Holidays 2021: TravelSupermarket reveals the best value locations for next year

Holidays this year may happen later than usual due to ongoing travel restrictions and bans in the UK and abroad. While most holidaymakers usually take a summer break in July and August, many are looking at September and October breaks. Holiday price comparison site, TravelSupermarket looked at the bookings made on its site over the past month to identify what the most popular future depart month is and what destinations are the best value for money.

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Although October 2020 is the most popular future departure month to search for a package holiday, many are being more cautious and actually booking in April and May 2021.

Emma Coulthurst from TravelSupermarket said that the pandemic has changed people’s attitudes towards booking a holiday.

She said: “Who would have thought that the most popular times to book a holiday in May 2020 would be in a year’s time.

“But that is what the pandemic is currently doing to people’s booking patterns.

“Quarantines and the current FCO restriction on anything but essential travel mean that people are holding back on booking for this year compared with next year”.

TravelSupermarket also looked at all the prices and clicks on its site to see which destinations were the best value for holidays in Easter and May next year.

And it may not come as a surprise to most, but Spain is the best value.

Despite the country being hit hard by the coronavirus, it still remains a cheap favourite among travellers.

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Majorca, Malta, the Costa del Sol, Ibiza and Menorca are the top five best value package holiday spots.

Meanwhile, Lanzarote, Zante, the Algarve, the Costa Blanca and Gran Canaria make up the next five.

Those looking for self-catering may want to look at destinations in Turkey, with hot posts like Marmaris and Antalya being the best value.

Ms Coulthurst added: “We know that there is a pent-up desire to travel.

“We’re seeing people searching for holidays later in the year, October being the most popular month to look for a holiday.

“As the picture becomes clearer on the exact health protocols put in place at airports and on airlines and whether our Govt and countries will let us travel, more people are likely to book for this year.

“Currently, though, we’re seeing more Brits hedging their bets on holidays next year.”

Ms Coulthurst also said that cheap package holidays may be the best bet if you want to make sure your money remains protected.

She continued: “There are some really good prices out in the market, if you’re prepared to take the leap and book.

“It is nearly always a lot cheaper to go away at Easter than it is at May half term as a family as the weather is not as reliable but the money which you save can make it attractive.

“A package holiday is financially protected under ATOL and the Package Travel Regulations 2018.

“This means that if anything goes wrong with your holiday, you will be looked after and be entitled to your money back if the holiday doesn’t go ahead.”

The travel expert also said that while package holidays are reliably cheap and offer great value for money, people’s attitudes may change due to the coronavirus.

She concluded: “All-inclusive has been Brits’ favourite package holiday board type for a few years now.

“However, with the pandemic, self-catering options are likely to become more popular”.

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Portugal holiday: Do you have to self isolate if you go to Portugal? UK on brink of deal

Portugal is a popular holiday destination for Britons. Government officials are in talks with Portugal to create an air-bridge which would enable Britons to enjoy a summer holiday abroad. Express.co.uk takes a look at what this means for you and your holiday plans.

Portugal declared a state of emergency on March 18.

As of April 30, the Portuguese Government announced the transition to a state of public calamity and the implementation of a three-stage de-escalation plan to gradually ease current confinement and mobility measures.

Starting from May 4, each stage of the plan will last two weeks.

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The Foreign Commonwealth Office travel advice page reads: “As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

“Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.

“If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.

“Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.”

However, the Government is now in talks with Portugal about creating an air bridge which would enable holidaymakers to avoid having to self-isolate upon their return.

The air bridge would allow people to visit the country without quarantining for 14 days upon their return which will be the rule from June 8.

It was revealed this week a restriction-free travel deal could be brokered with the Portuguese before any other country when the blanket quarantine measures are eventually relaxed.

Other countries including Greece have expressed interest in striking a similar deal to enable UK visitors this year.

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Currently, from June 8 all visitors from countries outside the UK must self-isolate for 14 days.

Failure to comply with these rules risk a fine of £1,000.

This risk and the global pandemic will likely prevent many Britons from travelling abroad.

However, the Government is working on plans to ultimately relax its restrictions in favour of more focused “air bridges” which would allow Britons to travel to and from countries with low coronavirus rates and avoid quarantine.

The quarantine in place for other countries will be reviewed at the end of June and then every three weeks after that time.

Portugal has confirmed 31,007 cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began, of which, 1,342 people have died.

This is just a fraction of neighbouring Spain’s figures at more than 280,000 infected and 27,155 dead.

The Foreign Minister told Reuters Portugal had requested additional information after the British quarantine decision.

It said: “Given the relevant reciprocal interests, the foreign ministry is confident that it will be possible to agree a solution that meets these interests, especially concerning the coming summer season.”

Several airlines have announced tentative plans to ramp up their operations from July.

Ryanair confirmed on Tuesday it would operate around 1,000 flights a day predominantly around northern Europe from July 1 which is equivalent to 40 percent of its total schedule.

Easyjet is due to resume flights from UK airports from June 15, but the only international route will be between Gatwick and Nice, France.

Travel company TUI is planning to resume flights to main holiday destinations in Europe by the end of June.

British Airways has said it is planning a “meaningful return to service” in July, subject to restrictions being eased.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have announced plans to resume flights and holidays on July 1.

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Safest countries to visit once travel bans are lifted – but will they let you in?

Holidays are not necessarily at the top of most people’s priority lists at present, but many are still taking the time to plan and dream about their next holiday abroad. While current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice states that travelling abroad is not permitted unless it is “essential”, Ryanair’s recent plans to begin flights as early as July has sparked hope for some Britons looking for a holiday. But like many other airlines, plans to restart operations cannot go ahead until FCO advice changes.

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Home Secretary Priti Patel announced on Friday that from June 8 the UK Government will be enforcing 14-day quarantine rules for travellers flying in from abroad, further darkening the outlook of the travel and tourism sector.

Other countries such as Spain, New Zealand and China are also imposing such quarantine measures, with some already in place. 

The new rules could put an end to weekend breaks in Andalusia, and cheap, week-long package deals in Benidorm as customers face the reality of having to book off potentially weeks to accommodate for a short break.

But for those looking ahead to the distant future of travel, these are the locations that may well be the safest.

Travel risk expert Lloyd Figgins spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the safest places to visit once lockdown has been lifted, and the risks to consider when you travel.

Mr Figgins is Chairman of the Travel Risk & Incident Prevention (TRIP), which is an independent think-tank dedicated to improving knowledge, education and awareness of travel risk management.

He’s also the author of The Travel Survival Guide and often provides commentary in the media.

“We need to look at infection rates of the countries you’re travelling to,” he began.

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He continued: “But not just infection rates. You need to have a look at the health system of the country that you’re visiting and what strain that may also be under due to infection rates.

“When we look at those countries who have not necessarily been impacted in the same ways, you would be looking at places like Singapore, you would be looking at Australia, you would be looking at New Zealand where they’ve had much lower infection rates.

“And certainly lower fatality rates.”

Mr Figgins warned that those countries with lower case rates may be unwilling to allow Britons to visit so soon.

He added: “The problem with those countries is that they want to keep their citizens as safe as possible so they’re unlikely to let people from infected countries or badly impacted countries travel to their shores.

“And that is the problem that we have.”

But the travel risk expert was also hopeful, explaining that there were some “badly impacted countries” that would be opening to tourists soon.

He added: “However, we are seeing some of those countries that were badly impacted opening up.

“Italy will be opening its borders very shortly. We are seeing Greece is opening some of its tourist attractions.

“Where you have these economies that are reliant on tourism, they are very keen to get the sights and resorts open as quickly as possible.

“But the one thing that we must bring into this equation is that everybody has their own individual risk appetite. You will always get your early adopters who will jump on the first aircraft they can when they’re allowed to, but for a lot of people consumer confidence in travel is very, very low at the moment.

“I think it’s imperative the industry takes these small steps in order to try and get that consumer confidence back.”

The TRIP Group was established in 2017 and now has more than 500 member organisations worldwide including Corporations, NGOs, Government Departments, Higher Education and Travel & Tourism.

Lloyds Figgins’ book, The Travel Survival Guide, is available to buy on Amazon

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Google Maps: Street View spots strange sign from above – what does it mean?

Google Maps Street View is used by people across the planet to go from their front door to their favourite cafe. Some people even use the tool to navigate around foreign countries when they go abroad. But for some people who can’t travel abroad, the tool is used for other purposes.

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Some people like to browse the world from the comfort of their sofas.

From the Pyramids to the Great Wall of China, the tool allows people to view some of the world’s greatest sights.

It also enables people to feel as though they’re walking the streets of another country or city from their living room.

But sometimes the tool is used by people to spot strange occurrences.

More recently, people have started posting bizarre and hilarious sightings that they find on the tool.

And one sighting in particular which was spotted by an unsuspecting user is very odd indeed.

The scene unfolded in Willowridge in Toronto, Canada.

From Google Maps’ satellite, the scene looks perfectly normal – a few cars, some trees and some roads.

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There is even a cluster of houses nearby.

But as you zoom in, it becomes more clear that someone has painted a huge sign on some concrete next to a river.

It becomes clear that the sign is an emoji shrugging made out of punctuation such as dashes, brackets and speech marks.

The emoji is sometimes used by people on social media.

The strange sight was spotted by a Reddit user who captioned it: “¯\_(ツ)_/¯”.

The post was quickly inundated with masses of comments from intrigued users.

One user explained what it meant: “It’s the Japanese Katakana character ツ (pronounced ‘tsu’).”

Another said: “I’m still sad I don’t know how to [do] the middle smiley face.”

Another simply replied: “Bless you.”

Another user commented the name of the artist who painted the strange sign by a narrow river.

The painting by the artist Trevor Wheatley captioned the painting on Instagram: “Painting with Stuey from @bizarrebeyondbelief.”

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Haven open: When will Haven reopen?

The coronavirus pandemic has brought entire industries to a grinding halt, with one of the worst-hit being the holiday industry. Foreign holidays are all but a thing of the past while the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all travel to any other country.

So it’s hardly surprising that people across the UK are wondering whether they’ll be able to swap out a holiday abroad for one at a campsite or caravan park.

Deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said it is a “biological truism” that being outdoors is safer than being in an enclosed space with people potentially carrying the virus.

Speaking on This Morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock when asked whether “summer was cancelled”, he replied: “I think that’s likely to be the case.”

Professor Van-Tam promised to give “careful thought” to what steps would be needed to allow such sites to open again

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He said: “It is absolutely a biological truism that outdoor environments are much less risk than indoor environments.”

“Of course that will need some careful thinking about because sharing a tent is a small enclosed space or can be a small enclosed space with generally poor conditions of ventilation and I guess it depends who you are sharing it with.

“It is the same for a caravan, so it is not as straightforward as it might sound – indoors vs outdoors, hotels vs campsites, it is a little more complex than that.”

When will Haven reopen?

Haven Holidays have 40 parks throughout England, Wales and Scotland, all of which are on a coast.

Haven parks will remain closed until July 2, according to its website.

In a statement, the popular holiday provider said it had chosen to extend the closures in line with Government advice.

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It reads: “At Haven, we pride ourselves on providing millions of families with holidays on the Great British coast each year.

“Sadly, this year we have only been able to welcome a fraction of these to our parks due to the serious coronavirus situation.

“The coronavirus continues to affect the lives of each and every one of us – from our guests to our owners to our teams.

“As we continue to follow the direction provided by the Government it is now clear we will be unable to offer the usual Haven experience for a longer period of time, and so we have taken the decision to temporarily extend the closure of all our parks.

“This, we’re sure you understand is totally beyond our control and we are really sorry for the disappointment caused to anyone who was looking forward to their coastal break.

“We will be back up and running as soon as we are able and look forward to welcoming everyone back to enjoy a Haven holiday. “

This is the company’s fourth opening postponement.

The statement continues: “We are contacting everyone who has booked an appointment during this period and would like to thank you for your patience whilst we work through this as quickly as we can.

“We would like to apologise to everyone for this disruption and thank our teams for their continued support.”

The company has been contacting anyone with a holiday booked about their options, offering them either a full refund, or a credit towards a holiday later in 2020 or for 2021, with a £50 food and beverage voucher for their chosen park thrown in.

The company is also closed for holiday home ownership sales appointments until July 2.

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Can you go to Peak District national park?

The Peak District national park is one of 15 in the UK, all of which provide stunning vistas for people to soak in on a long walk. Until recently, the Government has prohibited long-distance travel and exercise more than once per day, but new measures mean visitors will likely flock to national parks.

Can you go to the Peak District national park?

Unlike some of the UK’s other parks, the Peak District national park has remained open during the coronavirus outbreak.

Park boundaries contain a litany of public access highways and rights of way, meaning it plays a vital part in road travel around northwest England.

However, while visiting is allowed, the park’s chief executive has urged people to “carefully consider” whether it is necessary.

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In a statement via the park’s website, Sarah Fowler appealed to potential visitors, urging them to consider their own and others’ wellbeing.

She said: “Whilst we may need our national parks at this time, our relationship with them remains precariously balanced with the current risks to everyone from Covid-19.

“So as we prepare to welcome you back, let us draw upon that remarkable sense of respect, kindness and humanity we have seen so far in our fight against this disease.

“This is why I am personally appealing today to anyone seeking to travel to the Peak District National Park.”

“Before your journey, please carefully consider your own wellbeing and that of the Peak District’s many small communities – and be aware that the vast majority of facilities including hospitality businesses will not be open for a little while yet.”

Ms Fowler asked people to continue to use local parks and open spaces to allow “breathing space” for park officials.

She added careful actions from the public could help prevent key workers and thoroughfares from falling under undue stress.

She continued: “With around 2,000 Covid-19 cases across Derbyshire alone and local services and resources already fighting on a significant front, it is vital that we limit the impacts on our residential towns and villages wherever possible.”

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“With a huge collective effort in respecting our national parks right now, they can be protected and will be there for us all to enjoy far beyond this current coronavirus crisis, including a responsible and vital return for our tourism sector.

“Those who live and work in our communities are already working hard to ensure there will be a warm welcome so our National Park can equally be enjoyed safely by everyone.”

The Peak District national park closed most of its facilities on March 18, days before the UK-wide Government lockdown.

Bike hire facilities, public toilets, and visitor centres remain shut, alongside food and drink concessions.

The latest Government advice, which came into effect on Wednesday, allowed people to venture outdoors for “unlimited” exercise.

However, councils have urged people against travelling to the UK’s beauty spots, as they fear a surge in visits could threaten COVID-19 transmission.

The County Councils Network said city “day-trippers” would face long traffic queues and a lack of available parking if they sought to exercise in the countryside.

The Welsh government has also told prospective visitors to stay away, as devolved powers mean they can keep the country under lockdown.

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Flights 2020: Airlines expand June flight schedules to include UK despite quarantine rules

Lufthansa Group announced yesterday that they will be expanding their June flight schedule despite ongoing travel restrictions and quarantine rules in place across most countries. The German airline announced the additional flights will include a route to Manchester Airport in the UK. However the UK Government’s quarantine restrictions, which were imposed this week, are likely to remain a deterrent for Britons planning a future holiday.

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Currently, the UK is imposing 14-day quarantine measures which means that anyone flying in from abroad has to self-isolate in one location for two weeks.

If they are caught not quarantining, they could face fines of up to £1,000.

Lufthansa, along with its subsidiaries SWISS and Eurowings, are adding flights for “leisure and summer destinations” to their June schedules.

The airlines are offering customers over 106 destinations in Germany and Europe with more than 20 intercontinental destinations.

The Lufthansa Group said in a statement that they are likely to expand their routes again at the end of June.

Bookings for the flights began yesterday.

They have also revealed that they will be resuming some long-haul flights from Frankfurt which includes destinations in the US, Mexico and the UAE among others.

Harry Hohmeister, a Member of the Executive Board of German Lufthansa AG said that the new June flight schedule is essential to “economic power”.

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“With the June flight schedule, we are making an important contribution to the revitalisation of the aviation infrastructure.

“It is an essential part of the German and European economic power.

“People want to and can travel again, whether on holiday or for business reasons.

“That’s why we will continue to expand our offer step by step in the coming months and connect Europe with each other and Europe with the world.”

Lufthansa’s new flights beginning in the first half of June are from Frankfurt Hanover, Majorca, Sofia, Prague, Billund, Nice, Manchester, Budapest, Dublin, Riga, Krakow, Bucharest and Kiev, among others.

By the end of June, the airline group is hoping to offer around 1,800 weekly roundtrips to more than 130 destinations worldwide.

However, Lufthansa has warned its customers that they should consider the “current entry and quarantine regulations of the respective destinations”.

Passengers have also been asked to wear nose and mouth cover on board during the entire journey.

Their website reads: “We kindly ask you to bring your own face mask and, for the sake of sustainability, we recommend a reusable cloth mask.

“Of course, you may use any type of face covering, such as simple disposable masks or even scarves.

“For now, wearing a face mask remains mandatory until August 31, 2020.”

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Holidays 2020: Portugal hotels open their doors – but where are the tourists?

Portugal’s hotels have already opened their doors to tourists, even though they’re currently unsure when tourists will be allowed back into the country. The Algarve region, which is especially popular with Britons looking for a cheap holiday, has opened more than a third of its hotels. The region is hoping to have as many as 75 percent of its hotels to be open by next month.

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Next month, the Algarve is also hoping to open most of its popular beaches too.

Around 2.2 million British nationals visited Portugal in 2018 alone, which is a fifth of the country’s entire population.

With the UK Government’s new 14-day quarantine rules in place, it is looking unlikely that tourism will be able to fully restart in the country in the near future.

Britons are now looking at having to take three weeks off work for a one-week holiday if they fly abroad, which is also likely to deter British tourists from travelling abroad.

The current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice for Britons is not to travel abroad unless it is absolutely essential.

President of Algarve Tourism, João Fernandes said that travel restrictions are affecting many countries.

He said: “This is an issue that obviously affects many countries, not just Algarve. “

He added: “The Algarve is ready to restart its tourist activity.

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“It will be nothing that prevents a vacationer from enjoying a nice sunny day on the sand, but taking care of the necessary rules applicable to the spaces and collaborators supporting the beaches (parking, access, help stations, restaurants, bars or umbrellas and sun beds).”

There is currently a travel ban on all but essential travellers visiting Portugal.

This is meant to remain in place until May 18, but is likely to be extended until the middle of June.

There are currently flights to Portugal from the UK but they are for citizens and residents only, and for those who have urgent reasons to travel to the country.

The Portuguese tourism board has also created a “Clean and Safe” label for establishments.

This means that hotels and other tourist establishments have to meet government standards on hygiene and cleaning measures.

Wizz Air is currently running flights from Luton Airport to Lisbon in Portugal.

But the airline has also said it will restart holiday flights from Luton to Faro in Portugal mid-June.

Prices are reportedly going to start at just £25.99.

Owain Jones, the managing director of Wizz Air UK, said: “Although travel is currently restricted by government regulations, we are planning for the easing of restrictions as the situation improves and our customers are able to start travelling again.”

Portugal has managed to keep its coronavirus case rate fairly low at just over 28,000 compared to its neighbour Spain which has had over 270,000.

The country has had over 1,100 deaths.

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Holidays 2020: Flight industry impacted worse ‘than after 9/11’, says new study

With the UK, Spain, France and many other countries imposing quarantine rules for people arriving into the country from abroad, it is looking likely that a lot of people are going to be put off holidaying abroad. And while airports and airlines put new safety and sanitation measures in place to ease the minds of their customers, the travel and tourism could be deeply impacted for years to come. Now, a new study has suggested that “border changes” and flight cancellations could be “constant” as countries continue to grapple with the fallout from COVID-19.

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The study by Swiss-based air technology specialists SITA (Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques) is titled “A ‘New Normal’: The changing face of air transport post-COVID-19.”

As the title suggests, the paper details the likely impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the aviation industry and travel sector.

The paper suggests that the coronavirus will “have a far deeper impact on the way the air transport industry will operate in future than previous industry shocks such as 9/11.”

The coronavirus pandemic is described “first and foremost a human crisis” that has impacted millions of people.

The paper also suggests that due to government changes and travel restrictions around the world, there will be “constant” changes to borders.

The paper reads: “Over the past few weeks, as countries scrambled to stop the spread of the pandemic and keep their citizens safe, there has been a concerted and global effort to contain the movement of people.

“We have seen countries shut down their borders and passengers opting not to travel.

“Government rules and regulations for travel will mean border changes will be constant.

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“As we have seen in previous outbreaks such as SARS and MERS, the pattern and speed by which a disease moves around the globe is inextricably linked to the pattern and speed by which passengers move.

“Countries will open up their borders in a controlled manner considering, for example, the health status of passengers at points of embarkation or the ability to easily identify or assist at-risk passengers.”

The paper added: “The status of flights will remain unpredictable and change often.”

SITA also predicts that countries could try to constantly identify passengers who have had coronavirus.

“Countries will open up their borders in a controlled manner considering, for example, the health status of passengers at points of embarkation or the ability to easily identify or assist at-risk passengers.

“This not only includes where they are travelling from or countries visited, but also may attempt to identify passengers that have come into contact with infected travellers.

“We may also see specific regions wishing to allow limited movement within that zone first.”

According to IATA, more than two million flights will have already been cancelled within the first six months of 2020.

The UK Government recently imposed new rules suggesting that most airline passengers arriving in the UK from abroad will have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

All people arriving at airports, ports and on the Eurostar trains will have to provide a UK address where they will be staying and immediately self-isolating for 14 days.

UK authorities will then conduct spot checks on these individuals, with those caught breaking the rules receiving fines of up to £1,000 or deportation.

If, after two weeks, they do not develop COVID-19 conditions then they can be allowed to mix with the general population.

The exceptions to these rules are people travelling from France and Ireland.

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Holidays: These people are exempt from the UK’s 14-day quarantine rules – here’s who

The Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday left the travel sector reeling as the new rules left many unsure about the future of airlines who have already been hit hard by the coronavirus. The new rules set out by Mr Johnson last night, suggest that all international arrivals coming into the UK from abroad will have to be put in quarantine for 14 days on arrival in the UK. The Government’s 50-page document which was published today said that “the Government will require all international arrivals to supply their contact and accommodation information.”

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It continues: “They will also be strongly advised to download and use the NHS contact tracing app.

“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.”

However, it has now been revealed that some people are exempt from the measures that have been put in place.

The document titled, ‘OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy’ reads: “Small exemptions to these measures will be in place to provide for continued security of supply into the UK and so as not to impede work supporting national security or critical infrastructure and to meet the UK’s international obligations.

“All journeys within the Common Travel Area will also be exempt from these measures.

“These international travel measures will not come into force on May 13 but will be introduced as soon as possible. Further details, and guidance, will be set out shortly, and the measures and list of exemptions will be kept under regular review.”

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As well as people arriving from France and Ireland, there is another group of people who will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine rule.

According to The Sun, top sportsmen who are set to compete in competitions such as the Premier League will not have to quarantine for two weeks.

Football and motor racing chiefs are currently in talks with Government ministers to allow the sportsmen to leave and enter the country freely from abroad.

The reason for this is because if they had to isolate for two weeks then Formula One and football would not be able to take place.

Senior government figures have allegedly agreed that sportsmen can be exempt from the rule.

A senior Government source said: “There will be exemptions for sports”.

Instead, the top sportsmen will have to be tested regularly and put in quarantine if they test positive.

This does mean that major international sporting competitions are more likely to go ahead in the future.

However, this does bring into question whether sporting stars will therefore be allowed to go on holidays but Britons will not.

Other exceptions to the rules include travellers from the Republic of Ireland and France.

Mr Johnson and President of France, Emmanuel Macron came to an agreement last night which means that British travellers will not have to quarantine if they return from France.

This also means that French tourists coming to the UK will not have to face quarantine, and Britons arriving in France will not face quarantine there either.

It is looking likely that crew members on board flights will be exempt along with international transit passengers.

However, Twitter users are not happy about the new sportsmen rules.

One user said: “Special arrangements for sport would send the wrong message about govt priorities and lead to more lax behaviour ‘if it doesn’t apply to them why should it apply to me…’”

Another questioned: “Ok, why a two week quarantine for air travel when travel via ferry or the tunnel is allowed.

“Why are people from France and sportsmen exempt from this quarantine?”

Another said: “What an absolute joke, one rule for one, one rule for another.”

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