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Who would be interested in travelling abroad before the pandemic is over?

Not under any circumstances
6 (85.7%)
Only if I had been vaccinated
1 (14.3%)
Would travel abroad
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 7

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Re: Covid19............International travel
« Reply #30 on: August 24, 2021, 09:45:54 am »
Sajid Javid has promised to crack down on "cowboy" behaviour by companies selling Covid tests to travellers returning from abroad.

The Health Secretary said 57 private travel testing firms were to be removed from the official list on the gov.uk website, and a further 82 are to be issued with a two-strike warning over their conduct.

The crackdown was prompted by a Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) review that discovered some companies were displaying lower prices on the gov.uk site, which lists a variety of providers, than customers would have to pay at the checkout.

The consumer rights group Which? condemned the Government for taking nearly half a year to "properly audit" its own list of private test providers to remove firms that do not exist and those who advertise misleading prices.

cont https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/holiday-warning-crackdown-cowboy-covid-21382980

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Re: Covid19............International travel
« Reply #31 on: September 13, 2021, 01:55:52 pm »
Nearly a third of people arriving in England and Northern Ireland as the coronavirus Delta variant took off may have broken quarantine rules.

More than 300,000 cases were passed to investigators between March and May, according to figures seen by the BBC.

The government was not able to say how many of these were found to have broken the rules or could not be traced.

The Home Office has said it aims to pay home visits to all travellers suspected of not following the rules.

But Labour's shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said the figures obtained by the BBC "confirm our worst fears" about the government's "lax border policy".

cont  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58517123


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Re: Covid19............International travel
« Reply #32 on: September 14, 2021, 03:11:01 pm »
We asked readers how they felt about travelling abroad in Covid times - and this was the response
While some faced found it difficult, others found travelling overseas easy, but many still won't go

Many people still don't want to travel abroad as the coronavirus pandemic continues, according to a poll.

Wales' residents can go for a holiday in countries on the green and amber lists, but depending where they're headed, they may need to fulfill different testing and quarantining requirements.

That entails extra costs and time, sorting out forms and tests.

In a recent North Wales Live survey 125 (60%) of the 209 who responded, said they were not comfortable travelling abroad; 60 (29%) were fine with it; while 24 (11%) were not sure.

The main reasons people were put off were, uncertainty around travel lists 131 (42%); cost of PCR tests 84 (27%); and fear of catching Covid 66 (21%). But 12 (4%) said they had no concerns.

cont  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/asked-readers-how-felt-travelling-21512188

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Re: Covid19............International travel
« Reply #33 on: September 15, 2021, 10:31:54 am »
Tui has cancelled holidays in September and October to a number of popular tourist destinations in the latest blow to travellers.

Popular destinations which are now off-limits include Turkey, Italy, Florida and the Maldives.

Cancellations are just one of the difficulties facing anyone hoping to make it abroad this year as Covid rules continue to change both in the UK and abroad.

cont  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/trips-breaks/latest-tui-holiday-cancellations-september-21570172

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Re: Covid19............International travel
« Reply #34 on: September 16, 2021, 10:21:11 am »
A bit of a fluff story, but it does bring up the cost involved in quarantining.

Michaela Strachan under fire over branding £2,250 quarantine hotel a 'prison'
The Springwatch TV star branded it a ‘posh prison’ and claimed she was watched by ‘security guards’ as she returned to the UK

cont  https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/showbiz-tv/michaela-strachan-under-fire-over-21583812?IYA-reg=a05105fc-304d-4c50-9807-edab51f779a4

 

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Re: Covid19/Brexit............International travel
« Reply #35 on: November 21, 2021, 03:37:10 pm »
Holidaymakers will be charged extra fees when travelling to EU countries from next year.

New EU rules will mean travellers from the UK will have to pay extra costs and fill out extra paperwork to go on holiday.

The changes, expected to come into force in 2022, will require non-EU residents to complete an application form before they travel to ensure entry to the EU.

cont  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/british-tourists-pay-enter-eu-22227343

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Re: Covid19............International travel
« Reply #36 on: November 22, 2021, 01:23:49 pm »
The popular holiday destinations that could end up back on the UK red list
It follows a rise in cases in Western Europe which could see countries go back into full lockdown

The Department for Transport is reviewing this every three weeks, and countries could be added back on it if cases rise there.

Europe is currently the epicentre for a new spike in cases, with Austria bracing to enter a full-scale lockdown from Monday (November 22) for 10 days after a rise in cases there.

cont https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/popular-holiday-destinations-could-end-22235913

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Re: Covid19............International travel
« Reply #37 on: November 30, 2021, 09:45:58 am »
Omicron variant: Mark Drakeford calls on UK Government to tighten travel restrictions       ref pioneer

Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford want a four nations tightening of these rules, "We know, that the incubation period for this virus is very often more than 2 days.

"a tougher four-nations approach to travel restrictions, that "would see people arriving in the UK from overseas asked to self-isolate for eight days", taking a PCR test on day two and day eight of their arrival.

Explaining their reasoning for the proposed tightening of restrictions, "We believe that this measure would be more effective in identifying cases of the Omicron variant which result from overseas travel, and therefore at preventing further community transmission from imported cases."

A four nations approach is vital to ensure any travel restrictions are effective.

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Re: Covid19............International travel
« Reply #38 on: November 30, 2021, 12:03:13 pm »
It's sound advice but will bumbling Boris be late again in tightening up these restrictions?

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Re: Covid19............International travel
« Reply #39 on: November 30, 2021, 12:22:59 pm »
Don't forget Bumbling and incompetent.
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.  ― Michel de Montaigne

Si hoc legere scis, nimis eruditionis habes.

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Re: Covid19............International travel
« Reply #40 on: December 06, 2021, 12:16:16 pm »
Covid travel rules for holidaymakers returning to the UK will be made stricter this week.

The government has confirmed testing requirements for travelling abroad will largely return to what they were earlier this year, while another country will be added to the travel red list.

Here’s what you need to know about the changes.
What are the new UK Covid travel rules?

From 4am on Tuesday (7 December), anyone travelling to the UK from a country not on the red list will need to take a pre-departure test a maximum of 48 hours before travel, regardless of their vaccination status.

cont  https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/19764134.uk-entry-requirement-covid-full-list-changes-amid-rise-omicron-cases/

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Re: Covid19............International travel
« Reply #41 on: January 06, 2022, 06:32:36 pm »
and travel rules are relaxed from tomorrow !
Excellent news, will save me £70 not having to have two PCR tests added to the cost of our upcoming trip!

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Re: Covid19............International travel
« Reply #42 on: March 08, 2022, 02:50:34 pm »
A "greater number of passengers than expected" led to huge queues at Manchester Airport this morning.

Many claimed the long delays at security caused them to "miss flights."

Check-in desks were also described as "beyond a joke" as staff became overwhelmed by a surge in holidaymakers.

One woman told the Manchester Evening News that her flight to Gran Canaria with TUI departed more than two hours late due to delays getting the baggage on the plane.

Kathleen Moorland said she was still sat on the plane on the runway at 12.45pm - when it was meant to be departing at 10.10am this morning.

"you need to get your act together on logistics! Ridiculous queues for security stretching all the way down to bottom and back round T2 "

cont https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/chaos-manchester-airport-huge-queues-23323854#comments-wrapper

And comment of the day  "oh well its good way to pass the virus in situations like that of queuing"

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Re: Covid19............International travel
« Reply #43 on: April 03, 2022, 10:14:46 am »
A lack of staff at Manchester Airport has led to people facing long waits for baggage collection, as the airport struggles with increased demand.

The airport has suffered delays for weeks, with hours-long queues for security causing some to miss flights.

On Saturday, returning passengers were told there were not enough staff to get the bags through - or even to let them disembark from planes in some cases.

The airport said it was struggling to recruit and train staff to meet demand.

The difficulties come as Easter holidays begin in parts of the UK, and demand increases after the removal of all Covid travel restrictions to enter the UK.

Passengers said they were told in the baggage hall that there were not enough staff to get the bags through.

One man told the BBC a member of staff had said "they've got rid of everyone [staff] and no one wants to come back".

Other people complained on Twitter that they were left stuck on planes because "there's no ground crew available to let us off".

The issues at the airport, which is partly owned by Manchester City Council, have been blamed on a "failure of management" by one councillor.

The airport apologised to passengers whose experience had "fallen short of the standards they expected".

It said it was experiencing some of the busiest periods in two years and advised people to arrive at the "earliest time recommended by their airline".

It said it was "under-resourced" and was struggling to recruit more staff, who take "a lot of time to train, up to eight weeks", adding there were shortages of baggage handlers and handling agents.

The airport is "exploring a number of short-term measures" to alleviate delays, including the use of agency staff.

On Friday, the Airport Operators Association (AOA) said its members had been trying to hire for new roles following job losses and staff departing during the pandemic.

But it warned recruitment problems and Covid-related staff absences could put operations at airports under strain.

cont https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60968488

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Re: Covid19............International travel ..Spain makes dramatic U-turn
« Reply #44 on: April 07, 2022, 03:04:25 pm »
Spain makes dramatic U-turn on announcement unvaccinated Brits could travel for Easter holidays
The Spanish Tourist Office said the announcement was mistakenly made after an official bulletin was misinterpreted

Spanish authorities have backtracked on an earlier announcement to welcome unvaccinated British travellers to the country in time for Easter.

Under current rules, anyone over the age of 12 can enter Spain if they were fully vaccinated against Covid, or if they have proof of Covid recovery within the six months prior to travel. You can find out how to get proof of Covid recovery here.

Yesterday reports claimed the Spanish Tourist Office had confirmed that the rules were being relaxed for all unvaccinated travellers, regardless of age so long as they could show proof of a negative Covid test. However, today authorities announced a dramatic U-turn on the decision.

According to the Independent, hours after the initial announcement, the Spanish Tourist Office apologised, stating the rules will not be changing for unvaccinated travellers. The confusion is understood to have come after an official bulletin was misinterpreted.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/spain-makes-dramatic-u-turn-23622474