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    BRITS face uncertainty over their summer holidays this year as Jonathan Van Tam warned Europe was so far behind in their vaccine rollout. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer said he couldn't say either way whether it would be possible for the nation to take a summer holiday this year or not. 5There are concerns that holidays abroad could be delayed due this year due to Covid strainsCredit: Alamy Live News At tonight's Downing Street press conference he said: "We are still in a zone of great uncertainty about what the virus will do next. "On top of that many of the vaccination programmes in Europe, a place where we frequently go on holiday, are running behind ours. "Whether we can go on holidays abroad depends on what other countries will say and do in terms of foreign tourism. "I am not going to give you a firm...
    BORIS JOHNSON’S roadmap to recovery has triggered a huge surge in holiday bookings, both here and for trips abroad. But with the relaxation of restrictions dependent on many factors – and with international travel still a long way off – should we be booking hols? And how can we protect our hard-earned cash? ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 6With the relaxation of restrictions dependent on many factors – and with international travel still a long way off – should we be booking hols?Credit: Getty Images - Getty Travel Editor LISA MINOT answers the important questions . . .  Q: WHEN can I go on holiday with my family in the UK? A: The roadmap will let single-household families book into self-catering accommodation in England, including cottages, mobile homes and lodges, from April 12. On that same day, theme parks and zoos can open. But campsites will NOT open...
    BORIS Johnson has revealed the road map out of lockdown, starting from March 8. Here is everything you need to know about holidays going ahead this year. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   3UK holidays can restart from AprilCredit: Alamy When can I go on a UK holiday? Holidays in England will go ahead from April, the Prime Minister has said. Self-catered accommodation will be able to reopen from April 12, but only for one household meaning you cannot go on holiday with friends or family. Hotels and group holidays will then resume from May 17 - this can only be for two households, with no limit on people, or the rule of six from more than two households. Hotels and group holidays with no restrictions will go ahead from June 21. Day trips will also be allowed to go ahead from April 12, which...
    BRITS are eagerly awaiting the day they can go on a holiday abroad again after months of travel bans and restrictions. Here is everything we know so far about holidays starting again. 4Here is everything you need to know about a holiday this yearCredit: Alamy Live News Can I currently go on holiday? No, holidays are banned due to the UK lockdown which prevents any non-essential travel, both domestically and internationally. The lockdown has been in place since January, due to the current coronavirus situation. The only reasons for travel to be allowed are essential reasons such as for work or education reasons, or extenuating circumstances. What are the current travel restrictions? For people who are still travelling for essential reasons, such as work or education, there are new travel restrictions in place. All arrivals must have three negative coronavirus tests - taken before departure, and on day 2...
    MANY families have been unable to go on holiday for nearly a year since the beginning of the pandemic. Here is everything you need to know about holidays restarting this year. 3Here is what you need to know about going on holiday again this yearCredit: Alamy Live News What are the current holiday rules? Under the current UK lockdown rules, Brits are not allowed to go on holiday either in the country or abroad. The government website states: "You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes." All non-essential travel is banned until the lockdown lifts, with essential reasons including work, education or health reasons. If the UK goes back into tiers, then only residents in tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 will be allowed to go abroad. Tier 4...
    BRITS will be rushing to return to holidays abroad at popular European destinations this summer, according to Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary. The low-cost airline founder explained that thanks to the vaccination rollout programme, destinations including Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece can expect to see UK travellers again in time for the summer holidays. 3Ryanair has predicted that Brits will return to European holidays by the summerCredit: PA:Press Association He explained on BBC's Today programme that with the UK aiming to vaccinate all over 50s, along with Europe planning similar goals by the end of June, he expects a "strong recovery of beach holidays and family holidays going to Europe this summer". He said, once the vaccination reduces the number of coronavirus-related deaths: "We expect to see a very strong return of British families travelling to the beaches of Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece in relative safety this summer thanks to...
    HOLIDAY bookings for October have overtaken the summer holidays, following uncertainty regarding trips abroad. According to TravelSupermarket, holiday bookings have spiked in October, overtaking the July and August months. 3Uncertainty over holidays abroad has led to families looking to holidays later in the yearCredit: Getty Images - Getty While the summer holidays are often the most popular booking periods, especially for families, travel uncertainty has got travellers looking even further ahead than usual. Covid vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi previously said, when asked if it was premature to be booking a trip abroad this summer: "Absolutely. I think it's far too early." It echoes Health Secretary Matt Hancock who said earlier this month to advise caution if booking a holiday abroad this summer: "I’m going to Cornwall. And I have said before I think we’re going to have a great British summer. "But we’ve got a lot of work to do...
    FAMILIES are being warned that it is still too early to be booking summer holidays despite a booking boom following the vaccine rollout. Covid vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi made the warning ahead of the plans to enforce hotel quarantines on all arrivals, expected later today. 4Covid vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi said it was "too early" to be thinking about summer trips abroadCredit: refer to caption. He told Sky, when asked if it was premature to be booking a trip abroad this summer: "Absolutely. I think it's far too early." He added "There's still 37,000 people in hospital with COVID at the moment, it's far too early for us to even speculate about the summer." It echoes Health Secretary Matt Hancock who said earlier this month to advise caution if booking a holiday this summer: "I’m going to Cornwall. And I have said before I think we’re going to have a...
    BRITAIN could be cut off from the rest of the world for a year, as a result of the government’s plans to force all UK arrivals to quarantine in hotels for 10 days.  Travel expert Paul Charles, founder of the PC Agency, made the dire warning as he called on Downing Street to provide an end date to the hotel plan if it's approved at a meeting between ministers tomorrow.  5Brits could be looking at another staycation summer, if plans go ahead to force all UK arrivals to quarantine in hotels for 10 daysCredit: Getty Images - Getty A decision to tighten border controls is set to be made by the Prime Minister tomorrow at a meeting of the government’s Covid operations committee. They are expected to agree on a further crackdown - in which all arrivals into UK airports will be taken to designated Covid hotels where they would...
    LOVE Island's Laura Anderson has defended being an influencer and insisted it's "really hard" as she works in Dubai during lockdown. The Scottish reality star, 31, addressed the backlash aimed at influencers for escaping the UK for business trips in exotic luxury. 17Laura Anderson insists being an influencer is hardCredit: Instagram She said: "This whole thing about everyone hating influencers, I'm just like f**k, this is what I do for a job at the minute. I don't want to feel c**p. " In a bid to change perceptions and show that it isn't just glamour and riches, Laura urged followers to look beyond the social media photographs. She continued: "I'm thinking maybe, would it be a good idea to give more of an insight into the reality of being an influencer. "I think a lot of young people might want to do it, but you realise it's not that great when...
    BRITS will be back on their travels from May, a travel expert has predicted. Paul Charles from the PC Agency, who made the headlines weekly over the last few months with his predictions on which countries would lose their UK travel corridors, reckons it'll all start with staycations in March. 2Paul Charles from the PC Agency predicts staycations will start in March and short-haul from late-AprilCredit: Getty - Contributor He tweeted: "I was asked when I thought holidays would be “on” again? I’d book for 1st May onwards with certainty.  "Staycations will return from March onwards. Short-haul from late April; long-haul from Sept. "The Oxford vaccine go-ahead will vastly boost confidence [but] UK tier restrictions (and new strain travel bans) will curtail most overseas travel until March.  "Short-haul will properly open up after Easter as warmer days return. "Most long-haul borders will only fully open after summer...
    TORONTO (AP) — The premier of Canada’s most populous province announced Tuesday night that he ordered his finance minister to end a Caribbean vacation, saying he is “extremely disappointed” the official went abroad as the government urged people to avoid nonessential travel because of the pandemic. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in a statement that it was “completely unacceptable” that Finance Minister Rod Phillips went to the French island of St. Barts for the holidays. “At a time when every Ontarian has been asked to make sacrifices, I am extremely disappointed in Minister Phillips and his decision to travel abroad,” Ford said. The premier’s announcement came after news reports earlier Tuesday that Phillips was out of the country, though his vacation spot wasn’t known. Ford said he told Phillips to return immediately from St. Barts, which is a popular vacation spot for the rich and famous over the...
    THE majority of the UK is in tier 2 or tier 3, with tier 3 residents the highest risk and under the strictest rules. We've explained whether you are allowed to travel from tier 3 to tier 2. 2Can I travel from tier 3 to tier 2?Credit: Alamy Live News What are the holiday rules for tier 3? Tier 3 is the highest risk, with the most rules in place. Holidays cannot go ahead with hotels and restaurants closed, while households are only allowed to travel for essential reasons. No mingling of households is allowed, with no meetings of six either inside or outside. Going abroad is also not allowed, according to the new government advice: "Those in Tier 3 should avoid leaving their tier, including for international travel, other than for work, education or caring responsibilities." What are the holiday rules for tier 2? The majority of the country is...
    HOLIDAYS will be able to go ahead from December 2 when the lockdown ends, the government has confirmed. This means domestic staycations and overseas trips will be able to resume. 2Holidays will go ahead next month after the lockdown endsCredit: PA:Press Association The new guidelines explain how the UK will go back into a tiered system of tier 1 being the most relaxed, to tier 3 being the most restricted. Anyone in a tier 1 or tier 2 region will be able to resume travelling. The new COVID-19 Winter Plan from the government states: "The stay at home requirement will end, with domestic and international travel being permitted again subject to guidance in each tier." However, tier 3 regions will still face the strictest lockdown rules with hotels and entertainment venues remaining closed and holidays not able to go ahead. The document adds: "In tier 3, all hospitality will close...
    VILLAGES and towns in Italy have recently been offering bargain houses for just €1 - with strict conditions. We explain everything you need to know about taking part, from how to do it to just how easy it really is. 5Here is everything you need to know about the €1 houses in Italy What is the €1 house scheme? Depending on the region, a number of towns and villages across Italy have offered the cheap €1 properties to encourage people to move to the area. There are around 25 regions who are taking part, each with a number of properties. Many of the areas have a dwindling or aging population and hope to build the community again. The properties range from small houses to larger villas, but are all in a very rundown condition. The conditions for buying each property also vary, but the majority of them need large renovation...
    HOLIDAYS next summer and even up until Christmas 2021 are being "written off" by the travel industry due to the pandemic. Families who have had their holidays left in tatters by coronavirus this year may struggle to go abroad to their favourite destinations even next year. 3Holidays may still be off the cards next summer due to lockdowns and flight restrictionsCredit: W8MEDIA Many are looking to book their holiday for next summer, with destinations like Turkey seeing a booking boom right now. However, trips could continue to be affected for the next year, due to restricted flights, last-minute lockdowns and the threat of further coronavirus waves. Travel expert Eoghan Corry told RSVP Live: "What I’m hearing in the industry is a lot of people are writing off summer of 2021. Increasingly, tourist boards are writing it off." He added that while there are likely to be some trips and travel...
    RYANAIR has refused to stop flights in November despite the lockdown, meaning families with bookings will not be given refunds. But what would happen if you still went on holiday? We explain the latest rules and consequences of a trip abroad during lockdown. 1What happens if you go on holiday with Ryanair during lockdown?Credit: Reuters What are the lockdown rules regarding holidays? Only essential travel is allowed during the lockdown, which starts tomorrow and hopes to end by December 2. This means travelling for food, work, medical care or for exercise are the few exemptions. Holidays abroad are not allowed to go ahead: "If you live in England, you cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. "Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed –...
    THE UK government has announced that the country is going into a second lockdown from this Thursday. Here is everything you need to know about going on holiday after the new rules are enforced, both in the UK and abroad. 2Here is how your holiday will be affected by the new lockdownCredit: AFP or licensors What is the second lockdown? The second lockdown starts from November 5, this Thursday, and is in place from midnight. The lockdown ending date is currently December 2, although this may change. The new rules restrict any non-essential travel outside of the house, with the only exempt reasons being for food, medicine, work, school or offering support to someone at risk. Can I still go on holiday in the UK? UK staycations can no longer go ahead from Thursday. Previously, depending what tier you were in, you were able to stay overnight at hotels or...
    GOING abroad doesn't increase your risk of catching coronavirus, according to a new study. The study, conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), found the infection rate of people who travelled abroad is nearly the same as people who remained at home. 4Your just at risk at catching coronavirus in the UK than if heading abroad, according to a new studyCredit: Getty Images - Getty Earlier studies shows this was not the case, and that positivity rates were much higher in those who travelled overseas. The latest survey found, between September 25 and October 8, three per cent of people in the study went abroad, and 0.58 per cent tested positive. Those who had not travelled abroad, had a 0.49 positivity test rate, showing very little difference between the two. A survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that the infection rate among those who travelled abroad...
    BRITS can get discounts and deals when booking their next holiday, as a new 'Holiday to Help Out' scheme is launched. EasyJet Holidays, Virgin Voyages and Celebrity Cruises are just some of the tour operators and holiday companies who have signed up for the new initiative. 3EasyJet Holidays is offering discounts for Brits as part of a new holiday schemeCredit: Alamy Live News As bookings plummet and families avoid travelling, the industry has seen billions of pounds of losses due to refunds and cancellations. Following on from the successful 'Eat Out to Help Out' launched by the government, and HOSPA's 'Sleep Over to Help Turnover', holiday companies are offering their own deals and discounts. Families who book through a tour operator as part of the 'Holiday to Help Out' will be offered the discounts if booking a trip between November 2 and November 8. G Adventures, Intrepid Travel, Just Go-National...
    HONG KONG – Millions of Chinese tourists usually spend their weeklong National Day holidays traveling abroad. This year, travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic mean that some 600 million tourists — about 40% of the population — will travel within China during the holiday that began Thursday, according to Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency. That’s still down 25% from last year, when tourists took 782 million domestic trips and generated tourism revenue of 650 billion yuan ($95.4 billion), according to government data. The dip comes as some in China remain wary of the coronavirus and opt not to join the holiday rush. The country's borders remain closed to international visitors. The eight-day holiday this year, which coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival, will be a litmus test of whether China’s tourism industry can bounce back following the battering it took earlier in the year. Travel within the country,...
    HOLIDAYS abroad are continuing to plummet in price as airlines and tour operators face mass cancellations. Travel uncertainty has led to British families cancelling their summer trips abroad, with France, Italy and Greece affected. 2Holidays abroad continue to plummet in price with deals to Greece and Turkey under £200 Credit: AFP or licensors It follows the last-minute u-turn by the UK government to put Spain back on the travel ban list, affecting thousands of holidaymakers who were given just four hours notice. Airlines including Jet2 and TUI cancelled a number of holidays and flights to mainland Spain and the islands after the announcement. TravelSupermarket's Emma Coulthurst explained: "Since the FCO change of advice to only essential travel to Spain and the requirement of 14 day quarantine on return, price comparison searches via TravelSupermarket for holidays to Spain from the UK have unsurprisingly dipped by -80%." Yet holidays to other 'safe'...
    FAMILIES are struggling to find an English seaside holiday this year, as prices soar and campsites and hotels are fully booked. Brits are wary about booking a trip abroad after Spain was removed from the safe travel list at short notice, resulting in a mandatory two-week quarantine in the UK. 2Staycations in the UK are soaring in demand with little availability and soaring costs this summerCredit: Chris Oates This has led to fears of other countries following suit, such as France or Greece, resulting in Brits cancelling their holidays and opting for staycations instead. However with just one month left of the summer holidays, demand is off the charts for a UK trip. Many campsites, caravan parks and hotels, which are also offering limited capacity due to social distancing guidelines are fully booked for August. Nick Lomas, chief executive of the Caravan Club, told the Telegraph: “It’s a level of...
    5 CORONAVIRUS has encouraged a disturbing new wave of cancellation and condemnation which is now being transferred to folk like me who have the "audacity" to take a holiday overseas. Apparently trying to keep our airline and tourism industries alive and support struggling European neighbours while enjoying much needed R&R following months of Covid misery are now reasons to be publicly shamed. 5 If you've booked a holiday, don't panic and immediately cancel. It will be worth it.Credit: EPA On Sunday, I returned from a phenomenal week in Tuscany, where Italy's seaside tourist industry is starting to sputter back to life. There are currently just 241 daily new Covid-19 cases in Italy, less than half of the UK's very pleasing 662 cases on average each day. 5 I travelled to Italy for some much needed R&R after months of Covid misery.Credit: Instagram On my return, I posted on Instagram: "I know there’s a long...
    PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG is "happy" at Arsenal - but could ditch the Gunners for a move abroad, according to reports. Speculation over the 31-year-old's future is rife, with the Gabon international having entered the final 12 months of his Arsenal contract. 2Aubameyang netted goals number 26 and 27 of the season against Watford on SundayCredit: Getty Images - Getty The North Londoners are desperate to renew their skipper's contract, with boss Mikel Arteta having urged the club to get a deal done on more than one occasion in recent weeks. Aubameyang himself will make the final decision, however, as he weighs up key factors. The Athletic report that although he has an "excellent relationship" with Arteta and his team-mates, Aubameyang recognises that Arsenal are at the start of a rebuild and that as a player in his thirties, he may not be around long enough to enjoy the fruits of his...
    PRINCE Andrew has cancelled his annual Spanish golf holiday because he’s scared to go abroad during the Epstein investigation. He stayed at a friend’s Costa del Sol mansion last year —  days after paedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell. 5Prince Andrew golfing in Sotogrande, Spain, last August, days after Jeffrey Epstein's deathCredit: Splash News 5Virginia Roberts, pictured centre, claims she slept with Prince Andrew at Ghislaine Maxwell's London townhouseCredit: ©Nicholas Razzell But a palace insider said Andrew, 60, has shelved this year’s trip as he is “nervous” of leaving the UK after the US Justice Department made an official request  to question him as a witness about Epstein.  His anxiety only increased after the arrest this week of friend Ghislaine Maxwell over her alleged roles in Epstein’s sex offences. She’s said to have introduced Andrew to Epstein victim Virginia Roberts, who claims she slept with the royal...
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