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UK to add more countries to its green travel list

UK to add more countries to its green travel list

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UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to announce further countries added to the UK’s green travel list today. Malta and the Balearics are said to make the green list as optimism increases on the prospect of a holiday abroad this summer. Meanwhile, there are also concerns as the UK records the highest daily COVID infections since last February…
Fully vaccinated Brits to enjoy quarantine free travel from August

Quarantine-free travel to return in August

UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said the UK government is working on easing lockdown restrictions and bringing back more freedoms for fully vaccinated Brits. Although Mr Hancock said relaxing rules around international travel is difficult he suggested that quarantine-free travel could return as early as August for those who have received both COVID vaccines...
Coronavirus costs for hospitality businesses

Could COVID-19 restriction delays dent UK economic progress?

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Whilst the UK economy experienced rapid growth during May, there are concerns that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to delay the full lifting of coronavirus restrictions could place thousands of UK firms at risk. New data indicates that there are significant staff shortages in the UK, adding further pressure to businesses within the hospitality and travel sector.
When can I travel to Europe and the US

Fully Vaccinated Britons Could Travel Abroad Quarantine-Free

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The UK Government are reviewing proposals to allow quarantine-free travel to fully vaccinated Britons to amber list countries. Within the next two weeks, the proposals will be discussed as UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock states the new rule would not be implemented straight away. Meanwhile, budget airline Ryanair is taking legal action against the UK government for lack of transparency over the traffic light system…
Emirates confident about recovery prospects

Dubai comes to Emirates aid after crushing annual loss

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Emirates Group has been propped up by Dubai with an additional USD 1.1BN cash injection after the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates suffered a crushing annual loss of AED 22.1BN due to the COVID-19 pandemic impact. It was the airline's first non-profitable year in three decades...
UK Aviation leaders warn against travel restrictions

UK airlines urge Chancellor to extend furlough scheme

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When will COVID travel restrictions end? It’s a question that many of us are asking as the world continues to grapple with the pandemic. UK airlines, which have been fighting for a faster restart of travel to save the fragile industry, are now urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend the furlough scheme too due to ongoing delays to travel...
COVID mutant strains raise concerns

Should vaccinated Britons have greater freedoms

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is calling for current British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to push for a global digital COVID vaccine passport that will allow vaccinated citizens to enjoy greater freedoms than unvaccinated people. It comes as the UK’s COVID vaccine rollout is extended to include over-25s...
COVID vaccine passports to be launched

Travel passes launched for European countries

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UK airlines are urging G7 nations to replace blanket travel restrictions with more flexible, data-driven measures such as COVID certificates and vaccine passports at the upcoming summit. It comes as UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirms that the only European-listed country, Portugal, has been removed from Britain’s green list...
COVID-19 mutations raise concerns

Is the third wave of COVID underway in the UK?

Will the June 21st unlocking be delayed due to the growing number of cases of the Indian variant? Experts say a third COVID wave is already underway. According to the latest coronavirus news, Britain is in a “perilous situation” as the Indian variant, known as B.1.617.2, now accounts for 75% of all UK COVID-19 cases.
Coronavirus cases in Europe

Dominic Cummings blasts Boris Johnson over COVID-19 crisis

Former chief aide to the UK Prime Minister, Dominic Cummings, has blasted Boris Johnson’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

EU sues AstraZeneca over COVID-19 vaccine delays

The European Union has asked the Belgian court to fine AstraZeneca over failure to deliver promised COVID vaccines...
Indian variant

Boris Johnson reviews social distancing rules

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reviewing social distancing rules after Britain records more than 2000 cases of the Indian variant in a week. The UK government decided to hang fire after official data suggested that the Indian variant could become the dominant strain in the UK in the coming days.
pound sterling

Pound Sterling gains but virus variants remain a concern

Pound Sterling challenging peak levels against the US dollar but the growing spread of the Indian variant in Britain is threatening gains.

COVID-19: Concerns raised over UK borders being open

Concerns have been raised about Brits arriving from “red” list and “green” list countries mixing in airports as the Indian COVID variant spreads.
Research on indian variant reveals it could be highly contagious

COVID-19: Indian variant fears could delay June reopening

UK ministers are considering contingency plans for local lockdowns or delaying the June lifting amid growing concern over the Indian variant.
Emigrating to Portugal

COVID border policy for UK travellers on May 17th

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Green list travel update confirmed for June 7th, with more destinations added. Brits could be turned away from Portugal under EU rules travel firms warn. Portuguese officials have also imposed strict rules on beaches, including a traffic light system, detection devices and social distancing measures.
Research on indian variant reveals it could be highly contagious

UK holds emergency meeting over Indian COVID variant

SAGE scientists have raised concerns about the Indian COVID variant being more transmissible than the Kent variant and call for an emergency meeting. According to a symptom-tracking app, the infection rate in Britain has risen by 65% in the last seven days due to the rapidly spreading Indian variant.
American Airlines

UK and US Engaging in Travel Corridor Discussions

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With growing concerns that a UK/US travel corridor will not be established by the summer, both the UK and US transport secretaries are engaging in constant discussions to make this a reality. The possibility of a UK/US travel corridor has been made more complicated by the 212F order by Donald Trump, banning the UK from travelling to the US