Live Travel news latest: Airlines stand by to resume UK- Australia flights from December – The Telegraph



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COVID-19 revival puts pressure on spending and travel recovery | News


The resurgence of COVID-19 this summer has made consumers cautious and investors are cutting back on investment in the travel sector, which is still struggling to recover.

July retail sales fell by a staggering 1.1% as consumers spend less on clothing, furniture and sporting goods. At the same time, investors are withdrawing from cruise lines, airlines and other travel-related stocks as the number of cases of COVID-19 surged due to the highly contagious delta mutant.

The recession in spending and investment in the travel sector represents an unwelcome reversal from growth throughout the year. Vaccinations seem to be knocking down the virus, and after spending more than a year at home, people have more freedom to shop, eat out, and plan trips.

“Obviously, as we’ve learned in the last 18 months, there are undefinable twists and turns,” said Mike Stritch, Chief Investment Officer at BMO Wealth Management.

As people spend more on services, some of the recession in consumer spending on commodities was expected. According to the Supply Chain Association, the service sector, including restaurants, began to recover in July with record-accelerating growth.

Analysts aren’t expecting another series of blockades, but people can begin to reduce travel to restaurants and other public spaces, putting pressure on the recovery of the service sector.

“Our emotional indicators are starting to flash bright yellow to red,” Stritch said. “It potentially gives a pause in the short term.”

Concerns have been rising on Wall Street in recent months as analysts and investors have carefully tracked the rise in virus cases. The resurrection was strong enough that at the end of July the CDC recommended that even vaccinated people resume wearing masks indoors in public places.

Some airlines have warned that a surge in the virus could hinder their recovery. Southwest Airlines does not expect to make a profit in the third quarter after making a sufficient recovery to make a profit in the second quarter. Spirit Airlines states that the service meltdown that began in late July and the increase in COVID-19 cases have led to more last-minute cancellations and fewer bookings.

Major retailers have yet to raise concerns about the resurgence of the virus that keeps shoppers home. Both Wal-Mart and Target have given investors bright forecasts for the rest of the year. But investors are getting more attention.

The S & P 500’s consumer discretionary sector, including clothing companies and other retailers that rely on discretionary spending and face-to-face services, increased by just 0.5% in July and then decreased by nearly 1.5% in August. The sector rose just under 3.8% in June.

Chris Zaccarelli, Chief Investment Officer, said: For the Independent Advisor Alliance.

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Travel news latest: Booster jabs ‘will be needed’ for holidays


Hong Kong’s government said it would upgrade 15 countries including the United States, Spain and France to “high risk” from “medium risk” by August 20, meaning international arrivals from those countries will face lengthened quarantine.

The government said arrivals from Bangladesh, Cambodia, France, Greece, Iran, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States would all face the new restrictions.

Hong Kong has some of the most stringent coronavirus entry requirements globally, with arrivals from countries considered “high risk” mandated to undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel, even if they have been vaccinated.

Countries including Brazil, India, and the United Kingdom had already been classified as “high risk”, but the government had largely relaxed measures for travellers from most other countries, prompting hope of increased international travel for residents and a greater number of foreign visitors.





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Live Travel news latest: Government ‘had months to act’ over testing chaos, says travel watchdog – The Telegraph



Live Travel news latest: Government ‘had months to act’ over testing chaos, says travel watchdog  The Telegraph



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Travel news latest: Spain to avoid red list and up to 15 countries ‘to go green’


Dubai’s state airport operator expects a “surge” in passenger traffic over the coming weeks and months, its chief executive said today, after the United Arab Emirates announced an easing of travel restrictions from African and Asian countries.

The Gulf state, a major international travel hub, announced yesterday that from August 5 it would scrap its transit flight ban, which will affect passengers travelling from 12 countries, including major market India.

The UAE will also lift this week an entry ban on those who had visited India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria or Uganda over the past 14 days, for those with valid residencies and who are certified by Emirati authorities as fully vaccinated.

Dubai Airports Chief Executive Paul Griffiths said Dubai International was “ready to accommodate the anticipated surge in the coming weeks and months” once restrictions ease.

The Telegraph understands that Britain is set to ease its ban on travel from ‘hub’ destinations, in a move which would allow passengers to travel through red-listed Dubai and Abu Dhabi without quarantine. 





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Travel news live: Latest updates as green and amber lists likely to be expanded


The government is “increasingly confident” that more countries will turn amber and green ahead of next week’s review of the traffic light lists for international travel.

The foreign secretary said that, although British travellers would have to wait to find out the updated lists, “the momentum forward is positive”.

Dominic Raab told Sky News that travel is expected to open up more as other countries progress with their vaccine roll-outs.

“We’ve done the job we had to do domestically and as we see other countries catch up if you like, I think we are increasingly confident that more countries will go either on amber or on to green,” he said.

The next review from the Department for Transport is expected on or around 4 August.

It follows the news that fully vaccinated US and EU travellers can swerve self-isolation when entering England from amber-list countries.

The update to the rules was announced yesterday, and will take effect from 4am on 2 August.

Travellers will follow the same protocol as double-jabbed Britons entering the UK from amber destinations: they can forgo quarantine but must take one pre-departure and one post-arrival Covid test.

“We’re helping reunite people living in the US and European countries with their family and friends in the UK,” said transport secretary Grant Shapps. “The changes will apply to fully vaccinated people with an FDA or EMA vaccine.”

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Fury grows at mandatory quarantine from France to UK

French politicians, the travel industry and prospective holidaymakers are expressing increasing anger at the country’s “amber plus” rating – which obliges all arrivals from France to go into quarantine.

On 16 July the special “traffic light” category was revealed by the UK government. Mandatory quarantine remains in place while fully vaccinated travellers from “regular” amber list countries can avoid self-isolation.

France’s Europe minister, Clément Beaune, tweeted: “The UK’s quarantine measures for France are excessive and incomprehensible in health terms.”

Simon Calder29 July 2021 13:59

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Holidaymakers should choose companies that offer protection, says Which?

I response to Dominic Raab commenting that the government is “increasingly confident” that more countries will soon be added to the amber and green travel lists, Which? has warned holidaymakers to remain cautious when booking.

Rory Boland, Which? Travel Editor, said: “It’s positive to see the possibility of more countries being added to the government’s green and amber lists in the coming days. However, as we saw with France and now potentially Spain, countries with rising case rates can have further travel restrictions imposed on them with little or no notice.

“With the introduction of quarantine and expensive tests remaining a risk for some travellers, as well as thousands of people every day being told to self-isolate or testing positive, it’s vital that anyone considering a holiday chooses a provider that will let them rebook or claim a refund if coronavirus-related disruption prevents them from travelling.

“Holidaymakers should also get comprehensive travel insurance cover to protect them against these risks.”

Helen Coffey29 July 2021 13:50

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Pakistan to ban air travel for travellers without a Covid certificate

Pakistan will ban air travel for anyone without a Covid-19 vaccine certificate from 1 August and will require all public sector workers to get vaccinated by 31 August, the government announced on Thursday.

From 1 August, unvaccinated people will no longer be allowed to enter government offices, schools, restaurants and shopping malls, said Asad Umar, who heads National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), a military-run body that oversees the pandemic response.

Teachers and students above 18, public transport and retail staff will also be required to get vaccinated by the end of August.

Helen Coffey29 July 2021 13:20

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Covid testing facility opens at St Pancras station

As anger grows over France’s unique “amber plus” category for travellers arriving to the UK, a new testing facility has opened at Eurostar’s St Pancras International rail station – London terminus for trains from Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels.

The Collinson facility offers rapid antigen tests starting at £32 and slower, more expensive PCRs for upwards of £66.

It is located on “The Grand Terrace” on the same floor as the champagne bar.

Simon Calder29 July 2021 12:05

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Aer Lingus restarts flights from Bristol to Dublin

Aer Lingus will resume flights to and from Bristol to Dublin airport from Sunday 1 August.

Previously operated by Aer Lingus Regional, the route from the West Country will operate five days a week, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, with fares starting from £39.99 each way, including all taxes and charges.

Ireland reopened its doors for travel earlier this month and is the first country in Europe where fully vaccinated British citizens can visit without the need for any Covid-19 tests into or out of the country. There will also be no requirement to self-isolate if fully vaccinated.

Peter O’Neill, Aer Lingus Chief Operations Officer, said: “We are delighted to recommence flights from Bristol and welcome back our British customers on board now that travel restrictions have been relaxed, reconnecting friends and families that have been kept apart for too long.

“We are looking forward to serving our customers once again and providing them with a warm Aer Lingus welcome from airports across the UK.”

Helen Coffey29 July 2021 12:00

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Airlines report surge in US-UK bookings

Airlines have reported a surge in bookings on flights from the US to the UK after the announcement that fully vaccinated travellers can forgo quarantine on entry into Britain.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We know there’s pent up demand to travel and our surge in bookings for US-UK travel reflect this.  The news that self-isolation for fully vaccinated US citizens arriving into the UK will be removed from 2 August has increased consumer confidence, allowing our customers to finally plan a much-needed reunion with family, friends and business colleagues.” 

Flight bookings are up by more than 100 per cent week on week, with bookings from New York to London increasing by nearly 250 per cent, compared to the previous week. 

He added: “We now urge UK Government to go further and move the US to the UK’s ‘green list’ and for the Biden administration to repeal the 212F proclamation for UK travellers. The UK is already falling behind US and EU and a continued overly cautious approach towards international travel will further impact economic recovery and the 500,000 UK jobs that are at stake.”

Helen Coffey29 July 2021 11:46

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Six airports in Scotland closed due to strike

Six airports in Scotland have been closed to all but emergency flights due to a strike by air traffic controllers.

Benbecula, Dundee, Inverness, Kirkwall, Stornoway and Sumburgh airports are all closed due to an ongoing dispute about plans to introduce remote airport control towers.

The Prospect union said Thursday’s walkout marks an escalation in the industrial action which has been going on since January.

Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL) managing director Inglis Lyon said: “We apologise for the inconvenience this day of strike action will cause.

“The disruption will impact our passengers, airline partners and the communities we serve at a crucial time in the recovery from the effects of the Covid pandemic.

“It is extremely disappointing that strike action is going ahead despite months of work with Prospect to agree a number of policies to support our colleagues’ transition to our Air Traffic Management programme.

“We are still in talks with the union on a commuting policy and appeal to Prospect to conclude those discussions before considering any further escalation of industrial action.”

Additional reporting by agencies

Helen Coffey29 July 2021 11:28

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Scotland and Wales to relax quarantine rules for jabbed US and EU travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers from the US and EU will no longer have to quarantine when entering Scotland or Wales from an amber country.

The Scottish government announced the move hours after the UK government confirmed the rule change for England, and Wales also confirmed it would also follow suit.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said it would be “very hard” not to introduce the same relaxed measures.

The new rules will come into effect from 4am on 2 August.

Helen Coffey29 July 2021 11:13

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Heathrow to give away free flights and experiences

Heathrow is celebrating the safe reopening of international travel and its 75th anniversary by giving away thousands of pounds worth of free flights and experiences to passengers travelling from the airport.

The airport has teamed up with more than 10 industry partners, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, to launch its “Come Fly Again” promotion.

Other partners involved in the initiative include Blue Air, Fortnum & Mason, Leon, WH Smith, Macallan Whiskey and Cignpost Diagnostics, which will enhance the flight experience with free meals, gifts and travel essentials.

Helen Coffey29 July 2021 10:41

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Minister rejects suggestion that rapid testing could release travellers from quarantine

The foreign secretary has rejected suggestions that rapid testing alone could be used to release travellers from quarantine once they’ve entered the UK.

Government adviser and immunologist Professor Sir John Bell said yesterday that data from January demonstrated that testing could be used to allow arrivals to forgo self-isolation.

But Dominic Raab told Sky News: “We are doing daily testing, but I think the answer to your question ‘why do it now not in say, two-and-a-half weeks’ time?’ is we know and we can project how many people broadly we’ll have double vaccinated and that is the level of reassurance we want to get to.

“I know it has been frustrating, I know it has been an inconvenience, there’s been lots of things in this pandemic that have been inconvenient.

“But the truth is the whole tide – whether it is domestic restrictions, international – is going in the right direction of opening but we do need to just be careful, make sure we are doing it at the right time.”

Additional reporting by agencies

Helen Coffey29 July 2021 10:32



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Travel news latest: UK airports face busiest weekend of the year as Britons flock to Europe


Britons desperate for an indulgent holiday overseas have forced pieces to go “through the roof,” according to a specialist agent.

Bookings at Shoreditch travel agent We Are Hush have increased by 500 per cent and prices for some plush properties have tripled in price, from £25,000 to £75,000 for a two-week break.

The Balearics, which include Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera, are the most popular holiday destinations for luxury getaways at the moment say travel experts from the Shoreditch-based company.

Oli Dannatt, CEO of We Are Hus said: “These last few months has been a real challenge for us, with the traffic light system constantly changing, bookings being made, then being cancelled and the ever-growing uncertainty of new Covid variants.

“However, with the roll out of vaccinations and the Government keeping Spain and the Balearics on the amber list, we are getting daily enquiries from our customers looking to get away later this summer, Ibiza and Mykonos being by far our most requested locations. “





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Ravenswood Senior Center news and trips/travel schedule


Happy Fourth of July weekend to everyone! This will be a busy weekend in our county with the Arts and Crafts Fair at Cedar Lakes and the activities in Ripley tomorrow as they celebrate our nation’s birthday with their annual parade and other activities and entertainment on the courthouse lawn. Hopefully we will be in attendance — depends on the weather.

I remember we always celebrated our country every morning in school as we stood and placed our right hand over our heart and repeated the Pledge of Allegiance. Every school day began this way. I would like to see this tradition returned — it may not happen in my lifetime but I thoroughly believe it will someday. It always brings tears to my eyes when I see young children place their hand over their heart when the national anthem is played at sporting events too.

The Monday Night Bass Hookers fishermen welcome new members to join in this fun fishing activity at Riverfront Park. They fish from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday evening. The cost is $20 per boat per night. You may call Tommy Goodson at 304-532-7857 to learn more about this group.

Ravenswood Senior News

We are happy that our senior center is now partially reopened. We will be open five days a week beginning Tuesday, July 6, for serving of meals only. There will not be any activities when the centers first open. Some activities will be added later. Masks will not be required but may be worn if you choose to do so. Bullying over masks or vaccinations will not be tolerated. If you are sick, please stay home. You will enter through one door where there will be screenings conducted before you enter the building. Screenings will consist of temperature checks and questions to determine if you have come in contact with COVID-19. Tables will be arranged six feet apart as we must follow the CDC guidelines on social distancing.

We have a huge increase in meal deliveries; due to this we will not be able to transport to the center at this time. Once we are open and can see how many want to come to the center instead of getting home deliveries, we can hopefully start to transport.

All the meals will be served on disposable trays. There will be no self-service for drinks or condiments. You will enter the building and find your seat and then your meal and drinks will be brought to you. Doors open at 11 a.m. We will serve your meal at 11:15 a.m. You will have until noon to eat and then the building will close. We may need more dining time if we have more attend than we have seating for due to the six-feet-apart rule. You must reserve your meal in advance. If you are not on the list for a reserved meal you will not be able to enter the building. Due to limited space at some centers we must be precise with our meal counts and reserving. Pick-up meals will still be offered which may be picked up at our center from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The pool is now open. Screenings will be conducted before entering the building. Limited numbers will be allowed in the pool. Appointments will need to be made to assure we don’t exceed attendance limits due to CDC social distancing. Phone calls will be made to schedule appointment times.

This isn’t the exact way we envisioned our reopening but we have rules and guidelines we must follow to stay open. We will be expanding services as we are able to do so. We ask you to be kind to our staff and everyone attending our center. We are just happy to have a start to normalcy once again.

The Recycled Teenagers 2021 Travel Schedule has had to alter their schedule from what was announced in the beginning of the year. If you have any questions concerning a trip you have planned on going on you may call our trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 and she will gladly assist you.

One-day trips include The Guy Penrod Concert on July 24, The Isaacs Concert on Oct. 29, a shopping trip to Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 6 and our annual trip to see the Christmas displays throughout Oglebay Park in Wheeling, W.Va., on Nov. 13. These trips must be paid in full when signing up for them. A meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant is included in the Guy Penrod and Isaacs concerts. Meals are on your own on the Columbus and Wheeling trips.

Aug. 18 and 19 we will go to Kentucky to see the Ark Encounter which features Noah’s Ark. One lunch is included in this trip.

Aug. 28-Sept. 5 we will travel to Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and the Black Hills of South Dakota. We will visit Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, the Unique Journey Museum and the town of Deadwood and other places of interest in the area. Eight breakfasts and six dinners are included in this fabulous trip to the West.

Sept. 27-30 we will attend the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. We will have a day at Dollywood and enjoy several gospel music shows. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.

Oct. 11-15 we travel to Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada. You must have a passport for this trip. We will visit Niagara-on-the-Lake and Queen Victoria Park, see The Falls on a “Hornblower Niagara Cruise,” visit the CN Tower and visit other places of interest in Niagara Falls. Four breakfasts and four dinners are included in this trip.

Nov. 16-18 we will travel to Lancaster, Pa. We will see two biblical productions including “Queen Esther” and “The Christmas Tree Ship.” Two dinners including a family-style dinner and a Bird-in-Hand Smorgasbord dinner are included in this trip. Shopping time will be at the Kitchen Kettle Village and the Rockvale Square and Tanger Outlets.

Dec. 6-9 we are going to the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, N.C. We will have a guided tour of the city of Asheville, visit the Biltmore Estates, visit the Folk Art Center, visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and enjoy a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.

Multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as listed on the trip flyer. Insurance is available on multiple-day trips. All trips and insurance policies must be paid in separate checks.

We will be traveling on a Diamond Tours motor coach for the South Dakota, Niagara Falls and Biltmore trips. The company requires that all passengers are vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus.

Again — Happy July Fourth!!!!

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Green list news live: Latest travel updates


Fully jabbed Britons may not have to quarantine when they return home from amber destinations this summer, according to reports.

Ministers are working on plans to allow quarantine-free holidays this summer.

Meanwhile, Malta and the Balearic islands of Spain are slated for the green list, which is due to be updated tomorrow.

There are currently 11 countries on the green list, most inaccessible to British tourists.

It comes as the travel industry lobbies the government in a Travel Day of Action, putting pressure on the government to support the beleaguered travel industry.

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The Independent’s travel correspondent, Simon Calder, writes a free must-read weekly email covering the biggest travel stories of the week and his unique take on them. Full of insider tips and the best travel deals, the newsletter arrives at 7am every Friday.

To sign up to his newsletter, click here and scroll down to Simon Calder’s Travel Week.

Cathy Adams23 June 2021 13:06

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Airlines join legal action

More airlines on Wednesday joined legal action against the Britain over its travel curbs, adding to pressure on the government to relax restrictions that are putting businesses and jobs on the line.

EasyJet and tour group TUI said they had joined the action led by Manchester Airports Group (MAG) aimed at challenging the government for an alleged lack of transparency over travel rules.

The two airlines join the country’s other biggest travel firms Ryanair, British Airways-owner IAG and Virgin Atlantic as interested parties in the case.

A spokesman for MAG, the claimant in the case, said the court had accepted its application for an expedited hearing and the government, specifically the transport minister and the health minister, had until Monday to file a defence.

“We cannot comment on legal proceedings,” said a government spokesperson.

A date for a hearing is likely to be set either later next week or for the following the week, added the spokesperson.

The travel industry remains effectively closed as rules require 10 days quarantine for arrivals from all European Union countries and the United States. Government advice also warns against travelling to most countries.

British pilots, cabin crew, travel agents and other workers are urging politicians to reopen foreign routes with protests and demonstrations across the country on Wednesday.

The government said in an emailed response its travel rules sought to balance the reopening of international travel with safeguarding public health and protecting the country’s vaccine programme.

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No quarantine for double jabbed tourists this summer?

Government ministers have confirmed they are “working on” plans to facilitate holidays in “amber list” countries.

The move would see the mandatory 10-day quarantine for travellers upon their return to the UK scrapped in favour of testing – but only for those who are fully vaccinated.

He claimed he is “in favour of moving forward in this area”, and swapping the current quarantine restrictions for some sort of daily testing instead.

Read the full report here.

Cathy Adams23 June 2021 12:49

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What the loosening of restrictions for vaccinated travellers could mean for your holiday

The move, confirmed by the health secretary, would mean tourists and business travellers could visit amber destinations without having to self-isolate for 10 days on their return to the UK.

Matt Hancock said he is “in favour of moving forward in this area” and replacing quarantine with daily testing.

“This hasn’t been clinically advised yet – we’re working on it,” he told Sky News.

What could this relaxation of restrictions mean for you summer holiday?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Helen Coffey23 June 2021 12:19

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More Brits feel safe to travel in next six months, says new poll

There has been a six-fold increase in the number of British travellers who would feel “safe” going on a beach holiday in the next six months, compared to how they felt last October.

Research from AllClear Travel Insurance found that 30 per cent of more than 2,000 British respondents would feel safe travelling, up from 5 per cent last autumn.

The insurer also found that southern Europe emerged as the top destination that British travellers would feel safest in within the next six months, despite the fact that almost all of Europe is graded “amber” by the UK government and requires 10 days of self-isolation.

Cathy Adams23 June 2021 12:11

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Poland tightens curbs on British travellers

It’s not all good news for UK travellers today, as Poland tightens curbs on Britons.

British travellers to Poland must quarantine for seven days in a bid to try to curb the spread of the Delta variant, the country’s health ministry announced.

“The decisions made on quarantine for travellers arriving from Great Britain are intended to reduce the risk of transmission of the Delta coronavirus variant from the endangered area,” health minister Adam Niedzielski was quoted as saying by state news agency PAP, reports Reuters.

“We must take care of our citizens and their security.”

Cathy Adams23 June 2021 12:05

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Pilots’ union Balpa comments

Commenting on Travel Day of Action, Brian Strutton,  acting general secretary of the pilots’ union Balpa, said:

“The government has to decide if this summer it will make or break the UK travel industry. Pilots are meeting politicians across the UK today to urge them to put pressure on the government to act now and save not only the summer but the future of UK aviation and travel.  

“With a robust and open approach to the data we should be able to use the science to open-up safe travel routes with the US and many European destinations, just as other European countries have done. This would give the travel industry and passengers a chance to make something the best of the summer and start to stem the decline. Extending the furlough scheme and direct support to airlines and airports would save jobs and companies as we head into the winter, so that we have a leisure and business travel industry ready to bounce back quickly post-pandemic.” 

Cathy Adams23 June 2021 11:59

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The full amber list

If the government does drop the requirement to self-isolate after visiting an amber country, which nations would they be?

As it stands currently, every territory in Europe bar Gibraltar and Iceland are rated amber. The US is also graded amber.

Cathy Adams23 June 2021 11:47

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Independent travel businesses show support for Travel Day of Action

Speaking as part of the Travel Day of Action, Gary Lewis, chief executive of The Travel Network Group, which represents 1,200 independent travel businesses, said:

“Our industry employs over 221,000 people and contributes £37.1 billion to the economy but our calls for sector-specific financial support and clarity on the roadmap towards free international travel have not been met. Over the last 14 months we have seen our members’ revenues drop to a fraction of 2019 levels and a number of our members have sadly closed their doors for good.

“While much of the of the economy reopens, businesses in the outbound travel sector have been left out in the cold with a lack of financial support and ambiguity about a safe route to international travel. Alongside colleagues across the travel industry we’re asking the government to allow international travel to return safely in a risk-managed way, implementing the Global Travel Taskforce’s plan for a traffic-light system. This should see the green list expanding in line with the evidence and making restrictions more proportionate, whilst keeping a strong red list to guard against variants.

“We are also asking for a package of tailored financial support, including extension of the furlough scheme, recognising that the travel sector’s ability to trade and generate income is much slower than first anticipated and more gradual than for businesses in the domestic economy.

“Time is running out for UK travel businesses and we hope that the government will listen and respect the contribution we make to the UK economy.”

Cathy Adams23 June 2021 11:32

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And what about the Greek islands?

Covid data expert Tim White has crunched the numbers for the Greek islands, and analysed the possibility of a handful of them being added to the green list tomorrow.

Here are the current 7-day infection rates/100k for the Greek islands:

#Crete 25.1
#Corfu 13.7
#Andros 10.8
#Chios 0
#Ikaria 83.1
#Kalymnos 6.2
#Karpathos 0
#KeaKythnos 0
#Kefalonia 2.8
#Kos 92.8
#Lefkada 0
#Lemnos 0
#Lesbos 21.8
#Milos 0
#Mykonos 78.9
#Naxos 21.0
#Paros 87.5
#Rhodes 44.2
#Samos 12.1
#Santorini 25.9
#Sporades 0
#Syros 4.6
#Thassos 14.5
#Tinos 0
#Zakythos 0

His prediction is: “But #Corfu seems certain to me. I am also hopeful for #Chios #Kefalonia #Milos #Samos #Santorini #Sporades #Syros #Tinos #Zakynthos.”

Read his full thread below.

Cathy Adams23 June 2021 10:42



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