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PCR Tests Set To Be Scrapped For Returning Vaccinated Travellers To...

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The UK government is reportedly set to end the need for fully vaccinated travellers to take expensive PCR Covid tests on return to the UK. According to discussions by government officials, PCR tests could soon be scrapped for fully-jabbed inbound travellers coming from green and amber list countries. It could take effect by next month, …

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Europeans Face travel Issues as France and UK Overhaul Covid-19 Border...

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Europeans Face travel Issues as France and UK Overhaul Covid-19 Border Curbs Last-minute travel problems were faced by the Europeans on Saturday (July 17).  France and...

Roman occupation dated 76 AD with Spanish cavalry unit

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Quote: 'The Spanish cavalry was replaced by a Samaritan cavalry troop from Eastern Europe' By Andrew Atkinson The Roman occupation of Ribchester in Lancashire is...

Covid19 Travel: Do you need to apply for ESTA from the...

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The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic has turned the global travel industry upside down. Not just the travel industry but the pandemic situation has...

Spain To Lift Entry Ban From UK On March 30th

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Spain will on March 30th lift restrictions on arrivals from Britain that have been in place since December to prevent the spread of new coronavirus strains, government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said today, Tuesday. Passengers traveling to Spain from the UK will have to show a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before travel. Restrictions …

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American Airlines Restarting Multiple Transatlantic Routes Including Madrid And Barcelona

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In encouraging news for international travel, American Airlines is increasing its Summer schedule by restarting ten routes to the US from airports in the UK and Europe. These include flights from major travel hubs including Barcelona El Prat, Dublin, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Madrid Barajas, Milan Malpensa, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Rome Fiumicino. As part …

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Vaccinated Brits could spend £10b – if Spain introduces Vaccine Passport...

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By Andrew Atkinson Vaccinated Britons could spend over £10billion if Spain introduces a Vaccine Passport Scheme for the 2021 summer. Travel remains banned to and from...

Ryanair Adds New Greece Routes

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With UK travellers welcome in Greece from mid-May, demand for summer holidays has spiked. Ryanair hopes to meet that demand, and announced three new Greece routes set to begin on 1 July, as well as extra frequencies on other sunshine routes to Greece. The budget airline is launching flights from Stansted Airport to Santorini, Zakynthos …

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France Eases Travel Restrictions From The UK And Six Other Countries

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France is easing restrictions on travel to and from seven non-EU countries, including the UK. France placed restrictions on non-essential travel outside the EU at the end of January due to the emergence of Covid-19 variants. Now travel is allowed to and from Australia, Israel, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, as well as the …

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Heathrow Airport Boss Bemoans ‘Unacceptable’ Hours-Long Border Queues

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Heathrow Airport CEO Emma Gilthorpe told MPs the wait for processing at border points is at an ‘unacceptable level’ with waits of up to six hours. Gilthorpe told the Home Affairs Select Committee ‘the level of complexity of the processes’ is causing huge bottlenecks. Due to specific protocols, all of Heathrow’s self-service e-gates at passport …

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Ministers Urged To Stick To May 17 Deadline For Restarting International...

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Ministers are being urged to maintain the May 17 deadline for the resumption of international travel as laid out in the government’s Covid-19 roadmap. A delay to the restart date will see airlines and airports continue to suffer, the government has been warned. MPs on the Commons transport committee said that the initial target date …

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Ryanair Rolls Out Covid-19 Travel Wallet

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Ryanair has officially launched its Covid-19 Travel Wallet, where customers can upload details of Covid documents such as negative PCR tests, vaccination certificates. The budget carrier, which has already said it would roll out such a system, said the wallet is only available in the Ryanair app. The UK government’s Global Travel Taskforce is discussing whether …

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Andalucía Introduces Covid-19 Insurance For Tourists

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Andalucía is to offer Covid-19 travel insurance to international visitors staying in regulated accommodation this year. The region, one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations among Brits, has introduced its International Travel Insurance for non-resident travellers, which will be in place until December 31, 2021. Cover includes medical, surgical and hospital expenses related to Covid, …

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British Airways Offers Covid-19 Tests For Just £33

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British Airways is offering discounted test kits from government-approved Covid-19 testing provider Qured, at an ‘exclusive’ price of £33. Qured will deliver rapid antigen tests to travellers, who can take the kits with them to be used anywhere in the world. Following a video consultation with a health advisor, results are available in 20 minutes. The health …

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Spain Considers Offering Restriction-Free Entry for Vaccinated Brits

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Spain’s government has unfolded its plans to create a “green corridor” for all citizens of the United Kingdom who have been vaccinated against the Coronavirus if the European Union fails to reach an agreement on vaccination documents. Spain’s Tourism Minister Fernando Valdés has confirmed that the country is seeking to reach a mutual agreement with …

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TUI Cancels All Holidays From UK

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Travel and tourism firm TUI has announced it is cancelling all holidays from the UK until mid-May amid ongoing coronavirus restriction across the country. The news comes as leaders of the devolved nations begin plans to lead the UK out of lockdown. Under current plans, 17 May is being targeted as the earliest possible date for foreign travel …

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Spain Contemplates Bilateral Deals If EU Can´t Agree On Vaccine Certificates

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Spain will consider a “green corridor” for vaccinated British tourists if there is no EU agreement on vaccination passports, the country’s tourism minister has said, as the European commission prepared to table a proposal for leaders this month. Fernando Valdés said his government would seek to find agreement on a common system among the 27 member states …

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TUI Boss In ‘No Doubt’ About Merits Of Vaccine Passports

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TUI is ‘preparing intensively’ for holidays to resume, with the European giant in talks with the key destinations of Greece, Spain and Cyprus. Chief Executive Fritz Joussen predicted customers will be able to travel this summer, and declared there was ‘no doubt’ a vaccination passport would ‘restore freedom to travel’. “Travelling in Europe will be …

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Surge in holiday bookings following road map to end lockdown

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Airlines and travel firms are experiencing a surge in demand following Boris Johnson’s road map for how coronavirus restrictions will be eased. The Prime Minister said on Monday that a Government taskforce will produce a report by April 12 recommending how international trips can resume for people in England. Foreign holidays could be permitted from …

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Don’t book flights until travel picture becomes clear, Which? warns

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Consumer watchdog Which? has warned travellers not to book flights until clarity emerges over international travel after revealing more than two million passengers lost money during Covid. The warning came amid research which found people were left out of pocket after missing flights that continued to operate during the pandemic. The watchdog said local Covid …

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Travel from the UK to Spain Update

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Spain has announced that the current travel restrictions on passenger travel by air and sea from the UK will be extended until 6pm (GMT+1) on 2 March 2021 (5pm / GMT in the Canary Islands), with the exception of Spanish nationals and those legally resident in Spain. International transit through Spanish airports by passengers on …

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Grant Shapps deals MASSIVE double blow to travel

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps urged radio listeners this morning not to book summer holidays, adding that they were ‘illegal’. Speaking on BBC Radio 4, he said: “Please don’t go ahead and book a holiday for something which at this stage is illegal.” Some listeners might have been confused by what he said and misled into …

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UK rules on pre-departure Covid tests delayed until Monday

New rules requiring international travellers to take a pre-departure Covid test before arriving in England will be delayed until the early hours of Monday. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said last night the delay will give passengers more time to prepare. The rules were originally due to be introduced at 4am tomorrow. “To give international arrivals more …

BANNED FROM EU: APPLES, BEEF, CHEESE AND OTHER ITEMS YOU CANNOT...

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union means travellers face bans on a wide range of goods. As a Dutch television report showed, border officials have been confiscating sandwiches from motorists arriving in the Netherlands from the UK – with one frontier guard telling a driver: “Welcome to the Brexit, sir.” Many items are now prohibited from …

Pre-departure Covid tests to be mandatory in England from Friday

Mandatory Covid testing will be introduced for everyone arriving in England from 4am on Friday, the Government has confirmed today. All visitors and all residents travelling back to England will need proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than three days before departure. The Department for Transport (DfT) said the test must be …

Ryanair and British Airways continue to refuse refunds for customers who...

National lockdowns in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland make it illegal for anybody to undertake non-essential travel. Yet, British Airways and Ryanair continue to refuse to offer refunds for passengers who would have to break the law to take their flight. When asked the UK’s five biggest airlines if passengers in England, Scotland, Wales …

Arrivals to England – including Brits – will need to show...

Passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that from next week inbound passengers arriving by boat, plane or train will have to take a test up …

Ryanair warns it may axe all UK flights from the end...

Ryanair may cut all flights from the UK and Ireland from the end of January as it blasted governments in both countries for their ‘draconian’ approach to Covid. The drastic warning came as the budget carrier said the new lockdowns will see January traffic fall to under 1.25 million passengers, and plummet further to 500,000 …

Jobs could be saved amid COVID-19 spikes

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By Andrew Atkinson John and Irene Hays, owners of Hays travel, said some of the 878 jobs at risk at the company could be saved...

England in third position after series win

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England are in third place in the ICC World Test Championship points table after their victory over the West Indies in the third Test...