Thousands of travelers arriving in the UK are facing drastic changes in self-isolation rules.
The main change for UK passengers who have been fully vaccinated by the NHS is that they no longer need a 10-day quarantine when arriving from ‘Amber List’ countries – such as Spain, Italy , Greece and the United States.
The first beneficiaries were on board British Airways flight 262 from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, which landed just 33 minutes after the rule change at 4 a.m. Two more flights from Orange List locations, Lagos and New York, had arrived at 6 a.m.
The first ferry to arrive from an Orange List location was Stena Line from Hook of Holland to Harwich, which docked at 6.30am.
Passengers must always provide a negative coronavirus test result before departure to the UK and pre-book a PCR test after arrival.
Three-quarters of Britons say the traffic light system has deterred them from going abroad
Nearly eight in ten UK travelers (78%) say the traffic light system has prompted them to reconsider booking overseas vacations this summer, following the government’s recent move to shift the Balearics from green to yellow, according to new research.
According to research from booking.com, 47% of Britons say confusion over countries’ ever-changing status makes it very unlikely that they will spend a holiday abroad this year, with vacations appearing to be a concern for most travellers. All of the top 10 top summer destinations are now based in the UK, which is more than twice as many as in 2020.
The new research, compiled after the government’s latest greenlist announcement, also found that 56% don’t want to risk traveling abroad during the pandemic, especially as domestic travel currently appears to be safer. and easier.
Booking.com Regional Director Ryan Pearson said: ‘We have always said that international travel will rebound more slowly than domestic travel and although our new research shows many UK holidaymakers are unsure of the traffic light system. traffic, we think a classification like this is necessary.
“However, consistency across the board is also required in order to restore confidence among people who still feel nervous about traveling abroad. Nonetheless, it’s really encouraging to see the trips reopening and people from all over the country exploring the world once again, albeit closer to home at the start. “
Helene coffeyJuly 19, 2021 2:13 PM
Holidaymakers rush to Balearic Islands to beat quarantine deadline
British holidaymakers paid thousands of pounds to return from the Balearic Islands before joining the UK’s Orange List, triggering a mandatory quarantine.
The Spanish islands, which include the favorite holidays of Mallorca and Ibiza, were previously on the government’s green watch list, meaning newcomers there could forgo self-isolation.
But on July 14, the Department of Transportation announced that the islands would be decommissioned at 4 a.m. on July 19.
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Helene coffeyJuly 19, 2021 12:47
Dozens of flights land from Orange List countries
Dozens of flights have landed at UK airports from European “orange list” countries after the rules for fully vaccinated passengers were relaxed at 4 a.m.
Travelers who have received the two NHS injections and waited an additional two weeks no longer need to self-isolate when arriving from more than 150 medium-risk countries.
The first flight to land was the arrival of Wizz Air at 7.15 am in Luton from Craiova in Romania.
But all passengers aboard the first Air France flight from Paris, which landed at Heathrow at 7.55am, are required to self-quarantine: France was placed in a special category, “amber plus”, late Friday evening. . This in effect means that the previous rules, requiring self-isolation for all arrivals, remain in force for anyone arriving from France.
Simon CalderJuly 19, 2021 12:19 PM
“Little incentive” for Britons to go on vacation, says travel money specialist
As restrictions lifted in England, travel money specialist said there were “few incentives” left for Britons to go on vacation, thanks to restrictions, entry rules and requirements constantly evolving test.
Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of travel money specialist FairFX, said:“Despite the arrival of Freedom Day after 16 months, the enthusiasm in the travel industry is somewhat subdued. The outlook for consumers is still incredibly confusing, as travelers from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland all face different advice.
“The government’s traffic light system will also provide little reassurance to holidaymakers, especially after the reinstatement of restrictions for vaccinated travelers planning to visit France. Between ever-changing rules, varying test requirements and varying entry requirements, Britons have little incentive to risk spending their hard-earned money on vacation.
“The pound appears to be weathering the storm despite the uncertainty, so vacationers who are willing to take the risk should keep an eye on exchange rates and lock them in while they are ready to get their money’s worth. “
Helene coffeyJuly 19, 2021 12:07 PM
Trainline data reveals record bookings for ‘Freedom Day’
Trainline data shows there are more travel bookings on this Monday than any other Monday in the past 16 months – since the start of the pandemic.
With the lifting of restrictions in England, more people plan to travel throughout this week, with bookings up 26% from eight weeks ago.
The most popular stations for traveling this week include (in order):
Londres Kings Cross
Liverpool Lime Street
New Birmingham Street
Helene coffeyJuly 19, 2021 11:32
What travel rules are changing from today?
All legal restrictions on social distancing and wearing Covid masks were dropped as of July 19, the so-called Freedom Day, in England, with the government instead asking the British to use their own judgment when it comes down to it. acts to assess the risk of the disease.
These changes apply to England and relate to activities within its borders.
But what about international travel? Is the traffic light system being abandoned alongside mandatory mask wearing and social distancing? And do any other rules change as of July 19?
Read our guide for everything you need to know:
Helene coffeyJuly 19, 2021 10:58 AM
American Airlines becomes the most mentioned airline operator on Twitter
American Airlines replaced British Airways as the “most mentioned airline operator on Twitter” between April and June 2021, reports analyst firm GlobalData.
The company was reviewing mentions in “influencer conversations” on the social media site.
American airlines led the table, with American Airlines and Southwest in first and second places.
British Airways was the most cited in Europe, followed by easyJet.
But India has overtaken British airlines, with Air India and Indigo in the spotlight.
Simon CalderJuly 19, 2021 10:43 AM
Jet2 flights resume to orange destinations amid “high demand”
Jet2 has restarted flights and vacations to orange destinations across Europe, in an effort to encourage fully vaccinated travelers (and children under 18) to re-board.
More than 60 Jet2 flights have departed UK airports today, to destinations such as the Balearic Islands, the Canaries, mainland Spain, Portugal and Greece.
The airline will also begin flights later this week to Croatia, having been added to the Green Watchlist earlier this week.
He added that he had seen “high demand” from customers looking to escape to Green and Orange List destinations this summer.
Catherine AdamsJuly 19, 2021 9:57 AM
Delays in transport services because drivers are “pinged”
There are delays on the London transport network this morning due to understaffing as the drivers are “nuts”, according to a BBC reporter.
The Central and Metropolitan lines are concerned.
Catherine AdamsJuly 19, 2021 09:47
Passengers fly to the Balearic Islands now listed in amber
Passengers on the first flight from Glasgow to the Balearic Islands on Monday expressed little concern over quarantine on their return despite the islands moving to the UK’s Orange Travel List.
Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca switched to amber last week due to an increase in cases; however, many people had already booked to go when they were on the green list.
As Scotland moved to level 0 of its coronavirus restrictions, one of those at Glasgow Airport for the 7:15 a.m. Jet2 flight was Jacqui Sutherland.
According to the new guidelines, people who are fully vaccinated or under 18 and arriving from an Amber List country do not have to self-isolate – but adults and children over 12 still need to be tested before traveling and on the second day after arrival.
Ms Sutherland, traveling to Ibiza for a week with her partner, told the PA news agency: ‘We booked while he was on the green (list) and then we kind of wondered what to do. when it switched to amber.
“But because we are doubly vaccinated, we don’t have to quarantine.
“My friend is a travel consultant and said if anything happened they would send flights to take you home before it turned red.
“That’s why we booked when it was green because if it turned amber, we were still okay… a little worried but we’re going to go anyway because for now everything is fine.
“My two daughters only got one shot, so they’re not okay at all because it’s too risky. “