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Travel UK news live: latest greenlist updates as amber watchlist removed


The government has abandoned plans for an “orange watch list” category of countries under the UK’s international travel rules.

The ministers had considered the new category for countries at risk of moving from the amber list to the red list under the traffic light system.

However, government sources confirmed last night that there would be “no orange watch list”, following reactions from some Conservative MPs, ministers and the travel industry.

Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wanted the travel industry to “move again” and keep a simple and “user-friendly” rules system.

Meanwhile, the government appears poised to drop red list rules for passengers passing through certain airport hubs. The exemption would apply to travelers who remain airside at “travel hubs” such as Dubai and Bahrain, provided they do not physically enter the red list country.

A government source said The telegraph: “We are close to a deal and it will be announced in the next week or so.”

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France should lose “amber plus” status, expert predicts

France is expected to get rid of its special ‘orange plus’ status and return to the UK government’s amber list when the traffic light system for international travel is updated later this week, an expert said.

The drop in the number of Covid-19 cases and a lower infection rate should push France out of the amber plus category, where it was placed last month, according to data analyst Tim White.

If this happens, fully vaccinated UK adults who received their second dose at least 14 days before and those under 18 will no longer need to self-quarantine when they return from France, but will instead take a lateral flow test. prior to departure plus the second day gold standard of the PCR test upon entry to the UK.

Jo cairdAug 3, 2021 11:52 AM


British Airways resumes Belfast to Glasgow flights

British Airways has resumed flights from Belfast to Glasgow – the last route to replace unfilled routes after the Flybe collapse in March 2020.

Services are operated by BA’s CityFlyer subsidiary using Embraer commuter jets.

Katy Best, Commercial Director of Belfast City Airport, said: “Northern Ireland has strong ties to Scotland and Glasgow has always been a popular route so we are very happy that it has picked up with British Airways today.

BA CityFlyer also serves George Best Belfast City Airport to Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London City, London Heathrow and summer service to Newquay.

Simon calderAug 3, 2021 11:22 AM


A question about travel?

The independentEsteemed Travel Correspondent Simon Calder will be on hand to answer all of your burning travel questions in just under an hour.

At noon, he’ll go online to answer queries on the green, orange, and red lists – and everything in between, of course.

Click below to leave your question in the comments, then join us at noon when Simon answers as many as possible in an hour:

Helene coffeyAug 3, 2021 11:05 AM


Qantas to lay off 2,500 employees

The Australian group Qantas has announced that it will lay off 2,500 employees due to a drop in domestic flights.

Sydney and Brisbane, Australia’s largest and third largest cities, respectively, are stranded due to the growth of the Delta variant clusters.

The airline’s chief executive, Alan Joyce, said on Tuesday that 2,500 employees of Qantas Airways and budget subsidiary Jetstar would be on leave for an estimated two months.

The carriers employ 26,000 people in Australia.

Mr Joyce said that based on the current daily counts of new infections, “it is reasonable to assume that Sydney’s borders will be closed for at least two more months.”

Additional reports by agencies

Helene coffeyAug 3, 2021 10:42 AM


Where can you go on vacation if you are not fully immunized?

Many countries around the world have introduced regulations that allow entry only to fully vaccinated travelers.

All adults in the UK are now eligible for the vaccination, although the eight week delay between the first and second dose means it is likely to be the end of October before everyone over 18 is fully vaccinated – too late for summer vacation, in other words.

A number of European countries have said unvaccinated travelers from the UK would be welcome, provided (in most cases) they can show a negative PCR test result.

Read our full story on where to go if you’re not double-bitten yet:

Helene coffeyAug 3, 2021 10:19 AM


Holidaymakers left in the dark about international travel rules

After days of leaks and government briefings on international travel rules, vacationers were urged to wait Thursday for clarity.

Skills Minister Gillian Keegan said Sky News that the secretary of transport, Grant Shapps, “will explain more about what is happening with ‘amber plus’ and also with France in particular”.

Ms Keegan said: “I know there has been a lot of speculation in the press about what the system will be and we have obviously explored a lot of options.

“But yes, what we want to do is keep it simple enough that people really understand and obviously be able to make their own decisions based on the system.”

Simon calderAug 3, 2021 9:54 AM


A quarter of Britons now consider ‘freedom vacations’ abroad

One in four Britons (25%) now plan to go abroad for a “freedom vacation” this summer, against 20% at the end of June, according to a new study.

An investigation commissioned by the Covid Project Screen by Prenetics testing service found that around 17 million people are now ready to go abroad for a break this summer, an additional three and a half million people since the end of June.

Another 10%, equivalent to 6.8 million Britons, say they would be more likely to go abroad if the government made Covid testing cheaper by removing VAT.

Avi Lasarow, CEO EMEA of Project Screen by Prenetics, said: “After a year of stalemate, Britons deserve a vacation of freedom abroad. But they need to travel safer and cheaper, and maintaining VAT on Holiday Covid testing is an unfair and regressive stealth tax on overseas travel. It also penalizes those who have not been overtaken.

“Our research shows that if the government removed VAT, it would not only pay for the flights of a family of four traveling to Mallorca, it would help more people travel on board and give a much needed boost to the airline. UK travel industry. “

Helene coffeyAug 3, 2021 9:33 AM


The number of foreign tourists in Spain increases tenfold

The number of foreign tourists visiting Spain rose to 2.2 million in June, almost ten times more than in 2020, according to official statistics released on Tuesday.

Tourists spent a total of 2.42 billion euros, up from around 133.9 million euros last June, but still 75% less than in June 2019, before the pandemic, when some 8.8 million many people had visited Spain.

Helene coffeyAug 3, 2021 9:11 AM


Hello and welcome to another busy day on the live travel blog.

Helene coffeyAug 3, 2021 9:07 AM


We are now wrapping up our live coverage of today’s travel news. Thanks for following.

Lamiat SabinAug 3, 2021 12:07 AM