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Holiday horizons could be expanded later this week - Getty
Holiday horizons could be expanded later this week - Getty

Sajid Javid has announced that a new framework for international travel will be published by the Government, with more details to be revealed ahead of the Global Travel Taskforce’s review on October 1.

While announcing the Government's 'winter plan' in the Commons, the Health Secretary praised the UK’s "strong defences at the border", which he said have allowed the country to carefully reopen to overseas travel.

He told MPs that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps would reveal the full details of the shake-up and also hinted that travel testing measures could be loosened.

After being asked by chair of the transport select committee, Huw Merriman, whether the Government would allow costly Day 2 PCR tests to be swapped for cheaper lateral flow swabs, he said that while Mr Shapps would reveal any changes, he expected Merriman to be “pleased” with the outcome.

Finally, Mr Javid said he was looking into what "further action" he can take following the CMA's (Competition and Markets Authority) review of "exploitative" private testing for travel.

Scroll down for more of the latest.

04:35 PM

That's a wrap

Before we sign off, here's a quick recap of today's travel headlines:

  • Boris Johnson: Government will simplify traffic light system

  • Indonesia eyes reopening when 70 per cent are vaccinated

  • Less than 1.5% of red and amber list arrivals testing positive

  • Sajid Javid: Travel restrictions are 'under review'

  • 12 countries could be removed from red list – incl Pakistan & Peru

Join us tomorrow for more travel news.

04:32 PM

Malaysia holiday hotspot readies for reopening with tourism bubble

The plan is similar to that introduced in Thailand, which started with the July reopening of Phuket, 220 km north of Langkawi, to vaccinated foreign tourists. - The Image Bank
The plan is similar to that introduced in Thailand, which started with the July reopening of Phuket, 220 km north of Langkawi, to vaccinated foreign tourists. - The Image Bank

Malaysia's prime holiday destination is gearing up to welcome the return of tourists this week, as the country takes an early step towards economic recovery.

Langkawi, a cluster of 99 islands in the Straits of Malacca, will reopen from September 16 to fully vaccinated travellers as part of a domestic tourism bubble, with strict protocols in place to thwart the spread of the coronavirus.

However, the islands will remain off limits to Britons for now: Malaysia has yet to invite foreign tourists to return.

"We still do not want congestion even though we need a high number. What is important is that we can control the tourists to ensure their compliance," said Tuan Nasaruddin Abdul Muttalib, head of the Langkawi development authority.

Malaysia has recorded 2 million coronavirus cases overall among its 32 million population, one of Asia's highest per-capita infection rates, with more than 20,000 deaths.

04:16 PM

In brief: Covid headlines around the world

Today's main focus has been the imminent lifting of travel restrictions in the UK – but what else is happening around the world? A quick look at today's international happenings:

  • In Russia, the Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin is in self-isolation after people in his inner circle became infected with Covid.

  • Rain has helped to bring under control a major wildfire that ravaged 7,800 hectares of land in southern Spain, despite more than five days of intense firefighting by land and air.

  • Less than 3.5% of Africans are vaccinated against Covid, far short of the official target of 60%, the director of Africa's Centers for Disease Control said today.

  • The Philippines will ease coronavirus restrictions in the capital Manila to spur economic activity,despite record infection numbers and a warning from the WHO against the move.

04:00 PM

The airlines that came out best (and worst) from the pandemic

Have you flown yet this summer? Our writers and editors share their experiences of flying during the pandemic – including this damning report from Guy de la Bédoyère:

We are, at this very moment, sitting in Heathrow waiting to check in to fly to Vancouver with BA. We're at the end of the line. We've used the Verifly app which BA expressly exhorted me to use to upload our vaccine certificates, PCR test certificates, and the Canadian ArriveCan quarantine exemption authorisation. Thanks to my absurd surname, every one of those required manual review.

One more hurdle and we're going back to the car and driving home. We're inveterate travellers, but it really isn't worth this much grief. Is this a special BA-inflicted torture or is it everybody? I have no idea and right now I don't care. All this, and for what exactly?"

Read on, here – and do tell us your own experiences in the comments.

03:45 PM

Letters to the editor: 'Exorbitant travel restrictions can’t end soon enough'

A Telegraph reader shares his experience of the UK's 'out of control' border policy:

SIR – My wife and I are English. We have lived in The Gambia for 20 years. We have to travel to Spain every six months for medical check-ups, which include my wife’s breast cancer check.

We are double vaccinated (AstraZeneca) and have a government certificate – signed, dated and stamped – showing when each dose was given. Neither Spain nor Britain recognises that certificate. What was the point?

Read on, here.

03:31 PM

Winter sun, with no quarantine: The best destinations to book now

Lindos Blu
Lindos Blu

As the UK's travel restrictions look set to ease, the prospect of winter sun feels tantalisingly close – at last. But don't pack your bags just yet: many winter sun destinations still impose self-isolation on visiting Britons, or remain on our red list, meaning you must endure hotel quarantine on your return.

However, if you choose wisely, you can look forward to a (relatively) fuss-free holiday, with little more than a vaccination certificate and Covid test required.

In need of some quarantine-free winter sunshine this year? Our experts reveal where to find it.

03:21 PM

Police search for missing man on Thai holiday island

Thai police were today searching for an Austrian businessman who went missing on a popular tourism island.

Klaus Florian Hallermann, 56, was last seen carrying a backpack on the beach as he walked to a remote trail for a morning jog in Phi Phi Island in Krabi province on September 11.

The hotel resort manager was reported missing by his worried friends after losing contact with him for two days.

Officers began their search today, September 13, with volunteers to follow where the expat had been as well as interviewing locals for information.

A police spokesman said: "This missing Austrian man likes to go for exercises every day and regularly goes camping alone on the beach. He is well known to the locals.

"A search is ongoing on different bays on the island. For now, the search will only be on the island as Phi Phi is on lockdown since last Saturday because of the virus."

The police's search team was hampered by insufficient staffing as there is a Covid-19 outbreak on Phi Phi Island, where police were almost entirely quarantined.

03:00 PM

Boris Johnson: Government will simplify traffic light system

The Prime Minister has moved on to questions from the public and Kirstie, from Leeds, has asked about the traffic light system

Question: "Can the Government advise on when strict travel rules will ease for those that are fully vaccinated, and advise on what determine's a country's list.

"At the moment, travellers are confused about where they can go, when countries that have low Covid rates and good vaccinations are still red."

The Prime Minister says he "appreciates that people are very frustrated about travel rules" but that it is vital to stop the virus being re-imported and to control new variants.

He says he thinks it is reasonable to ask people to take tests to help protect the population, but adds that the Government will soon say more about simplifying the traffic light system.

He confirms the Government is looking at what it can do to make the "burden of testing less onerous" for those returning to the UK and an announcement will be made shortly.

02:49 PM

Boris Johnson: 'We will keep further measures in reserve'

Boris Johnson has begun the Downing Street press conference by asking people to cast their mind's back to September 2020.

"Our position today is actually more challenging," he says, with "thousands more" daily cases.

However, the Prime Minister says that the result of the vaccination campaign is that we have one of the "most free societies and open economies" in Europe.

In this way, he said he wants to "keep going with this strategy".

"We will keep further measures in reserve", he adds.

Read more on our coronavirus live blog.

02:37 PM

Watch live: Boris Johnson sets out Britain's Covid winter plan

02:34 PM

Reminder: Boris Johnson to set out Britain's Covid winter plan in press conference

Boris Johnson will shortly host a press conference alongside chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty about the Government's winter coronavirus plan.

We'll bring you any relevant updates to overseas travel.

02:16 PM

The Netherlands expected to introduce Covid pass

Authorities in the Netherlands are expected to introduce Covid passes from the end of September, reports Reuters.

The passes will likely be needed for admission to restaurants and cultural events.

The move follows other European countries such as France, Italy and Switzerland which require proof of vaccination or evidence of a recent negative test to gain access to various venues.

02:02 PM

Indonesia eyes reopening when 70 per cent are vaccinated

A Bali beach earlier this month - Shutterstock
A Bali beach earlier this month - Shutterstock

Indonesia will reopen its borders once 70 per cent of the population have received at least one vaccine dose, its government has announced.

Health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told Reuters on Tuesday the country hoped to reach this target by November.

He said: “So for us we concentrate on the first dose. If we can vaccinate 70 per cent of the target population of 208 million, if we can hit 140-150 million, 70 per cent with the first dose, then we can gradually start reopening.”

01:52 PM

Comment: Why the pre-departure test should be scrapped immediately

They're expensive, they hang over the holiday and results aren't even checked properly – the 72-hour test is slowing the recovery of travel, writes Greg Dickinson.

The stars were out and the crickets were chattering away. Our glasses of red wine were by our sides, untouched for 30 minutes. Then a church bell tolled somewhere in the distance, which could only mean one thing. It was time to go indoors and shove a swab up our noses.

If you have travelled overseas in recent months, you will be familiar with this process. If you haven’t – in brief, to return to our fair isle you must take a Covid-19 test 72 hours before boarding your flight home, and then a PCR test two days after arrival home (and then another on day eight, if you are not vaccinated. Are you following?).

This could all be about to change. This week, the travel industry waits with bated breath as rumours circulate that the day two PCR test will be replaced with a cheaper lateral flow test. But, arguably even more promisingly, there are whispers that fully vaccinated travellers could be exempt from taking a test 72 hours before travelling home, something which a source tells the Telegraph is “an option on the table”. With a bit of luck, we will have confirmation of this by Thursday.

Read the full story.

01:38 PM

UK has delivered just 7 per cent of Covid jabs promised to Covax

The UK has delivered less than seven per cent of the vaccines it has promised to donate to developing countries, coming near the bottom in what critics are calling a “league table of shame”.

Data compiled by Our World in Data, a research hub based at the University of Oxford, show the world's major economies have promised to donate many more doses of vaccine to poor countries than they have delivered.

The data looks at donations to Covax, the initiative to share vaccines globally, and finds that of the 554 million doses promised by the world's richest nations, only 90.8 million or 16 per cent have actually been delivered.

Read the full story.

A number of the countries set to benefit from the Covax scheme remain on the UK's red list.

01:22 PM

Feature: The international art festival on a forgotten Finnish island

Vallisaari, in the Helsinki archipelago, was a Russian base, then a torpedo store – and now it is a temporary home for contemporary art.

The Biennial has both indoor and outdoor works, such as this ‘Archipelago of Past and Future’ (pictured)  - Maija Toivanen
The Biennial has both indoor and outdoor works, such as this ‘Archipelago of Past and Future’ (pictured) - Maija Toivanen

Fancy organising an international art event, during a global pandemic, on an abandoned island? This was the daunting task that fell to those behind the first Helsinki Biennial, a first-of-its-kind indoor/outdoor experience set on Vallisaari, a former military island in the picturesque Helsinki archipelago, bringing together contemporary artists from around the world. The result? An international extravaganza which – two months in – has outstripped even the expectations of its organisers, and simultaneously brought life and meaning back to a forgotten island with a chequered past.

Read on, here.

01:06 PM

Less than 1.5% of red and amber list arrivals testing positive

According to figures from the NHS, less than 1.5 per cent of red and amber list arrivals have tested positive in the week between August 26 and September 1.

The data shows that just 3,347 (0.9 per cent) of Day 2 tests from amber list arrivals were positive, and 392 (1 per cent) of Day 8 tests.

For red list arrivals, just 165 (1.3 per cent) of Day 2 tests were positive, and 35 (0.7 per cent) of Day 8 tests were positive.

12:47 PM

'This is not how you achieve a global Britain'

Mark Tanzer, Abta chief executive, has called for the end to PCR testing for British travellers, and warned that the Government "needs to wake up to the damage" that continued border restrictions have caused:

The Government's travel requirements have choked off this summer's travel trade, putting jobs, businesses and the UK's connectivity at risk.

While our European neighbours have been travelling freely and safely, the British were subject to expensive measures which have stood in the way of people visiting family and friends, taking that much-needed foreign holiday and making important business connections.

The Government needs to wake up to the damage its policies are doing to the UK travel industry and the impact they will have on the wider economic recovery.

It is the fares from leisure passengers that keep our planes flying and routes open.

A diminished holiday industry is a diminished aviation industry with fewer routes and fewer flights.

That's not how you achieve a global Britain.

12:27 PM

Travel restrictions are 'under review'

Speaking at the Commons, Conservative Sir Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West) has raised testing for travellers, asking: "The Secretary of State will know there is evidence now that people returning from green list and amber list countries over the summer actually had a lower level of Covid than people who stayed here during the summer. Does he accept that makes a very powerful case for getting rid of the day-two PCR test for people returning from those countries?"

Javid said: "(He's) right to raise this and it's the reason why we have constantly kept our travel rules relating to Covid under review and in my statement earlier he may have heard I referred to a set of changes that we are looking to make very soon and the (Transport Secretary) will be bringing forward those changes to the House as soon as he possibly can."

12:15 PM

12 countries could be removed from red list

A clutch of top holiday destinations could be removed from the red list in the latest traffic light update expected later this week.

Covid data analyst, Tim White, has predicted that 12 countries popular with British travellers could be promoted to the amber list, removing the mandatory hotel quarantine requirement. Among them are Turkey and the key winter sun destinations of South Africa and the Maldives. All three countries are currently reporting Covid rates significantly lower than the UK’s and are accepting British travellers.

Mr White highlighted to The Independent that Argentina, Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru and Sri Lanka also qualify to be relieved of their red list status.

The predictions follow other reports that the red list is expected to be significantly shrunk, with a new definition adopted for when countries are put on it, based on dangerous Covid variants.

Currently there are 62 countries on the list. But a much shorter list – possibly based on prevalence of the beta variant first found in South Africa – is likely to be issued instead. Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, has said as many as 24 red list countries could fall off the list if the beta variant became a key factor in decision-making.

11:58 AM

Health Secretary confirms face masks will be encouraged

Sajid Javid said the Government has created a "plan B" in case things get worse in winter.

The Health Secretary said this involves the possible "legal mandating for face coverings in certain settings" and working from home guidance being reinstated.

He said "any responsible Government must prepare for all eventualities" but did not suggest a full return to lockdown would be necessary.

MPs jeers as he says that people will be encouraged to meet outdoors, or wear face masks in crowded places.

11:50 AM

End of furlough scheme will bring travel sector job losses to 100,000

The majority (69 per cent) of travel companies with staff on furlough plan to make redundancies once the scheme ends this month, according to a new survey.

The poll of 107 businesses by travel trade association Abta suggests that the scrapping of the Job Retention Scheme on September 30 will bring the total number of jobs lost in the outbound travel sector during the coronavirus pandemic to nearly 100,000.

Latest Government figures show travel agencies and tour operators had the second highest rate of furloughed staff of any industry at 46 per cent, behind aviation (51 per cent).

Abta's survey also suggested that new summer holiday bookings were down 83 per cent this year compared with 2019.

Nearly half of travel companies also reported seeing no year-on-year increase in bookings despite the rollout of the vaccine programme.

Abta called on the Government to end the widespread use of PCR testing as part of an overhaul of the requirements for arriving travellers.

It wants fully vaccinated people to be able to return from lower-risk countries without any post-arrival Covid-19 test.

The association also urged ministers to slash the red list, which currently consists of 62 countries, so it is only used to manage known variants of concern.

11:34 AM

Watch live: Sajid Javid sets out the Government's winter Covid plan

11:18 AM

Why you should travel one-on-one with your children

Leaving the squabbles and sibling rivalries at home makes for a blissfully peaceful getaway, writes Janice Hooper.

Janice and Joseph together on a Highland adventure -  Janice Hopper
Janice and Joseph together on a Highland adventure - Janice Hopper

With the world opening up, over the summer holidays many of us rushed to holiday en famille. Our family was no different, booking a trip to Loch Ness and Inverness as a foursome. But, looking back, lockdown had left us in a familial rut. Bad habits had emerged and our holiday would have simply carried on these negative patterns in a new location.

Due to a minor family crisis, I ended up heading to Loch Ness with only one of my two sons, leaving my husband and eldest child at home. I hadn’t realised what a great chance it was to get to know little Joseph (aged six) one on one, and inadvertently shake up our family dynamic.

Admittedly the trip didn’t get off to the greatest start. As I drove the winding roads to Loch Ness, my son, no longer forced to share his Nintendo Switch with his brother, got car sick, vomited twice and arrived at our hotel in his undergarments. Auspicious beginnings.

Usually, with our children, the petty squabbles start in the car then continue into the hotel. As I checked into the Whitebridge Hotel with only one child (who’d been hastily redressed in the car park) peace seemed to be startlingly the norm. There were none of the usual illogical, unreasonable fights over frustratingly irrelevant topics such as which hotel bed is ‘the best’. From a parent’s perspective, one child and no fighting felt like a real break.

Read on, here.

11:07 AM

Amber list holiday destinations and their entry requirements

Getting to grips with the Covid rates and entry rules for various amber list destinations can be confusing, so here is the key information for three holiday favourites.

Spain

Seven day case rate per 100k: 60.21

Adult population who've received a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine: 87.21%

All UK travellers aged 12 or over arriving in Spain must present a pre-travel declaration form and either a negative Covid-19 test result or proof of vaccination.

Greece

Cases per 100k: 144.38

Population with second dose: 63.35%

UK travellers must provide evidence of a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Greece or proof of two Covid-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel. They must also complete a passenger locator form before arrival. Those who can provide proof of either will be exempted from the need to self-isolate. Read the latest travel advice for Greece here.

Italy

Cases per 100k: 56.93

Population with second dose: 73.69%

Italy has dropped its five-day quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated Britons, provided they are double-jabbed and present a negative test upon arrival. Those who are not double-jabbed will still need to quarantine for five days in Italy. Read the latest travel advice for Italy here.

Find more information on amber list countries here.

10:47 AM

Dr Fauci supports vaccine mandate for US air travel

America's top infectious disease doctor has revealed he supports airlines requiring passengers to be vaccinated against Covid.

In interview with online magazine The Skimm he said: “I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people, that you should be vaccinated.”

The news follows President Biden's announcement that businesses with more than 100 employees must require vaccines or have staff undergo regular testing.

10:33 AM

Australia: Sydney cases show signs of slowing

Sydney's Covid cases have started to decline as the city recorded its lowest daily case load in nearly two weeks.

However, health officials said they needed to see a continued drop in cases before deciding whether the city, which has been under lockdown for 12 weeks, had passed the peak.

Sydney's state of New South Wales state reported 1,127 new local cases on Tuesday, down from 1,257 the previous day.

"It's too early to know if we're flattening the curve, but we're seeing, pleasingly so far, that cases haven't been increasing as fast as they have been," Jeremy McAnulty, NSW Executive Director of Public Health Response, told reporters in Sydney.

"We'll look to see what's happening throughout the rest of this week to know how we're going."

Almost half of Australia's population remains in lockdown, as the country battles the highly infectious delta variant.

10:14 AM

Could any Caribbean islands turn red?

There's been plenty of focus on the Caribbean in recent weeks as various islands battle sizeable Covid outbreaks.

Covid data analyst Tim White has tweeted that currently green-listed Grenada is at risk of turning red due to its high case load and lack of genomic sequencing. Meanwhile, St Lucia has recently reported a test positivity rate of 31 per cent, however its cases are trending down.

Other islands with relatively high case loads and no variant sequencing include Jamaica and St Kitts and Nevis.

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10:02 AM

Covid winter plan: how the rules will change on vaccine passports, travel and face masks

Boris Johnson will set out a new roadmap today, when he announces his 'toolbox' for England to cope with the pandemic through winter.

Find out what might change for travel, here.

09:50 AM

Trainline ticket sales reach £1 billion as rail demand returns

Rail booking website Trainline reported that tickets sales topped £1 billion for the first half of 2021, the highest figure since the start of the pandemic.

Ticket sales were up 179 per cent on this time last year as rail demand recovered, particularly in terms of leisure trips which flourished this summer.

Trainline chief executive, Jody Ford, said:

“It is reassuring to see demand for rail travel coming back strongly in all markets across Europe, following an incredibly tough period for the industry.

“While it remains unclear how long it will take for demand to fully return, we remain positive about the long term tailwinds for the industry, including the significant planned investment in rail capacity, particularly on high speed routes, and a growing awareness of the environmental benefits of travelling by train versus other less sustainable modes of transport.”

09:34 AM

Update: Government announcements today

  • Watch live at 12.30pm: Sajid Javid unveils Covid winter plan

  • 4pm for Boris Johnson's press conference

Among the announcements expected are a shake-up of the travel traffic light system and potentially the scrapping of PCR tests for fully vaccinated travellers.

09:15 AM

Mauritius battles Covid surge ahead of reopening

Mauritius is seeing an explosion of coronavirus cases just three weeks before the island reopens to visitors.

AFP reports that hospitals are overwhelmed and ventilators in short supply after cases surged by more than five-fold in two months. Meanwhile, 61 per cent of the population are fully vaccinated.

The paradise island is currently only welcoming fully vaccinated visitors who must quarantine at their resort for 14 days. The isolation measure is set to be dropped from October 1 as the island moves into its peak tourist season.

08:59 AM

Turkey ‘expects’ to be removed from red list

Turkey is expecting to be promoted to the amber list in the next travel update, due tomorrow or Thursday.

The embassy told Sky News:

"The Covid-19 related data of Turkey, which are the criteria for the UK's traffic lights system, are, if compared scientifically and objectively, better than quite a number of countries that are already in the amber list.

"Therefore, we expect Turkey to come off the red list."

The country made a similar prediction shortly before the last traffic light update but missed out on promotion that time.

08:48 AM

Bali eyes reopening – with strict rules for international travellers

A Bali beach earlier this year - Reuters 
A Bali beach earlier this year - Reuters

Indonesia has eased its Covid-19 restrictions on the popular tourist island of Bali, but international travellers will face strict protocols on arrival.

Tourist spots in most parts of the island will now accept visitors, maritime and investment minister Luhut Panjaitan told a virtual conference, as long as they adhere to strict protocols, such as proving their vaccination status on a government-verified phone app.

International visitors, however, must undergo an eight-day quarantine and take three PCR tests before they enter the island.

08:39 AM

Which countries are red, amber and green?

A reminder of where countries currently sit in the traffic light system. An update to the ratings is likely tomorrow or Thursday.

08:24 AM

Red list predictions

Twitter is abuzz with predictions on which countries might change colour on the traffic light update next. Here are travel consultant Paul Charles' thoughts on which destinations should come off the red list.

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08:08 AM

Overseas summer holiday bookings down 83 per cent in 2021

Travel body Abta has reported that summer holiday bookings for 2021 were down 83 per cent when compared to 2019 levels.

The dramatic slump can be attributed to the restrictive traffic light system, which meant most countries were off limits until mid-July unless travellers submitted to quarantine on their return. Demand will have also been dampened by shifting entry rules in other countries and the cost of required PCR testing.

07:51 AM

PM prepares to reveal Covid winter plan

The Prime Minister is expected to tell the nation today how the country can learn to live with coronavirus, underlining how vaccinations will be a central part of the response in the coming months.

  • The travel traffic light system is expected to be scrapped and PCR tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers.

  • Number 10 said another lockdown over winter would only be considered as a "last resort".

  • Covid laws that are no longer required will be ditched and plans for vaccine passports for nightclubs and other large-crowd venues have been shelved.

The Downing Street news conference is expected to take place this afternoon: Boris Johnson will be joined by chief medical adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty.

07:42 AM

UK travel rules 'choked off' summer holidays, says Abta

Travel trade body Abta has intensified calls for the Government to ease travel restrictions, stating that the strict requirements "choked off" summer holidays.

Abta chief executive, Mark Tanzer, said:

"The Government's travel requirements have choked off this summer's travel trade – putting jobs, businesses and the UK's connectivity at risk.

"While our European neighbours have been travelling freely and safely, the British were subject to expensive measures which have stood in the way of people visiting family and friends, taking that much-needed foreign holiday and making important business connections.

"The Government needs to wake up to the damage its policies are doing to the UK travel industry and the impact they will have on the wider economic recovery."

07:27 AM

The red list countries that could move to amber in this week's travel review

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Thoughts are turning to the next traffic light update which is expected later this week.

Here we take a closer look a the most popular destinations on the red list, crunch the numbers and assess which could lose their hotel quarantine status in the next update.

Read the full story.

07:13 AM

Pre-departure tests for double-jabbed travellers could be axed

Pre-departure tests for double-jabbed Britons returning to the UK face the axe under plans being considered by ministers to ease restrictions on foreign travel for holidaymakers, reports Charles Hymas.

Ministers will meet this week to determine whether the tests, required to be taken 72 hours before flying back to the UK, should be ditched for fully vaccinated travellers returning from “low risk” countries.

The tests, which are generally cheaper lateral flows costing £30 per person, would, however, be retained for any travellers from “high risk” red list countries, and for any arrivals into the UK who are not vaccinated.

The option comes on top of a government intention, set out by Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, at the weekend to ditch the more expensive PCR tests for double-jabbed travellers once they are back in the UK, and replace them with the cheaper lateral flow tests.

Read the full story.

07:08 AM

What happened yesterday?

A recap of Monday's top stories.

  • Red list quarantine is 'breach of human rights', says law firm

  • PCR tests for double-vaccinated travellers 'to be dropped'

  • Fines of up to £10,000 for Covid travel test 'cowboys'

  • Holiday prices will be 'dramatically higher', says Ryanair boss

  • Heathrow loses top spot in Europe

Now, on with today's latest travel news.

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