Ahead of an update to the UK’s red list, expected later today or tomorrow, the Foreign Office (FCDO) has lifted its warning against non-essential travel to more than 30 countries.
Bangladesh, The Gambia, Ghana and Malaysia are among the nations removed from the FCDO âno-goâ list.
The non-essential travel warning was previously in place even for countries with low infection rates and no variants of concern, and contradicts the Department of Transport’s (DfT) assessment of the risk of returning travelers from those countries.
The FCDO should no longer advise against travel to countries not on the red list for reasons of Covid-19, except in “exceptional circumstances” such as if the local health system is overwhelmed.
It follows the government’s rationalization of the traffic light system into two classifications: the Red List and the Rest of the World List (ROW).
Arrivals from Red List countries still have to pay 10 days of hotel quarantine.
The next redlist revision is expected to be announced today or Friday, October 8.
Industry figures made their predictions for countries that could drop off the red list – with data analysts favoring Argentina, Chile, South Africa and possibly Mexico as the movers.
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Lucy thackrayOctober 7, 2021 11:10 AM
Copenhagen named world’s safest city
The Economist Intelligence Unit has released its 2021 Safe Cities Index, with Copenhagen in the lead, followed by Toronto and Singapore.
As well as personal Security or security, the Index takes into account digital technology, the environment, infrastructures and health security, with each city’s response to the pandemic and Covid death rates taken into account this year.
In the report, Copenhagen Mayor Lars Weiss praised the sense of equality in the city, saying: âCopenhagen is also characterized by high social cohesion and a relatively narrow wealth gap. It is a mixed town where the cleaning assistant and the CEO meet at the local supermarket and have their children in the same school. It is one of the cornerstones of Danish culture, and it contributes greatly to the high levels of trust and security we enjoy. “
Lucy thackrayOctober 7, 2021 10:35 AM
“Is this a joke in very bad taste” – travel industry ridicules Foreign Ministry
A major travel trade association scorned the latest changes in Foreign Ministry advice, which were made on Wednesday evening in an attempt to align the “no-go” list with the Transport Ministry’s “red list” .
Thirty-two countries have had their non-essential travel warnings removed. They were all on the banned list “based on the current Covid-19 risk assessment.” The vast majority have official rates of novel coronavirus infection well below those in the UK.
The Foreign Ministry said it “seeks the right balance between ensuring the safety of people, which remains our priority, and giving them the freedom to exercise their personal responsibility, while supporting the travel industry as he continues to recover “.
But Chris Rowles, president of Aito, the travel association, said, âIs this a really bad joke?
âDestinations such as Algeria, Belarus, Djibouti, Liberia and Congo are not destinations on the majority of vacationer lists, quite frankly.
He offered his help to the Foreign Secretary and the Minister of Transport, saying: âIf we can help Liz Truss and Grant Shapps with a few suggestions – perhaps well established destinations such as Latin America, from Africa and Asia, which are already open to many other nationalities, and which have good infrastructure – they just need to let us know.
Simon calderOctober 7, 2021 10:06 AM
Six Airlines Join Emirates To Adopt IATA Travel Pass
Six other airlines have announced that they will implement the IATA Travel Pass, an electronic Covid app where passengers can enter their vaccination documents and check the rules and restrictions at their destination.
Etihad Airways, Jazeera Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian will join Emirates to implement the pass as part of a gradual rollout across their networks.
Vaccine certificates from 52 countries (representing the source of 56% of global air traffic) can currently be managed using the app – this figure will grow to 74 countries, representing 85% of global traffic, by the time of End of november.
Lucy thackrayOctober 7, 2021 9:34 AM
No country will be added to the red list, according to an expert
Industry figures and data analysts made their predictions on how many countries could be removed from the UK’s red list for travel, in an announcement expected later today.
“I am not going to say that 9 countries that will be on the red list will come tomorrow because I still think it is optimistic and it could go up to 18”, tweeted analyst Tim White, who follows the numbers of the cases of Covid in countries of the world each. the week.
“I do not see any country to be added to the list,” he added.
The list currently stands at 54 countries. Others in industry and media have predicted a drop to 12 countries, or as few as nine.
It should be noted that a sharp reduction in the red list was expected in the last travel update on September 17, when only eight countries were removed from a list of 62 people.
The Department of Transportation has not confirmed the time of the announcement, but it is expected later today.
Lucy thackrayOctober 7, 2021 9:13 AM
Claim for reimbursement against British Airways and Ryanair dropped
Passengers who were unable to travel on their British Airways or Ryanair flights due to the lockdown rules will not be able to claim a refund, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said.
Thousands of travelers had tickets on BA and the Irish airline for trips they could not make due to lockdown rules in 2020 and 2021. British Airways offered vouchers for future flights while Ryanair allowed passengers to postpone their trips.
Travelers are entitled to refunds when an airline cancels a flight. But airlines have always maintained that when flights depart they were under no obligation to offer cash refunds under air passenger rights rules.
Simon calderOctober 7, 2021 8:17 AM
Tui cancels flights and vacations
Tui tells customers to recheck their vacation and flight reservation details after being forced to cancel a series of upcoming packages, due to lingering uncertainty caused by Covid-19 travel restrictions.
The tour operator said vacationers would be given at least seven days’ notice and could choose between a full cash refund or rebooking for a different date or destination.
He said in a statement: âWe know that some customers may not be sure to travel this summer, so to provide continued flexibility and assurance, no-charge changes can be made up to 14 days prior to travel for travelers. customers having to leave until 31st included. October. “
He announced the following cancellations:
Until October 16 included
Egypt (Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh)
Until October 21 included
Until October 31 inclusive
Austria, Italy and Slovenia (TUI Lakes and Mountains)
Bulgaria (Varna and Bourgas)
Italy (Calabria, Sardinia and Sicily)
Mainland Spain (Almeria and Girona)
Non TUI flights
Helene coffeyOctober 7, 2021 7:55 AM
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Helene coffeyOctober 7, 2021 7:32 AM
‘International travel is getting easier’ – industry reacts to FCO changes
Julia Lo Bue-Said of Advantage Travel Partnership welcomed the FCO’s decision earlier today to remove advice against “all but essential travel” in more than 30 countries.
“Good news to see that @FCDOtravelGovUK has lifted its non-essential travel advisory in over 30 countries,” Bue-Said tweeted.
âThis is where countries that were not on the red list still had a travel warning. International travel is getting easier but still complex. Book with a travel agency expert.
Some have expressed frustration on Twitter at the relaxation of travel restrictions to niche destinations such as Fiji and Djibouti, while very few popular vacation and expat destinations remain unchanged.
âA bit of an odd list,â tweeted data analyst Donal Kane.
âAll those that no one sees. Great job, âadded Emma Namur, Twitter user.
Lucy thackrayOctober 6, 2021 5:58 PM
Grenada cuts price for PCR tests
The Caribbean island of Grenada has reduced the price of its PCR tests for travelers, according to the public relations representative of the tourist office.
Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency which represents Pure Grenada, tweeted: “A welcome reduction in the Caribbean – Grenada cuts the cost of entry-level PCR testing to just Â£ 36 ($ 50) per person as of today ‘hui. “
Lucy thackrayOctober 6, 2021 5:21 PM