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UK-US travel corridor reopening

UK reopens quarantine free travel for EU and US

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England plans to reopen its borders for fully vaccinated US and EU travellers from August 2nd. According to a government source, fully jabbed travellers arriving into the UK from the United States or the European Union will not be required to quarantine. Meanwhile, double-jabbed UK travellers will not have to isolate when returning from amber list countries except France...
When will travel restrictions be lifted

Summer holidays in jeopardy over amber plus travel list

Six million people could see their summer holiday plans ruined with the UK government set to move Spain and Greece to the new “amber plus” COVID travel list. France has already been moved to the amber plus list, with ministers citing the rising infection rate in the country as a cause for concern...
Balearic Islands could be downgraded to amber

Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca could return to UK’s amber list

Rising COVID infection rates in Europe could see the popular Balearic Islands, including Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca moved back onto the UK’s amber list for travel ahead of the summer holidays. UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will deliver the latest update on travel no later than July 15th, with changes expected to come into effect from July 21st...

Quarantine-free travel for double-jabbed Britons

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UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will announce today that Britons who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine can enjoy quarantine-free travel to amber list countries. Mr Shapps is expected to enforce the new travel rules from 19th July 2021, creating extra freedom for UK holidaymakers.

Heathrow trialling fast-track lanes for vaccinated arrivals

After UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that most COVID restrictions would be lifted on July 19th, airports and travel firms have been busy preparing for a tourism boom. Heathrow airport has also partnered with British Airways and Virgin to trial fast-track lanes for double-vaccinated arrivals to speed the passage through immigration...

Pressure mounting on governments to ease travel restrictions

Pressure is mounting on US president Joe Biden to ease transatlantic travel restrictions. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that ministers are working on plans to allow UK tourists to travel to more destinations ahead of the green list announcement, yet tour operator Tui has cancelled more holidays for July to destinations such as Greece, Turkey and Spain...
COVID cases could reach 100,000 a day

Sajid Javid says COVID cases could reach 100,000 a day

New UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid admitted that the easing of coronavirus restrictions on 19th July 2021 could lead to a significant rise of new COVID-19 cases by as much as 100,000 a day come August 2021. However, it was also that the UK had built up a substantial wall of defence due to coronavirus vaccines.
Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson to reveal final stages of UK lockdown easing

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to outline the final steps for the full lifting of UK coronavirus restrictions on 19th July 2021. Social distancing measures are due to ease, and face masks are set to become a personal choice, with the UK urged to use their judgement. Meanwhile, coronavirus cases in the UK are on the rise, with fewer hospital admissions resulting from increased vaccinations.
UK-US travel corridor unlikely to go ahead this summer

COVID: Best and worst places to live as the world re-opens

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Countries fear that they will enter an India-type situation due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant on their territories. Although the acceleration of the global vaccine rollout has prevented hospitalisations and deaths, governments worldwide are considering imposing tougher restrictions to stem the spread of the B 1.617.2 variant which is fast becoming the dominant strain in many countries…
Britons summer holiday plans

COVID-19: Growing spread of Delta variant impacting travel

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The growing spread of the Delta variant has urged several countries to impose tighter restrictions against travellers. With the COVID infection rate in the UK surging, all unvaccinated Brits travelling to Portugal must quarantine for 14 days. However, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is fighting for blanket-quarantine restrictions against British holidaymakers irrespective of whether they are vaccinated or not...
Rise in Covid infections among Children

NHS test and trace review reveals weaknesses

The National Audit Office (NAO) has conducted a recent review of the NHS test and trace service and has found numerous weaknesses within the system. Findings revealed that 600 million tests remain unregistered, meaning they may not have been used at all. The watchdog has urged the UK government to do more to highlight the importance of registering COVID test results to prevent undermining the service.
UK to add more countries to its green travel list

UK to add more countries to its green travel list

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…
When can I travel to Europe and the US

Fully Vaccinated Britons Could Travel Abroad Quarantine-Free

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...

Airline chiefs call for an end to global travel restrictions

Airline chiefs have urged the UK and US government to open a US-UK travel corridor after America eased travel rules for 61 countries excluding Britain. European destinations such as France, Italy and Spain were given Level 3 status, meaning vaccinated passengers travelling from these countries can visit the US. While the US may be a no-go zone for Brits, Spain relaxed travel restrictions against the UK this week...
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...

UK airlines and airports say travel reopening is inadequate

Airports and airlines slam the UK government for being too cautious and urge ministers to open more routes for travel and add the US to the green list.