• The great escape: 10 lovely new holiday cottages in the UK
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    The great escape: 10 lovely new holiday cottages in the UK

    The great escape: 10 lovely new holiday cottages in the UK. Many Brits will be holidaying in the UK this summer, fortunately there are many gorgeous getawatys to choose from

  • France this summer: four under-the-radar holiday regions
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    France this summer: four under-the-radar holiday regions

    France this summer: four under-the-radar holiday regionsFrance will be a popular option for a post-lockdown break, and is big enough to offer lots of places where crowds can be avoided

  • Foreign holiday bookings playing catch up after UK government indecision
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    Foreign holiday bookings playing catch up after UK government indecision

    Foreign holiday bookings playing catch up after UK government indecision. With the ‘safe list’ of countries finally announced, holiday bookings are expected to pick up, but tour operators are scrambling to make up for lost time

  • Pitcairn but not Portugal: The government’s list of summer holiday destinations for 2020 is bizarre
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    Pitcairn but not Portugal: The government’s list of summer holiday destinations for 2020 is bizarre

    British holidaymakers can venture to Pitcairn and the high Pyrenees, but not to the UK’s oldest ally, Portugal.The list of locations from which quarantine will not be required for travellers returning to England this summer is baffling.

  • Can Britons book their summer holidays now? And other questions answered
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    Can Britons book their summer holidays now? And other questions answered

    Can Britons book their summer holidays now? And other questions answered. Everything you need to know about Britain’s new travel arrangements

  • Travel ban lifted: Government announces list of 59 countries exempt from quarantine, including France, Spain and Italy
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    Travel ban lifted: Government announces list of 59 countries exempt from quarantine, including France, Spain and Italy

    The government has finally revealed its list of 59 countries where travel restrictions will no longer apply, including France, Spain and Italy.Previously, a “double lock” prevented nearly all international travel: the Foreign Office (FCO) advised against all non-essential travel abroad, invalidating Britons’ travel insurance, and a mandatory 14-day quarantine period was imposed on all inbound arrivals to the UK.

  • Everything you need to know about visiting Turkey this summer
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    Everything you need to know about visiting Turkey this summer

    As tentative signs start to emerge of a revival for the travel industry, our minds are turning to potential holiday destinations for this summer.With sun, sea and shish kebab, Turkey has long been a popular travel destination for Britons in need of some vitamin D.

  • Everything you need to know about visiting Italy this summer
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    Everything you need to know about visiting Italy this summer

    As tentative signs start to emerge of a revival for the travel industry, our minds are turning to potential holiday destinations for this summer.While it may have started out as the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, Italy has since managed to admirably flatten the curve and open up to visitors again.

  • Everything you need to know about visiting Portugal this summer
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    Everything you need to know about visiting Portugal this summer

    As tentative signs start to emerge of a revival for the travel industry, our minds are turning to potential holiday destinations for this summer.With excellent surfing, outstanding city break destinations and the world’s favourite custard tarts (pasteis de nata), Portugal has long been a favourite holiday destination for Brits.

  • Will I have to quarantine if I go on holiday this summer?
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    Will I have to quarantine if I go on holiday this summer?

    The first signs that the travel industry is gearing up to restart are starting to appear.EasyJet operated its first flight for 11 weeks on 15 June; Spain has announced that its borders will reopen to tourists from 21 June; and many attractions in France, Italy and Spain are now welcoming visitors, including the palace at Versailles, the Doge’s Palace in Venice and the Guggenheim in Bilbao.

  • What is the latest Foreign Office travel advice?
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    What is the latest Foreign Office travel advice?

    One of the key determinants of whether Brits can travel abroad this summer following the global coronavirus pandemic is the Foreign Office travel advice.The FCO keeps individual country pages on its website regularly updated, with all the latest information and warnings about potential risks, such as political unrest, natural disasters and terror attacks.

  • Can I go on holiday this summer and will I have to quarantine?
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    Can I go on holiday this summer and will I have to quarantine?

    For many, it felt like summer was cancelled as soon as Matt Hancock said as much on ITV’s This Morning back in early May.“I think that’s likely to be the case,” the health secretary answered when asked if sunny season would be off the agenda for the first time since the Second World War.

  • Travel ban lifted: Everywhere you can go on holiday this summer
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    Travel ban lifted: Everywhere you can go on holiday this summer

    The government has announced a list of 59 countries and territories where Britons will be able to go on holiday this summer, provided they're travelling back into England.Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps initially confirmed that the “double lock” previously preventing almost all overseas travel would be lifted for France, Spain, Italy and Germany, before releasing the full list of destinations on 3 July.

  • When can Britons go on holiday again and where can they go?
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    When can Britons go on holiday again and where can they go?

    As the travel industry slowly begins to relax restrictions on movement, it feels as if there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon for those desperate to get away this summer. It goes without saying that safety must take precedence over any personal urge for, let’s say, a Florentine gelato, but the optimists among us are starting to see a shift in the right direction. With restrictions remaining in many destinations, we’ve looked at where Brits might be permitted to travel and when.When can Britons go on holiday again? International travel At present, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise against all non-essential international travel.

  • Everything you need to know about visiting Greece this summer
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    Everything you need to know about visiting Greece this summer

    As tentative signs start to emerge of a revival for the travel industry, our minds are turning to potential holiday destinations for this summer.With sun, sea and dolmades, Greece has long been a popular travel destination for Britons in need of some vitamin D.

  • Coronavirus: The unfolding travel crisis is becoming a Greek tragedy
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    Coronavirus: The unfolding travel crisis is becoming a Greek tragedy

    Since what feels like the early Middle Ages, I have always listened attentively to the transport secretary of the time. A few holders of the office – notably Andrew Adonis of Labour and Patrick McLoughlin of the Conservatives – brought formidable intellect and insight to the role.But never have I heard anything like the interview Mishal Husain conducted with the incumbent secretary of state for transport, Grant Shapps, on the BBC’s Today programme on Friday morning.

  • How do I apply for a new passport – and how do I renew an existing one?
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    How do I apply for a new passport – and how do I renew an existing one?

    As lockdown restrictions continue to ease in many parts of Europe, many Britons are champing at the bit to leave our sceptred isle for some guaranteed sunshine. Although many countries such as Spain, France and Italy have given UK holidaymakers the green light to visit, it’s worth noting that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise against all but essential travel (although this is likely to change from 10 July).Checking your vital paperwork is in order before travelling is essential, but Britain’s departure from the European Union, the introduction of new blue passports and confusion over passport expiry during the coronavirus lockdown period have left many uncertain as to the official requirements in relation to this essential document. We answer the important questions to help you prepare for your next trip away.

  • Everything you need to know about visiting France this summer
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    Everything you need to know about visiting France this summer

    As tentative signs start to emerge of a revival for the travel industry, our minds are turning to potential holiday destinations for this summer.France, as our closest neighbour barring Ireland, makes sense for a first international sojourn.

  • Staycations: Your options for holidays and weekends away in the UK this summer
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    Staycations: Your options for holidays and weekends away in the UK this summer

    As expected, the prime minister has said that hotels, B&Bs;, caravan parks and campsites in England will be able to open from 4 July 2020. The “social-distancing” guidance has halved from two metres to one in England.But Boris Johnson left out much of the detail. In addition, other UK nations have very different policies.

  • Everything you need to know about visiting Spain this summer
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    Everything you need to know about visiting Spain this summer

    As countries around the globe tentatively begin to relax restrictions on travel, the promise of tapas al fresco and long, lazy sun-filled days beside the sea come top of the travel wish-list for many tourists.Spain has long topped the list as one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, with more than 18 million British tourists visiting in 2019 – a fifth of the country’s overall total of nearly 84 million visitors, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics.

  • Coronavirus: How to stay safe on a flight
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    Coronavirus: How to stay safe on a flight

    With the government set to announce that international travel will be possible again from 10 July, when certain countries will be exempt from mandatory quarantine and have the Foreign Office non-essential travel warning lifted, it may not be too long before we’re airborne again.But, for the foreseeable future, catching a flight is likely to be a very different experience compared to pre-Covid times.

  • Where are the safest places to travel on holiday this summer?
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    Where are the safest places to travel on holiday this summer?

    As the travel industry slowly grinds to life after a catastrophic few months, collective minds turn once more to the prospect of travel. Although the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise against all non-essential international travel, this is expected to change from 10 July, when the blanket warning will likely be relaxed for countries deemed “safe” by a new traffic-light system.With Covid-19 infection rates varying from one country to another, we’ve looked at the destinations that official figures state have emerged favourably from the pandemic, with low caseloads and – in some instances – zero deaths.

  • UK and Ireland holidays: where can you go, and when?
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    UK and Ireland holidays: where can you go, and when?

    With quarantine for travellers to destinations outside these islands officially in place until next summer, many holidaymakers are looking at staying within the UK and Ireland this year.The five nations are opening up to tourism – but all at different speeds. This is the picture right now.

  • How can I get a refund on my cancelled holiday, flight or cruise?
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    How can I get a refund on my cancelled holiday, flight or cruise?

    During three months of lockdown, tens of thousands of travellers will have had their holidays cancelled. Many will have found claiming a refund an uphill struggle. So what are your rights when it comes to Covid cancellations? Here’s everything you need to know.My package holiday has been cancelled. What are my rights? Under the Package Travel Regulations, if you book a holiday including transport and accommodation that is cancelled by the operator, you are entitled to a full cash refund within two weeks.

  • How safe is it to travel by plane, train or cruise liner?
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    How safe is it to travel by plane, train or cruise liner?

    As restrictions on travel around the globe gradually start to lift, some passengers may understandably feel some trepidation about returning to their pre-pandemic globetrotting habits. We’ve looked at the risks involved in travel by train, plane and cruise liner – and the measures introduced by the industry to try and mitigate them.Cruises Passengers walk along the deck of the Diamond Princess cruise ship in February 2020. Around 3,600 people were quarantined onboard due to fears of a coronavirus outbreak (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images) In travel terms, cruise ships have been at the beating heart of the Covid-19 pandemic, with major outbreaks on the Diamond Princess and Ruby Princess making headline news around the world. At present, cruise liners are docked, with little to no indication of when operations are likely to commence.