• Boris Johnson declines to advise on holiday plans as businesses criticise 14-day self-isolation rule
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    Boris Johnson declines to advise on holiday plans as businesses criticise 14-day self-isolation rule

    After the prime minister refused to say whether holidays abroad this summer would be possible, travellers and businesses have deplored the indefinite imposition of mandatory 14-day self-isolation for arrivals to the UK.The home secretary, Priti Patel, told MPs that from 8 June, most arrivals at UK airports, ferry ports and international rail terminals will be required to self-isolate at home, a hotel or “other suitable place” for two weeks.

  • 'It's an exciting beginning': Venice opens to tourists
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    'It's an exciting beginning': Venice opens to tourists

    'It's an exciting beginning': Venice opens to tourists. As Italy eases restrictions further, we report from Venice, where hotels and restaurants are eager to welcome back overseas visitors but some fear a return to mass tourism

  • Quarantine: Priti Patel gives go-ahead to 14 days of self-isolation for arrivals to UK
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    Quarantine: Priti Patel gives go-ahead to 14 days of self-isolation for arrivals to UK

    The home secretary, Priti Patel, has confirmed to MPs that the quarantine scheme will go ahead as intended.Starting on 8 June, most travellers travelling to the UK by air, sea or rail will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. The obligation applies to returning holidaymakers as well as foreign visitors to the UK.

  • Government should strip Heathrow slots from British Airways over job cuts, says MP
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    Government should strip Heathrow slots from British Airways over job cuts, says MP

    The government should strip British Airways of its slots at Heathrow, a senior Tory MP has said.BA plans to make up to 12,000 of its 42,000 staff redundant, and to change the employment conditions of those who keep their jobs. It blames the collapse of demand created by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Quarantine: Portugal says talks for ‘air bridge’ to bypass self-isolation are under way
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    Quarantine: Portugal says talks for ‘air bridge’ to bypass self-isolation are under way

    As countries across Europe open up to tourists, Portugal's foreign minister has indicated that talks are in progress with the Home Office to bypass the UK’s impending quarantine rules.Later today the home secretary, Priti Patel, will give MPs more details of plans for mandatory self-isolation for arrivals in the UK from 8 June.

  • Quarantine: UK travel plan could be ‘three week wonder’, Patel and Shapps say
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    Quarantine: UK travel plan could be ‘three week wonder’, Patel and Shapps say

    As prospective holidaymakers and the travel industry wait to hear detailed plans for 14 days of self-isolation for arriving travellers, two warring Cabinet ministers appear to have confirmed that quarantine will be a “three-week wonder”.From 8 June, many arrivals to the UK will be required to self-isolate for two weeks. The travel industry says quarantine has stifled summer bookings for both inbound and outbound tourism, and will trigger thousands of job losses.

  • 'Baby dragons' go on display for the first time in Slovenia
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    'Baby dragons' go on display for the first time in Slovenia

    'Baby dragons' go on display for the first time in Slovenia. World’s first public exhibit of juvenile olms, mysterious underground amphibians, will open on 8 June in Slovenia’s famous Postojna Cave

  • Wild swimming site removes online map to ease overcrowding
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    Wild swimming site removes online map to ease overcrowding

    Wild swimming site removes online map to ease overcrowdingThe Outdoor Swimming Society has taken down wildswim.com over concerns about popular bathing spots being overwhelmed

  • Quarantine: Matt Hancock refuses to be drawn on ‘air bridge’ plans to avoid 14 days of isolation
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    Quarantine: Matt Hancock refuses to be drawn on ‘air bridge’ plans to avoid 14 days of isolation

    As the government presses ahead with its quarantine plans and business warn of closures and job losses, the health secretary has declined to comment on an emerging “air bridge” plan to avoid 14 days of self-isolation.From 8 June, most arrivals at UK airports, ferry ports and international rail terminals will be required to self-isolate at home, out of direct contact with family and friends, for two weeks.

  • Coronavirus: Why airlines abandoning smaller airports is bad for travellers
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    Coronavirus: Why airlines abandoning smaller airports is bad for travellers

    The message from Delta Airlines sounded innocuous enough. “Delta has temporarily consolidated operations in some markets served by multiple airports.”At a time when carriers around the world are cutting jobs in multiples of 1,000, and the UK government seems fixated on twisting the knife with its quarantine plan, a bit of temporary consolidation sounds almost benign.

  • Share your favourite holiday memory of Italy
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    Share your favourite holiday memory of Italy

    Share your favourite holiday memory of Italy. Reveal your top Italian holiday moment, whether it’s culture or hospitality, seaside, city or rolling landscape

  • Coronavirus: easyJet cancels seven out of 10 of its summer flights
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    Coronavirus: easyJet cancels seven out of 10 of its summer flights

    As the government briefs the travel industry about its quarantine plans, Britain's biggest budget airline has announced the cancellation of most of its summer flights.Up to Monday, a majority of easyJet’s planned departures were shown as operating. But the reservations database has now been filleted, leaving just three out of 10 of the original schedule still flying.

  • That Summer: Greek Island hopping in 1983
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    That Summer: Greek Island hopping in 1983

    We were 20. Actually, I was still a teenager, not to turn 20 until halfway through our trip. It was to be our first real taste of independent travel.My best friend, Julia, and I were desperate to go to the Greek islands. We had talked about nothing else all year, while all year our parents tried everything to talk us out of it. They wanted us to go to France – much safer, they said – as if that was going to change our minds.

  • Quarantine: Tory revolt grows over self-isolation plan for travellers
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    Quarantine: Tory revolt grows over self-isolation plan for travellers

    As airline, ferry firms and holiday companies prepare for the impact of the UK’s first global quarantine scheme, Tory MPs are stepping up their campaign against the measures.From 8 June, most people arriving at UK airports, ferry ports and international rail terminals will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. As this will affect returning holidaymakers, travel sales for the summer have dried up.

  • 10 of the best novels set in Portugal – that will take you there
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    10 of the best novels set in Portugal – that will take you there

    10 of the best novels set in Portugal – that will take you thereFrom a Saramago masterpiece to Monica Ali’s rural blues, via mountains, cities and coast, bookmark this reading list for a flavour of Portugal – and its people• More fiction trips: Italy | France | Spain | Greece

  • Thumbs down: Does coronavirus mean hitchhiking has reached the end of the road?
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    Thumbs down: Does coronavirus mean hitchhiking has reached the end of the road?

    A road tradition that has endured for more than a century has been killed off by coronavirus – that is the conclusion of two out of three people who responded to an online survey.In a Twitter poll conducted for The Independent, with more than 1,000 self-selecting respondents, 68 per cent said that the worldwide pandemic would put an end to thumbing.

  • Which European countries are easing travel restrictions?
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    Which European countries are easing travel restrictions?

    Which European countries are easing travel restrictions?. As some countries in Europe restart tourism, we round up lockdown-easing measures and restrictions country-by-country. Information will be updated as the situation changes

  • Quarantine: Airlines lobby ministers to exempt 45 ‘air bridge’ countries
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    Quarantine: Airlines lobby ministers to exempt 45 ‘air bridge’ countries

    As travellers head for the UK ahead of the imposition of quarantine, Britain’s airlines have sent ministers a list of the 45 nations that they want to be exempt.Downing Street and the Home Office are insisting that the plan for arrivals to self-isolate for two weeks must start on 8 June, despite many assertions that it is “too much, too late”.

  • I started to miss brazenly beautiful Japan before I'd even left
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    I started to miss brazenly beautiful Japan before I'd even left

    I started to miss brazenly beautiful Japan before I'd even leftThere are so many bars, alleyways, shops and gardens I want to explore – but right now, its confidence and self-assurance seem unimaginable

  • More than 2 million British travellers able to avoid 14-day quarantine after travelling abroad
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    More than 2 million British travellers able to avoid 14-day quarantine after travelling abroad

    One week before the UK’s first blanket quarantine is imposed, The Independent can reveal that at least two million people will qualify for exemption because of their jobs.According to the wording in the government's list of exemptions, bus drivers, dentists and police officers will be among the professions to dodge 14 days of self-isolation when they travel to the UK from 8 June onwards.

  • Emirates to make some staff redundant after coronavirus sparked ‘difficult times’ for airline
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    Emirates to make some staff redundant after coronavirus sparked ‘difficult times’ for airline

    Emirates airline has said it will have to make staff redundant due to the coronavirus pandemic.A spokesperson confirmed it would have "to say goodbye" to some of its staff, following the economic strain placed on the state-owned business caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

  • Florence Baker: the polyglot slave girl turned intrepid explorer
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    Florence Baker: the polyglot slave girl turned intrepid explorer

    Florence Baker: the polyglot slave girl turned intrepid explorer. The Transylvanian-born orphan was sold to an English traveller, with whom she discovered the wonders of Africa, married and fought to abolish slavery

  • Glad you’re not here: stag party capitals  vow to ‘do tourism differently’
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    Glad you’re not here: stag party capitals vow to ‘do tourism differently’

    Glad you’re not here: stag party capitals vow to ‘do tourism differently’. From Prague to Kraków, locals take advantage of travel restrictions to reclaim tourist hotspots

  • Wing and a prayer: the bizarre Chicken Church of Java
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    Wing and a prayer: the bizarre Chicken Church of Java

    Wing and a prayer: the bizarre Chicken Church of Java. Meant to be a dove, but looking more like a hen, one man’s vision of a temple for all faiths has enjoyed an unlikely resurrection

  • Trekking the Sabine Hills: in praise of Italy, summer and freedom
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    Trekking the Sabine Hills: in praise of Italy, summer and freedom

    Trekking the Sabine Hills: in praise of Italy, summer and freedom. The author recalls dawn starts, oven-hot air and the chorus of cicadas that accompanied his walk through the hills north of Rome