Covid travel news live: Latest updates as the UK reintroduces PCR tests and self-isolation

Japan It has closed its borders to all international travelers amid fears of being newly identified omicron A variant of Covid-19 could be more transmissible and reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.

Tighter border controls and travel restrictions are being introduced around the world in response to the latest worrying variable.

The UK has reintroduced a second day of PCR testing for all incoming travelers, including those who have been fully vaccinated, along with mandatory quarantine while arrivals await their results.

In addition to the six South African countries that were unexpectedly added to the United Kingdom red list Last week – South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia – four other countries were given the red designation.

From 4am on Sunday, residents of the UK and Ireland returning to England from Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola will have to pay for isolation in an approved quarantine hotel for 10 days.

Follow what’s new travel news below:

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What are the new rules for traveling to Spain?

After opening up widely to British travelers during the summer of 2021, Spain is once again tightening its travel restrictions in the face of the new omicron variant of Covid-19.

Spain and its islands have long been a favorite of the British, with over 18 million tourists visiting this Mediterranean hotspot in a typical year. However, the coronavirus pandemic has devastated the travel industry.

So can you book a vacation in Spain this winter – and what are the current rules for travel?

Read our full walkthrough for everything you need to know:

Lucy TakerayNovember 29, 2021 11:51

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BREAKING: The Scottish and Welsh governments are calling for Boris Johnson to increase the number of self-isolation days for travelers

The Scottish and Welsh governments have urged Downing Street to implement “stricter” travel rules to counter the spread of the omicron variant of Covid-19 across the UK.

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said she and her Welsh counterpart Mark Druckford had written to Boris Johnson to demand that the rules be “tightened” so that arrivals in the UK would have to self-isolate for eight days.

The SNP leader and Welsh Labor leader also asked arrivals to take a PCR test on day eight as well as day two.

Adam ForrestNovember 29, 2021 11:17

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EasyJet passengers have until midnight tomorrow to cancel their vacation

EasyJet customers traveling until December 17th have until midnight on Tuesday (November 30) to cancel their holiday online in exchange for credit.

The holiday company introduced this policy in response to the UK government’s announcement that it is reintroducing measures such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for all arrivals to the UK.

All easyJet Holidays customers can make changes to their reservation up to 28 days prior to departure; Any customers who have booked an easyJet vacation through a travel agent or third party should contact their agent to discuss their options.

Matt Callahan, Director of Customer and Operations at EasyJet Holidays said: “We know this news may have affected some of our customers with impending travel plans, so, as always, we want to be on their side and give more flexibility at this time.

“This is why we allow easyJet vacation credit cancellation or a free adjustment to travel agent bookings for anyone due to travel between now and mid-December, allowing them to rebook when their time is right.

“We are reaching out to our customers and commercial agents to give them details of how to do this. Customers can, of course, keep their holiday reservations, and this is just a matter of further reassurance for anyone who wants to make a change in their plans.”

Helen CoveyNovember 29, 2021 11:07

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Dutch police arrested a couple who escaped from a quarantine hotel in Covid

A couple have been arrested and taken off a plane in the Netherlands after escaping a quarantine hotel and trying to leave the country.

Police said the couple – a 30-year-old Spanish man and a 28-year-old Portuguese woman – were arrested on a flight to Spain.

Public Health spokeswoman Stephanie van Wardenburg said one member of the couple had tested positive for Covid-19 and was in isolation while the other person tested negative but is in quarantine.

The arrests were made on a plane that was about to take off. Officials said they were on a plane that was about to leave for Spain.

Sravasti Dasgupta November 29, 2021 10:53

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Switzerland imposes 10-day quarantine on travelers from the UK

Switzerland has announced that it will impose a 10-day quarantine on all arrivals from the UK in response to concerns about the coronavirus Omicron variant.

The country’s Federal Office of Public Health announced on Saturday that arrivals from the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Egypt and Malawi, as well as Britain, will need to submit a negative Covid test and self-isolate upon arrival.

“Update – the UK has been added to the list of countries at risk in Switzerland,” the Swiss embassy tweeted.

“When boarding a plane and entering Switzerland, all people traveling from the UK must submit a negative Covid-19 test and quarantine for 10 days.”

Helen CoveyNovember 29, 2021 10:26

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Four more African countries have been added to the UK Red List

The United Kingdom has added four more African countries to its red list, after the six added last Thursday.

Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia were all moved to a high-risk list as of 4am on Sunday 28 November, meaning those arriving in the UK from those countries must pay to be quarantined at a government-approved hotel for 10 days.

The changes were announced in a statement from the Department of Health, which said that two cases of the omicron coronavirus variant had been detected in the UK in Chelmsford and Nottingham.

The department said anyone who has returned from the four new Red List countries within the past four days — even if they arrived before the Sunday deadline — should self-isolate at home and undergo a PCR test.

Lucy TakerayNovember 29, 2021 09:53

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Japan closes its borders to all foreign visitors in response to the new COVID variable

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan will close its borders to all foreigners, including business travelers and foreign students, from Tuesday in response to the spread of the Omicron Covid variant.

The announcement sees Japan become the second country after Israel to close its borders amid concerns that Omicron may be more transmissible than previous variants of the coronavirus.

“We are taking action with a strong sense of urgency,” Kishida said, adding that his government was tightening border controls due to the “rapid spread” of omicron around the world.

Mr. Kishida said Japan will go ahead with offering booster vaccines to its at-risk population, three-quarters of whom have already been fully vaccinated.

Stuti MishraNovember 29, 2021 09:11

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Spain bans unvaccinated Brits

Only fully vaccinated British tourists will be admitted to Spain from Wednesday as countries around the world tighten border restrictions amid fears of the novel coronavirus variant Omicron.

So far, Britons can enter Spain by showing a negative PCR test result that took up to 72 hours before arrival, but from December 1 they will also need proof of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The species, which has also been detected in Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany and Britain, has sparked global concern and a wave of travel restrictions, although epidemiologists say such restrictions may be too late to prevent Omicron from spreading globally.

“The emergence of new variables … imposes an increase in restrictions” for people from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, said a Spanish government bulletin.

A spokeswoman for Spanish industry, commerce and tourism said the move would not affect the estimated 300,000 Britons residing in Spain.

Alistair JamisonNovember 29, 2021 08:53

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British Airways suspends flights to Hong Kong

British Airways has suspended flights to Hong Kong after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19.

The move followed reports that crew members were forced to isolate for three weeks at a quarantine facility built from shipping containers.

The city has one of the strictest quarantine policies in the world, with those coming from abroad having to spend up to 21 days in government-mandated hotels.

The airline said that a member of the staff tested positive upon arrival in the Special Administrative Region after the first negative test before departure.

Helen CoveyNovember 29, 2021 08:18

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What are the new rules for arrivals to the UK?

PCR and self-isolation tests are back for travelers arriving in the UK. After weeks of relaxing international travel rules to allow for cheaper and faster lateral flow (antigen) tests, the government has tightened restrictions again in response to the spread of the omicron type of coronavirus.

At the same time, the previously dormant red list has been expanded and now applies to arrivals from 10 countries in South Africa.

Here are the key questions and answers for what the new rules mean for travelers in the UK:

Simon CalderNovember 29, 2021 08:01

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