Following new restrictions against UK travellers, including Scots, due to the Omicron Covid variant, Inghams, one of the UK’s major winter holiday operators, has suspended all December departures to Switzerland.
Inghams said the cancellations were due to the requirement announced on November 27 for Brits arriving in Switzerland to self-isolate for 10 days, reported Wales Live.
Travellers from the UK will also need be fully vaccinated and show proof of a negative coronavirus test.
The new rules were introduced on Saturday after the first case of the Omicron variant was identified in the UK.
Authorities have not said how long the quarantine rule for British travellers will remain.
Switzerland added the UK to the Swiss Federal Office of Health’s list of countries with a variant of concern.
Travellers passing through Switzerland to another country, however, will not need to quarantine, as long as the time spent in the country is 24 hours or less.
Inghams offers ski holidays to 76 resorts in seven countries with 15 15 UK regional airports.
Chief executive Joe Ponte said: “Following the news that Switzerland has imposed a 10-day quarantine on all UK arrivals, we have sadly suspended all December 2021 departures to Switzerland.
“Customers impacted by this news are being offered the option to move their booking free of charge or to cancel their booking with a full refund.
“We are extremely disappointed for all our customers who were looking forward to a ski holiday in Switzerland in the coming month. Switzerland accounts for around six per cent of the holidays in our winter programme, and booking numbers for the coming ski season have been strong.”
He added: “While many of our customers remain eager to return to the slopes, we understand that some customers with later departure dates may be feeling apprehensive about their holiday following this latest update.
“With this in mind, we continue to offer flexibility via our ‘No Fee to change up to 28 days before departure’ policy. Allowing our customers the option to move their holiday to a later date or different destination.”
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