Holidays 2020: Britons could be jetting off to these destinations in time for summer

Holidays have been put on hold and lockdown measures around the world persist. Now, there seems to be a glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel, as popular airlines gear up to restart flights and the government works to develop relationships with countries which will make international travel safer after the pandemic.


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Yet, with varying border restrictions around the world, the future of travel looks uncertain for Britons.

Luckily, Jon Thorne, Director of User Satisfaction at Skyscanner, shared an insight into some of the destinations which Britons may be able to get back to in time for summer.

The UK government recently revealed plans to impose a mandatory 14-day quarantine on people entering the UK from abroad.

However, those rules will not apply to those arriving from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

This, Mr Thorne says, will make those neighbouring countries “attractive propositions for British travellers planning summer adventures.”

He also highlighted how potential “travel bubbles” could mean more European getaways in the near future.

“Officials at Heathrow Airport, the UK’s largest airport, have called on the government to open travel bubbles between the UK and other nations, most likely European and Schengen countries,” he explained.

“This would remove the need for quarantine and allow for more control over international movement.”

The UK government is in talks with other countries about the potential of opening up travel routes where cases of infection are low and controlled.

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“As they look ahead to the summer, nations around the world are discussing new travel alliances,” continues Mr Thorne.

“These ‘travel bubbles’, also called ‘travel corridors’ aim to allow passage between two or more countries without the need to quarantine.

“Three Baltic states, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia recently announced Europe’s first travel bubble.

“However, anyone entering from outside of these three nations will still need to quarantine for 14-days.”

Many European countries have already voiced their desire to welcome back British tourists as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Spanish Government officially confirmed that the country’s 14-day quarantine rule for international holidaymakers arriving into the country will cease on July 1, with Britons included.

Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez told people to “start planning their holidays” as national tourism would begin, followed by international holidays in July.


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He added: “There will be a tourist season this summer.

“Spain needs tourism and tourism needs security at origin and security at the destination.

“From now, foreign tourists can plan their vacations in our country.”

For travellers who hope to start planning their next escape, Mr Thorne says current cancellation policies on offer from travel providers could be key.

“Safety, is of course, paramount in many people’s minds,” he said.

“Many travellers are taking advantage of the airlines and hotels who are offering their most flexible cancellation policies ever and booking international travel for later this year and early next.”

He added that while there will undoubtedly be concerns regarding the virus moving forward, travel operators are working to ensure the safety of holidaymakers and staff.

“While it’s impossible to remove airborne pathogens completely, airlines have been finding new and better ways to keep the air onboard their flights clean for decades,” he added.

“It’s not just coronavirus that HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters combat.

“Heathrow airport, the UK’s largest airport, is using thermal cameras to detect travellers with higher than normal temperatures, a symptom of COVID-19. The technology and measures being taken at airports across the world are far more stringent and advanced than ever before.

“Airports and airlines are still asking travellers to bring their own face masks, an important thing to consider when packing for your trip.”

Airlines including easyJet, Ryanair and Jet2 have all outlined plans to resume holidays as of July, with new hygiene measures in place for passengers and crew.

Airports, such as Heathrow are also trialling safety measures to test and trace passengers who show symptoms of COVID-19.

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Flights may be grounded around the world right now as individual countries pursue varying levels of lockdown, however, there is some hope ahead as airports and airlines begin to put forward ideas for resuming travel while ensuring passengers stay safe. Experts have suggested precautions travellers can take themselves, as well as the airlines.


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Having been trapped in lockdown for nine weeks now, many Britons are eager to jet off as soon as possible, according to data from Skyscanner.

The travel experts found that more than a quarter of the nation remain confident in air travel, saying they will travel “more than ever”.

Meanwhile, operators such as Wizz Air have already resumed some flights, and Irish-carrier Ryanair says it plans to resume 40 percent of operations by July.

However, future fliers should consider packing some vital items in their luggage before they board.

Myles Quee, Travel Expert at Send My Bag spoke exclusively with to shed some light on how travellers can take health and hygiene into their own hands.

“Handwashing is the most effective method for stopping the spread of the disease. In airports there are potential hazards of passing the infection by handling or touching surfaces that have come into contact with someone carrying the virus – it can live on plastic and steel surfaces for up to 72 hours,” he warned.

However, when seated on a long flight, hand washing may not be as easy as it is at home.

Luckily, Myles has a solution.

“Passengers need to be extra vigilant and well-armed with hand sanitiser to ensure their hands are washed regularly and thoroughly.

“Provided the bottle is below 100ml, it can also be boarded on the plane in your hand luggage.”

Though large bottles of hand sanitiser can be packed in hold luggage, which may be helpful for travellers jetting off on long-haul holidays, they are not allowed through security.

“Airlines have strict rules on the amount of liquids allowed in hand luggage. Where possible you should carry liquids in your checked-in luggage,” adds Myles.

“You can carry smaller bottles of liquid up to 100ml provided the containers can collectively be stored in a single, transparent, sealed plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm by 20cm.

“Only one such bag can be carried on board per person, and the bag must be shown to airport security.

“Containers larger than 100ml are not permitted even if only partly full. The exception to these rules are essential medicine or baby food or milk.

“However, airport staff might need to investigate the liquid in the containers at the security point.”

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Some airlines may also have their own specific rules pertaining to hand luggage, as Myles points out: “Always check the airline’s luggage restrictions before leaving for the airport, and make sure hand luggage complies.”

Along with hand sanitiser, many airlines are now making face masks mandatory for both passengers and crew.

“Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s CEO, has already announced that they will be compulsory for the airline’s crew and passengers as it plans to restore up to 40 percent of its flight schedule from July,” continues Myles.

“Along with temperature checks on arrival and departure, face masks have been shown to be among the most effective measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in air travel.

“The virus is spread as droplets in the air, and the likelihood of transmission between an infected person to other passengers can be reduced with a face mask.

“However, they are not foolproof as they can be contaminated by other people’s coughs and sneezes, or when putting them on or removing them.

“Some have also speculated that they create a false sense of security, causing the person wearing it to become less alert to other possible transmission risks.”


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Alongside Ryanair, Wizz Air has also released a new safety video which instructs passengers to wear a face-covering at the airport and onboard.

Wizz Air has also revealed that it will be handing over disinfecting wipes to passengers as they board, giving them the opportunity to personally sanitise their seat area.

“Household cleaning wipes can also help to reduce the chance of transmission, but must be used in one direction as wiping them back and forth could just spread germs more widely,” warns Myles.

He suggests packing your own supply when travelling with airlines who may not offer them for free.

He adds: “Tissues will also be important for travellers to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing. Once used the tissues should be quickly disposed of, so handkerchiefs are not recommended as an alternative.”

Most airlines currently flying are not offering their usual food service, although British Airways, for example, is offering pre-packaged food on its repatriation flights.

Despite the sealed snacks, Myles warns that customers should take some extra precautions.

“Food hygiene is also essential to containing the spread of the virus,” he says.

“Bringing your own straw means you won’t have to worry about coming into contact with a glass which you can’t reliably prove is completely clean.”

The future of air travel remains largely uncertain, though main transport hubs, including Heathrow Airport, are working hard to trial out efficient methods for ensuring the health and hygiene of travellers and staff.

Passengers arriving at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 will be automatically screened for raised temperatures through thermal imaging cameras in a trial programme.

However, Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye has added that a “globalised standard” is key to help revive the aviation industry.

He suggests that in order to stimulate air traffic, only “low risk” passengers should be allowed to fly.

“Unless we get people flying again we can’t get the UK economy moving again because the UK’s exports, and also because they come in through a supply chain, come on passenger planes through Heathrow,” Mr Holland-Kaye said on BBC News.

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Cruise lines prepare for restart dates but some customers face a long wait – full list

Cruise lines have been hugely impacted by the coronavirus crisis, having been thrust into the spotlight in the early days of the virus due to a number of passengers on major cruise lines becoming sick. Since then governments and health bodies have warned against cruise holidays, with the US Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issuing a no-sail ban. However, cruise lines remain positive about the future.


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As countries globally begin to loosen lockdown in varying degrees, a number of major cruise lines have updated their return to sea dates.

This is good news for travellers who have holidays booked with some cruise lines, however other cruise-lovers could be waiting some time.

Here is a full list of when some of the UK’s favourite cruise holiday providers will be taking to the seas again.

Carnival Cruise

Carnival Cruises is currently planning a phased return to service which is anticipated to begin on August 1.

The following ships will be resumed to service:

Galveston: Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista

Miami: Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation

Port Canaveral: Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation.

Unfortunately, all other cruises will be cancelled until August 31, Carnival Spirit Vancouver-Honolulu cruise on September 25 and the Honolulu-Brisbane transpacific cruise on October 6.

The cruise line is also putting in place new travel restrictions, denying boarding to all guests over the age of 70 who do not have a note from their physician confirming they are fit to sail.

Guests who have a history of chronic or severe medical conditions, or those who have been hospitalised recently, will also not be allowed to sail.

Celebrity Cruises

Though Celebrity Cruises initially proposed restarting sailings as on June 12, the company has pushed back this date to August 1.

As a result, Celebrity Cruises has extended its Cruise with Confidence policy.

This allows customers to change any departure date up to September 1 2020, up to 48 hours prior to sailing, and receive a Future Cruise Credit for the amounts paid toward their cruise fare.

The cruise line is also denying boarding for all guests with one or more severe chronic medical conditions as specified by the CDC.

Any person over 70 must have a written letter from a qualified physician certifying they are safe to sail.

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Cunard is anticipating a restart date of August 1 for the Queen Mary 2 ship and the Queen Victoria ship, and September 9 for the Queen Elizabeth ship.

Queen Elizabeth’s Alaska season has been cancelled until September 8, 2020.

The line has initially hoped to restart sailings on May 16.

Guests who were due to sail between April 11 and May 15 will automatically receive a 125 percent future cruise credit which can be redeemed against any new booking, on any voyage sailing before the end of March 2022.

Disney Cruise

Disney currently plans to resume sailings from July 31.

Sailings onboard Disney Dream are planned to go ahead from July 31.

Sailings aboard Disney Fantasy from August 1 and Disney Wonder on August 3.

Meanwhile, Disney Magic will set sail on August 5.

Guests currently booked on affected sailings will be offered the choice of a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing within 15 months of their original sail date or a full refund.


Fred.Olsen has suspended all ocean and river sailings for an indefinite period of time, therefore have no set date for when holidays will resume.

Customers are advised to stay up-to-date with the company website.

The cruise line has launched a ‘Booking Reassurance Guarantee.’

Those with a 2020 cruise booked, can now transfer to any 2020, 2021 or 2022 sailing, as long as you give at least 14 days’ notice.


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Marella Cruises

Marella Cruises has specified a preliminary start date for July 1.

This was pushed back from a planned restart date on June 1.

Passengers are being offered a refund credit for the full value of their holiday, alongside a separate booking incentive of up to 20 percent.

Passengers who do not wish to sail are able to apply for a refund.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises plans to restart sailings from July 11.

Guests who were booked onto a cruise before this date, or who hope to reschedule their cruise, can do so using the cruise line’s Flexible Cruise Programme.

This allows guests who have already booked, either directly or through a travel agent, to reschedule their cruise to any departure date up until 31st December 2021.

For those booked on a cruise only basis this change can be made up to 48-hours prior to original cruise departure, and for those booked on a Fly Cruise product 96-hours prior to departure.

For ships departing from Miami, MSC will deny guest with one or more severe chronic medical conditions as set out by the CDC.

Anyone over the age of 70 will be required to carry a note from a qualified physician confirming they are safe to travel.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is due to take to the seas from August 1, with all holidays cancelled up to July 31.

The cruise line has launched Peace of Mind, a temporary policy which allows new and existing individual and group bookings in non-chartered sailings embarking from May 15, 2020 through and including September 30, 2020 to cancel their booking up until 48 hours from the start of their holiday date and receive a 100 percent future cruise credit.

P&O Cruises

P&O has laid out a new planned restart date for July 31.

P&O Cruises Australia plan to restart on September 1.

Customers with P&O Cruises holidays booked to depart prior to and including 15 May 2020 are being offered a 125 percent Future Cruise Credit to be used for a future cruise sailing any time before the end of March 2022.

Guests must book by 31 December 2021 in order to qualify.

Princess Cruises

Princess has cancelled most of its cruises, as well as Alaskan cruise tours, until Autumn 2020.

This includes all routes in Europe, the Caribbean, New England/Canada, Asia, Australia, Hawaii and French Polynesia.

Customers will automatically be issued with a “default compensation offer” relating to their specific cruise.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean has announced it will not set sail until August 1.

“We are working with our guests to address this disruption to their vacations, and we are genuinely sorry for their inconvenience,” said the cruise line.

The cruise line will deny boarding for all guests with one or more severe chronic medical conditions as specified by the CDC.

Boarding will also be denied to any person aged 70 or older unless they have a note from a physician stating they are fit to sail.

TUI River Cruises

The new line was initially due to set sail in March 2020, however, this date has been pushed back to November 26 2020.

Customers who no longer wish to sail can apply for a refund, or contact TUI to discuss other options.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages has pushed back its inaugural Scarlet Lady sailing date to October 17.

The ship was initially supposed to take to the seas on her maiden voyage to the Caribbean from Miami in April 2020.

Those booked on a cruise that has been cancelled can opt for the following:

Affected customers can opt for 200 percent in Future Voyage Credit which can be applied to another sailing, rather than a refund. This is double the value of a Sailor’s existing booking.

Sailors can also receive up to $500 in onboard credit, if they rebook before June 30, 2020.

Alternatively, Virgin is offering a 100 percent refund, plus 25 percent Future Voyage Credit on the value paid to use for a future booking.

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Holidays 2020: Dr Hilary warns people not to fly – ‘it’s too early’

After months of lockdown restrictions, many Britons are hopeful for holidays this summer following the announcement that major airlines, including easyJet, could be taking to the skies as early as June. However, Dr Hilary Hones has warned Britons not to fly, suggesting it is “too early”.


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Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, the doctor said that he had concerns about people “easing of lockdown too quickly.”

This came just after budget airline easyjet announced plans to resume flights from mid-June.

“easyJet just announced they might be some flights to Europe as early as the middle of next month. I would not,” warned Dr Hilary.

“You can’t socially distance or be safe in an aeroplane cabin.

“I’m sorry, I know the tourism industry and the aviation industry are absolutely decimated by this but I think as a doctor obviously health comes first.

“So I think it’s a bit too early, just be patient people.”

He added that travelling internationally is “a big risk”.

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From June 15, services will be operating from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Belfast, and Isle of Man in the UK.

A minimal number of international routes will also go ahead.

Flying will resume in France from Nice, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon and Lille, as well as from Geneva in Switzerland, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, and Barcelona in Spain.

However, easyJet assured that the safety of its passengers and staff was a top priority.


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The airline will be following in the footsteps of Wizz Air and Ryanair who have both implemented safety measures onboard.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, commented: “I am really pleased that we will be returning to some flying in the middle of June.

“These are small and carefully planned steps that we are taking to resume operations.

“We will continue to closely monitor the situation across Europe so that when more restrictions are lifted the schedule will continue to build over time to match demand while also ensuring we are operating efficiently and on routes that our customers want to fly.

“The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority which is why we are implementing a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks.

“These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard in June.”

Wizz Air resumed a number of flights from London’s Luton airport in May, meanwhile Ryanair has suggested it will restart up to 40 percent of its schedule in July.

Both airlines are asking passengers and staff to wear face masks for the duration of their journey.

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Summer holidays 2020: How Greece is planning to restart tourism in JUNE

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has announced that the Greek tourist season will kick off next month, where hotels can reopen and tourists can start to visit their desired location. Mr Mitsotakis said that the tourism period will begin on June 15.


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Greece, which implemented an early and strict lockdown to avoid strain on their healthcare system, has recorded impressively low figures for Covid-19.

Greece has been praised for its handling of the pandemic, recording 166 coronavirus related deaths and only 2,850 confirmed cases.

“The tourism period begins on 15 June, when seasonal hotels can reopen,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address.

He added: “Let us make this summer the epilogue of the [Covid-19] crisis.”

The announcement came as the EU tourism minister agreed to do “whatever it takes for the quick and full recovery of European tourism”.

Greece’s tourism industry is one of the nation’s main sources of income.

According to the tourism ministry, Greece last year had 33 million visitors and tourism revenue of 19 billion euros.

The Greek prime minister said that direct international flights to the country’s tourist destinations would resume gradually from July 1.

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Holidaymakers from the UK and other countries would not be quarantined but would have to undergo coronavirus tests.

Although it is not clear who would be offered the tests and if they will be available for everyone.

Mitsotakis said that the country’s prompt response to the virus would be a “passport of safety, credibility and health” to attract visitors.

Currently, holidaymakers from the UK hoping to travel abroad this summer will be forced to a 14 day quarantine on their return under British government plan.


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To encourage tourism, Greece is also making travel cheaper by temporarily reducing value added tax (VAT) on all transport including flights, bus journeys and rail travel to 13 percent from the current 24 percent.

Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis said a list of nations resuming flights to Greece would be announced by the end of May.

Bulgarians and Northern Europeans including Germans will be among the first visitors to Greece, the minister said, in addition to Israelis and Cypriots.

Theocharis added that 600 beds would be specifically set aside for coronavirus care on Greek islands, which are traditionally among the country’s top travel destinations.

Greece isn’t the only country hoping to boost their tourism season this year.

Nearly 84 million people visited Spain in 2019, and around 18 million of those were from the UK.

The country’s transport minister Jose Luis Abalos told Spanish broadcaster TVE that they hope to start tourism activity from late June.

Spain’s decision to enforce a two-week quarantine on travellers into the country is likely to be mirrored by the UK.

Spain, like Greece and other countries around the world imposed one of the harshest lockdowns, going so far as to prevent people from exercising outdoors.

Italy also said that all airports could reopen on June 3 for national and international flights.

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Google Maps: Mysterious sighting sparks supernatural concerns in Florida – what is this?

Google Maps Street View allows users across the world to navigate the world with a click of a button. From visiting the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building, Street View enables viewers to travel the world. It also has been known to uncover some of the world’s most mysterious sightings like this scene in Florida.


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Many users scour the website to try and find weird and wonderful occurrences that spark all kinds of conspiracy theories and supernatural concerns.

One occurrence was spotted in a desolate area of Florida, just outside of the notorious Bermuda Triangle.

A Google Maps user reported the mysterious “UFO” sighting onto Reddit.

Even when zoomed in, it’s hard to identify exactly what the object is.

It’s multicoloured with an oval shape, but a stitching issue with Google Maps means you can’t see the entire shape and half of it is cut off.

The object was spotted in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which is located in southern Florida.

This is an area just outside of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Bermuda Triangle has long been associated with mysterious aircraft and bizarre sightings with some users claiming that they have seen aliens.

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One Reddit user described this sighting as a “UFO sighting” because it is almost impossible to identify how far away the object is from the camera.

However another user suggested that it was simply a “butterfly” and that it only sparks supernatural concerns because half of the object is missing, meaning it is hard to identify it.

There is no instant explanation of what the object actually is and a user on Reddit suggested than an insect scientist should answer the question.

What makes the scene so off is that the object is cut in half because of the way Street View stitches together different stills of a landscape.


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The camera took one image as the object was beginning to pass into frame and then took an adjacent shot after the object had flown along and the two images were joined together.

This isn’t the first time something strange has been spotted on Google Maps.

One particular bizarre sighting took place in Austria where a house appears to be glowing.

This strange scene sparked “supernatural debates on website Reddit.

The house appears to have an odd shaped object glowing on top of it.

Colours of yellow and blue can be seen radiating the top of this house.

The user who posted this to the site wrote: “Found this UFO looking thing while scrolling around.”

However sometimes when viewing something in satellite mode, Google can often face trouble and it appears that it could be a bright light reflecting something off of the roof.”

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Greece holidays: UK government issues latest update as Greece opens up travel today

Greece travel rules are changing today as the country eases itself out of lockdown. The country has had relatively few coronavirus cases compared to many other badly-hit European destinations. There are currently 2,834 confirmed cases of the virus in Greece.


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Greece introduced a series of strict measures to control the spread of coronavirus.

However certain rules are now being relaxed – including travel.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) explained the changes in its latest travel advice update.

“From 18 May, you may travel in mainland Greece and to Crete and Evia; but travel to all other islands is restricted,” explained the FCO.

“To purchase a ticket to travel to any other island, you will need to provide proof of permanent residence (via a tax certificate) on the island to which you wish to travel.

“It is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, whose capacity is limited in order to facilitate social distancing.

“One-way travel from islands to the mainland is not restricted.”

A number of rules are in place concerning sailing.

“Cruise ships are banned from landing in Greek ports. From 18 May, private sailboats (and yachts) from outside Greece may land at Greek ports, subject to certain public health measures.

“All sailboats must be empty of passengers (excluding crew). Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid-for by the occupants of each vessel).

“Use of sailboats within Greece remains forbidden, except for vessels of seven metres or less.

“Vessels of seven metres or less may be used (including for open sea swimming), but should not approach islands; nor should you stay overnight on any sailboat.


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“Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice.

“Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.”

The rules for tourist accommodation in Greece are varied.

“All hotels are closed, though AirBnB accommodation remains available,” explained the FCO.

“Most campsites in Greece are closed, but the campsite in Igoumenitsa, at Drepano Beach, is currently open.

“Here, local authorities have undertaken to supply facilities to those in Campervans who have nowhere else to stay. You should confirm this with the campsite before travelling.”

Travel to Greece won’t be available this month, however. “Direct commercial flights between the UK and Greece (in both directions) are currently suspended until 1 June,” said the FCO.

“This suspension may be extended further in future, including at short notice. It is possible to travel indirectly between Greece and the UK (and vice versa).” 

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Hand luggage: Huge mistake you should never make with your phone when flying

Hand luggage for flights comes with numerous dos and don’ts these days. It can be hard to remember all the rules for cabin baggage. Not only do you need to think about size restrictions you also must take care concerning what you can and can’t take through airport security.


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British Airways have explained on their website what travellers must do when it comes to hand luggage.

The airline issues one major warning to travellers.

It concerns those who are taking electronics onto the plane with them.

If you are taking your mobile phone or similar through security it’s vital you have charged it in advance.

This is because you may need to prove it can turn on.

BA explains: “Charge any electrical or battery-powered devices such as phones, tablets, e-books and laptops.

“Airport security might ask you to switch them on.”

By proving your device works as normal, a security screener knows that the phone, laptop or tablet is not hiding hidden explosives where the batteries are stored.

UK Department for Transport (DfT) updated guidelines in 2014 after the USA announced it would not allow mobile phones or other electronic devices on US-bound planes unless travellers were able to turn them on at the request of security staff.

DfT stated at the time: “In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft.

“Passengers flying into or out of the UK are therefore advised to make sure electronic devices being carried in their hand luggage are charged before they travel.”

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) also confirms this, explaining: “Make sure your electronic devices are charged before you travel.


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“If your device does not switch on when requested, you will not be allowed to take it onto the aircraft.”

The FCO also details which electronic devices may be allowed on board in hand luggage.

The following are permitted: mobile phone, laptop, tablet devices, MP3 player, hairdryer or straighteners, travel iron, electric shaver and e-cigarettes.

All are also allowed in hold luggage apart from e-cigarettes which can only be packed in hand luggage.

The FCO added: “Some airlines might also have different restrictions.

“Check with your airline before you travel if you’re not sure about what you can take as hand luggage.”

Travellers also need to be careful with liquids – only 100ml is allowed in hand luggage.

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Bali holidays: Bali set to reopen to tourists by Autumn – will Britons be able to go?

Bali holidays are normally hugely popular among British tourists. However, the coronavirus pandemic has brought foreign travel to halt for the vast majority of those in the UK. Fortunately, countries around the world are slowly starting to ease their strict measures to limit the spread of the virus.


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Bali is one such destination which could soon be open for business, according to the latest travel advice.

The government has noted much progress in controlling the coronavirus outbreak.

In Indonesia as a whole, there are 17,025 cases of the virus.

There have sadly been 1,089 deaths in the archipelago.

However, as of Friday, Bali had reported only 343 coronavirus cases and four deaths.

With the infection curve improving, the tourism ministry hopes to boost the sector.

The ministry wants to revitalise destinations and do promotional work for some parts of the country, including Bali, between June and October, Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, secretary of the ministry, said on Friday, reported the NZ Herald.

She said that partial reopening of those areas could begin in October.

The destinations would include the city of Yogyakarta, on the island of Java, and Riau islands province.

Tourism returning to Bali would provide a much-need boost to the island’s economy.

Foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia plummeted by more than 60 percent in March, according to NZ Herald.

“The coronavirus has collapsed the Balinese economy… it’s been a steep drop since [mid-March] when social-distancing measures were put in place,” Mangku Nyoman Kandia, a Bali tour guide, told the ABC in April. “No tourist, no money.”


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So when Bali opens its doors to tourists, will Britons be able to go on holiday there?

Currently, the UK government only allows “essential” travel.

Unfortunately, it is not known when travel restrictions for Britons will be eased.

The latest updates on the relaxed lockdown offered no hope to travellers.

What’s more, the government has said that anyone returning to the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

The government said in its latest document: “The Government will require all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the UK.

“Where international travellers are unable to demonstrate where they would self-isolate, they will be required to do so in accommodation arranged by the Government.

“The Government is working closely with the devolved administrations to coordinate implementation across the UK.”

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Holidays: Is booking a holiday last minute really cheaper or not? Expert reveals all

Holidays are often planned in advance with Britons excitedly looking forward to getting away. However, with so much uncertainty around travel at the moment amid the coronavirus crisis, many may be reticent to book. Last-minute bookings may well be the order of the day when holidays are finally permitted.


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Many people often wonder whether booking last minute is cheaper or not. spoke to Adam Pardini, CEO at travel agency Broadway Travel, to find out his travel advice.

Pardini explained that it’s all about how flexible you’re willing to be.

If you’re set on a particular destination or type of break then it might not be the booking style for you.

“This really depends on the type of holidaymaker you are,” said the travel expert.

“If you’re flexible with your destination, departure date and departure airport then there are last-minute bargains to find.”

Sometimes opting for last minute can throw up some real bargains.

Pardini clarified: “Holiday companies will want to make sure airlines and hotels are full, so great deals are often available if you can be flexible with these things.”

However, for some people, it might really be wisest to book in advance.

“Families and travellers who can only get certain dates off – such as teachers – are better off booking in advance,” said Pardini.

“Many companies offer advanced incentives that travellers can look out for such as free room upgrades, gifts on arrival and extra days for a discount.”

Pardini also shared a selection of top tips for how holidayers can save.


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“There are a number of ways you can save money when booking a holiday,” he said.

These include:

Booking late – so long as you’re flexible

Booking early – discounts and incentives are often available

Looking out for free child places

Calling a travel specialist who will do all the hard work for you

Being flexible with dates and departure airports

Signing up to newsletters and look out for flash sales

Searching for discount codes

Booking less favourable flight times

Researching up-and-coming destinations that are not as popular now.

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