Travel UK news live: Latest updates as 47 countries to leave red list and industry calls for clarity on testing
Solely seven international locations will stay on the UK’s journey crimson listing from subsequent Monday.
A complete of 47 of the 54-strong listing might be bumped as much as the “remainder of world” (ROW) listing from 4am on Monday 11 October, together with Mexico, Georgia and the whole lot of Africa, the Division for Transport (DfT) introduced this afternoon.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps additionally introduced that the UK authorities will recognise the vaccines from 37 new international locations from subsequent week, that means fully-vaccinated folks travelling from international locations resembling South Africa and Hong Kong might be handled the identical as fully-vaccinated UK nationals on arrival.
Whereas Mr Shapps labelled the transfer a “main step ahead”, some within the journey business have known as for larger clarification on what new post-arrival testing necessities will appear like when the change takes impact.
A UK authorities supply instructed the BBC ministers had been aiming to switch the so-called day two “PCR check on arrival” with a less expensive lateral circulate check by the half-term break, which for a lot of colleges in England falls within the final week of October. However they mentioned the federal government was nonetheless engaged on a date for when the brand new testing rule could be launched.
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Lucy Thackray5 October 2021 07:35
Simon Calder solutions your journey questions
On the fence about an autumn vacation in case your vacation spot slips on to the crimson listing? Need a break with minimal assessments and admin concerned?
The Impartial’s journey skilled Simon Calder has adopted each rule tweak and listing transfer since journey was reinstated in Might, and he’ll be readily available to reply your journey questions later right this moment.
No matter your journey dilemma, click on on the article beneath to submit your questions within the feedback field, then be a part of dwell on the similar hyperlink from 4-5pm right this moment as Simon solutions as many as he can, dwell.
Lucy Thackray5 October 2021 07:47
Practice bother in London
Commuters in London face widespread disruption following heavy in a single day rain within the capital.
The important thing Overground rail hyperlink in west London, between Kensington Olympia and Clapham Junction is closed “as a consequence of flooding within the Imperial Wharf space”.
Tickets are being accepted on the London Underground, although journeys are rather more circuitous.
Transport of London is warning of “extreme delays” on the District and Circle traces as a consequence of a sign failure at Gloucester Highway, blamed on flooding.
Tickets are being accepted on the C2C rail community in east London, the Docklands Mild Railway and London buses “through any affordable route”.
There are additionally delays on the Metropolitan Line as a consequence of flooding on the terminus within the Metropolis of London, Aldgate.
Simon Calder5 October 2021 08:00
Eurotunnel shuttle visitors stays approach beneath pre-pandemic ranges
The cross-Channel automobile shuttle supplied by Eurotunnel noticed a 6 per cent rise in passenger automobiles in September 2021 in contrast with a 12 months earlier – however relative to 2019 visitors stays 43 per cent down.
Getlink, the corporate that owns and operates Eurotunnel mentioned: “Le Shuttle transported 135,287 passenger automobiles, a rise of 6 per cent in comparison with September 2020.” It mentioned the rise was “pushed by later vacation returns from UK prospects linked to journey circumstances that had been much less restrictive than throughout the identical interval in 2020”.
The agency doesn’t give figures for passengers carried via the Channel Tunnel by Eurostar, which it has beforehand described as “severely disrupted because of authorities journey restrictions”.
Eurostar is at the moment working a small fraction of its regular schedule.
Simon Calder5 October 2021 08:35
UK authorities on US reopening: ‘Your guess is pretty much as good as mine’
Requested when vaccinated UK travellers will have the ability to fly freely to the US, a senior UK authorities supply has instructed The Impartial: “Your guess is pretty much as good as mine.
“They haven’t instructed us something concerning the date. The White Home are in control of the coverage and it’s very tough to work out what’s going on.”
The supply admitted the UK was “blindsided” by President Biden’s announcement final month that he was enjoyable restrictions for guests from international locations world wide from early November, from a date but to be introduced.
In response to a question concerning the date for the resumption of journey, the US Division of Transportation mentioned solely: “We now have no updates or new info presently.”
Lucy Thackray5 October 2021 09:00
UK flights down 41% on 2019 ranges
A snapshot of European aviation operations on Monday 4 October reveals UK flights 41 per cent beneath the identical day in 2019.
In keeping with the director-general of Eurocontrol, Eamonn Brennan, the following worst performer is Germany, down 36 per cent, with France and Italy each down 28 per cent.
Greece really confirmed a tiny enhance, with 0.2 per cent extra flights on 4 October in contrast with the identical date in 2019.
Simon Calder5 October 2021 09:32
Cheeky Ryanair tweet responds to buyer wifi moan
Ryanair has quote-tweeted a buyer who complained about its lack of onboard wifi, joking “Completely mind-blown to seek out out that water is in actual fact moist”.
The low-cost service was responding to a passenger who had tweeted: “Completely thoughts blown to seek out on the market’s no wifi on Ryanair flights, absolute insanity”.
The airline, which has fares from as little as £9.99 a technique, is one in every of Europe’s most distinguished no-frills carriers.
“You don’t get a scorching towel both #surprising” responded fellow Twitter consumer @EarthPig89.
Lucy Thackray5 October 2021 10:05
Journey specialists predict this week’s crimson listing strikes
As we await an replace to the UK’s crimson listing this Wednesday or Thursday, journey business bosses and knowledge analysts have been making their predictions about which international locations could go away or keep on the crimson listing.
Expectations are excessive that South Africa may lastly make the leap from crimson to ROW after the British Excessive Fee in Pretoria tweeted a press release made collectively by UK diplomats and the South African authorities that mentioned latest findings “will feed into the following assessment of UK border measures”.
However what concerning the different contenders that would probably get an improve within the subsequent announcement?
Knowledge analyst Tim White, who studies on the worldwide Covid statistics every week, instructed The Impartial: “The primary standards now in maintaining (or including) international locations on the crimson listing is the danger of variants of coronavirus; case numbers ought to probably not coming in to the equation until there’s an especially excessive an infection charge. So in impact I hope the Joint Biosecurity staff has began with a clean sheet and solely added these international locations with variants.”
White, together with our journey correspondent Simon Calder, believes that South Africa has a great likelihood of coming off the crimson listing.
“I think about numerous effort is being expended to seek out justifications for maintaining the likes of South Africa on the crimson listing for a lot of the 12 months,” says Simon Calder.
“On the final spherical of adjustments, when the crimson listing was decreased to ‘solely’ 54 international locations, a lot of the eight had been crowd-pleasers together with Egypt and Turkey. If the federal government needs to generate extra constructive protection, then you may count on to see Thailand, the Dominican Republic and South Africa all taken out of the necessary lodge quarantine class.”
In the meantime, analyst Donal Kane believes that Thailand, Indonesia and Namibia may all come off the crimson listing this week.
Lucy Thackray5 October 2021 10:55
Airline pandemic losses predicted to surpass $200bn subsequent 12 months
IATA revised its estimates of worldwide losses final 12 months from $126 billion to $137.7 billion and this 12 months from $47.7 billion to $51.8 billion as members assembled for his or her annual basic assembly in Boston.
It additionally forecast a lack of $11.6 billion for 2022, which might take its estimate of airways’ whole pandemic losses to $201 billion.
The organisation’s director basic Willie Walsh mentioned that airways “have dramatically lower prices and tailored to no matter alternatives had been accessible”, saying the business was “nicely previous the deepest level of the disaster.”
He urged governments to do “every thing of their energy to make sure vaccines can be found to anyone who needs them.”
“The size of this disaster wants options solely governments can present,” added Walsh.
Lucy Thackray5 October 2021 11:16
Direct Line and Churchill ease some pandemic journey insurance coverage restrictions
Direct Line and Churchill have eliminated some restrictions to journey cancellation cowl which had been put in place final 12 months amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The transfer will imply broader cowl the place claims relate to disruption attributable to Covid-19 – and provides prospects larger confidence to journey in the event that they want to – based on UK Insurance coverage Restricted, which owns the manufacturers.
From Tuesday, ought to Direct Line or Churchill prospects’ journey plans be affected by a change in FCDO recommendation, they are going to have the choice of both submitting a cancellation declare or persevering with with their journey within the information that they are going to proceed to obtain full safety from their coverage in the event that they select to journey, it mentioned.
Lucy Thackray5 October 2021 12:04