered to operate a pilot scheme for the use of vaccine passports in Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca.
UK Government sources have said the prospect of foreign trips this summer is looking “increasingly positive”.
The Portuguese island of Madeira has also opened a ‘green corridor’ to admit tourists who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19.
However, it is on the UK Government ‘red list’ of destinations, meaning that those arriving in Britain from the island must quarantine for 10 days in an airport hotel.
Tourists must prove their status through one of two documents – either proof of Covid-19 recovery in the last 90 days, or an official vaccination certificate, which includes the date of the two doses taken.
Details must be submitted to the Madeirasafe.com app before the trip is taken.