Turkey remains stuck on the UK travel red list following the latest update to international travel rules, announced yesterday afternoon.
There were high hopes in the industry that the holiday favorite would turn amber, with the Turkish Embassy saying earlier this week that the country “expects” to turn red on the next exam.
Turkey has reported around 135,000 new infections in the past seven days, compared to 236,000 in the UK.
Only seven new countries – including Canada and Denmark – moved to the green list, two moving from orange to red.
The next revision of the red, green and orange travel lists is expected to be announced on September 16 or 17.
In other travel news, sales of train tickets to UK seaside towns have reportedly surpassed pre-pandemic levels, with demand for tickets a sixth higher than on the public holiday last August .
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Trains crowd seaside as UK shifts for public holidays
Train ticket sales reached pre-pandemic levels for this weekend’s public holiday – with consumers facing delays and detours caused by railway engineering work and strikes.
The Rail Delivery Group says sales of train tickets to seaside destinations for the last public holiday weekend before Christmas are a sixth higher than in August 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic.
The organization, representing rail operators and Network Rail, says sales of rail cards are also higher than in 2019, with discount cards 16-25 and 26-30 particularly popular.
Lucy ThackrayAug 27, 2021 8:51 AM
Data analyst calls redlisting of Thailand ‘bizarre’
A data and travel expert denounced the British government’s “slow” reaction to Covid figures in Thailand.
Tim White, who has been monitoring global case figures closely in recent months, tweeted: “Thailand, bizarrely added to the UK list yesterday, reports its 10th consecutive drop in Covid-19 cases. 18,702 new infections, down> 1,100 plus 273 deaths.
“The infection rate is already 13.4% down from its peak. It’s good to see Mr. Shapps and the Joint Biosafety Committee as slow as ever, ”he added.
Lucy ThackrayAug 27, 2021 08:20
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