People on the beach

People sunbathe on El Arenal beach as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease lockdown restrictions during phase two, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Majorca.

29-05-2020ENRIQUE CALVO

Travel operator TUI has cancelled all foreign holidays for British tourists until July 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sending shares in the German group down 6% on Friday.

It appears that TUI could start operating with the German market earlier. "We want to resume flight traffic to Majorca from mid-to-end June. Austria, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Bulgaria are also well-prepared,” TUI CEO Fritz Joussen said.

The company, which had already axed departures until the middle of June, said holidays to destinations such as Spain and Greece departing on or before June 30 had been cancelled, while its lakes and mountains trips had been stopped until October 1.

It also halted sailings on its Marella Cruises line until July 31, with additional cancellations on some vessels stretching into 2021, and said river cruises would not restart until after 25 November.

The travel group earlier this month said it would cut 8,000 jobs and look to shed 30% of its costs as it geared up for a July restart to European tourism.

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Gareth / Hace about 1 year

Greece has banned Britons from going on holiday there when it reopens its borders on June 1. While citizens of 29 other countries will be allowed to travel when Greece's airports reopen to tourists on June 15, the UK's number of coronavirus cases is still too high. A list published today has revealed Greece will allow tourists to travel from countries including Australia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Lebanon. But Britain's number of coronavirus cases and deaths are not low enough for the country to consider allowing Briton's in.

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