Travellers are opting to take their cars through the Channel Tunnel rather than fly. The latest figures show a much smaller slump for the vehicle-carrying shuttles than for air.In July, passenger traffic between Folkestone and Calais on Eurotunnel was down barely one-fifth on the same month in the previous year.
We all may be stuck at home reminiscing about our favourite getaway or just daydreaming about where we would like to go if there wasn't a pandemic, but when it comes to actually taking time off work between now and the end of the year, 67%
A man snapped the toes off a 200-year-old plaster cast statue while posing for a picture at a museum in Possagno, Italy, authorities reported, sharing video of the incident. Police said that they had identified an Austrian tourist as a suspect,
As quarantine rules continue to dampen appetites for travel, the UK’s airports are lobbying intensively to try to find viable alternatives to two weeks in self-isolation for arriving travellers.Newcastle airport is one of several hubs that is assessing passengers’ attitude to the idea of paid tests.
The boss of the Norwegian cruise line that has seen at least 40 cases of Covid-19 has blamed “several deviations from procedures” for the outbreak.
Transport for London (TfL) has launched a new app to help people navigate the city more easily and safely.TfL Go will enable users to “plan the best routes and travel outside peak times to help with social distancing”.
In March, remote work became the standard for office staff (for many, such a set-up continues). This may have cut out the dreaded commute, but it also further narrowed our horizons. Living rooms and bedroom-cum-offices were (or are) the view for most of the working day.
Australia’s Covid-19 death toll is still less than 250 – on a typical day, more people than that die from other causes by lunchtime I left England 17 years ago to live here in Australia, so I can’t speak for the mood in Britain at the moment. But in the land Down Under, all sense of perspective appears to have been lost amid this pandemic. Internationally, the image of Australia tends to be shaped by famous Australians: typically inventive, funny, and somewhat anarchic. Clive James. Barry Humphries. Paul Hogan. But these are the sort who left the country long ago to settle elsewhere. By evaporation effect, the average Australian left behind tends to be far from precocious, but instead overcautious; bizarrely so. Unsurprisingly, Covid-19 has reached Australia, but much less so than other places in the world. The death toll to date in the whole country is tiny: still less than 250 people, most of these in Victoria. On a typical day, more people than that are dead by lunchtime from the more usual causes of death: heart disease, cancer and dementia being the predominant ones – way, way ahead of Covid-19; as are flu and suicide. Indeed, Covid-19 makes up less than half a per cent of the current deaths occurring in Australia, which does not even put it in the top 20 causes of mortality. It is downright bonkers, on these numbers, to accelerate to panic. Notwithstanding that the needle has barely flickered on the total death-rate-meter, Australia has imposed ferocious lockdowns. It is nigh impossible to get in or out of the country, and a number of the state borders are shut. Personally, this is annoying, because I cannot travel to see my family. But it is but a small corner of the steel trap. In Victoria, where my children are at university, they have declared a “State of Disaster” and introduced a night-time curfew, as if viruses prefer to bite in the dark. Not even Transylvanian Romania has gone that far, even on a full moon. During the day, leaving home is limited to a short list of purposes, among them shopping for essentials (one person per household at a shop within 5km from home). Everyone must wear a mask when they leave home. The views of those of us who find them, not merely uncomfortable and irritating, but medically unproven and symbolic of state oppression, are ignored. There are substantial fines being handed out for a breach: up to $20,000 (£11,000) for repeat offenders. I suppose the funds have to come from somewhere. The federal government has been dishing out money hand over fist to many whose businesses have suffered, or been entirely destroyed, but this does not reach everybody, and clearly cannot go on forever. It is remarkably difficult to entirely trash the Australian economy; the wheels of its massive mining and agriculture industries keep turning. But this nation also relies heavily on tourism and overseas university students, and those industries have – for now at least – been wiped out by the restrictions. Nevertheless, Australians are remarkably acquiescent about the lockdown, and most even welcome it. Some just quietly ignore the rules; the government has been using the army (for heaven’s sake) to check up on people who are supposed to be self-isolating at home, but about a quarter of them do not answer the doorbell – they are out at work. Few talk about the risk that when the borders inevitably open again, and the tourists and students return, Covid-19 is likely to bite much harder. Not many are willing to concede, either, that when the borders do reopen, as we’ve seen in Spain, and cases rise again, that the economic mayhem of lockdown will have been pointless. Most Australians, ever optimistic, appear to expect that there will be a vaccine. In these strange times in which we live, it is unlikely, but just about possible, that the economy will bounce back quickly from its current deathbed. As the saying goes here, when they tend to plough ahead without thinking things through: “She’ll be right.” Will she? Only time will tell.
Virgin Atlantic has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States, in a bid to secure its £1.2 billion rescue deal.
Delta has banned more than “100 people” from flying for refusing to wear a mask, according to the airline’s CEO.Ed Bastian said that passengers who refused to comply with the carrier’s requirement that they wear face coverings at all times are being temporarily blacklisted.
The CEO of slick budget hotel Yotel explains why he is so happy to be opening the brand’s first hotel in the capital's centre this summer
A woman has accused American Airlines of racism after being kicked off a flight for wearing an “offensive” face mask.Arlinda Johns, a South Florida activist better known locally as Trey, was due to fly from Charlotte to Illinois when she was reprimanded for wearing a mask saying “F*** 12”, slang for “F*** the police”.
Two more cruise lines have been struck by cases of Covid-19 among passengers as efforts to restart ocean sailings hit turbulent seas.
While some remain reticent to travel, millions of Britons have already returned from their first post-pandemic holidays – indeed, around 600,000 of us were in Spain when the Government put the entire country on the quarantine naughty step last month.
Millions of Britons are swapping their usual holiday in the Med for a summer staycation. But with Cornwall and Devon oversubscribed, where can you go for peace and quiet? Our UK experts suggest their favourite lesser-known corners.
British holidaymakers told to quarantine on their return to the UK have told Telegraph Travel that the Government is failing to enforce the rules, with some saying they have not been contacted at all since arriving home. We spoke to a clutch of travellers about their experience of arriving at UK airports in recent weeks, with some returning from Portugal and Spain – both countries where the 14-day quarantine rule applies. Of those required to self-isolate for two weeks, only two have been contacted by the authorities to ensure they were staying home. Many more were not even asked to fill in the appropriate track-and-trace form at the airport. Under the rules introduced in June, Britons returning to the UK from countries not on the ‘travel corridor’ list must quarantine for 14 days or face a fine of up to £1,000. Carly Reed returned from a family holiday in Spain on Sunday, July 26, the day after the Government changed its Foreign Office advice for the country and removed it from the travel corridor list. “Since we’ve been back, we haven’t had one phone call,” she said. “We’ve followed the rules to a tee, but no one has contacted us, neither I nor my husband. Not even an email to say your quarantine will end on this day. Not even a text. “It’s ridiculous. When I got to the customs guy at Newquay Airport, he was very strict and officious – it did make you realise that this is quite serious – but then nothing.” Luke, from Harrogate, who did not want to give his second name, visited Majorca with his fiance and two friends. They returned to the UK after the Spain advice had changed. “No one has been in touch about quarantine since we got back,” he said. “When we arrived back into Leeds Bradford, authorities did not mention quarantine. “Upon arrival, we went through passport control as usual. We were the only flight at the time so we did not mingle with any other flights. We were asked whether we’d filled out our form for track-and-trace at customs, but we didn’t have to prove this, we just said ‘yes’. “We have not rigidly stuck to quarantine rules but have been sensible, not going out to bars and restaurants, but I am still running and exercising on my own, away from others. I’ve also ordered a Covid-19 test and took it a week after getting back. “Results due tomorrow so if they come back clear, it will probably make us relax a little bit more, but we haven’t been checked on by anyone.” Frederico Felix lives in Slough. He returned from Portugal – a country excluded from the UK’s ‘green’ list – on Sunday. “I was really surprised when I landed in the UK, but in a negative way. No airport staff or Border Force officers were wearing face masks; everyone in Portugal was,” he said. “After I left the aircraft a member of staff from Heathrow asked me if I completed the form and that’s it, no one actually checked if I really did or not. “Since I arrived home no one from the Government has been in touch with me at all.” One journalist Telegraph Travel spoke to said he had been on a press trip to Spain and, of the group, only two had been contacted by quarantine officials. Jules Perowne, founder of PR firm Perowne International, was also on the trip. She said she had received a call, during which she was asked her name and address. Then an automated message was played, she said, reading out a list of coronavirus symptoms. Then the call went dead. “And that was it,” she added. Another holidaymaker, Emily, who only wanted to give her first name, thought her quarantine on returning from Barcelona might be enforced by the GPS on her phone. “I’ve not had anyone check on me at all,” she said. “I was wondering whether there is something that triggers on your phone if it changes location against the address you input into the form, but I doubt it’s that sophisticated, to be honest.” Many more people Telegraph Travel spoke to said they had not been asked to complete – or hand in – a track-and-trace form on arrival into the UK. One traveller who returned from Ibiza on Sunday was asked to fill in a form before flying, “and that was it.” Another, who posted about his experiences on Twitter, said: “Three weeks ago, I flew back into Newcastle from Malaga. Border control took phone to have a look at form but pressed side button, [accidentally] locked it, and just waved me through. Pointless.” Chris Wright, who works for tour operator Sunvil, said he has flown into the UK twice in recent weeks, neither time from somewhere requiring quarantine, but said that he had seen passengers from flights from different countries mix, then be waved through without checks. “The arrival into Stansted, there were no checks at all,” he said. “There was one lady sort of trying to catch people saying ‘have you filled in your form’ but that was it. “I flew into Heathrow Terminal 2 last week and again it was the same. If you went to the e-passport gates, there were no checks at all. “People on the flights weren’t bothering to fill in the forms.” This is not the first time the efficacy of quarantine rules has been called into question. Last month figures from the National Police Chiefs’ Council showed that not a single person had been fined by police for breaching quarantine rules in England and Wales. The rules for travel quarantine are much stricter than those imposed on residents otherwise on lockdown, with subjects unable to leave their home to exercise or shop. Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency, and spokesperson for the Quash Quarantine campaign group, said the measure is “unworkable and unenforceable as the government doesn’t have the resources to check everyone coming into the UK”. “It would be far better, both from a health and an economic perspective, for the focus to be on world-class testing for arrivals at the airport,” he said. “That would capture most potential coronavirus cases entering the country but not stifle our economy. Common sense says testing, testing and more testing is the solution, especially if we have to live with Covid-19.” The Government says quarantine is important to protect the UK against a second wave.
Until 2am on 5 March, many UK travellers relied on Flybe, whose route network could be summed up as: “anywhere to anywhere, possibly changing planes in Birmingham, Southampton or Manchester”.Europe’s biggest regional airline – slogan, "Faster than road or rail" – was the choice of passengers in a hurry from Belfast to Cardiff or Manchester to Edinburgh.
The government has added five destinations to its list of countries and territories where Britons will be able to go on holiday this summer without quarantining upon their return.From 28 July, those travelling from Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, in addition to 58 previously approved countries, into England will be exempt from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation period imposed on all inbound arrivals.
As demands intensify for coronavirus testing to allow travel to resume at scale, the island of Jersey has reported a successful start to its holiday season.Jersey was closed to holidaymakers until 3 July – when the borders were opened, but with mandatory testing for coronavirus on arrival.
An Austrian tourist accidentally broke the toes off a 200-year-old statue in Italy after posing with it for a photo.The unnamed man was caught on video reclining next to the 19th-century “Paolina Borghese as Venus Victrix” sculpture at the Museo Antonio Canova on 31 July.
I’m looking across a glittering expanse of inky green waters, smooth as a freshly made bed, beneath a gentle sun that’s tucked behind thin clouds. The water stretches forever on all sides, only curbed by mustard-hued reeds in the shallows that give way to soft rolling hills. It would be utterly idyllic – if it weren’t for the sudden, unprompted surge of fear that hits me in the solar plexus.I stopped pedalling, just for a moment, just to take in the low-key gorgeous Obertrumer lake in Austria’s Salzburgerland in all its glory. And now I don’t know how to start again.