As the federal government’s newest evaluation of its site visitors mild system for worldwide journey is because of be introduced later at present, “only a few” modifications to its crimson, amber and inexperienced lists are anticipated, in line with one knowledgeable.
“Only a few site visitors mild modifications due tomorrow afternoon,” Paul Charles, journey marketing consultant and CEO of the PC Company, tweeted final night time.
“Authorities merely doesn’t have the bandwidth to take care of Afghanistan, Covid and traffic lights.
“Shoppers and the journey sector would favor a less complicated, cheaper, much less onerous site visitors lights and testing system.”
There was some hypothesis that the subsequent journey replace could be launched yesterday, but it surely now appears prone to occur in some unspecified time in the future this night.
Division for Transport sources have confirmed to the The Impartial that the announcement might be made in some unspecified time in the future “later at present”.
Observe beneath for the newest journey updates:
Thailand extends its reopening for vacationers
Thailand has introduced an extra extension to its reopening plans for vacationers.
The “Phuket Sandbox 7+7” programme gives totally vaccinated worldwide travellers with the choice to go to a number of Thai locations with out the necessity to quarantine.
Following the preliminary launch of the Phuket Sandbox from 1 July and Samui Plus from 15 July, the Phuket Sandbox 7+7, from 16 August, permits eligible, totally vaccinated worldwide travellers to scale back the earlier 14 night time obligatory keep in Phuket to seven nights, after which one other seven nights will be spent in both Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai, or Railay), Phang-Nga (Khao Lak or Ko Yao), or Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, or Ko Tao).
The prevailing entry measures in place for the Phuket Sandbox programme stay unchanged for the 7+7 extension. Travellers wishing to journey onwards from Phuket after seven nights should get hold of a ‘Switch Kind’ issued by their lodge in Phuket proving their seven-night keep, plus they have to present unfavorable outcomes from their two Covid-19 assessments (carried out on day 0 and day six or seven in Phuket).
“Since 1 July Phuket has welcomed over 24,000 (totally vaccinated) worldwide arrivals (UK being the second supply market) with simply 70 testing optimistic for Covid-19,” mentioned Chiravadee Khunsub, director of The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) London.
“The Sandbox idea has proved to be a managed and protected return to restarting tourism and has generated over 100 million Thai Baht for the native economic system.
“There’s a lengthy option to go however with our peak winter solar season forward (November-March) and the opening of extra of Thailand’s well-liked seashores and islands this month, travellers can stay up for romantic getaways and enjoyable household breaks with out quarantine restrictions.”
Helen Coffey26 August 2021 14:27
Lithuania to supply vacationers third night time freed from cost
Lithuania is uniting greater than 500 of the nation’s lodging websites – from inns and B&Bs to worldwide lodge manufacturers – to supply the third night time’s keep freed from cost to the primary registered 10,000 vacationers.
The provide will run from 1 September to eight November as a part of the a wider marketing campaign launched by the Ministry of the Economic system and Innovation and the state’s tourism company “Lithuania Journey.”
The purpose is to encourage vacationers to spend extra time in Lithuania by experiencing the nation slowly, slightly than taking a whirlwind metropolis break.
Lithuania is at the moment on the UK’s amber record, which means totally vaccinated travellers and accompanying minors can keep away from quarantine when returning to the UK.
Helen Coffey26 August 2021 14:08
Qantas posts $1.7 billion greenback loss, predicts Australia will reopen for journey December
Qantas Group has posted a 2.35 billion Australia greenback ($1.7 billion) pandemic-related annual loss – in addition to forecasting that Australia may reopen to worldwide journey in December.
In an announcement, the Australian airline mentioned it anticipated flights to nations with excessive vaccination charges together with america, Britain Japan and Singapore would resume in mid-December.
“One of many largest unknowns is the quarantine necessities for totally vaccinated vacationers coming into Australia,” the assertion mentioned.
“If Australia retains its requirement for vaccinated and unvaccinated vacationers to spend 14 days in lodge quarantine, journey demand could be ‘very low’.
“A shorter interval with extra testing and the choice to isolate at house will see much more folks journey.”
Lucy Thackray26 August 2021 13:26
US urged to just accept AstraZeneca vaccine to open up journey from UK
At current, america authorities doesn’t formally recognise the Oxford-made vaccine, which is without doubt one of the three varieties at the moment being administered within the UK, alongside Moderna and Pfizer.
Even when it had been to supply a reciprocal settlement permitting double-jabbed Brits to enter the nation – as hoped by many within the UK – till the CDC formally recognises AstraZeneca, roughly 23.9 million folks from the UK could be discriminated in opposition to.
“It’s essential the US authorities step ahead to formally approve the AstraZeneca vaccine as a matter of urgency, to allow cross-border mobility and the return of transatlantic journey between the UK and US,” mentioned Virginia Messina, senior vice chairman of the WTTC.
“Except they offer it the inexperienced mild, the US will successfully stay closed to the overwhelming majority of UK guests and the various tens of millions around the globe who’re double-jabbed with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Helen Coffey26 August 2021 12:59
“Please don’t come down” says Go to Cornwall chief government
The chief government of Go to Cornwall has urged UK holidaymakers to keep away from the county except they’ve already booked their journeys.
Malcolm Bell advised Sky News this morning: “We’re very, very busy… please don’t come down on spec. You will get annoyed, you’re going get aggravated. You most likely gained’t be capable of discover anyplace to remain and also you’ll definitely wrestle to seek out anyplace to guide right into a restaurant or café.”
A complete of 4,430 new instances had been recorded throughout the county within the seven days to August 20 – the equal of 770 instances per 100,000 folks – with some linking the sharp rise to mingling at this month’s Boardmasters Festival in Newquay.
Solely round 800 of these optimistic instances are individuals who dwell in Cornwall.
Bell mentioned that the county had witnessed “too many occurrences of overcrowding in honeypots” – the most well-liked bits of the holiday-favourite county – and urged guests to contemplate visiting much less well-trodden elements of Cornwall.
Lucy Thackray26 August 2021 12:37
Mauritius halves quarantine for double-jabbed travellers from September
From September, totally vaccinated travellers visiting Mauritius will solely should quarantine for one week after arrival within the nation.
The island’s authorities are lowering the quarantine interval from two weeks, which should be spent in certainly one of 14 designated ‘resort bubble’ resorts across the island.
The change in guidelines for double-jabbed guests kicks in from 1 September – from when single- and non-vaccinated travellers should nonetheless quarantine for the complete two weeks.
Lucy Thackray26 August 2021 12:14
Air journey site visitors down 87% from pre-pandemic ranges
Air journey to the UK continues to be severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, new figures present.
Simply 1.4 million airline passengers arrived within the nation final month, in line with Dwelling Workplace information.
That was up 14 per cent on the determine of 1.3 million in July 2020, however 87 per cent decrease than the 11.2 million arrivals throughout the identical month in 2019.
Some 54 per cent of arrivals final month had been British nationals.
The whole variety of arrivals between April 2020 and July 2021 was 90 per cent decrease than pre-pandemic ranges.
The journey sector has been badly hit by the autumn in demand, with hundreds of jobs misplaced.
Rob Griggs, coverage and public affairs director at Airways UK, which represents UK-based carriers, mentioned: “These stats are a stark reminder that, for the UK’s airways, this disaster stays at its top, with restoration hindered by a fancy set of journey guidelines, extreme testing prices and an excessive amount of uncertainty.
“Nightclubs have reopened. There is no such thing as a motive why totally vaccinated travellers or these coming to the UK from low-risk nations ought to nonetheless be going through the extent of prices and restrictions they’re.
“Some 58 per cent of air transport jobs stay furloughed – the very best of any sector – at the same time as this essential assist ends subsequent month.
“Except and till issues change, airways will want ongoing financial assist over the winter to safeguard hundreds of expert, good jobs throughout the nation.”
Air Canada introduces obligatory Covid vaccination coverage for all staff
Air Canada at present mentioned it has launched a brand new coverage stipulating that every one airline staff should be totally vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 from 30 October.
The airline can also be making full vaccination a situation of employment for anybody employed by the corporate in future.
The provider says its resolution to require all staff of Air Canada mainline, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Holidays to be totally vaccinated is “to make sure the protection and well-being of all staff and prospects”.
For staff who refuse to be jabbed, penalties might be “as much as and together with unpaid go away or termination, besides for individuals who qualify for lodging”.
The coverage chimes with the Canadian authorities’s current announcement that every one staff within the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors should be vaccinated by the tip of October 2021.
Helen Coffey26 August 2021 11:26
Lake District 4 instances costlier than Italy as UK vacation prices soar
Per week within the Lake District prices 4 instances as a lot as per week in Italy’s Lake Garda, in line with new analysis by Which?.
Analysis by the unbiased shopper champion examined the typical value of personal vacation leases, resorts and taking a vacation in numerous UK places – and located that, in nearly each case, staycations had been pricier than going overseas.
One instance was a seven-night vacation in a extremely rated lodge in Lake Garda, Italy.
At £631, the lodging value was almost 1 / 4 of the value of a comparable vacation within the Lake District, the place seven nights for 2 folks close to Lake Windermere value £2,381.
Lucy Thackray26 August 2021 11:04
When will UK-US journey reopen?
As the tip of summer season nears, it appears more and more unlikely that the UK-US journey hall will open within the quick time period.
Journey from the UK to the US has been frozen for non-residents since March 2020, because of a sequence of presidential proclamations.
After President Biden arrived within the UK for the G7 assembly in St Ives, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, tweeted: “We’re happy to announce a joint UK/US Taskforce to assist facilitate the reopening of transatlantic journey.”
Nevertheless, The Impartial’s Simon Calder recently wrote: “Prior to now 48 hours I’ve requested various journey trade chief executives about when the present presidential proclamation banning arrivals from the UK could be lifted. Their solutions and predictions vary from ‘September’ to ‘no thought’.”
Some airways have pushed again dates for beginning transatlantic flight routes within the face of ongoing uncertainty; Irish provider Aer Lingus, for instance, has rescheduled its new Manchester-New York and Manchester-Orlando providers from the tip of September to 1 and 11 December respectively.
Helen Coffey26 August 2021 10:40