Travel news live: France bans non-essential UK travel

France looks set to ban UK tourists from midnight on Saturday.

Only “essential” travel between the two countries will be allowed, after the number of omicron cases skyrocketed in the UK.

However, French and EU citizens can still return to France from the UK.

Meanwhile, Greek is the latest country to introduce stricter travel rules in response to the threat of the omicron coronavirus variant.

From 19 December, all international guests, including those from the EU, will be required to present a negative PCR test performed within 48 hours prior to arrival.

The Greek government announced the move on Wednesday, following in the footsteps of Italy, which introduced similar restrictions a day earlier.

Current entry requirements for Greece stipulate that travelers from the UK do not need to present a negative test if they can show they have been fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19.

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France bans non-essential travel to UK as Covid omicron cases soar

France will ban all UK tourists from Saturday December 18.

Only “essential” travel will be allowed between the two countries under the new measures, even for fully vaccinated travelers.

From midnight on Saturday, there will be “an essential reason to travel to or from the UK, for both unvaccinated and vaccinated people,” the government said.

“People can’t travel for tourist or professional reasons.”

Helen CoffeyDecember 16, 2021 09:06


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Helen CoffeyDecember 16, 2021 08:00


Flights canceled due to La Palma . volcano

Several flights have been canceled in the past few days due to toxic gases from the volcano in La Palma.

About 21 flights were canceled to and from airports in the Canary Islands yesterday (December 14), according to data from aviation analysts Cirium.

Two more flights have been canceled as of today (December 15).

Helen CoffeyDecember 15, 2021 16:06


Qatar Airways resumes in-flight catering service before the pandemic

Qatar Airways is continuing its pre-pandemic dining experience on its London and Paris routes.

The airline will once again offer passengers silver crockery and First and Business Class, presented on white linen and accompanied by candlelight, as part of the food service.

This has previously been swapped out for meals laid out on a serving tray as part of a back-to-back Covid-19 experience.

“The past year and a half has been a challenging period for the aviation industry, yet we have grown stronger and more resilient over time,” said Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways. time.

“Today, we are excited to mark a new chapter that brings us one step closer to overcoming the consequences of the pandemic. Now, passengers will be able to enjoy more of Qatar Airways’ world-renowned in-flight services on our flights between Doha, London and Paris to even more destinations. ”

Helen CoffeyDecember 15, 2021 15:38


Ghana to good airlines £2,640 per unvaccinated passenger

Ghana has announced that it will fine airlines $3,500 (£2,640) for each unvaccinated passenger they try to bring into the country.

The same penalty will also be imposed on airlines that carry passengers who fail to fill out an official health declaration form prior to arrival at Kotoka International Airport.

International arrivals could be denied entry if they do not meet the above requirements, while Ghanaians will be allowed in but must be quarantined for 14 days, the state-owned Ghana Airport Company said.

Helen CoffeyDecember 15, 2021 14:54


Hotel quarantined inmates will be released at 4pm – but can continue to self-isolate

Thousands of travelers in hotel quarantine have been told they can leave from 4pm – 12 hours after the red list was lifted.

Many people have already left, citing the end of the red list status for all countries at 4am on Wednesday.

The latest letter sent by the Managed Quarantine Service to those under hotel quarantine reads: “For all those wishing to leave the quarantine, I can confirm that you will be leaving today. . To ensure this, we need to make changes to the legislation to make it clear that your time in quarantine can be converted to home isolation.

“We are taking urgent advice from public health officials to ensure that guest departures continue to meet requirements to protect the UK from the spread of Covid.

“We will also ask for details about your pre-existing isolation so we can share this with our testing and tracking colleagues.

“We expect to be able to start departures from 4pm today, when you will also be given clear instructions on the home isolation requirements.”

Simon CalderDecember 15, 2021 14:18


Ryanair boss urges ‘Abandon travel tests and air travel restrictions on vaccinated people’

In a stinging attack on the UK’s travel restrictions, the boss of Europe’s biggest budget airline has said flying should be restricted to passengers who have been vaccinated – with The fact that Covid tests have been scrapped.

Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, accused the UK government of “making the rules as they do”.

I said The Independent: “I see no justification for UK government regulations that passengers who have done the right thing and have been vaccinated must now take tests before they travel and are laugh more than two days after they travel.

“However, I will support encouraging more and more unvaccinated minorities to get vaccinated. Instead of making vaccination policies mandatory, you have to make it more and more attractive for people to get vaccinated. ”

Simon CalderDecember 15, 2021 13:51


Couple trapped in hotel quarantine describe their stay as ‘totally chaotic’

A couple trapped in hotel quarantine, Emily Mennie and Owen Hancock, have described their current detention as “a total chaos” and accused the government of “playing with their lives”. surname.”

In an emotional video shared on Twitter, Mr Hancock said: “The redlisting was done at 4am this morning and we thought, ‘that’s it, we don’t need to be here anymore’.

“But no one let us out. There were people screaming in the corridors. It is heartbreaking.”

Ms Mennie added: “We think it’s a complete disturbance from the government as they are toying with people’s lives. We have been locked in this room for nine days; we tested negative for Covid, had a double vaccination, and we were not allowed to go home.

“Just playing with people’s lives is completely unacceptable from the government… We should be released and compensated for the time we spent in this prison.”

Helen CoffeyDecember 15, 2021 11:53


Confusion of hotel quarantine continues as red-listed inmates ‘escape’ without permission

Ministers and officials have begged those who are still under hotel quarantine to stay there even though the red list has ended.

Many guests at the Gatwick Sofitel who left the hotel without completing the full 11 nights of quarantine, said they believed they were entitled to leave.

Louise Fox, who is quarantining at a hotel in Gatwick, said: “There are people walking out. I called back and they said they were ‘running away’ and would be charged accordingly. “

Simon CalderDecember 15, 2021 11:23


South Africa welcomes the government’s decision to abolish the red list

Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu welcomed the announcement from the UK government that South Africa will be taken off the red list for international tourism.

The latest decision to remove all 11 African countries from the red list means there is no longer a hotel quarantine requirement for those returning to the UK from South Africa as of 4am on 15 December.

“Today’s announcement by the UK government is a step in the right direction for the South African tourism industry. When South Africa was added to the red list last month, implementing a hotel quarantine instead of a home quarantine was a huge deterrent for Britons considering traveling to South Africa at the time. Our tourism industry is just beginning to recover.” Minister Sisulu said.

“The omicron variant is something we continue to value and our scientists are closely monitoring its trajectory for containing the virus and ensuring appropriate robust safety measures are in place. South Africa’s borders remain open, and the government and our tourism industry have worked extremely hard to implement safety regulations to ensure that we are ready for all arrivals.”

Minister Sisulu added: “We appreciate all the hard work and dedication of all our tourism stakeholders. Our lobbying efforts are bearing fruit and today we see this country has been taken off the red list. We hope to be welcoming British tourists again soon.”

Helen CoffeyDecember 15, 2021 11:02 Travel news live: France bans non-essential UK travel

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