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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Golden Globes jury banned from accepting gifts and travel


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is trying to restructure in the face of widespread criticism of diversity and transparency.

The exclusive group, made up of about 80 film journalists, has been accused of using the prestige associated with being nominated or winning a Golden Globe to gain privileged access and privileged access to the stars of the American film industry.

Under the new “gifts, travel, and conflict of interest policies,” HFPA members “cannot accept promotional materials or other gifts from studios, advertisers, actors, directors, or other persons associated with films and television programmes.”

“The Association of Foreign Journalists remains dedicated to the transformational change it outlined in the reform plan and timetable for May,” the group said in a statement to AFP. “Yesterday, the organization put in place new major measures to advance reform.”

Among the reforms mentioned, the organization established a complaints hotline (which will be investigated by an independent group), approved a new code of conduct and hired Diversity, Equality and Inclusion advisors.

The Golden Globes are considered one of the most important Hollywood awards, but their future has come into question. A letter signed by more than 100 industry professionals called on the HFPA in March to end “discriminatory behaviour, a lack of professionalism and ethics, and alleged financial corruption.” These issues added to earlier criticisms of the Time’s Up movement for gender equality.

Celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo found the reforms promoted by Golden Globe organizers slow and inadequate, while Tom Cruise returned his three awards in protest. Powerful studios such as Warner Bros, Netflix and Amazon have announced that they will not work with the HFPA until more significant changes are made.

In May, NBC canceled its broadcast of next year’s concert. Last month, two members resigned in protest of the association’s “toxic environment”.

“We will continue to update the industry on the progress we have made as we vote on new bylaws that will create an inclusive, diverse, and accountable organization that our members, stakeholders, and partners will be proud of,” the Hollywood Association of Foreign Journalists noted.



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Cool travel escapes: Flee the heat at these places in the summer of 2021




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Summer travel can be so inviting. There are fewer clothes to pack. Days are long for outdoor play. Outdoor dining abounds. And you can’t overstate the simple joy of basking in the sun’s soothing rays.

But sometimes you can get way too much of a good thing in summer as people in the US Northwest can tell you. Too much heat is not just unpleasant. It’s deadly.

Whether you’re playing it safe or simply prefer relatively cooler temps over hot spots, here are nine places that usually make for cool travel escapes in summer. Keep in mind all the cautionary guidance about travel – especially if you’re not fully vaccinated or you’re crossing international borders.

Mountainous Switzerland always provides a cool spot somwhere. Dent Blanche, left, is next to the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps.

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Mountainous Switzerland always provides a cool spot somwhere. Dent Blanche, left, is next to the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps.

Wedged in the snow-capped Alps, Switzerland recently opened to US travelers and is accessible to Europeans and selected other nations around the world.

Should the major cities such as Geneva, Zurich and Bern become too hot for you (which is unlikely, especially at night), escape to the higher altitudes for an Alpine hike. Even in early July, temperatures on the 5 Lakes Walk near the Matterhorn can stay below 10 C (50 F) for the high.

If you want something less strenuous, take a boat tour of idyllic Lake Brienz.

Alcatraz Island can be seen from the Russian Hill neighborhood in San Francisco.

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Alcatraz Island can be seen from the Russian Hill neighborhood in San Francisco.

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”

The quote oft-attributed to Mark Twain is nice summation of the weather there. Summer isn’t even its warmest season – that honor goes to fall. While much of the Northwest has been baking this year, the city’s microclimate has kept things cool.

You can explore neighborhoods such as hilly Russian Hill (home to crazy crooked Lombard Street) or head out to nearby Muir Woods for some serious tree time. Don’t forget a light jacket.

A cool sight: Spencer Glacier in Chugach National Forest.

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A cool sight: Spencer Glacier in Chugach National Forest.

Alaska isn’t necessarily the year-round ice block you may think it is. It can get surprisingly warm at times in Anchorage. But compared with the Lower 48, it’s still usually a relatively cool escape in summer. (In early July, CNN Weather forecasts the hottest day to be 63 F (17 C).

Go bike riding on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail or explore wild areas such as Chugach State Park (located mostly within the boundaries of Anchorage) or the bit farther away in Chugach National Forest.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a spectular sight in southern Iceland.

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Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a spectular sight in southern Iceland.

With a name like Iceland, you’d better be cool – unless you’re near a lava flow or soaking in a hot spring. Average July highs in the capital of Reykjavík are 14 C (57 F).

Take advantage of summer to head out to the highlands, which are often closed again by late September, to see waterfalls and glaciers. Or roam about Reykjavik looking for unusual delicacies such as kæstur hákarl (“treated shark”) or Svið, or smoked sheep’s head.

A skier competes during DXB Snow Week at Ski Dubai last year.

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A skier competes during DXB Snow Week at Ski Dubai last year.

No, we haven’t lost our minds. Dubai is indeed a hot desert emirate. But it offers year-round snow skiing and other winter activities. How can that be?

It’s all thanks to Ski Dubai. When you’re rolling in oil money, you can build a mammoth indoor ski park and draw folks from all over the world. Along with the skiing, you can have penguin encounters, ride snow slides or take a chair lift for a bird’s-eye view.

If you get too cold, warm up with a sand safari.

You can retreat to destination malls such as CentralWorld in Bangkok and spend a full day indoors and never get bored.

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You can retreat to destination malls such as CentralWorld in Bangkok and spend a full day indoors and never get bored.

Online shopping has delivered a big blow to many malls, but there are big destination malls in the USA and around the world that can still satiate your shopping and entertainment appetites in glorious, air-conditioned comfort.

Minnesota’s Mall of America is a kids’ climate-controlled playground paradise with everything from an aquarium to the Nickelodeon theme park.

Aforementioned Dubai sports some of the most luxurious (and therefore comfortable) malls in the world, including Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall.

Even hot, steamy Bangkok offers a cool respite if you go to malls such as CentralWorld, where there’s an ice skating rink.

Stay aware of any local mask-wearing requirements when you visit enclosed public locations. Even if you’re fully vaccinated, some locations still might ask you to wear a face mask.

You can see stalagmites, stalactites and formations called curtains in the Postojna Caves.

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You can see stalagmites, stalactites and formations called curtains in the Postojna Caves.

Caves have long provided a natural escape from extremes of heat and cold, with most maintaining a nearly consistent temperature year-round. So when it’s hot on the surface, head underground. A few ideas:

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky: The longest known cave system in the world has an average temperature of 54 F (12 C). Bring a jacket for your tour.

Eisriesenwelt Cave, Austria: You go from cool to downright cold here. This is an ice cave and one of Salzburg’s favorite things.

Postojna Caves, Slovenia: See stunning formations from the comfort of an underground train.

An old stone bridge spans the Voidomatis River.

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An old stone bridge spans the Voidomatis River.

There are all kinds of fresh-water swimming holes around the world that provide an exhilarating plunge even when it’s insufferable hot on land. A couple of examples:

Barton Springs; Austin, Texas: Residents and visitors can escape the notoriously brutal Texas heat in this naturally fed pool, where the water is always 68 to 70 F (20 to 21 C). On a cold winter morning, the pool actually provides a relatively warm place to swim.

Voidomatis Springs, Vikos Gorge, Greece: These spring-fed pools can be found on the Voidomatis River, deep in the Vikos Gorge in northern Greece. Be aware they can run dry in late summer.

A couple walks the shore at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham on Cape Cod.

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A couple walks the shore at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham on Cape Cod.

Even if the sun is out in force, some beaches have cool water ocean currents that make for chill air and bracing – even shocking – dips. A few of them are:

Nazaré, Portugal: This charming spot on the Portuguese coast north of Lisbon is known for surfing, but the waves are generally biggest in winter. The Atlantic is usually calmer here in summer. The water temperature in early July was 17 C (62 F).

Cape Cod, Massachusetts: A favorite for New Englanders and beyond, the average July water temperature on quaint Cape Cod is around 67 F (19 C). That’s a lot better than June, when the average is just 59 F (15 C).

Bryher; Isles of Scilly, UK: Bryher has rough Atlantic waves on one side, but calm, sandy beaches on the other. It’s about 40 kilometers (25 miles) off the southwestern tip of Cornwall. The water is pretty cold for long swims unless you’re very hardy, but it doesn’t take long to cool off with a dip here.



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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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Want to keep up to date with everything travel?

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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Travel news latest: Portugal set to scrap costly tests week after green snub


Prices of holidays to Portugal have nosedived a week after it was announced the destination was to be dropped from the UK’s green list.

The average cost of a summer break in Portugal, in July or August, fell by 64 per cent following last Thursday’s news, compared with the previous week. Search interest in the destination also plummeted by 85 per cent, according to data from TravelSupermarket.

A family of four is now able to secure a seven-night package holiday to amber-listed Portugal during the school holidays for as little as £180 per person, according to the comparison website.

The Mediterranean nation has also reportedly dropped the requirement for all arrivals from the UK to have proof of a negative PCR test – instead saying travellers will reportedly be able to use antigen tests, including lateral flow tests, which are significantly cheaper to buy, to enter the country. This follows news that Which? consumer group has found travel testing firms have been advertising misleading prices, prompting a review. The tests must, however, still be organised privately – not through the NHS.

While the Government advises against holidays to amber-listed countries, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) does not advise against travel to Portugal, meaning it is not against the law to visit and travel insurance will be valid. Former Prime Minister Theresa May has called the current rules “chaotic,” warning “we will never be able to travel abroad ever again” if things didn’t change. 

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Latest Dorset travel updates for A35, A354, A31, A37 as roads expected to be busy – Bridport and Lyme Regis News



Latest Dorset travel updates for A35, A354, A31, A37 as roads expected to be busy  Bridport and Lyme Regis News



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Sanya, China Takes Home One Silver and Two Bronzes at IAI International Travel Awards Ceremony


“STPB has taken an open and novel approach to exploring the integration of culture and tourism as a part of its ongoing efforts to promote Sanya as a travel destination,” said STPB executive deputy director Wu Xiaolin during her speech at the ceremony. “With an open mind, we welcome any and all proposals for new products and campaigns based on a joint marketing model. We will continue to grow the brand by expanding on the reasons that a traveler might choose Sanya as a destination, whether it be the value proposition or the lifestyle options that the city offers, or simply the many ways that holiday makers can have fun there. We actively seek to bring on board high-quality projects, develop new tourism models based on the most demanding of standards while continuing to amplify the message that has successfully branded Sanya in both domestic and international markets as a travel destination of choice. The aim is to make contributions to the development of Sanya as a world-class tourism locale alongside the establishment of the Hainan Free Trade Port.”

STPB launched the promotion campaign themed Wonderland Sanya in December 2020 after completing an analysis of traveler preferences and segmenting source markets based on an in-depth study of the local tourism market. Targeting major consumer groups in the 18 to 35 age bracket in tandem with themes that are more relevant to young consumers, the campaign has attracted an increasing number of domestic travelers who had given up their international travel plans due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The creator of the campaign leveraged the city’s tourism resources in a move to attract the targeted younger demographic, which, in turn, helped to boost the development of the market.

As for marketing communications, STPB has rolled out a new joint marketing model by integrating product and media resources in tandem with market needs. With an increased focus on the collection of tourism-related data and updates to the subsidy policy, alongside the city’s branding efforts and public-private joint marketing, the Board is proving successful in facilitating the rapid recovery and return to steady growth of the tourism market.

Going forward, STPB plans to raise awareness worldwide of Sanya as a warm-climate, seaside travel destination by adding the following to-dos to its roadmap:

  • Constantly research and put into action marketing models that are in line with the current development trends of the local market;
  • Combine the hosting of innovative offline marketing campaigns with the construction of an online platform that re-enforces the messaging that highlights the uniqueness of Sanya as a travel destination;
  • Create different promotional themes for each target market, including, among others, as a spot for destination weddings, health and wellness tourism, as well as a vacation destination with something to offer every member of the multi-generational family.

SOURCE Sanya Tourism Promotion Board



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