Spain to avoid red list and up to 15 countries 'to go green'

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Fears that Spain would face tougher restrictions have been allayed - Getty
Fears that Spain would face tougher restrictions have been allayed - Getty

Up to 15 countries, including Poland and Germany, could be added to the UK's green list tomorrow, while Spain looks set to remain amber.

This is according to predictions by travel consultancy CEO Paul Charles, who stated this morning: "10-15 countries [will be] added to the green list". He also reiterated ministers' comments that France "will be removed" from the 'amber plus' list.

Fears that Spain would be red-listed have also been allayed, as a Whitehall source claimed that increased restrictions would be "very unlikely".

“Spain won’t be going on the amber watchlist – the only danger is it going red but that’s very unlikely," the source told The Times. "Cases are coming down. And they haven’t got enough beds to quarantine everybody. So it’s not going to happen.”

Scroll down for more travel news.

05:03 PM

What happened today?

A recap of the top stories:

  • British holidaymakers will have to pay €7 to enter Europe under EU plans

  • 'One third' of holidaymakers isolating before travel

  • Virgin Atlantic launches new Bahamas route

  • WTTC calls for amber list to be axed

  • Ibiza seeks detectives to crash parties as Covid surges

  • Portugal 'to scrap' quarantine rules for 5m Britons with Indian-made vaccine

Join us tomorrow for more of the latest travel news – and, hopefully, a traffic light update.

04:47 PM

Spotlight on France: Will it be promoted to the amber list?

Tomorrow we will likely find out whether France will remain on the 'amber plus list' or turn quarantine-free for fully vaccinated travellers. Rates are still rising – the seven-day average currently stands at 235.96 per 100k, up 12.76% since last week – though remain slightly lower than the UK. However, its current rating is largely due to cases of the beta variant, which have been "trending down", according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last week.

04:30 PM

The countries that could go green, amber and red this week

Everything you need to know about this week's traffic light update, from green list contenders to France's amber plus status. Read the full story here.

Data suggests 12 destinations, including Canada, could be promoted to the green list this week - Getty
Data suggests 12 destinations, including Canada, could be promoted to the green list this week - Getty

03:59 PM

Which? responds to Aito calls to retract 'hugely damaging' list

Which has responded to tour operator group Aito's criticism of its 'red list' of travel firms (see post 12.41pm).

The watchdog has released a list of holiday companies to avoid, due to their failure to offer refunds for Covid-disrupted trips (see post 12.21pm).

It is the first time Which? has advised consumers against using named companies based on research into more than 80 companies in which they are rated Green+, Green, Amber or Red.

At least two of the companies (Love Holidays and Teletext) have faced investigations by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over their failure to refund their customers.

Rory Boland, Which? Travel Editor, said:

"Travellers have been left millions of pounds out of pocket for disrupted travel plans over the course of the pandemic, so it's vitally important that holidaymakers understand which holiday companies have the best flexible booking policies for Covid-19 related disruption. This includes holiday companies being clear and transparent on what is and isn't covered by their policies, so it's great to see that a number of companies who had previously chosen not to engage with us are now seeking to clarify their position on Covid-related disruption and refunds.

"Which? has gone to great lengths over the past year to contact every company featured in the Holiday Checker, including reaching out to member organisations including AITO for information, to provide travellers with clarity on who to book with. We can't recommend any company that is not transparent with us about its policies, given it's never been more important to know where you stand before booking a holiday."

03:45 PM

Virgin Atlantic launches new Bahamas route

Virgin Atlantic has announced it will launch a new route from Heathrow to the Bahamas this winter. The twice-weekly service will begin on November 20, with flights on sale from August 11.

The carrier says it launched the service due to increased demand for Caribbean holidays. It is also upping its Barbados flights by 60 per cent from the end of October.

Chief commercial officer Juha Jarvinen, said:

“We couldn’t be more excited to add the Bahamas to our ever-expanding portfolio of Caribbean destinations.

“We are seeing a real demand from our customers for luxury holidays in the sun with Brits keen to escape on their next adventure after a difficult year.

“With 16 islands surrounded by the world’s clearest water, the Bahamas offers the perfect escape for those travellers looking to either simply relax or explore a new corner of the world.”

03:36 PM

Athens wildfires: People flee from homes as blaze threatens the city

Firefighters in Greece are racing to fully contain a wildfire on the outskirts of Athens that destroyed or seriously damaged dozens of homes overnight, forced thousands to flee, and threatened a former royal palace, as high temperatures fueled wildfires across the country.

Greece is enduring its worst heat wave in decades, with temperatures in parts of the country expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius. The Fire Service took advantage of cooler morning hours to send low-flying helicopters and planes to dump water on charred forest land around Tatoi, 20km (12.5 miles) north of the capital, where more than 500 firefighters had battled through the night to contain the blaze.

Read the full story.

03:22 PM

How does the Government decide the traffic light ratings?

The three-week traffic light update has come around once again and this Thursday (August 5) we are due to learn which countries will turn green and amber or join the red list.

While we do not know the exact numbers that qualify a country for red, amber or green status, we do know that the Government uses the following criteria to decide the traffic lights:

  • The percentage of a country’s population that have been vaccinated

  • The rate of infection

  • The prevalence of variants of concern

  • The country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing

03:13 PM

EU demands US lift Covid travel restrictions

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called on the United States to allow arrivals of travellers from Europe.

Since June, the EU has recommended the bloc's 27 countries allow the entry of travellers from the US, but a ban remains in place on those travelling from the US from Europe.

"We insist comparable rules be applied to arrivals in both directions," von der Leyen told German media RND, saying the virus situations in both areas was "very similar".

"We must solve this problem as soon as possible and we are in contact with our American friends... It must not drag on for weeks."

03:00 PM

Prime Minister: "I know how important holidays are"

Boris Johnson has told reporters today that he "totally gets" the public's appetite for travel.

During his visit to Scotland, the PM said: "I know how important holidays are to people.

"People think about them, they save up for them, people yearn to go abroad this year - I totally get that."

He added, "We've got to balance that against the need to protect our country against the influx of of new variants.

"We've got a balanced policy but clearly we have the benefit now of the double-jab system that is enabling us to ... come from the countries in the EU, without having to quarantine, and the same goes for the US."

02:55 PM

WTTC calls for amber list to be axed

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has called on the UK Government to remove the amber list, in favour of a binary system of just two colours: green and red.

WTTC, which represents the global private travel and tourism sectors, says the move would, simplify a system which has become steadily discredited over recent months.

Virginia Messina, Senior Vice President and Acting CEO, said: “It’s time the government removed the ambiguity by abandoning the confusing and damaging traffic light system and replacing it with a simple system of green and red categories and clear rules for the vaccinated and unvaccinated, so travellers know exactly where they stand.

While the rhetoric has changed to a more positive note, what we need is action. We need to provide clarity across the UK Travel & Tourism sector, which has been crying out for the present highly unpredictable system to be dropped, having brought international travel from the UK to its knees.”

02:37 PM

Comment: 'Officious, pointless train ticket checks need to stop'

Most train stations now have automated barriers – so can we please now be left alone to enjoy our journey, asks Rob Crossan:

"All tickets and passes please!" That is the bellow from the front of the carriage as you are told in no uncertain terms to show the ticket that you last showed less than five minutes ago to a human being on a train that is nowhere near its next port of call.

It’s not so much the invasion of my time and space that annoys me. Nor is it the physical effort required to find my tickets all over again (though don’t get me wrong – both these things irritate me immensely). It’s the pettiness that gets me. The principle seemingly being held by train franchise operators that they would rather individually collar every single passenger rather than run the risk of, God forbid, face the consequences of someone, anyone, not paying their full fare.

Read the full piece – and tell us in the comments, do you agree?

02:20 PM

Which countries are making vaccinations mandatory?

Protesters in Paris, opposing mandatory vaccination for health workers - Getty
Protesters in Paris, opposing mandatory vaccination for health workers - Getty

A number of nations are making vaccinations compulsory – whether for hospitality and health workers, or the vast majority of citizens:

  • New York City will become the first major US city to require, from September 13, proof of vaccination for customers and staff at restaurants, gyms and other indoor businesses.

  • Australia decided in late June to make vaccinations mandatory for high-risk care workers and employees in quarantine hotels.

  • Canada's Treasury Board Secretariat said on July 20 it was considering whether COVID-19 vaccines should be required for certain roles and positions in the federal government, according to CBC News.

  • Indonesia made Covid inoculations mandatory in February, with the capital Jakarta threatening fines of up to 5 million rupiah ($357) for refusing.

  • In May, Saudi Arabia mandated all public and private sector workers to be vaccinated. It is now required to enter any governmental, private, or educational establishments and to use public transportation.

02:05 PM

British Airways extends voucher validity to September 2023

British Airways has extended the validity of its eVouchers and Future Travel Vouchers until September 30 2023. This is the date by which you must have travelled – not a 'book by' deadline.

The new date is a five-month extension of the previous deadline (April 2023), and a 17-month extension of its original deadline (April 2022).

For more details, see its voucher page.

01:47 PM

Ibiza seeks detectives to crash parties as Covid surges

Ibiza authorities are looking to recruit private detectives to infiltrate illegal raves and parties, which are being held partly responsible for a rise in Covid cases.

Successful applicants will be aged from 30 to 40, and able to blend in with party-goers. Their task will be to find out when and where parties will take place, and tip off police.

"[They] must be detectives but need to look like tourists so they can blend in with the people going to the parties," Mariano Juan Colomar, deputy head of the island government, told Reuters.

"We want these infiltrators to tip off police about where the parties are taking place so we can stop people getting there and prevent coronavirus outbreaks."

The island has successfully run 'Covid-safe' nightlife trials, such as this one at Hard Rock Ibiza - Getty
The island has successfully run 'Covid-safe' nightlife trials, such as this one at Hard Rock Ibiza - Getty

The Balearic Islands, which include Ibiza, reported the highest two-week infection rate in Spain on Tuesday, with 916 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Ibiza's many fashionable nightclubs are closed and bars and restaurants must shut at 1AM under coronavirus restrictions, but secret raves are being organised in big private homes.

The raves exploit a legal loophole which prevents private houses being raided by the police unless officers have a judicial order, leaving the police little option but to try to break them up before they begin.

The number of illegal parties has risen in recent weeks, with revellers often tipped off about the location via social media only 30 minutes before the party starts.

01:36 PM

Sandals Resorts opens booking for new Curaçao property

Sandals Resorts International has commenced bookings for the new Sandals Royal Curaçao – the 16th hotel in its portfolio, and first venture into Curaçao.

To mark the launch, Sandals is offering 45 per cent off bookings made by November 2.

Situated on 44 acres of land within the Santa Barbara private estate, an exclusive 3,000-acre protected nature reserve, the all-inclusive adults-only resort is expected to open on April 14 2022.

Seven nights at Sandals Royal Curaçao for two people staying in a Subi Premium Room costs from £2,599 per person - Sandals
Seven nights at Sandals Royal Curaçao for two people staying in a Subi Premium Room costs from £2,599 per person - Sandals
Kurason Island Poolside Butler Bungalow Suites - Sandals
Kurason Island Poolside Butler Bungalow Suites - Sandals

01:17 PM

End airport Covid chaos, MPs urge

MPs have called on the Government to halt "chaotic scenes" at airports and take action to prevent new Covid variants entering the UK.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus issued the plea ahead of the next review of the green, amber and red travel lists, which is expected to be announced tomorrow.

It expressed concern that people returning to the UK from red list locations by connecting flights are still mixing with other arrivals at airports.

Research commissioned by the group found that only 13 per cent of positive tests from red list passengers were checked for variants in the three weeks to June 30, falling to 3 per cent for travellers from amber destinations.

Caroline Lucas, vice-chair of the APPG, said: "The Government's border policy is leading to chaotic scenes at UK airports and leaving the country dangerously exposed to new variants.

"The surge in the Delta variant was a direct result of the failure to secure our borders, yet ministers are still repeating the same mistakes. Urgent action is needed to prevent an even more dangerous variant taking root in the UK, including sequencing positive tests and separating all red list arrivals."

01:03 PM

Holiday home owners cashing in on staycation boom skirt £110m in tax

Holiday home hotspot Salcombe in Devon plans to curb the sale of second homes - Getty
Holiday home hotspot Salcombe in Devon plans to curb the sale of second homes - Getty

Holiday home owners cashing in on Britain’s “staycation boom” are costing the taxpayer £110m a year, new research shows.

Second home owners are able to shirk their council tax payments by registering their properties for business rates – which are lower, and often entirely free.

Travel restrictions in the wake of the pandemic have brought an unprecedented boom in British holiday bookings, which has driven massive surges in short-term holiday let bookings and sales of second homes.

New research by Colliers property agents found that the spike in holiday let purchases means 73,000 second home owners across England and Wales now escape a total of £110m in council tax payments.

Melissa Lawford has the story.

12:57 PM

Go to 'green list' hopeful Germany this summer – you won’t regret it

Annabel Fenwick Elliott shares the state-of-play on what it's like to visit this oft-overlooked tourist destination.

The fairytale university town of Freiburg, just one of Germany's underrated treasures - Domingo Leiva
The fairytale university town of Freiburg, just one of Germany's underrated treasures - Domingo Leiva

Like most Britons, I didn’t venture here to Germany for a holiday – it is hardly the European nation that springs to mind when you’re chasing sunshine, nature, culture and good food. Rather, I arrived in May to marry my German boyfriend, Julius. While bureaucracy wouldn’t allow our wedding, I was surprised to find the other aforementioned qualities in abundance (save, perhaps, for the cuisine), which rather begs the question – why is Germany so overlooked as a tourist destination?

In the months I’ve spent following Julius, a helicopter pilot, around the country, I’ve meandered through Munich’s elegant palace gardens, paddled in the glistening river that cuts through the fairytale university town of Freiburg, wandered the quaint canal corridors of Ulm, hiked the glorious hills of Heubach, and relished a stay at the resplendent Brenners Park hotel in the Black Forest. Plenty of sunshine, nature, culture and Riesling was had. The people are polite and speak impeccable English. And it’s not too crowded. In short, I’d highly recommend it – not least because it looks likely to make England's green list on Thursday.

So what does a holiday in Germany look like at the moment, as it emerges tentatively from the grip of the pandemic? Find out here.

12:43 PM

Vietnam to reduce quarantine for fully vaccinated visitors

The south east Asian country will cut the duration of mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated foreign arrivals from two weeks to just seven days, its health ministry announced today.

The country's borders remain closed to most visitors, with the exception of diplomats and certain high-skilled workers.

The news comes as the country grapples with its largest Covid outbreak since the start of the pandemic.

12:26 PM

12 European countries you can travel to right now, quarantine-free if fully vaccinated

Holiday options do exist on the Continent, where you don't have to isolate on arrival. Here is a round-up of the best quarantine-free options for vaccinated travellers. Note that many do still require proof of a negative test.

Croatia is a quarantine-free option - Getty
Croatia is a quarantine-free option - Getty
  • Madeira

  • Gibraltar

  • Malta

  • Iceland

  • Croatia

  • Spain

  • Greece

  • Portugal

  • Cyprus

  • Poland

  • Switzerland

  • Germany

Find out the entry requirements for each destination here.

12:12 PM

Going abroad is a good holiday option this year, says minister

Asked if people should stay at home for holidays this year, universities minister Michelle Donelan told Sky News:

"No, some people have planned some fantastic holidays to countries, including green-list countries.

"We will get that update... this week from the Department for Transport as to what the latest iteration around the traffic light system [is], as we do every three weeks, also there are some fantastic and amazing places to holiday here in the UK... I would strongly advocate that a staycation is a good option this year, just as going abroad is too."

12:03 PM

International cruise holidays are finally coming back – here's how they will work

Princess Cruises is planning to resume overseas cruises on Regal and Sky Princess from the end of September - Getty
Princess Cruises is planning to resume overseas cruises on Regal and Sky Princess from the end of September - Getty

International cruise holidays are returning at last – but what does cruising look like now? And which holidays can we look forward to?

Domestic sailings from English ports have been operating since the maiden voyage of MSC Virtuosa on May 20 – though Scotland banned ship calls until this month.

P&O Cruises is currently carrying passengers on Britannia and is preparing to wave off new ship Iona on her maiden voyage from Southampton this Saturday (August 7). International cruises are due to start from September 25 with Britannia sailing to the Med and Iona to Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands.

Dave Monk has the latest advice – and everything you need to know before you book.

11:41 AM

Aito calls on Which? to retract 'hugely damaging' list

The chair of tour operator group Aito, Chris Rowles, has called on Which? to retract its 'red list' of travel firms [see post below, 12:21] , dubbing it "misleading and incorrect". He writes:

To have a seemingly well-respected publication, known for its efforts on behalf of consumers, declaiming specific tour operators as ’red-listed’ – meaning Which? recommends consumers don’t book holidays with them due to their refund policy if customers are unable to travel due to Covid – is hugely damaging to those businesses.

Which? also states 'a lack of transparency' can also be a reason for being put on the red list. Really? If a beleaguered tour operator with just a few staff working their socks off to respond to client queries (because it’s made other employees redundant due to lack of income) doesn’t respond to a four-page survey on Covid from Which?, then the consumer magazine can say, 'don’t book with this company'?

This is nothing short of outrageous. We expect and demand Which? immediately retracts its current issue and press statements.

11:21 AM

The travel firms 'red-listed' for failure to offer Covid refunds

Holidaymakers are being advised to avoid some travel companies because of their failure to offer refunds for Covid-disrupted trips, under the first-ever advisory by consumer group Which?.

According to the watchdog, major companies including Teletext, Lastminute.com, Love Holidays and On The Beach are among the firms to avoid because of failings over refunds or a lack of transparency over repayment policies, including holidays cancelled by Test and Trace pings.

It is the first time Which? has advised consumers against using named companies based on research into more than 80 companies in which they are rated Green+, Green, Amber or Red.

At least two of the companies (Love Holidays and Teletext) have faced investigations by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over their failure to refund their customers.

Read the full story, here.

11:05 AM

In pictures: Turkey's holiday resorts hit by wildfires

People on a beach watch the blazes spreading up a hill in the Aegean coast city of Oren, near Milas, in the holiday region of Mugla. - AFP
People on a beach watch the blazes spreading up a hill in the Aegean coast city of Oren, near Milas, in the holiday region of Mugla. - AFP
Tourists have been forced to escape on boats for safety, and dozens of villages have been evacuated as winds fan the flames. - AFP
Tourists have been forced to escape on boats for safety, and dozens of villages have been evacuated as winds fan the flames. - AFP

10:53 AM

Portugal 'to scrap' quarantine rules for 5m Britons with Indian-made vaccine

Portugal is set to scrap the quarantine requirements for the five million Britons vaccinated with the Indian-made AstraZeneca drug, The Telegraph understands.

Isolation rules introduced last month meant that popular holiday destinations like the Algarve were off limits to around five million Britons who had received the version of the jab without being told.

The Telegraph revealed how British holidaymakers were being barred from boarding flights after receiving a version of the vaccine made on the subcontinent that is not licenced in the EU.

Portugal was one of a number of countries refusing to recognise vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India and known as Covishield, despite experts saying it was no different in quality to any other AstraZeneca doses.

Last month officials in Lisbon announced unvaccinated travellers – and those with the Serum jabs – would have to self-isolate, but in an overnight U-turn the Portuguese government said it would now recognise all AstraZeneca doses, according to the Mirror.

10:39 AM

The death of hotel quarantine may finally be on the horizon

Is the UK's strict policy entering its final throes, or will hotel quarantine continue on in the next phase of the pandemic? Emma Beaumont investigates:

Ultimately, whether the policy has worked will likely decide its future. Clearly in the UK, where the highly infectious delta variant now accounts for 99 per cent of Covid cases, hotel quarantine failed to keep the strain out. Even in Australia, where the system is stricter, the variant couldn’t be contained, causing significant community spread and subsequently a strict lockdown in Sydney.

The hotel quarantine system remains shrouded in mystery, with the names and numbers of hotels used kept secret and no indication of a long-term plan. However, as we move to a new phase of the pandemic, it’s clear their continued use clashes with any ‘back to normal’ push and that resentment is building on the Government back benches.

Could GPS monitoring be the answer, instead?

10:29 AM

Global update: the Covid situation around the world

Women wait in line for the arrival of vaccines at a health centre in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India - AP
Women wait in line for the arrival of vaccines at a health centre in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India - AP

A quick look, now, at some of today's headlines around the world:

  • South Korea has recorded a sharp increase in its coronavirus cases as it struggles to tame its fourth wave of infections.

  • Israel has warned against travel to the United States and other countries, and said it would tighten quarantine measures for inbound travellers.

  • Greece has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics artistic swimming competitions after four of its athletes tested positive for Covid.

  • Indonesia has surpassed 100,000 confirmed Covid deaths, a grim milestone in a country struggling with its worst pandemic wave fuelled by the delta variant.

10:18 AM

Comment: 'I’m not sure if I’ve arrived in the country I used to call home, or a strange new dystopia'

'I’ve been in the UK for little more than 24 hours when a burly test-and-trace representative turns up on the doorstep...' - Eleanor Aldridge
'I’ve been in the UK for little more than 24 hours when a burly test-and-trace representative turns up on the doorstep...' - Eleanor Aldridge

The reality of holiday quarantine is more shambolic than you could ever imagine. It needs to end now, writes Eleanor Aldridge – who is part-way through her quarantine sentence after travelling from France:

If I had arrived from Spain, where there were five times as many cases when I travelled, I’d be free to down a stiff G&T in a packed pub of my choice. Coming from a Covid hotspot in the US, I’d be enjoying a tearful mask-free reunion at Heathrow.

As it is, when the doorbell rings, I’m deep in the rainy English countryside, fifteen minutes’ drive from the nearest town.

I’m dumbfounded that the government has paid someone to career around miles of winding lanes to check up on me. It’s an Orwellian approach to harassment, reserved not for the Covid positive but those who dare to maintain lives across Britain’s most significant EU border.

Read the full piece, here.

09:55 AM

Macao orders closure of entertainment venues – but not casinos

Macao authorities have today ordered the closure of entertainment venues, and coronavirus tests for its 600,000 residents, after the gambling city confirmed four new infections.

The closure covers gyms, bars, massage parlours and karaoke venues – but not casinos. The mass testing is expected to last three days.

Macao Chief Executive Ho Iat-seng said at a news conference that if there are no new infections in the next 14 days, normal economic activities will resume.

Macao has reported only 59 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, with no deaths.

The new cases have sparked concern about the economy of the city that is heavily reliant on tourism. It is the only Chinese city where casinos are legal. Since the pandemic began, casinos and hotels have been hit hard as travel restrictions led to a drastic reduction in the number of affluent visitors.

Authorities in nearby Hong Kong said they removed Macao from a travel program that exempts city arrivals from quarantine.

09:35 AM

Belarusian Olympic athlete changes flight route to Poland due to security fears

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya on Wednesday boarded a flight for Vienna despite initial plans to travel to Poland directly - AFP
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya on Wednesday boarded a flight for Vienna despite initial plans to travel to Poland directly - AFP

A Belarusian sprinter who was offered a Polish visa after refusing a forced expulsion from the Olympics had a last-minute change of travel plans as the Polish government said they had legitimate concerns about her travel from Tokyo.

A Polish government source told Reuters on Wednesday that travel arrangements for Krystsina Tsimanouskaya were too widely known, and therefore had to be scrapped.

The official said it was necessary to be "extra careful" after what happened to a Ryanair flight which was forced to land in Belarus in May.

Nataliya Vasilyeva has the full story.

09:31 AM

No "variants of concern'' among red-list travellers

Analysis of official data seen by The Telegraph shows that fewer than one in 60 people returning from countries on the amber or red lists are testing positive for Covid-19, writes Charles Hymas.

No "variants of concern'' were found among the 324,000 passengers arriving back in Britain from the 200 red or amber countries in the three-week period between July 1 and 21.

The test and trace data showed just 4,432 (1.5 per cent) of the 298,603 people returning from amber list countries tested positive, and only 336 (1.4 per cent) of the 24,064 entering hotel quarantine from red list countries.

Fewer than one in 100 (0.7 per cent) of the 33,327 arriving back from green countries tested positive.

09:06 AM

'One third' of holidaymakers isolating before travel

As many as 32 per cent of travellers are opting to self-isolate before their holiday to avoid being contacted by Test and Trace, a study has found.

According to the survey by Holiday Extras, one third of those with travel bookings plan to isolate in the run-up to their trip. A further 30 per cent said they would avoid crowds before their getaway, and 7 per cent said they planned to delete the NHS tracking app to avoid being 'pinged'.

The study also indicated that the biggest deterrent against foreign travel is not currently the perceived risk of contracting Covid, but the 'hassle' caused by Government restrictions and the 'traffic light' system.

48 per cent of 1,000 respondents cited this as the reason for not going abroad this summer, while 28 per cent blamed the chance of catching Covid overseas.

08:57 AM

In numbers: the latest from Spain

08:38 AM

Comment: 'This stealth tax on travel means that unless you’re rich, you’re going nowhere'

Our two-tier system penalises ordinary Britons – but Boris may live to rue the day he upset us, writes Allison Pearson:

I’m afraid I can also attest that our Government will do its best to make your holiday as difficult and expensive as possible. The UK’s traffic light travel policy is Monty Python’s Flying Circus without the laughs.

Filling in the Passenger Locator Form is like doing an A-level in How To Escape Your Own Country. None of it adds up which means a worryingly out-of-touch PM is forced to make constant, embarrassing U-turns. Boris has more flip-flops than Ko Samui.

Worse, he seems oblivious to the heartache and chaos the restrictions are causing.

The piece in full, here.

08:16 AM

New Covid restrictions in Corsica as virus cases rise

Health officials in France on Tuesday activated an emergency plan on the Mediterranean island of Corsica as a fourth wave of Covid infections spread across the country.

The government also announced it was reactivating a package of measures designed to support medical staff as they brace for a fresh intake of cases.

More of France's popular coastal areas meanwhile reintroduced the compulsory wearing of masks in a bid to stem the incoming coronavirus tide.

Reunion also entered partial lockdown this weekend - Getty
Reunion also entered partial lockdown this weekend - Getty

The news came a day after Guadalupe became the third of France's overseas territory to announce a return to partial lockdown because of a "catastrophic" surge in Covid cases there.

An overnight curfew and some daytime restrictions start from Wednesday.

Martinique, another French Caribbean island 190 kilometres to the south, returned to lockdown on Friday, while the island of Reunion entered partial lockdown this weekend.

07:58 AM

Dubai airport expects passenger surge as UAE eases travel curbs

Dubai's state airport operator expects a "surge" in passenger traffic over the coming weeks and months, its chief executive said today, after the United Arab Emirates announced an easing of travel restrictions from African and Asian countries.

The Gulf state, a major international travel hub, announced yesterday that from August 5 it would scrap its transit flight ban, which will affect passengers travelling from 12 countries, including major market India.

The UAE will also lift this week an entry ban on those who had visited India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria or Uganda over the past 14 days, for those with valid residencies and who are certified by Emirati authorities as fully vaccinated.

Dubai Airports Chief Executive Paul Griffiths said Dubai International was "ready to accommodate the anticipated surge in the coming weeks and months" once restrictions ease.

The Telegraph understands that Britain is set to ease its ban on travel from 'hub' destinations, in a move which would allow passengers to travel through red-listed Dubai and Abu Dhabi without quarantine.

07:48 AM

Which countries are open to UK travellers? Latest destinations with no quarantine or restrictions

Croatia is completely quarantine-free for Britons right now - Getty
Croatia is completely quarantine-free for Britons right now - Getty

Even if you're not fully vaccinated, there are still some summer favourites that entail no quarantine whatsoever – either during or after your trip.

Where you can travel isolation-free right now, regardless of your vaccination status.

07:26 AM

British holidaymakers will have to pay €7 to enter Europe under EU plans

British holidaymakers to Europe will be forced to pay €7 in order to be allowed into the EU, under plans from Brussels.

The European Union is progressing with plans to pre-screen travellers entering the border-free Schengen area in order to prevent the need for visas.

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will work in a similar fashion to the US Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) which permits citizens from 39 countries a 90-day visa-free stay.

The regulations for the system were confirmed yesterday, putting the plan on track to be implemented by the end of 2022.

Jack Parrock has the details.

07:18 AM

Boris Johnson ditches overseas summer holiday in favour of August staycation

Mr Johnson is likely to be joined on his staycation by his wife Carrie, who recently announced she is pregnant with their second child, and their son Wilfed - Getty
Mr Johnson is likely to be joined on his staycation by his wife Carrie, who recently announced she is pregnant with their second child, and their son Wilfed - Getty

Boris Johnson has decided not to travel abroad for his summer holidays and will instead take a “staycation” in the UK later this month, The Telegraph understands.

The Prime Minister’s move matches scores of Britons who have opted to avoid the complexity of foreign travel given the Covid-19 restrictions in place.

“The PM’s going to staycation this year,” said a senior government source familiar with his holiday plans. The destination is yet to be announced.

Charles Hymas and Ben Riley-Smith have the story.

07:02 AM

Tuesday's headlines

Before we begin, here's a quick recap of yesterday's news:

  • Morocco to introduce new curbs as cases rise

  • Traveller ‘finds rats’ in £1,750 quarantine hotel room

  • NYC to require proof of vaccination for indoor activities

  • Scotland will move beyond Level 0 from Monday

  • Germans flood back to Spain while Britons are kept at home

  • 'European hoteliers lack confidence in UK market' – Aito Director

Now, on with today's stories.

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