Green list news – latest: Malta tightens entry restrictions as Thailand opens up

Thailand is tentatively reopening to holidaymakers from 1 July, simply as nations throughout Europe are tightening up their entry restrictions for British travellers.

As a part of a scheme to soundly restart its tourism trade, Thailand will let absolutely-vaccinated travellers from a lot of locations, together with the UK, go to the island of Phuket.

Meanwhile, Spain is introducing stricter necessities for guests from the UK from 2 July.

Starting tomorrow, Brits might want to current a unfavourable NAAT Covid take a look at to be able to enter the nation. Rapid antigen exams won’t be accepted, although LAMP, PCR and NEAR exams are amongst these which shall be admissible.

As of 30 June, new inexperienced list favorite Malta will solely settle for absolutely vaccinated Britons, a rule which applies to everyone aged 12 and above, with solely a paper certificates recognised as acceptable proof. Portugal, in the meantime, calls for quarantine from unvaccinated UK arrivals.

Elsewhere, the EU is rolling out its digital inexperienced cross for journey from at present, in an purpose to make journey inside the bloc smoother and simpler.

Follow all the most recent journey updates under.

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Spain insists on exams for unvaccinated Brits

Just 44 hours after the Balearic islands have been added to the UK’s quarantine-free list, from 2 July unvaccinated British guests should current proof of a unfavourable take a look at earlier than journey to Spain.

Previously there have been no necessities past finishing a “health control form”.

The authorities in Madrid says the prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, personally introduced the rule change “in order to protect both residents and visitors, given the rising infection rates in the United Kingdom”.

The testing necessities are stringent: a unfavourable NAAT take a look at, such as PCR or Lamp, taken inside 48 hours of arrival. Cheap and fast lateral circulation (antigen) exams are usually not acceptable.

Read the total story right here.

Simon Calder1 July 2021 10:18

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Good morning, and welcome to at present’s dwell journey updates.As nations throughout Europe, together with France, Malta and Portugal, stipulate solely vaccinated Brits are welcome, right here’s all the things you’ll want to know concerning the entry guidelines for the principle vacation locations on the Continent this summer season:Helen Coffey1 July 2021 09:451625071067Yet extra clarification on entry restrictions for Spain

Tighter entry restrictions for UK arrivals come into pressure from midnight Friday in Spain, following six weeks of take a look at-free journey.

All unvaccinated Britons aged 12 and above should current a unfavourable Covid take a look at (PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR) taken inside the 48 hours earlier than arrival.

Antigen exams won’t be accepted.

Only the Balearic islands are on the “green list” for journey at the moment; whereas mainland Spain and the Canaries are on the amber list, mandating 10 days of self-isolation on return and two PCR exams.

Here’s all the things you’ll want to find out about journey to Spain this summer season:

Cathy Adams30 June 2021 17:37

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‘Short-sighted’ of presidency to not exempt journey firms from rise in furlough and enterprise fee prices, says Abta

The journey trade physique, Abta, has accused the federal government of being “short-sighted” by not exempting journey firms from the rise in furlough and enterprise fee prices.

Its figures reveals that as many as 195,000 jobs within the journey trade have been misplaced or are in danger because the begin of the pandemic.

Abta was one trade group concerned within the Travel Day of Action final week, which demanded extra assist for the zapped journey trade.

Mark Tanzer, Abta chief govt, stated: “The pressure to meet these payments will ultimately cost people their jobs and may force some businesses to close for good. Travel agents and tour operators have barely earned anything over the last 18 months – so there is no money in the bank to cover these costs.

“We urge government to seriously rethink their approach and ask them to look at providing tailored grant support for these companies, recognising the recovery for the international travel industry will be much slower than the rest of the UK economy.”

Cathy Adams30 June 2021 17:02

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First UK music act arrives in France

In possibly the strangest journey story at present, journey correspondent Simon Calder has the obtain on what is probably going the primary UK musical act to tour overseas because the pandemic and Brexit imposed numerous journey restrictions.

They’ve simply arrived in France… and gone straight into quarantine.

Simon has the total report right here:

Cathy Adams30 June 2021 16:56

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Cuba infections spike

Cuba’s official worldwide news service, Granma, has tweeted that the island has suffered “the highest number for a single day since the beginning of the pandemic”. It reviews greater than 3,800 new constructive Covid circumstances.

Relative to Cuba’s inhabitants, the speed is near that within the UK.

Infection ranges have elevated round 10-fold in two weeks. Until not too long ago Cuba was cited as a doable candidate for the UK’s inexperienced list.

Simon Calder30 June 2021 16:24

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Pound stays sturdy towards euro

As the most recent inexperienced list adjustments come into impact and holidaymakers fly off to sunnier climes, there’s good news for his or her wallets too: the pound is stronger than it was final 12 months.

Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO at journey cash specialist FairFX stated: “As Malta, Madeira and the Balearic Islands move to the green list today, the pound remains consistent and is currently 5.5% higher against the euro compared to this time last year, when travel corridors were preparing to re-open to British tourists following the first national lockdown.

“For those looking to travel overseas to the latest green listed destinations, locking in rates while the pound is strong is one of the best ways for holidaymakers to maximise their holiday money and get more bang for their buck.”

Cathy Adams30 June 2021 16:06

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Indonesian airline begins jabbing vacationers

Garuda, the nationwide provider of Indonesia, has at present began giving free Covid jabs to holidaymakers to attempt to cut back the impression of the virus in one in every of Asia’s worst-affected nations.

About 20 passengers took benefit of the free vaccines at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International airport, which has the capability to vaccinate 200 home travellers per day.

“This vaccine gives me confidence but still, we have to obey health protocol because we’re not 100 per cent immune. But at least it gives a sense of calm,” stated Cecep Taufiqurohman, 32, after receiving his vaccine.

The airline is providing the Sinovac vaccine within the roll-out. Only 13 million of the nation’s greater than 270 million individuals absolutely vaccinated since January, and the nation posted a document variety of coronavirus infections at present.

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Cathy Adams30 June 2021 14:57

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How to get the most affordable PCR exams for journey

Wherever your journey plans take you this summer season, likelihood is a PCR take a look at shall be part of them – both earlier than you fly, or if you land again within the UK.

The common worth hovers round £120, however The Independent journey staff has dug out cheaper offers than that.

Here’s the right way to discover the perfect-priced PCR exams available on the market.

Cathy Adams30 June 2021 14:23