Demand for amber list holidays surges ahead of quarantine announcement

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Interest in amber list Crete is increasing  - istock
Interest in amber list Crete is increasing - istock

Summer bookings for key amber list holiday destinations are rising after it emerged that quarantine restrictions could soon be dropped for fully vaccinated Britons.

Holiday price comparison site TravelSupermarket has reported that consumer confidence has risen dramatically, with 55 per cent of all bookings made in the past week scheduled for July and August. This figure was only 10 per cent a fortnight earlier.

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, is expected to announce on Thursday whether foreign travel for those with both jabs will open up at the same time as domestic restrictions are lifted. Government sources have said July 19 is the "ambition".

Currently, TravelSupermarket’s most searched destinations for a package holiday are the green-listed Balearic Islands, but the archipelago is closely followed by amber list destinations Tenerife and Crete.

Furthermore, recent research from flight website Skyscanner has revealed 63 per cent of UK travellers would be more likely to book travel to an amber list country if they’d had both vaccine doses. Martin Nolan, Skyscanner traveller expert, commented: “With hopes of reduced restrictions for double vaccinated travellers on the horizon, we expect travellers to react with bookings in time for summer holidays.

“We’ve been asking our travellers on Skyscanner which amber list countries they would most like to see restrictions eased for, with 'anywhere warm' the most popular response followed by Spain.”

Scroll down for more updates.

03:56 PM

That's a wrap

Before we sign off, here's a quick recap of the day's headlines:

  • Quarantine-free amber list holidays could start from July 19

  • Warning over scam 'vaccine passport'

  • Finland eases travel restrictions for vaccinated EU visitors

  • France scraps free Covid tests for tourists

  • Fast-track lanes for vaccinated passengers at Heathrow

Join us tomorrow – when we are expecting to hear from Grant Shapps about plans to end quarantine for fully-vaccinated travellers.

03:48 PM

Balearics' green list status in jeopardy, sparking concern in tourism sector

Holidays to Ibiza could be at risk of falling into the amber category once again - Getty
Holidays to Ibiza could be at risk of falling into the amber category once again - Getty

A rise in positive Covid-19 cases in the Balearics has led to uncertainty surrounding the green list status of the islands, and whether it will be moved onto the amber list once again at the next review (Thursday, July 15).

There are currently more than 2,000 active Covid-19 cases across the islands and the 14-day cumulative incidence rate has risen to 184.4.

The main cause of the increase has been Spanish students visiting from the mainland on study trips and holding large end-of-term fiestas in Majorca. The situation has now been contained by the regional government with strict new regulations in place for large gatherings, but the after-effects have been felt island-wide.

Anna Nicholas has the full story.

03:33 PM

Warning over scam 'vaccine passport'

A scam email using NHS branding and informing recipients that they can apply for a digital vaccine passport could be used to commit identity fraud, officials have warned.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) said it was aware of the email claiming that a so-called "Coronavirus Digital Passport" proves the holder has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and "allows you to travel safely and freely around the world without having to self-isolate".

The email contains a link to a website built to look like an official NHS platform that asks the recipient to provide personal details, which could be used to commit identity fraud, said CTSI lead officer Katherine Hart:

This is yet another example of unscrupulous fraudsters taking advantage of the pandemic to line their pockets. We all hope that the summer brings some enjoyment after what has been a period of unprecedented challenges for everyone, but scammers want to ruin that.

It is vital that we not only avoid these scams, but also report them to Action Fraud, or if in Scotland, contact Police Scotland. More data received means that the authorities can build a richer picture and identify the full scale of this serious issue.

03:18 PM

IATA 'optimistic' of US-UK travel restart

The head of global airline body IATA, Willie Walsh, has said he is cautiously optimistic about demand for travel in the second half of the year, adding that he expects transatlantic flying between Britain and the United States to re-open in the coming weeks.

Walsh, the Director General of IATA, told reporters: "I think we have to be optimistic that we will see a relaxation in relation to transatlantic flying during the coming weeks."

02:58 PM

Quarantine-free amber list holidays could start from July 19

The quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated UK travellers arriving from amber list countries could be scrapped from July 19.

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, is expected to announce on Thursday whether foreign travel for those with both jabs will open up at the same time as domestic restrictions are lifted. Government sources have said July 19 is the "ambition".

The Daily Mail reports that Border Force objections, thought to be a key barrier to the plans, have now lessened.

It quoted a Whitehall source as saying: "Border Force do have to make some technical changes and they had asked for a bit longer to get the new systems in place. But they can see the writing on the wall on this and they have accepted it will be the 19th."

Previously, it was expected that the current rules would stay in place until August.

The move could see the return of relatively hassle-free holidays to destinations such as Spain, Greece and France. However, concerns are mounting that the UK’s rising infection rate might see certain countries put increased restrictions on British holidaymakers.

Travellers will still be expected to have a pre-departure test before flying back to Britain from an amber list country, and pay for a PCR test on or before day two of their arrival home.

02:52 PM

Vietnam to impose restrictions in Ho Chi Minh city

Vietnam has reported over 1,000 new cases reported for the third day - Getty
Vietnam has reported over 1,000 new cases reported for the third day - Getty

Vietnam will impose tight movement restrictions in its commercial hub Ho Chi Minh city from the end of the week to try to control a Covid-19 outbreak, its health ministry said.

The measures, effective for 15 days from Friday, include a stay-at-home order, a ban on gatherings of more than two people and a closure of public transport services.

"Fighting the pandemic is fighting the enemy," the city chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said in a statement.

"We have to accept to sacrifice short-term interests to prevent and fight the pandemic."

02:35 PM

The world's safest – and least safe – airlines for 2021

It's been a bizarre year for aviation, but some carriers still emerged safer than others, reports Hugh Morris.

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are among the 20 safest airlines on Earth, according to an annual ranking of the world’s biggest carriers.

The website AirlineRatings.com assessed 385 major airlines this year before delivering its verdict, taking into account previous incidents, the average age of their fleets and audits from governments and the aviation industry’s regulatory bodies.

It singled out Qantas as the world’s safest airline, as it has done in previous years, ahead of a chasing pack of 19 rivals.

BA and Virgin are the only UK airlines at the top table; others include Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Air New Zealand. Read the full story here.

The 20 safest airlines

  1. Qantas

  2. Qatar Airways

  3. Air New Zealand

  4. Singapore Airlines

  5. Emirates

  6. EVA Air

  7. Etihad Airways

  8. Alaska Airlines

  9. Cathay Pacific Airways

  10. British Airways

  11. Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic

  12. Hawaiian Airlines

  13. Southwest Airlines

  14. Delta Air Lines

  15. American Airlines

  16. SAS

  17. Finnair

  18. Lufthansa

  19. KLM

  20. United Airlines

02:17 PM

Finland eases travel restrictions for vaccinated EU visitors

Fully vaccinated tourists from EU and Schengen countries will be able to enter Finland from July 12, without any additional measures such as testing or quarantine.

The country has set out a list of criteria that will allow certain holidaymakers to enter the country freely.

  • They are fully vaccinated

  • Have had a Covid-19 infection before

  • Are born in 2006 or later

  • Arrive from a country with low virus incidence

Meanwhile, travellers from the UK must take a Covid test upon arrival, self-isolate and take a second test between three and five days later.

02:00 PM

Question: 'I'm worried about being told to isolate just before my holiday. Are there any insurers who cover this?'

Answer: Yes, there are insurance policies that will cover your plans if you are told to self-isolate after contracting the virus, or if a member of your household tests positive.

“Some policies also allow holidaymakers to cancel their trip if they are told to isolate by NHS Track and Trace, due to coming into close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus – regardless of whether it was a household member or not,” says Fiona Macrae, head of awareness initiative Travel Insurance Explained.

“However, it is worth noting that this cover is not standard across the industry and will mostly be found on more premium policies. Therefore, those who desire this additional cover should check the policy wordings before they buy or during the 14-day cooling-off period, and, if in doubt, contact the travel insurance provider to clarify whether they’d cover this situation.

Insurers that offer this protection will not provide cover if the insured, or any close contacts, were showing symptoms of Covid-19 or had already been diagnosed with Covid-19 when the policy was bought, however.

“For this reason, we would recommend that travellers buy a policy with this type of cover as soon as they book their holiday to prevent being left out of pocket for a trip they cannot go on,” advises Macrae.

Read more answers to this summer's key travel questions here.

01:38 PM

France warns Delta variant could ruin summer if fourth wave emerges

The French government has warned that the Delta variant could “ruin the summer” if a fourth coronavirus wave emerges.

Government spokesman Gariel Attal said that pushing ahead with the vaccination campaign was the best way to avoid a return to strict coronavirus restrictions, and urged all French citizens to get their jabs.

The highly contagious Delta variant, first identified in India, now accounts for around 40 per cent of new Covid cases in France and is seeing a particular surge in 11 metropolitan regions, including Paris.

Mr Attal said: “This variant is dangerous and quick and wherever it is present, it can ruin the summer.”

Read more on our coronavirus live blog.

01:21 PM

First Covid case recorded in 'Phuket Sandbox' scheme

A tourist from the UAE has tested positive for Covid-19, marking the first imported case since the reopening of the island on July 1.

Thai authorities say that so far 2,113 holidaymakers have arrived in Phuket under the Sandbox scheme, which allows double vaccinated tourists to visit the island without quarantining.

A beach in Phuket  - Getty
A beach in Phuket - Getty

The man, who was part of a tour group, was reportedly tested upon arrival at Phuket airport, with the positive result being returned later that evening while he was waiting at his hotel. He was then said to be taken to hospital for treatment while other members of the group were placed under a 14-day hotel quarantine.

70 per cent of Phuket’s residents are fully vaccinated.

01:04 PM

What happens if you get track-and-traced before your holiday? All your travel questions answered

Never has travel been so uncertain – or complicated. Do you have to cancel your holiday if you’re told to isolate? Does a full vaccination exempt you from quarantine? The answers are not always simple – but we have addressed your latest burning questions here.

Do you have to cancel your holiday if you’re told to isolate? - Getty
Do you have to cancel your holiday if you’re told to isolate? - Getty

If I am contacted by track and trace, and told to isolate, do I really have to cancel my holiday?

From a legal standpoint, it depends entirely on the method by which you are contacted. If you are told via an email, text or phone call from the Test and Trace service, then isolating is a legal requirement – so yes, you must cancel or postpone your trip, and remain at home for as long as you are instructed.

However, if you are ‘pinged’ by the NHS COVID-19 app, via a notification on your phone, there is no legal imperative to isolate. Downloading the app is voluntary, and any instruction from it is ‘guidance’ – and not enforceable by law.

However, that is not to say that you shouldn’t isolate, or cancel your trip – just that the decision is up to you.

When the app was launched last autumn, then Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the situation thus: “If the app tells you to self-isolate, then you should self-isolate. But if an NHS Test and Trace contact tracer tells you, then you must by law.”

12:55 PM

UK passport power on par with Uzbekistan's due to Covid travel restrictions

According to the Henley Passport Index, countries that have some of the most powerful passports in the world – including the UK, US and Japan – are still being restricted by Covid travel curbs.

The UK and US officially share joint 7th place on the index, with passport holders supposedly able to access 187 destinations across the globe.

However, under current travel bans, UK passport holders can access fewer than 60 destinations – equivalent to that of Uzbekistan. The US passport is on par with Rwanda.

Christian Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners, told Bloomberg News that global mobility will be "seriously hampered throughout 2021 at least".

“In many countries, serious doubts have arisen as to the ability to handle a global crisis, with the subsequent embrace of more inward-looking priorities,” Kaelin said.

12:45 PM

10 British drives you must tackle in your lifetime

With summer holidays this year an incredibly UK affair, there's no better time to dust off your satnav or road atlas, plot a winding route (packing an overnight bag, just in case) and head for some of the most beautiful scenery the British Isles has to offer.

With a bit of luck, you might even strike a last-minute deal at a pub or hotel en route, turning a one-day drive into a two-day adventure.

1. Isle of Arran Coastal Road, Scotland

Best for: Escapists.

Why do it? It’s like Scotland in miniature, with a hint of the Med.

What to expect: This leisurely 56-mile drive around the circular coastal route offers craggy highlands to the north, rolling lowlands to the south, with ever-changing sea views all the way. Arran is a bewitching island, full of mystery, history, remote hidden glens and charming coves. On a sunny day, its sublime light and cottages tumbling down to the shore conjure a hint of the Mediterranean. When it’s stormy, brooding clouds lend extra majesty to heather-covered hills, while racing waves heighten the dramatic sense of other-worldliness.

Cruise around the coast on the Isle of Arran - Moment RF
Cruise around the coast on the Isle of Arran - Moment RF

Find the full list of drives here.

12:29 PM

Scottish Government lifts final travel ban on north west England

The Scottish Government is removing its last remaining ban on non-essential travel to north west England. From Thursday, the restrictions on the Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council area will be lifted.

Last week, the travel restrictions on Manchester, Salford and Bolton were removed.

The introduction of those rules led to a political row between Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

On Wednesday, Scotland's public health minister Maree Todd said: "We have been carefully monitoring the situation in Scotland and across the common travel area and following a weekly review, we will ease travel arrangements between Scotland and Blackburn.

"Nobody wants travel restrictions in place for any longer than is absolutely necessary. Restrictions on non-essential travel between Scotland and parts of north west England were introduced in line with evidence, and have been removed as the situation has changed."

12:19 PM

The most remote – and most tropical – island in England

St Agnes measures less than a mile across, with a single lane connecting the quay to the opposite corner of the island, just 15 minutes’ walk away - Getty
St Agnes measures less than a mile across, with a single lane connecting the quay to the opposite corner of the island, just 15 minutes’ walk away - Getty

Twenty-eight miles off Cornwall, the tiny Scilly Isle of St Agnes is full of surprises – including a thriving arts scene, entrepreneurial islanders, and an abundance of world-class lobster.

It's an idyllic combination, finds Keith Drew.

12:01 PM

'When we travel again, let’s leave the brutish behaviour behind'

"Watching the football from afar, I'm as perplexed as ever by the hysterical behaviour of my countrymen," writes Anthony Peregrine:

People were howling, growling and grimacing into the cameras, into one another’s faces and at the world in general. Shirts were off and ill-disciplined bellies flapping. High on monuments, and perhaps on much else besides, younger folk seemed to be going insane.

A switch had been flicked and a current of several zillion volts was passing through a nation ill-equipped to cope. Was this fury or ecstasy?

Given that the frenzy was generated by England, it all seemed rather unEnglish. At least, it did to the French people with whom I watched the match at home in France. Early on, I’d had more fun than was strictly necessary underlining what a fabulous footballing people the Swiss were. Subsequently, the match in Rome impressed us all. Then came the celebrations caught on TV. Oh crikey.

“Whatever happened to British sang-froid? The stiff upper lip?” asked a neighbour, as assorted clodpoles gurned and hollered at us from the screen. Where to start?

Read on, here.

11:48 AM

When is the next review of the green, amber and red travel lists?

The travel ‘traffic light’ list is updated every three weeks, usually on a Thursday – so the next announcement will likely take place on July 15, next Thursday.

Any changes usually come into effect the following Monday, which will be July 19. This means that any new quarantine regulations for returning Britons will likely kick in on that date – so if you are due to be overseas then, or about to travel, it will be prudent to keep an eye on the travel news.

The announcements regarding changes to the traffic light system are usually made by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. Though of course, we will have all the latest updates here on our live blog – with more information on the destinations they apply to, and what they mean for you, on our green, amber and red travel list explainers.

11:30 AM

Spotlight on South East Asia as Covid cases rise

Popular travel destinations in Southeast Asia have been hit by rising Covid cases, dampening hopes that they might reopen to tourists.

Cambodia, which emerged virtually unscathed from the first year of the pandemic, is now averaging almost 1,000 new cases a day. It has confirmed more than 55,000 cases and 748 deaths – nearly 500 of them in June.

In normal times, the country relies on tourism for around 32 per cent of its GDP.

Cambodia's Angkor temples usually draw tourists from around the world - Getty
Cambodia's Angkor temples usually draw tourists from around the world - Getty

Meanwhile, authorities in Thailand are considering converting an airport terminal at Bangkok airport into a Covid field hospital, as it struggles to contain cases. However, the country has pushed ahead with the reopening of Phuket to vaccinated tourists.

11:13 AM

Comment: Why I missed the Euros to go on a woodland survival course

James Brown had been looking forward to a weekend of football, but instead found himself battling the elements in the wilds of Wiltshire

That weekend I should have been watching the Euros in the comfort of my own living room and going somewhere nice for Sunday lunch with my girlfriend.

However I wasn’t – because last Christmas she thought it funny to buy me a Wilderness Survival weekend in a wood in Wiltshire as a present. As it turned out, it was also smack bang in the middle of the football – so instead of spending June in my normal conversational habitat of how far England might get in the tournament, I’ve been pondering whether I have it in me to chop up a dead animal.

James missing the football on his wilderness weekend
James missing the football on his wilderness weekend

I’m not a total novice. I grew up building dens and lighting fires in woods; I once slept in a cave on a remote Scottish island for a story; and when I used to drink I’d sometimes wake up in a park. But these days, I’m an armchair explorer, not an actual one.

Read how James got on here.

10:58 AM

Inside Booking.com’s Wembley Stadium Suite

Booking.com has unveiled its Stadium Suite at Wembley, which will be in use for tonight’s Euros semi-final and Sunday’s final.

The suite will be occupied by winners of a (sadly long-closed) competition and contains a large double bed, football themed furnishings and private balcony with arguably the best seats in the house.

The Booking.com Wembley Suite
The Booking.com Wembley Suite

Guests can watch the game on the balcony before enjoying an overnight stay and waking up to breakfast pitch-side. They will even be able to use the players’ changing rooms to freshen up the next morning.

Booking.com
Booking.com

10:42 AM

September bookings booming, says camping company

Pitchup.com has reported that in addition to bumper bookings this summer, the traditional 'shoulder season' is also proving popular with campers – despite the unreliable British weather.

The company reports that September is currently seeing the largest increase of all months, with bookings 309 per cent up against those for the same period in 2019, and 284 per cent up against last year.

September camping  - Getty
September camping - Getty

Due to demand, the platform says it has taken on 1150 new sites this year, including over 440 new ‘pop-up’ sites (temporary campsites that can open for a limited time period without the need for formal planning permission).

10:27 AM

Caribbean’s first hotel PCR test lab opens in Barbados

The Crane Resort in Barbados has opened the Caribbean’s first on-site hotel PCR Covid test lab, which promises results in a matter of hours.

The green list country currently requires unvaccinated visitors to remain at their accommodation and take a PCR test five days after arrival, in addition to pre-departure and arrival tests. It is hoped that the speedy turnaround of tests taken at the hotel lab will enable guests to be released from quarantine more quickly, minimising holiday disruption.

In the event of a positive test, the hotel promises that guests can enjoy a luxury ‘isolation suite’ with kitchen, living area and a private pool, free of charge (subject to availability).

The Crane Hotel lab
The Crane Hotel lab

10:10 AM

The red list countries that could move to amber in time for summer

With hope that quarantine could be dropped for fully vaccinated UK travellers returning from amber list countries, we take a look at the countries that could soon upgraded from the dreaded red list. Find the full list here.

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09:50 AM

Comment: The imagination test every Cornish tourist needs to take

I understand the longing for big skies and big seas as well as anyone, but you do not have to sit in a traffic jam near Penzance to see them, writes Tanya Gold.

Whatever the truth of the ugly £10,323 holiday let, Cornwall is full. I used to disbelieve locals who said they spend the summer holidays hiding in their homes.

I swore no one would stop me from swimming at Porthcurno in high summer, and that is still true: I just have to rise at dawn to secure a parking space. But I believe them now: lose a parking space by your home and you may not get another until autumn.

Kevin Britland - Kevin Britland
Kevin Britland - Kevin Britland

Tourists queue for 90 minutes to be seated at the Mackerel Sky restaurant on Newlyn Bridge. Yesterday, it took 20 minutes to drive half a mile along the promenade from Newlyn to Penzance, and it isn’t even the school holidays yet. The air pollution makes me cough, which is surely the opposite of what you hope to find in Cornwall. It has – cars aside – become Venice with different seas: impassable for locals and tourists. Are they even having fun? I think not.

Read on here.

09:35 AM

'Freedom Day' doesn't apply to travel, says tour operator

A travel company has added to the growing concerns that many amber list countries will remain off-limits to British holidaymakers, even if UK restrictions are eased for the fully vaccinated.

The Travel Corporation argues that there is still huge confusion on where double vaccinated Britons can actually travel to, and is urging the Government to produce a single 'source of truth list' to avoid people booking trips to places they can't enter.

Donna Jeavons, sales and marketing director of The Travel Corporation, said:

"We welcome the Government update on travel, however there is still a significant lack of clarity for the travel sector and Brits on where travel is possible. Whilst we anticipate more countries on the Amber list will become quarantine free for double vaccinated travellers returning to the UK, individual destinations still have their own entry requirements and restrictions in place.

If we, as travel industry professionals, have to reference multiple data sources to decipher which Amber list countries UK travellers can actually visit, then it will remain an absolute minefield for people trying to book trips abroad. For example, the USA is on the Amber list but their borders remain shut to UK travellers – as do Canada, Italy and Ireland.

As it stands, 'freedom day' for travel is meaningless. We urge the Government to produce a single 'source of truth' list for the British public, to stop the confusion, and help avoid people booking trips to places they can't enter."

09:21 AM

France scraps free Covid tests for tourists

All holidaymakers visiting France must pay for their own Covid tests from today (July 7).

The French government argued that removing the measure was “a matter of reciprocity, knowing that French people who travel have to pay for tests in most countries”

The testing cost remains lower than many other countries with €49 (£42) for a PCR test and €29 (£25) for a rapid antigen/lateral flow test.

09:07 AM

Failure to drop self-isolation requirement will lead to ‘summer being cancelled’ for hospitality industry

A trade body has sounded the alarm over Government plans to keep self-isolation requirements until mid August, suggesting the current system is causing 'carnage'

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, said:

"The sector is experiencing severe staff shortages, compounded massively by the absence of team members who have been told to isolate despite not having shared shifts with colleagues who tested positive.

"Introducing a test to release system for fully vaccinated people from the middle of next month not only fails to recognise the carnage the current system is causing hospitality and the wider economy, but also significantly discriminates against a huge proportion of our workforce."

"We urge the Government to move quicker on this issue to prevent the summer being cancelled and vast swathes of the population unnecessarily confined to their homes."

08:50 AM

10 reasons to visit Denmark – the country that turned happiness into an art

Unspoilt beaches and world-class food, Denmark has it all in terms of quality of life, making it a top contender for a post-pandemic escape – no matter what the football result is tonight. Read the full story.

Copenhagen - Getty
Copenhagen - Getty

08:36 AM

US flight delayed after teens kick up mask fuss

An American Airlines flight from North Carolina to the Bahamas was delayed by a day after around 30 teenagers allegedly refused to wear masks, local media has reported.

The flight was scheduled for take-off from Charlotte Douglas airport late on Monday but only left the tarmac on Tuesday morning, with those passengers still on board.

An initial delay of several hours was caused by mechanical problems, but when the plane was finally ready to leave arguments allegedly broke out between the crew and a group of youths who refused to comply with federal rules that all passengers must wear masks on board flights to fight the spread of Covid-19, local channel WSOC-TV reported.

"It was bad. First, they were yelling. They were cursing. They were being very obnoxious," witness Malik Banks told the station.

The group was made up of high school students from Boston celebrating their graduation. They ended up agreeing to wear a mask the next day, after spending a night at the airport. Police made no arrests, local media reported.

08:22 AM

Travelling to Scotland? Wear a mask or risk a fine, cross-border rail passengers warned

Passengers travelling on cross-border rail services will risk being fined if they refuse to put face masks on once trains pass into Scotland after July 19, police have confirmed.

British Transport Police said it would encourage travellers to put coverings on once they were over the border, once divergent rules come into force, adding they would enforce the law if required.

Boris Johnson has said that face masks will become a matter of personal responsibility in England once rules ease later this month.

Scotland  - Getty
Scotland - Getty

However, a legal requirement to wear them on public transport will remain in place until at least August 9 north of the border, while Wales is yet to decide on its approach.

The different rules mean that people will be able to travel for hundreds of miles without a face covering, but could then face fines of up to £60 if they refuse to put one on in Scotland, even if on an empty carriage.

08:10 AM

BA releases more details on its trials to simplify travel for fully vaccinated

British Airways has released more details on its trial with Virgin Atlantic and Heathrow, which aims to 'support the Government in lifting some of the most onerous restrictions for travellers arriving from amber list countries.'

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  • Later this week customers travelling on selected flights from the US, Caribbean and Europe to London Heathrow will be invited to take part in the trial

  • Fully vaccinated travellers of all nationalities will be able to present their Covid-19 credentials in digital or paper format

  • Anonymised data will be shared with the UK Government providing real-world insights to support the introduction of a scheme to exempt fully vaccinated passengers from self-isolation

  • Participants will continue to adhere to current restrictions for travellers entering from ‘amber list’ countries during the trial period

07:54 AM

Sydney lockdown extended

More than five million Sydney residents will spend at least another week in lockdown after another 27 positive cases were detected.

Stay-at-home orders have been in place in the country's biggest city for two weeks, as authorities try to curb an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant.

The lockdown is now expected to end on July 16.

07:49 AM

Where in the world is red, amber and green?

07:37 AM

Fast-track lanes for vaccinated passengers at Heathrow

Fully vaccinated holidaymakers are to get fast-track lanes at Heathrow under plans to open up quarantine-free foreign travel to amber list countries.

They will digitally upload their vaccination certificates in advance of their flight before presenting them on arrival and being directed to separate lanes at immigration to fast-track them through border controls and prevent queues.

British Airways, Virgin and Heathrow will launch a trial scheme by the weekend.

Read the full story.

07:33 AM

What happened yesterday?

A recap of the top stories.

  • Balearics ‘increasingly nervous’ of losing green status as cases rise

  • Spain's health ministry recommends immediate closure of all nightlife venues

  • Comment: 'Scrapping quarantine for amber destinations may not be the golden ticket we hoped for'

  • Germany lifts travel ban on passengers from UK

  • Face masks will remain mandatory on planes, airlines warn

  • South American ski resorts reopen

  • Comment: 'Cruise ships are being used as a punchbag for Scotland’s Covid virtue-signallers'

Now, on with today’s travel news.

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