Travel UK live update: Red List update expected today as Foreign Office drops warning for 30 countries
Ahead of the UK’s red list update, expected later today or tomorrow, the Foreign Office (FCDO) has rescinded its warning against non-essential travel to more than 30 countries.
Bangladesh, Gambia, Ghana and Malaysia are among the countries removed from the FCDO’s “banned” list.
The non-essential travel warning was previously in effect even for countries with low infection rates and no variables of concern, and conflicts with the Department of Transportation (DfT) assessment of risk from travelers returning from these countries.
The FCDO is no longer expected to advise against travel to non-red list countries for reasons of Covid-19, except in “exceptional circumstances” such as if the local health care system is overwhelmed.
It follows the government’s simplification of the traffic light system into two classifications: the Red List and the Rest of the World (ROW) list.
Arrivals from Red List countries will still have to pay for 10 days of hotel quarantine.
The next revision of the Red List of Bees is expected to be announced today or Friday, October 8th.
Industry figures were setting their expectations for Countries that can be removed from the red list With data analysts favoring Argentina, Chile, South Africa and possibly Mexico as drivers.
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Lucy TakerayOctober 7, 2021 13:16
Analyst says South Africa, Dominican Republic and Mexico should be taken off the red list
Data analyst Ben McCluskey said South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Mexico were late in removing them from the red list.
In a Twitter thread, McCluskey predicted that several countries could come off the red list this week, but disagreed with industry rumors that the list could be narrowed to about 10 countries out of 51.
“There has been a lot of media speculation that maybe only 9 countries will remain ‘red’. I hope it will, but I wouldn’t count on that given the government’s previous record!” he tweeted.
“In the next review of the ‘red’ list, we should see countries like South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Mexico come to fruition. All of that should have come three weeks ago, but unfortunately it didn’t,” he wrote.
McCluskey also predicted that “several South American countries will remain red” in the update, which is expected to be announced later today.
Lucy TakerayOctober 7, 2021 12:55
Willingness to travel to Europe from long-distance markets is still weak
A study by the European Travel Commission (ETC) and Eurail shows that intent to travel to Europe between September and December remains weak for major long-distance markets.
The research forecasts short-term travel intentions in five overseas markets — Canada, China, Japan, Russia and the United States — every four months.
Today’s results show that long-distance travel sentiment in the United States is positive, but Americans are less confident about traveling to Europe due to unstable or changing travel restrictions, weekly travel reports.
ETC reported that there is still interest in multi-country flights to Europe, highlighting the need for more closely harmonization of travel rules and regulations across the region.
Luis Araujo, President of ETC, says: “While it is encouraging to see some increase in the desire to travel internationally and visit Europe, these latest findings clearly show that more work needs to be done to boost tourism to Europe from key overseas markets.
“Travelers are still reluctant to consider Europe as a destination at the moment.
“Looking into 2022, it is imperative that we strive to implement more harmonized travel rules in Europe and the world and create greater visibility for long-distance travelers.
“As vaccination campaigns continue to progress, it is time to shift the focus from a perilous country to a perilous traveller.”
Lucy TakerayOctober 7, 2021 12:36
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Lucy TakerayOctober 7, 2021 11:10
Copenhagen has been named the safest city in the world
as well as the character Safety or safety, the index takes into account digital, environmental, infrastructure and . data the health Security, with every city responding to the pandemic and Covid death rates this year.
In the report, Copenhagen Mayor Lars Weiss praised the city’s sense of equality, saying: “Copenhagen is also characterized by great social cohesion and a relatively narrow wealth gap. It is a mixed city where a cleaning assistant and CEO meet each other at the local supermarket and have their children at the same school.” This is one of the cornerstones of Danish culture, and contributes significantly to the high levels of trust and security we benefit from.”
Lucy TakerayOctober 7, 2021 10:35
“Is this a joke in very bad taste” – the travel industry mocks the State Department
A leading travel trade association has silently scorned recent changes to the State Department’s advice, which were made Wednesday night in an effort to align a “banned” list with the Department of Transportation’s “red list.”
32 countries’ warnings against non-essential travel have been rescinded. They were all on the ban list “based on the current assessment of the risk of Covid-19”. The vast majority have official infection rates for the new coronavirus that are much lower than the UK.
The State Department said it “is striking the right balance between keeping people safe, which remains our priority, and giving them the freedom to exercise personal responsibility, while supporting the travel sector as it continues to recover.”
But Chris Rolls, chairman of ITO, the professional travel association, said: “Is this a joke in very bad taste?
“Destinations like Algeria, Belarus, Djibouti, Liberia and Congo are not destinations on tourist lists, quite frankly.”
He offered assistance to the Secretary of State and Secretary of Transportation, saying: “If we can help Liz Truss and Grant Shapps with some suggestions – perhaps established destinations such as those in Latin America, Africa and Asia, which are already open to many other nationalities, which have good infrastructure – they just have to let us know.”
Simon CalderOct 7, 2021 10:06
Six airlines join Emirates in accrediting the travel card issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Six other airlines have announced that they will implement the IATA Travel Pass, an electronic Covid application where travelers can enter their vaccination documents and check their destination rules and restrictions.
Etihad Airways, Jazeera Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian will join Emirates Airlines in implementing the card in phases across their networks.
Vaccine certifications from 52 countries (which account for 56% of global air travel) can currently be managed using the app – and those certifications will rise to 74 countries, representing 85% of global traffic, by the end of November.
Lucy TakerayOct 7, 2021 09:34
No country will be added to the red list, experts say
Industry figures and data analysts were making their predictions on how many countries could be removed from the UK’s travel red list, in an announcement expected later today.
“I wouldn’t say 9 countries that will be on the red list will come tomorrow because I still think that’s optimistic and it could go to 18,” tweeted analyst Tim White, who tracks Covid case numbers in countries around the world each week.
“I can’t see any country that needs to be added to the list,” he added.
The list is currently 54 countries. Others in the industry and media predicted a drop to 12 countries, or fewer than nine.
It should be noted that a significant drop in the red list was expected in the latest travel update on September 17, when only eight countries were removed from a list of 62 countries at the time.
The Department of Transportation has not confirmed a date for the announcement, but it is expected later today.
Lucy TakerayOctober 7, 2021 09:13
Chargeback actions dropped against British Airways and Ryanair
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said that passengers who were unable to travel on their flights with British Airways or Ryanair due to lockdown rules will not be able to claim a refund.
Thousands of passengers had tickets on British Airways and Air Ireland for flights they were unable to take due to lockdown rules in 2020 and 2021. British Airways offered vouchers for future flights while Ryanair allowed passengers to postpone their flights.
Passengers are entitled to a refund when an airline cancels a flight. But airlines have always emphasized that as flights depart, they have no obligation to provide a cash refund under the air passenger rights rules.
Simon CalderOctober 7, 2021 08:17
Toei cancels flights and holidays
Tui is asking customers to re-check their holiday and flight booking details after being forced to cancel a batch of upcoming packages, due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by Covid-19 travel restrictions.
The tour operator said vacationers will get at least seven days’ notice, and can choose between a full cashback or a rebook on a different date or destination.
“We know that some customers may be uncertain about traveling this summer, so to offer ongoing flexibility and reassurance, changes can be made at no charge up to 14 days prior to travel for customers scheduled to depart up to 31 days in October,” she said in a statement.
The following cancellations were announced:
Until October 16
Egypt (Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh)
Until October 21
Until October 31
Austria, Italy and Slovenia (TUI lakes and mountains)
Bulgaria (Varna and Burgas)
Italy (Calabria, Sardinia and Sicily)
Mainland Spain (Almeria and Girona)
Helen CoveyOct 7, 2021 07:55