As hundreds of thousands of British holidaymakers in France and elsewhere in Europe try to beat the 4am Saturday quarantine deadline, travel options are closing down and prices are going up.At 10pm on Thursday, the UK government announced that 14 days of self-isolation will be mandatory for anyone arriving back from France, the Netherlands and Malta after 4am on Saturday morning.
The list of countries that Britons can travel to without having to quarantine for 14 days on return is sadly diminishing week by week.France, Malta and the Netherlands were removed from the exemption list last night, alongside Monaco, Turks & Caicos and Aruba.
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Hundreds of thousands of British holidaymakers in France, Malta and the Netherlands, and many more with plans to visit these countries, face two weeks in self-isolation when they return.As a result of new soaring coronavirus cases in some parts of these countries, they have been stripped of their “quarantine exempt” status by the Department for Transport (DfT). In addition, the Foreign Office warns against non-essential travel.
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Locals in Venice are planning a party to celebrate the announcement that two cruise lines will not be stopping off in the city for the rest of 2020.Italian lines MSC Crociere and Costa Crociere both confirmed they would drop Venice from their itineraries in favour of Trieste or Genoa when cruising restarts, reports The Guardian.
As travellers wait anxiously to see if quarantine will be imposed for key destinations, the scale of damage to airlines and airports in the UK from the coronavirus pandemic has been revealed.The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has calculated that British aviation has suffered much more than any other European country since the Covid-19 started disrupting travel.
“We’re supposed to be on the P&O; Azura now, going around the Baltic,” mourns Craig Hanlon.His wife, Tracey, is sanguine: “This is the next best thing.”
A British holidaymaker and their family have been forced to self-isolate for two weeks in Greece after testing positive for coronavirus.The traveller, who was asymptomatic, was tested at Corfu airport as part of the country’s health screenings and random testing measures for all arrivals.
British Airways is currently exploring the possibility of introducing pre-flight coronavirus tests through a “third party” in an industry-leading move that could significantly boost passenger numbers.A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to The Independent: “We are currently discussing the possibility of helping our customers access pre-flight testing through third parties if their destination requires this, however no plans have been finalised. We will share more in due course.
It’s a love story for the digital age: an American tourist who visited the UK in 2018 and was convinced she met the man of her dreams launched a search to find him via social media.Kate Lefler, 23, travelled from Oklahoma to Europe two years ago and met “Adam from Wales” in a bar in Plymouth.
American Airlines is banning certain types of masks from its flights following updated recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The changes will affect any face masks featuring an exhaust valve or vents and will take effect from 19 August.
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Visitors to Paris have been left confused by its new rules on masks.As of Monday, the French capital has made face coverings compulsory outdoors in crowded tourist spots around the city, setting up more than 100 mask-wearing “zones”.
Europe’s biggest holiday company lost €1.1bn (£1bn) during April, May and June as the coronavirus pandemic took hold worldwide and put an end to almost all tourism.But Tui says it has “successfully resumed its travel activities” in all markets – including the UK.
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An influencer has apologised after she graffitied her Instagram handle on ancient chalk cliffs at a well-known Dorset beauty spot.Alexandra Milam, 24, who has more than 12,000 followers, left the unwelcome tag along with hundreds of other tourists at Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast.
A Tui holidaymaker has criticised the travel firm after a fatal accident during an airport transfer in Turkey.The traveller and her mother, who do not wish to be named, were among a party of holidaymakers who landed at Dalaman airport on Wednesday 5 August.
A pilot has won a case against Jetblue after being chronically exposed to contaminated air while flying an Airbus aircraft.Captain Andrew Myers flew with the US airline for 15 years before becoming ill after an “acute toxic inhalation” event in early 2017.
I seem to have bypassed the “Greek island” phase of my life. Most people I know went after finishing their A-levels to go and get absolutely bent on Kos or Crete. (Me and four friends were the only students to go to Sousse, Tunisia, for our post-school holiday.) At the age of 32, the nearest I’d got to Greece was Albania in the east and Bulgaria in the west.Turns out, Tinos is a good island to visit as a thirty-something first-timer: mercifully, the adjectives most often attached to it are "laidback", "foodie" and "arty". And after a couple of days bouncing around zippy capital Athens, eating crispy souvlaki and downing freddo cappuccinos in party district Monasteraki before half-heartedly clambering up to the Acropolis in the still-hot September sun, an island on rewind was the pace I needed.
Santa Barbara is a picture-perfect coastal city within easy reach of Los Angeles.Temperatures here rarely dip below the mythical Southern Californian “70 degrees” (21 Celsius). The downtown area is small, and easily walkable – which is rare in these parts – and there’s a host of enviable attractions, including surfing, kayaking, wine tasting and whale-watching.
With international travel feasible again as of 10 July, when certain countries were made exempt from mandatory quarantine for travellers entering the UK, it may not be too long before we’re airborne.But, for the foreseeable future, catching a flight is likely to be a very different experience compared to pre-Covid times.
All travellers from Spain to the UK must self-isolate at home for two weeks, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.In addition, the Foreign Office says Spain poses “an unacceptably high risk for British travellers,” and now advises against all non-essential travel to the whole country, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.