ANYONE hoping to bag a least minute foreign trip this half term is looking at rock bottom prices compared to your average school holiday prices.
Package prices start from as low as £240pp for seven nights for two adults and two school-children leaving for Greece, £249pp to Madeira and £228pp for Cyprus.
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There are more spaces than usual in hotels and on planes heading to the various destinations, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and a summer of restrictions placed on travellers by the government.
That means package operators and travel agents have spots to fill, so the prices are priced to try and make that happen.
According to Travel Supermarket, you can go to Greece for seven nights with a flight and accommodation included, for less than half some of the current flight prices out there.
While none of the locations mentioned currently require quarantine on return to the UK, they do have certain requirements for arrivals from Britain, so you are advised to check what will be needed before booking.
It is also advised that the the UK government is regularly adding and removing destinations from their safe travel corridors, so check before you travel.
Some of the deals include:
Package holidays to Rhodes (You must complete an online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before your arrival in Greece)
Package holidays to Crete (You must complete an online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before your arrival in Greece)
Package holidays to Corfu (You must complete an online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before your arrival in Greece)
Package holidays to Madeira (private covid test required within 72hrs of travel or a test on arrival and self-isolation until result)
Package holidays to Cyprus (private covid negative test, conducted within 72hrs of travel, required to be shown on arrival)
On October 8, a handful of Greek islands were removed from the quarantine list.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that anyone heading back from the Greek islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini and Zakynthos from 4am on Saturday, October 10 would no longer need to quarantine.
It came after Mr Shapps introduced a new policy to carve out quarantine exemptions for islands.
Then last week, Crete was removed from the quarantine list for Greece in the UK government’s weekly announcement.
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Just one island remains on the quarantine list – Mykonos.
Anyone visiting Mykonos from the UK will have to quarantine for two weeks on their return.
Brits face very limited options for half-term get-aways as the list of European countries without travel restrictions has been whittled down over the last few months.