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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 the planned movement were to occur, 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 upon their return from France, but will instead be tested for lateral flow before departure, plus the gold standard PCR test on the second day of entry into the UK.

The government has also abandoned plans for an “orange watch list” category of countries.

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.

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Thailand, Georgia and Iran set to be redlisted

Experts say Thailand, Georgia and Iran are likely to be on the UK government’s red list of “high risk” countries when the international travel rules are next revised.

The next announcement is expected to take place on August 5 as part of the Department of Transportation’s tri-weekly update of traffic light lists.
Independent data expert Tim White has flagged the three destinations as potential redlist additions due to the surge in Covid-19 infections, with Thailand and Iran both surpassing their previous records for total number of new cases daily.
Jo CairdAug 3, 2021 3:40 PM
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Who? lists vacation companies to avoid

Who? advises holidaymakers against booking with 20 package holiday providers due to “flaws” with reimbursement commitments due to Covid-related disruptions.
The consumer champion said his “red list” of companies that could leave customers out of their pocket if they couldn’t travel as planned included major operators Lastminute.com, Love Holidays, On The Beach and Teletext.
Companies that did not provide clear information about their reservation policies were also ranked in red for lack of transparency.
Who? said the policies of operators on the red list were not necessarily contrary to consumer law, although some have been the subject of investigations by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA ) last year for non-reimbursement of their clients, such as Love Holidays and Teletext.
Who? advises anyone considering a vacation to avoid booking with a “red” company and to check before booking to ensure their supplier has a good flexible booking policy.
Who? Travel Editor-in-Chief Rory Boland said: “Between changing travel restrictions, both in the UK and abroad, and the continued risk of being told to self-isolate, booking a There is always some uncertainty in traveling abroad and things can go wrong if you have chosen the wrong supplier.
“The best companies won’t leave you dry, so it’s essential to do your research before you book.
“The difference between choosing a red business over a green business could be losing the entire cost of your vacation if circumstances change and you have to change or cancel your plans. “
Helene coffeyAugust 3, 2021 3:00 PM
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Average Briton is willing to pay £ 61 for Covid travel tests

The average British holidaymaker is willing to pay £ 61 for Covid tests to travel according to new research.
A survey of 2,000 travelers on behalf of a specialist battleface travel insurance company found that current testing costs, which can reach thousands of pounds for families, are preventing people from booking vacations.
Katie Crowe of battleface said: “Last week I traveled to Spain from the UK so that I could reunite my two children with their dad and the cost of testing for all three for us was a bit. less than £ 600 plus travel costs. which represented a huge financial burden.
“With the quarantine now removed for double-vaccinated travelers coming from most European countries and the United States, the focus should now be on reducing the cost of testing to allow more families to be reunited and for ensure that travel is not just for the financially privileged. .
“Our data shows that current costs are a major barrier to recovering inbound and outbound travel. “
Helene coffeyAugust 3, 2021 14:34
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United States advises against travel to Greece, Ireland, Iran and Malta

The United States now advises against travel to destinations such as Greece, Ireland, Iran and Malta.
These destinations can now be found on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 4 lists, due to the growing number of Covid-19 cases.
CDC’s advice for destinations on this 70-person list says, “Avoid traveling to these destinations. If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully immunized before travel. “
Jo CairdAug 3, 2021 1:57 PM
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Air Canada resumes Dublin-Toronto service

Air Canada today resumed passenger flights between Dublin and its hub at Toronto Pearson Airport, with non-stop service three times a week.
The one-way service from Dublin to Toronto will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and the return service from Toronto to Dublin on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The flights are operated with Boeing 787-9, comprising 30 Air Canada Signature Class seats, 21 Premium Economy and 247 Economy.
“We are delighted to resume our service between Dublin and Toronto,” said Stephen Gerrard, general manager of sales for Air Canada, UK and Ireland.
“Our non-stop service from Dublin gives our Irish customers direct access to Canada and the ability to connect through our Toronto hub to 40 destinations in Canada, the United States and Mexico.”
Helene coffeyAug 3, 2021 1:47 PM
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‘A big chaotic political mess’: border expert denounces UK travel rules

A leading expert on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic described the UK government’s strategy as “a great chaotic political mess”.
Professor Kelley Lee, Canada Research Chair in Global Health Governance at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, said The independent: “From a public health risk assessment and mitigation perspective, I would say it’s not ‘fit for purpose’. “
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Simon CalderAugust 3, 2021 12:25
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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
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British Airways resumes Belfast to Glasgow flights

British Airways has resumed flights from Belfast to Glasgow – the last route to replace routes left unfilled after Flybe’s 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
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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.
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Helene coffeyAug 3, 2021 11:05 AM
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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

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