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People in England told they can ‘start to think’ about summer holidays

Transport secretary pledges to work to drive down costs amid fears only wealthy will be able to travel abroadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople in England can “start to think” about booking summer holidays, the transport secretary has said, pledging that government would work to drive down the cost of tests needed for international travel.Grant Shapps was speaking after the government confirmed that from 17 May countries would be placed in a traffic light system w...
Tags: Travel, Business, Politics, England, Travel & leisure, UK News, Air transport, Transport, Transport policy, Grant Shapps, England Continue, Coronavirus


The UK needs a robust border policy, but right now we can’t see if it is working

Analysis: it is incredibly challenging to scrutinise the system because data on movement is so opaqueCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage The official response to coronavirus at the UK border has been problematic from the start. It was not until February this year that the government introduced mandatory hotel quarantine – some 11 months after coronavirus was first recorded the UK – despite it being used in countries such as New Zealand from the off.Even now with stricter...
Tags: Travel, Politics, UK, Science, UK News, World news, New Zealand, Coronavirus


Travellers warned of up to 10-week wait for British passports

Influx of applications could triple waiting time as proposed end of travel ban draws near, says Home OfficeProcessing British passport applications could take more than three times the usual waiting time as a result of an expected spike in demand, the Home Office has warned.The Passport Office is telling travellers to allow up to 10 weeks to receive the document, up from three weeks previously. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Politics, UK News, Home Office, Passport Office, Coronavirus


Bleak future for Crawley a year after first Covid lockdown

The town in the shadow of Gatwick airport hopes the worst of the pandemic is over but fears for its jobsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe differences with the early stage of the Covid-19 pandemic are stark in Crawley. Plenty of people are milling around Queens Square in the town centre, enjoying the early spring sun, even though most of the shops remain closed; some permanently.In the West Sussex town close to Gatwick airport, hopes are rising that the worst days of...
Tags: Travel, Business, UK News, Air transport, Gatwick, Airline Industry, Job losses, Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, Crawley, Queens Square


UK's Covid traffic light travel plan too simplistic, say scientists

Idea raises concerns among some scientists who say it could fail to stop new variants entering countryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePotential plans to introduce a traffic light scheme for travel abroad have prompted concerns among scientists that the approach is too simplistic and could fail to prevent new variants from entering the UK.At present, it is illegal to travel abroad for holidays, with foreign travel only allowed in specific circumstances. Those who do tr...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Science, Biology, Scotland, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, Coronavirus


Covid: England adds Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kenya and Philippines to travel 'red list'

Move, which takes effect on Friday 9 April, takes number of countries on red list to 39Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya, and Bangladesh are to be added to England’s “red list” of countries from which almost all travel is banned, ministers have announced.The additions, which come into effect next Friday, will take the number of red list countries to 39, as the government battles to prevent potentially vaccine-resistant variants of Covid-...
Tags: Travel, Business, UK, England, Africa, Travel & leisure, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kenya, Coronavirus, Pakistan Bangladesh Kenya


Overseas holiday destinations 'to be ranked using traffic light system'

Countries to be graded green, amber or red based on Covid rates and vaccination rollouts, reports sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageForeign holiday destinations will be ranked under a traffic light system, with fewer restrictions tied to the places boasting the lowest coronavirus rates and high vaccination take-up, it has been reported.Countries will be graded either green, amber or red, according to how well they are coping with the pandemic, it was claimed. Continu...
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Elite minority of frequent flyers 'cause most of aviation's climate damage'

Small group taking most flights should face frequent flyer levy, says environmental charityAn “elite minority” of frequent flyers cause most of the climate damage resulting from aviation’s emissions, according to an environmental charity.The from the countries with the highest aviation emissions, shows a worldwide pattern of a small group taking a large proportion of flights, while many people do not fly at all. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Business, Politics, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, World news, Air Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Air transport, Transport, Airline Industry, Transport policy, Business Travel


'Culture without crowds': UK tourism chiefs tout virtues of fall in foreign visitors

Industry body report shows 70% decline in visitor numbers at British attractions last yearA “phenomenal” summer of culture in the UK without crowds, queues or inbound tourists beckons, tourism chiefs have promised, as new figures were published laying bare just how bad 2020 was.Bernard Donoghue, the director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), said there would probably not be another chance for people to experience the nation’s museums, galleries, zoos, castles, country hou...
Tags: Travel, UK, Zoos, UK News, Culture, Museums, Bernard Donoghue, Coronavirus, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions ALVA


UK government in talks over expanding Covid travel 'red list'

Ministers under growing pressure to prevent variants undermining vaccine programme Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDiscussions are under way in Whitehall about expanding the travel “red list” of countries as ministers face mounting pressure to prevent coronavirus variants undermining the vaccine programme.The Guardian understands that officials met on Friday to consider the case for taking a tougher approach. British residents and nationals returning from countries on...
Tags: Travel, Business, Politics, UK, Travel & leisure, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Air transport, Whitehall, Coronavirus


Welsh tourism sector can start to reopen from this weekend

Lifting of stay-local rule is for Welsh residents only as country stays shut to visitors from other parts of the UKCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe tourism sector in Wales can begin to reopen from Saturday as the country’s stay-local rule is lifted, but only for Welsh residents.Organised outdoor activities and sports for children and under-18s will also be able to take place and up to six people from two different households to meet and exercise outdoors and in pri...
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Ryanair to increase flights to 80% of pre-pandemic levels by July

Airline optimistic about vaccination programmes as boss criticises UK government over holiday warningsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRyanair plans to increase the number of its flights to 80% of pre-pandemic levels by July, as the airline’s chief executive criticised the UK government for warning against booking overseas summer holidays this year.Michael O’Leary said he was “very confident” that Britons would be “going to the beaches of Europe” and that Ryanair would...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Business, UK, Eu, Travel & leisure, UK News, Ireland, Ryanair, Airline Industry, Michael O'leary, Coronavirus


UK considers Covid traffic light system for international travel

Countries could be rated red, green and amber based on vaccine passport arrangementsQ&A: How would a Covid traffic light system work?Coronavirus – latest updatesA traffic light system is being considered by ministers for when international travel restarts, which could rate countries green, amber and red depending on the state of vaccine passport agreements.The Guardian has been told the scheme could come into operation from August, with hotel quarantining continuing until at least 21 June for UK...
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P&O to restart UK cruises this summer - but only for vaccinated passengers

Short-sailings around UK with dining and entertainment to restart but ships will not call at portsCruise operator P&O is to restart domestic holidays this summer, but only for UK residents who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.After its fleet has been grounded for over a year, P&O is dipping its toes back in the water by offering passengers short sailings on two of its ships around the UK coastline. Coronavirus restrictions mean the ships will not call at any ports, although there will...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, Business, UK, Travel & leisure, UK News, Water transport, Carnival, Shipping Industry, Coronavirus, COVID


Thai Airways customers in limbo after refunds put on hold

People whose flights were cancelled by beleaguered airline face three-month wait over payment decisionThousands of passengers who had flights cancelled last year by Thai Airways will have to wait another three months to discover whether they will be refunded or have lost their money.The airline has faced financial problems since last spring, leaving a trail of passengers who had flights cancelled waiting for refunds. Last week it announced a restructuring plan but with it came the news that any ...
Tags: Travel, Business, Money, Travel & leisure, UK News, World news, Consumer affairs, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Airline Industry, Consumer Rights, Flights, Thai Airways


Cyprus will allow vaccinated British tourists from 1 May

Visitors would need vaccine approved by EMA administered at least seven days before travel Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCyprus will allow British tourists who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 into the country without restrictions from 1 May, a tourism minister has said.British visitors are the largest market for the island’s tourism industry, which has suffered during the coronavirus pandemic. Arrivals and earnings from the sector, which represents about...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK News, Cyprus, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


UK vaccines minister appeals for help to trace person with new Brazilian Covid variant – video

The British vaccine deployment minister, Nadhim Zahawi, has appealed for help to trace one of six people infected with the Brazilian Covid-19 variant. Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Zahawi said: 'If you had a test on 12 or 13 February and haven’t had a result, get in touch'Alarm over delays in border measures as Brazil Covid variant hits UK Continue reading...
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Digital Covid certificate could be key to Gatwick recovery, says boss

Stewart Wingate expresses optimism for summer despite airport reporting £526m pre-tax lossCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGatwick’s boss has said a digital Covid certificate could be the “key to success” if 70% of the airport’s usual traffic is to return after May – adding that it expects to serve only a few hundred passengers and lose £1m a day until then.London’s second airport reported a £526m pre-tax loss last year, compared with a £211m profit in 2019. Passenger ...
Tags: Travel, London, UK News, Air transport, Gatwick, Transport, Business Travel, Gatwick Airport, Stewart Wingate, Coronavirus


Heathrow hit by £2bn loss as airport calls for more Covid support

Passenger numbers slumped to 22.1m in 2020, the smallest annual total since 1975Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHeathrow airport plunged to an annual £2bn loss in 2020 as the pandemic closed borders and the government restricted most international travel, underlining the impact of Covid-19 on aviation.Britain’s largest airport said the number of passengers who passed through slumped to 22.1 million last year, more than half of whom travelled in January and February, a...
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UK's Ordnance Survey to launch mapping app in Australia

Project aims to help outdoor enthusiasts plan walks, cycles and hikes on and off beaten pathOrdnance Survey, the UK’s national mapping agency, is eyeing an international expansion as it launches its first app in Australia.In the UK, OS Maps was first released in 2016. The free app, aimed at walkers, cyclists, and campers, lets users plot detailed walking, running and cycling routes, and also follow ones laid down by others. Continue reading...
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Four fined £10,000 at Birmingham airport for not declaring arrival from 'red list' country

Travellers entering UK must complete passenger locator form and lying about place of departure can lead to prisonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFour passengers at Birmingham airport have been fined £10,000 for failing to declare they had travelled from a “red list” country on the first day the restrictions came into force.British and Irish nationals or UK residents who have been in a country deemed a high coronavirus risk in the previous 10 days are required to book ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, UK, England, Hotels, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, Home Office, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Birmingham, Coronavirus


UK Covid live: Boris Johnson leads Downing Street briefing after 1,001 further deaths reported

Latest updates: PM delivers Downing Street briefing alongside Sir Patrick VallanceToo soon to book holiday in UK or abroad, says Grant ShappsCovid border rules not in ‘top bracket’ of nations, says StarmerThreat of jail term for UK travellers who hide journeys ‘disproportionate’UK government announces £3.5bn fund to fix cladding on high-risesGlobal coronavirus updates – live 5.29pm GMT Q: What effect does the vaccine have if you have had the virus already?Vallance says, if you had the virus,...
Tags: Travel, Politics, UK, UK News, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Vaccines and immunisation, Pmqs, Downing Street, Keir Starmer, Grant Shapps, Patrick Vallance, Coronavirus, Patrick VallanceToo


UK Covid live: No 10 says MPs won't vote on 10-year sentences for travel ban cheats because law already in place

Latest updates: government will use Forgery Act to enforce 10-year sentences; PM says people must ‘get used to re-vaccinating in the autumn’Too soon to book holiday in UK or abroad, says Grant ShappsCovid border rules not in ‘top bracket’ of nations, says StarmerThreat of jail term for UK travellers who hide journeys ‘disproportionate’UK government announces £3.5bn fund to fix cladding on high-risesGlobal coronavirus updates – live 3.22pm GMT Some Northern Ireland businesses are adapting to ...
Tags: Travel, Politics, UK, England, London, UK News, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Greater Manchester, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Andy Burnham, Vaccines and immunisation, Pmqs, Keir Starmer, Grant Shapps


UK Covid live: Boris Johnson says further vaccinations likely to be needed in autumn

Latest updates: PM says people will have to ‘get used to the idea of vaccinating, and then re-vaccinating in the autumn’Too soon to book holiday in UK or abroad, says Grant ShappsCovid border rules not in ‘top bracket’ of nations, says StarmerThreat of jail term for UK travellers who hide journeys ‘disproportionate’UK government announces £3.5bn fund to fix cladding on high-risesGlobal coronavirus updates – live 2.17pm GMT Boris Johnson will hold a press conference at No 10 at 5pm, Downing S...
Tags: Travel, Politics, UK, UK News, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Pmqs, Downing Street, Keir Starmer, Grant Shapps, Robert Jenrick, Coronavirus, Stephen McPartland


UK Covid live: Boris Johnson says hotel quarantine 'one of toughest border policies in the world'

Latest updates: at PMQs, Keir Starmer asks why government waited 50 days since discovery of South African variant before toughening bordersToo soon to book holiday in UK or abroad, says Grant ShappsThreat of jail term for UK travellers who hide journeys ‘disproportionate’Care homes failed by lack of PPE during UK Covid first wave, say MPsGlobal coronavirus updates – live 12.31pm GMT Lucy Powell (Lab) says the government has gone back on a promise to extend the green homes grant. This amounts...
Tags: Travel, Politics, UK, UK News, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Pmqs, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Grant Shapps, Powell, Richards, Coronavirus, Grant ShappsThreat, Lucy Powell Lab


Covid travel rule-breakers could face 10-year jail terms, says Hancock

Health secretary sets out new measures as Scottish government announces even stricter plansCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTravellers arriving from coronavirus hotspots could face £10,000 fines and jail sentences of up to 10 years under a package of measures designed to stop new variants entering Britain.Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said people who travelled to England from 33 high-risk countries would have to pay up to £1,750 to quarantine in government-design...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Britain, Air transport, Health policy, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Covid travel rule-breakers could face 10-year jail term, says Hancock

Health secretary sets out new measures for travellers, including £1,750 hotel quarantine fee Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has set out tough new measures to stop Covid-19 from entering England, including a 10-year sentence for incoming passengers who lie about where they have travelled when abroad.The health secretary said people who entered the UK from 33 high-risk countries would have to pay up to £1,750 to quarantine in designated hotels. Continue re...
Tags: Travel, Politics, UK, England, Science, UK News, Air transport, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


When will Britain's Covid lockdown be lifted? Three scenarios

At best, vaccines and lockdown could make life more normal by May. But at worst, a new mutation could undo any progressCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHopes are rising that Britain may soon put the worst of Covid-19 behind it. After a year in which the disease has paralysed the nation, killed more than 100,000 people, closed schools and universities, and brought the NHS to its knees, there are now signs of hope emerging.Most optimism stems from Britain’s vaccination p...
Tags: Travel, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, England Holidays, Coronavirus, COVID


Grant Shapps resists blanket border controls to stem Covid in Britain

Transport secretary tells MPs practicalities rule out island nation copying Australia shutdown, as Hancock stalls on hotel quarantinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn Australia-style closure of the borders would not help the UK combat the Covid-19 crisis, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, indicated as the government continued to come under pressure to implement tougher travel restrictions.Amid concern over Covid-19 variants spreading from abroad Shapps sought t...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Australia, Hotels, UK News, Britain, Transport, Airline Industry, Health policy, Transport policy, Grant Shapps, Hancock, Shapps, Matt Hancock


Life in hotel quarantine: 'I'm on day two. It's around day 11 things get difficult'

Ian Samson, originally from Edinburgh, describes his experience of Hong Kong’s strict isolation rules for travellersI have a pile of 20 bananas in my hotel room here in Hong Kong, a spin bike I’ve had delivered and some rapidly dying flowers that the hotel gave me on the first day as a morbid reminder of how little sunlight I would be getting for the next 21 days. Continue reading...
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