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#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Travel abroad: step by step: #Covid19 firms reject ‘overly cautious’ green list: The travel industry has expressed disappointment that so few countries are on the UK government’s green list for travel, describing the announcement as “overly cautious”

These are countries on GREEN LIST: Portugal, Israel. Singapore , Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Iceland, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, South Georgia, Sandwich Islands, St Helena, Tristan de Cuna, & Accension Islands and the list will be reviewed every three weeks. Countries can be added or removed at short notice.

There’s different guidance if you are travelling for business in the EU or driving professionally abroad.

All Steps Below:

  1. Step1:Plan your trip, Showthis section
  2. Step2:Get your passport, visas and permits ready, Showthis section
  3. Step3:Get travel insurance and check if you need vaccinations or inoculations, Showthis section
  4. Step4:Travel safely and check for travel disruption, Showthis section
  5. Step5:Going through border control, Showthis section
  6. Step6:When you are abroad, Showthis section
  7. Step7:Return to the UK, Showthis section
  8. andWhen you arrive in the UK , Show

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Beachgoers crowd Praia da Duquesa in Cascais, Portugal
Portugal is one of just four European countries on the green list

The traffic light system means travel abroad from 17 May will not be illegal.

The 12 green list countries, which include Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel, will not require people to quarantine on return to England.

Firms said leaving the US off the list would risk the UK “falling behind”.

Travel to amber or red lists countries is not advised.

The change in travel rules applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not said when they might ease their strict travel rules.

Only four of the countries on the green list are in Europe, and Portugal is the only large holiday destination from the continent on the list. 

Israel and Singapore are also included, but Australia and New Zealand – which are approved as safe by the UK government – are not currently allowing in visitors from abroad.

France, Greece, Italy and Spain, normally hugely popular holiday destinations for UK travellers, are not included on the safe list.

Andrew Flintham, managing director of holiday firm TUI, said: “While we were expecting to see just a handful of destinations on the green list, this is an overly cautious start.”

Airlines UK, representing UK carriers, described it as “a missed opportunity” and “a reopening of air travel in name only” which left the UK “at risk of falling behind”.

And Easyjet chief executive Johan Lundgren said: “The decision to put so few European countries into the green tier is simply not justified by the data or the science, and is inconsistent with the approach to reopen the domestic economy.”

UK citizens risked missing out on bookings for hotels if other European tourists were permitted to travel, he added. 

Making the announcement, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the easing of restrictions was “necessarily cautious” in the light of the threat from new variants of Covid-19.

He said the UK’s success in combating the virus was not matched in many other countries.

However he said the list would be reviewed every three weeks by the Joint Biosecurity Centre – the team set up last year to monitor the threat from the virus.

Some firms had hoped the rapid roll out of the vaccination programme in the US would allow summer travel to resume there more quickly.

“There is no reason for the US to be absent from the green list. This overly cautious approach fails to reap the benefits of the UK’s successful vaccination programme,” a spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic – one of the airlines which relies heavily on UK-US traffic – said.

“A transatlantic travel corridor is vital to deliver a much-needed boost to economic recovery,” the spokesperson added.

But British Airways predicted that more countries would be included before the summer.

“What’s clear is that with high levels of vaccination in the UK being matched by other countries, we should see more destinations going ‘green’ before the end of June,” BA chief executive Sean Doyle said.

“We cannot stress more greatly that the UK urgently needs travel between it and other low-risk countries like the US, to re-start the economy, support devastated industries and reunite loved ones.”

‘A happy moment’

Meanwhile, Ryanair, Easyjet, Tui and British Airways all said they would be increasing their flights to Portugal and other destinations on the green list. 

Tourist-dependent firms in Portugal were quick to welcome the news.

“No-one enjoys a holiday more than the British people,” said Miguel Campino, owner of Maria’s Restaurant – a beach venue on Praia do Garrão Poente.

“They bring a colourful atmosphere to all the restaurants, bars and hotels. This is a happy moment for everyone, for Portugal, for England… it’s great news.””No-one enjoys a holiday more”: A restaurant owner in Portugal is excited to welcome back tourists from England

João Fernandes, president of the Algarve Tourism Bureau, also said the region was ready to welcome UK visitors back.

“We are obviously delighted with the news,” he said. “It’s a recognition of the remarkable work Portugal has done in reducing levels of Covid to be able to restart the economy safely.”

It comes as ministers continue talks with Uefa about holding the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City in the UK, after host nation Turkey was added to England’s travel red list.

From 04:00 BST on Wednesday 12 May, travellers from Turkey, as well as those from the Maldives and Nepal, will have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days on their return.

Environment Secretary George Eustice told BBC Breakfast that the UK had offered to host the match but that it would “ultimately be a decision for Uefa”.

However, the UK consumer body Which? warned that practical difficulties over taking a holiday abroad would remain.

“Travellers will have an expectation that these new government rules should protect their health and their money, yet serious issues around lengthy airport queues and a broken testing system remain unresolved,” Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, said.

Although international travel has been heavily restricted since January, returning travellers have experienced long delays at border control when arriving at Heathrow, sometimes waiting for up to six hours. 

Private firms offering Covid tests to returning travellers have been criticised for failing to deliver tests and results on time. 

“Travellers should also be aware that there is still some financial risk involved in booking travel plans, depending on how you book and which company you choose,” said Mr Boland.

“In a summer when further disruption can be expected, travel companies must be honest about the risks holidaymakers may be taking on. Crucially, holidaymakers also need to do their research before booking, as choosing the right provider could be the difference between getting hundreds of pounds back or just getting the run-round.”

A further 15 deaths in the UK within 28 days of a positive test were reported on Friday, bringing the total to 127,598. There were 2,490 new cases.

More than 35 million first doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been given and more than 16.7 million second doses.

Which countries are on the green list for foreign holidays?

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From 17 May, people in England will be allowed to take holidays abroad in a small number of countries.

Portugal and Israel are among the permitted destinations on the government’s green list, which tourists will be able to visit without having to quarantine on their return.

What’s been announced?

Countries are in three categories – green, amber and red. Green countries have the fewest rules.

Their status depends partly on the number of Covid-19 cases in each country and the success of their vaccine rollout.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet announced plans to restart foreign holidays.

Which countries are holidaymakers allowed to visit?The government advises that not all the green list destinations are currently open to UK tourists and it is travellers’ responsibility to check. For example, travel to mainland Portugal and the Azores is currently for essential purposes only. This could change, as in March the Portuguese government said it hoped to welcome UK tourists in May.The 12 countries and territories on the green list are:

What are the rules for visiting a green country?

Take a private Covid test in their holiday destination before returning home – this can be a lateral flow or PCR testFill in a passenger locator form online before leaving their destinationTake a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in EnglandThere will be no need to quarantine when back home, or take additional tests, unless the post-arrival test is positive.The cost of private PCR tests vary between suppliers, but the transport secretary said he hoped prices could come down to less than £50 per person. Tui Group is offering test packages for between £20 and £90.People should not be travelling to amber countries for leisure.Take a private Covid test before returning to EnglandFill in a passenger locator form online before heading homeSelf-isolate at home for 10 daysTake a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England and again on day eightThey could end self-isolation early by taking an optional PCR test on day five, under the existing test to release scheme.You should not be travelling to red countries for leisure.Forty-three countries are now on the red list, including Turkey, India, Pakistan, Nepal, the Maldives, Brazil and South Africa.People can only enter the UK if they are a UK or Irish national (or UK resident).Take a private Covid test before returning to EnglandFill in a passenger locator form online before they head homeBook a 10-day hotel quarantine and testing package for each member of their group before departureTake a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England and again on day eightCountries can be added to the red list at short notice. If a country’s status changes while you are visiting, you would have to follow the stricter rules on your return.What have other countries said about holidays?The European Commission has recommended allowing travel for anyone who has received the last dose of an EU-approved vaccine at least two weeks beforehand. Vaccines used in the UK would qualifyGreece’s tourism minister tweeted that tourism will reopen on 14 May, but with five security levelsPortugal and Cyprus hope to welcome UK tourists from mid MaySpain hopes to open up from JuneFrance says tourists with a French Covid-19 “health pass” (TousAntiCovid) will be allowed from 9 JuneHow can travellers prove they’ve been vaccinated?From 17 May, the main NHS app will include a feature allowing users to demonstrate they have had two vaccine doses.It’s hoped the app can be used as proof of vaccination when people holiday abroad. A letter can also be requested.The app is not the same as the NHS Covid-19 one – currently used for contact tracing.What are the vaccine passport plans for holidays? What about UK holidays?Getty ImagesHolidaying in England, Scotland and Wales is now possible, but there are still rules to follow. When, where and how can I go on holiday in the UK?What are the current international arrival rules?At the moment, people in England face a £5,000 fine for having a holiday abroad and must fill in a travel declaration form with a valid reason for their journey.You must take a Covid-19 test (in the three days before your departure). You must book and pay for two PCR tests for your UK quarantine, unless you are exempt and complete a passenger locator form.You must travel directly to your home/place you’re staying and not leave for 10 days.Only use public transport if you have no other option.Day one of quarantine is your first full 24-hour day in the UK. Rule-breaking fines are £10,000.Common Travel Area arrivals (Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man) do not have to arrange tests, fill out the locator form or quarantine.There is separate advice for quarantining in:ScotlandWalesNorthern IrelandWhen would I need to quarantine in a hotel?Anyone allowed to enter England from a red list country (or who has passed through one in the previous 10 days) must quarantine for 10 full days in a managed facility, rather than a private address.You will need to agree to book and pay for a quarantine package in advance.10-day (11-night) rate for one adult in one room is £1,750Additional rate for one adult (or child over 11) is £650Children aged five to 11 are charged £325You can be fined £10,000 or jailed for not providing accurate details of countries you visited.Please upgrade your browser

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Travel Report: Grant Shapps announces that Chelsea & Manchester City fans should not travel to Turkey as it placed on the rest list of countries in a conference from Downing Street on Friday evening #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – May.08: Chelsea and Manchester City fans should not travel to Turkey for the Champions League final, says transport secretary Grant Shapps, after he added the country to England’s travel red list:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk Champions League Final: ‘Fans should not travel to Turkey says UK Government: European Football last hosted the Champions League final in 2005, when Liverpool beat AC Milanas the biggest game in European football is set to take place in Istanbul on 29 May’

Istanbul last hosted the Champions League final in 2005, when Liverpool beat AC Milan
Champions League

Schapps said Covid-19 red list countries “should not be visited except in the most extreme circumstances”.

He added that the government was open to hosting the game in England.

Schapps said that the Football Association is in talks with Uefa about switching the game, but that it is “ultimately a decision for Uefa”.

“The UK has a successful track record of hosting matches with spectators so we are well placed to do it,” he said.

“So we are very open to it, but it is actually in the end a decision for Uefa to make. But given it is two English clubs in the final, we look forward to hearing what they have to say.”

The BBC understands that the government will look at solutions for whatever circumstances arise around the final, including exploring travel exemptions for players and club staff.

UK citizens returning from red list countries are required to quarantine at a government-approved hotel for 10 days.

If the final was to switch to England, Wembley Stadium, the most obvious host venue, is already set to host the Championship play-off final on 29 May.

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Travel Report: UK travellers returning from “red list” countries are flying home via Turkey to avoid hefty hotel quarantine #AceHealthDesk

#AceHealthReport – May.06: Travellers from countries on the red list would otherwise face bills of up to £1,750-per-person to isolate in a hotel if they flew to the UK directly:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk#Covid19 Britons fly via Turkey to avoid costly quarantine: Passengers are breaking their journey in Istanbul, and staying in hotels there for a fraction of the cost they would have to pay in Britain but are they endangering other peoples lives?

21 hours ago

By Sue Mitchell
BBC News

Aerial photograph of Istanbul
Istanbul in Turkey is under a lockdown but foreign tourists are exempt

Those using the route must still quarantine at home once back in the UK.

One hotel worker in Istanbul said he had seen British nationals flying in from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh – which are all on the UK’s red list.

The BBC has also spoken to travellers returning from Pakistan to the UK, many of whom were attending weddings or funerals and say they couldn’t afford the cost of quarantining once the rules changed.

As long as they isolate at home for 10 days after returning from a non-red list country, they are not breaking the UK government’s Covid rules.

‘Red list’ countries

The UK has a so-called red list with travel heavily restricted to countries on it – usually those with high coronavirus rates.

Any British citizen arriving home who has been to a country on the list in the past 10 days must then pay to quarantine in a government-approved hotel.

The cost is £1,750 for a single adult, while a family of four with teenage children would pay £3,700. Guests are largely restricted to their rooms for the duration.

By comparison, anyone arriving in the UK from a country not on the list is told to self-isolate at home – so long as they’ve not been in a red list country in the past 10 days.

SuppliedHashir, a student, said he could not afford the cost of quarantining in the UK

One travel agent in Bradford said some of his clients who had travelled to Pakistan had been left facing a hefty bill to return home after the country was placed on UK’s banned list on 9 April. 

“I’ve got customers who can’t afford to come back,” said Ascher Khawaja of Oltrax Travel, citing UK quarantine costs. To ease the burden on his clients, Mr Khawaja says he has arranged 15-20 journeys home via Turkey. 

The country brought in a three-week lockdown last week because of rising infections – but it has not been added to the UK’s red list. “With the hotel factored in, it works out at around £600 compared to £1,700-plus,” he said. 

Anyone entering Turkey must have had a negative Covid test within 72 hours. They also must have a negative PCR test to leave the country. Foreign tourists are, however, exempt from Turkey’s current lockdown rules. 

TV and a fridge

Bradford businessman Mohammad Saad travelled to Pakistan on 23 March to attend his nephew’s funeral and had been due to fly home on 10 April – the day after Pakistan was added to the red list. 

When he couldn’t change his flights, he and his 16-year-old son flew to Turkey instead. The cost was about £450 for 10 days in Istanbul, he said.

“It’s like an extra holiday. Then you can fly back into the UK from Istanbul without any hotel quarantine.”

Hashir, a 21-year-old student returning from Pakistan, said he had met other Britons at the airport when he arrived in Istanbul. 

“There’s no way I have that money, I’m a university student,” said Hashir, referring to the cost of returning directly to the UK. He is due back in the UK on 7 May.

Zulfiqar Ali, a 45-year-old taxi driver from Leeds, travelled from Pakistan to Istanbul on 24 April. “I paid £100 for 11 nights. It’s a double bed, a TV and a fridge. It was online and food was very cheap.”

He said he was returning to the UK on 5 May.

SuppliedZulfiqar Ali paid £100 for 11 nights in Istanbul

The BBC has also spoken to staff at hotels in Istanbul. One accommodation worker in the old city said British travellers were using the country as “a bridge”.

His hotel had booked British passport holders travelling from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India – all on the red list, he said.

Turkey has since tightened its rules on people arriving from India, who must now quarantine in designated dormitories.

A manager at another hotel in the city said, through his membership of an international booking website, he could see there had been a rise in people travelling from Pakistan and India to Istanbul. 

Bradford MP Naz Shah said others had been unable to book family rooms on the UK hotel quarantine booking system. She said she was “deeply concerned” about children potentially missing school because their parents can’t afford to fly home.

The UK’s Department for Transport said people who had not been in a red list country for the past 10 days were not prevented from entering the UK – but should isolate at home.

It said the rules were aimed at stopping people – other than British residents – entering the UK from red list countries.

Additional reporting by BBC Turkish Service.

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(SPAIN) Coronavirus Travel Report: The country is to require people arriving by land from France to present a negative Covid-19 test, the Health Ministry said, amid rising numbers of French arrivals and an uptick in the case rate #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Mar.28: The new requirement will not apply to truck drivers, cross-border workers, and people who live within 30km of the border.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – ‘Spain introduces test rules for land arrivals from France: ‘Anyone arriving by land from risk areas will have to present a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that was taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival’

The order will take effect three days after its publication in the Official State Gazette and until the government declares the end of the health crisis situation caused by Covid-19,” the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The rate, which is measured over the preceding 14 days, rose yesterday to 138.6 per 100,000 people from 134 on Thursday, the Health Ministry said: It reported 7,586 new cases, bringing Spain’s overall tally to 3.26 million. The death toll rose by 590 to 75,010.

A French police officer controls vehicles at the border point with Spain, in Le Perthus, southern France (file image)
A French police officer controls vehicles at the border point with Spain, in Le Perthus, southern France (file image)

Many French people, weary of their own lockdown, have been flocking over the border to enjoy open bars and restaurants in areas such as Madrid.

But Spain’s coronavirus infection rate has continued to climb steadily over the past week, suggesting a long decline could be in danger of reversing.

The Health Ministry said risk areas were those classified by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The centre’s map shows that includes the whole of France

Johnson criticises ‘disgraceful’ attacks on police at protest: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has strongly criticised “disgraceful attacks” on police officers after protests in Bristol against a new policing bill turned violent, resulting in ten arrests.

“Last night saw disgraceful attacks against police officers in Bristol. Our officers should not have to face having bricks, bottles and fireworks being thrown at them by a mob intent on violence and causing damage to property,” Mr Johnson said in a tweet.

“The police and the city have my full support.”

Police in riot gear beat back crowds of protesters with shields and batons.

Bristol has been a centre of protests against a bill that would give police new powers to restrict street protests.

Last Sunday, two police officers were seriously injured and at least two police vehicles set on fire in the city after a peaceful protest turned violent.

Local police said the disorder last night followed a protest involving more than 1,000 people. Large gatherings are currently not allowed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“The majority of people acted peacefully, however there was a minority who showed hostility to officers,” said Bristol police commander Mark Runacres. He added that three of the ten people arrested were also detained in connection to last Sunday’s disorder.

“Officers repeatedly encouraged people to disperse but once the atmosphere changed and people became physical it was necessary to take action.”

Philippine to reimpose stricter curbs in capital after surge in cases

The Philippines will reimpose stricter quarantine measures in the capital Manila and nearby provinces, a senior official said, as the country battles to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases that put a bigger strain on hospitals.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the measures would be in effect from 29 March to 4 April.

The health ministry reported 9,595 new coronavirus cases, marking the second straight day the daily jump in infections remained above 9,000.

The country posted a record rise in three of the past five days.

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(BERLIN, Germany.) JUST IN: Travellers will be required to take a #Coronavirus test before departure, regardless of the coronavirus risk level in their country of origin. Airlines will only be allowed to let passengers with proof of a negative #COVID19 test on board #AceHealthDesk report

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Germany to require #COVID19 tests on all flight arrivals everyone entering the country by plane to undergo a test starting on Sunday whereas previously it was, only travelers from high risk areas were required to present a negative test’

#AceHealthReport – Mar.26: The stricter rules were originally supposed to have been enacted on Friday. However, health officials said they would push them back to Sunday to allow passengers and airlines time to prepare. Travelers will have to pay for the tests themselves:

The German Health Ministry announced on Thursday that people flying into Germany will be required to undergo coronavirus testing as of midnight (2300 UTC) on Sunday, March 28: As German tourists flock to ‘pandemic safe’ Mallorca as

A person holding a test swab at Dresden's airport

News of the changes were first reported by the tabloid newspaper, Bild.

The old rules had required tests only from travelers coming from high-risk areas. Now, travelers coming from popular vacation destinations with lower case numbers, like Mallorca, will need a negative test. 

The testing requirements are expected to last until mid-May. 

Airlines have said they will lay on hundreds of extra flights to cope with the surge in demand.

The number of virus cases per 100,000 population stands at 113 in Germany.

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