Italy has extended the quarantine until August 30 for British arrivals, a blow to holidaymakers.
The news comes just days after the UK agreed to drop quarantine for full arrivals from the EU and US.
Britons arriving in Italy will have to provide a negative Covid test result and self-isolate for five days, in an extension of the current quarantine rules.
Meanwhile, the transport secretary said this morning that it was essential to have “painful” travel restrictions and a cautious approach to countries like France to prevent the spread of a variant of the coronavirus against which the vaccinations might be less effective.
“I can’t wait for the whole world to be more accessible,” Grant Shapps told Sky. “We are moving in the right direction.
The next traffic light reshuffle is scheduled for next Wednesday or Thursday.
Italy extends quarantine rules for the British
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Catherine AdamsJuly 30, 2021 10:29 AM
Grant Shapps says France has variant problem as France attacks quarantine ‘madness’
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has defended France’s status on the UK’s amber plus travel list – insisting the Beta Covid variant is a problem in mainland France.
The government has been accused of causing confusion after Mr Shapps’ cabinet colleague Dominic Raab said the move was due to the prevalence of the Beta variant “in particular” in the French island of La Reunion – 6,000 miles from Paris.
The French government said maintaining quarantine rules for travelers from France was “scientifically unhealthy”, while Brittany Ferries said it was “crazy” to base the policy on the island of the ocean. Indian.
Catherine AdamsJuly 30, 2021 09:57
Transport secretary says he knows rules are “painful”
France was hurriedly thrown into a bespoke “orange plus” category on July 16, two days after the last revision of the green, orange and red travel lists, imposing a 10-day quarantine for arrivals regardless of the date. vaccination status. The move was prompted by concern over the increase in cases of the beta variant, first identified in South Africa.
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Catherine AdamsJuly 30, 2021 09:47
“The first signs of recovery are visible”, says KLM
Franco-Dutch airline group Air France-KLM said on Friday that “first signs of recovery are visible” in bookings amid easing travel restrictions in the event of a pandemic, as it announced a close net loss of 1.5 billion euros in the second quarter (1.8 billion dollars).
The group’s aircraft fleet carried just over 7 million passengers in the second quarter of the year, an increase of 477% from the same quarter last year, when strict closures and restrictions on travel have held back the global aviation industry.
As many countries now ease these restrictions amid vaccination drives, travelers are once again soaring into the skies.
“The reciprocity of reopening borders and accelerating the rollout of immunization around the world, especially in the context of the rise of the delta variant, will play a key role in sustaining this momentum. Said Benjamin Smith, CEO of the group.
Catherine AdamsJuly 30, 2021 09:30
AGI signals continued collapse
IAG, the parent company of British Airways, carried just 22% of 2019 passengers in the first six months of this year – with the majority of seats empty on flights that have taken off.
In its half-year results, the Anglo-Spanish company, which also owns Ireland’s Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus, blames “government restrictions and quarantine requirements” for the continued collapse of aviation.
During the three months of April to June 2021, IAG recorded an operating loss of € 967 million (£ 826 million), corresponding to more than £ 9 million per day.
Its half-year loss was € 2,035 (£ 1,738 million), with just 49.2% of the seats occupied.
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Simon CalderJuly 30, 2021 8:57 AM
Welcome to the Live Travel Blog
welcome to The independentContinuous travel coverage for Friday July 30. Lots to say, as always …