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Sorry, Spain, Everyone in Europe Wants to Travel to the UK Now

  • UK also top for Middle East, Africa travelers, Mastercard says
  • Flight bookings have grown since UK ditched Covid travel rules
The UK scrapped all remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions in March.
The UK scrapped all remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions in March.

Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

The UK is now the hottest destination among European travelers seeking an escape, after years of restricted movement. 

Britain has leapfrogged Spain as the top haunt for European travelers as of March 2022, according to a Mastercard Economics Institute report on this year’s travel trends. The UK is among countries spearheading a global rebound for travel, which has made long-haul leisure travel gain almost 70 percentage points toward pre-pandemic levels in the space of four months.