Travel news taken from the Internet and trade papers in order to help future  travelers with the latest information on all aspects of travel.

  • Holidaymakers overseas sunshine break this winter under threat.

    Holidaymakers could find their plans for on overseas sunshine break this winter under threat. The Passport Office’s delivery contractor TNT has been struggling to deliver new and renewed passports on time. It blamed a surge in applications since travel rules were eased. People needing a...
  • Holidaymakers urged to use £132m in travel vouchers

    Holidaymakers are being urged to use £132m worth of unspent vouchers issued during the pandemic before they lose financial protection. The credit notes were offered by travel firms as alternatives to cash refunds when holidays had to be cancelled. The vouchers, backed by the Atol...
  • Holidaymakers refusing booster jabs could face quarantine

    People scheduled for a booster jab who refuse it may be blocked from quarantine-free overseas travel. Ministers have discussed plans to reinstate quarantine and testing for travellers who refuse to take the booster jab. “This is not going to happen immediately – but happen it...
  • NHS booster jab glitch could disrupt winter holidays

    Holidaymakers may be prevented from trips abroad this winter because the NHS app doesn’t recognise the third booster vaccination The NHS app currently shows data for the first and second injections, but a third booster jab is not being recorded. It comes as concerns a...
  • NHS Covid Pass: Foreign Office warns proof of vaccination downloaded before 1 November not valid for travel

    The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has warned travellers to redownload the PDF version of their NHS Covid Pass before travelling, as documents dated before 1 November will not be recognised by the EU or the 17 non-EU nations and territories enrolled in the...
  • Lateral flow tests

    The Government has confirmed that a lateral flow antigen test (LFT) will replace day two PCRs from 24 October. The lateral flow test. The change will only apply to fully-vaccinated travellers. Those who are not double jabbed must continue to use polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
  • Stansted’s new bus service

    Click Here to Book Megabus has introduced a 24hr coach service between Stratford and Stansted Airport.  Prices start at £7 paid in advance. To and from Stansted from Stratford. Stratford was chosen with good connections to central London via the Jubilee Line, the DLR to...
  • Shapps backs use of cheap supermarket lateral flow tests

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says travellers returning from overseas should be able to use low cost lateral flow kits available at supermarkets. H wants to relax the rules in time for the October half-term holidays and the £5 tests potentially save families hundreds compared to...
  • Scrapping PCR tests by half-term holidays in the balance

    The scrapping of PCR testing in time for the October half-term holidays is up in the air. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said testing firms have a big shortage of  lateral flow tests and it could take weeks to scale up to the required stock. He...
  • EasyJet holidays sees demand spike for half term holidays

    Following news of the impending shake-up of the traffic light system, tour operator easyJet holidays has experienced  an immediate bump in bookings. It says it is especially for October half term bookings with breaks to Mallorca, Antalya, Tenerife and Sharm el Sheikh leading the way....
  • Bookings surge as traffic light system axed

    Holiday booking volumes are showing a big uptick since the government revamped and simplified the foreign travel rules in England. The UK’s leisure airlines have reacted to the changes with optimism. The current traffic light system will be axed from 4 October. From that date,...
  • Booking surge expected if PCR tests are scrapped

    Package holiday prices to Spain this September or October have dropped by as much as 38% September and October package holidays to the Costa de Almeria which includes resorts such as Aguadulce, Mojacar Pueblo, Roquetas de Mar and Vera, are down an average 38% compared...
  • Traffic light system revamp nearing completion

    A full shake-up of the much maligned traffic light system is expected to be completed by the end of the week. According to officials, it should be finalised by Friday and the changes will be rolled out well  ahead of  the October half-term break. The...
  • More long haul options as dozen red list countries could be removed

    Vaxxed holidaymakers could soon have more options for travel, especially for long haul trips. Several countries could be removed from the high risk red list in the latest traffic light update. According to Covid data analyst Tim White, a dozen countries could be moved from...
  • On The Beach resumes sales with free Covid tests

    Online agent On The Beach is back in business selling holidays and is hoping to lure customers this month with free Covid tests. Free Covid tests are offered for 2021 holidays to Greece, Spain and Cyprus if booked by the end of September. The company...
  • Almost a quarter of travellers flouted amber list rules

    Nearly one-quarter of all travellers coming from amber list countries have broken Covid quarantine requirements a survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found. It found 23% admitted to not isolating at home for the required 10 days or take day two and day...
  • Italy scraps quarantine for vaccinated UK travellers

    Vaccinated travellers from the UK will no longer have to quarantine on arrival in Italy. Italy’s health ministry said the five-day mandatory quarantine will be halted from 31 August. Arrivals from the UK must provide a negative PCR or antigen test as well as proof...
  • EasyJet puts late summer holidays on sale

    EasyJet has rolled out more late summer fare and package holiday deals with additional seats to serve demand. The company cites Palma  Malaga and Faro among the top destinations  in September and October. Additional seats and package holidays are now on sale to beach destinations...
  • Balearic Islands extends free Covid insurance

    The Tourism Agency of the Balearic Islands has extended validity of free Covid-19 insurance until the end of 2021. Insurance policies are supplied by RACE Insurance and are available to all international visitors for stays at any regulated accommodation. The extension of the policy to...
  • Testing ‘black hole’ as 150,000 results a week go ‘unregistered’

      Tens of thousands of PCR tests processed by private test companies go ‘unregistered’ every week. It means holidaymakers are effectively wasting money because companies are not passing on the personal information data to the government, for tracing purposes. It is thought to be as...
  • WTTC: Government should foot the bill for PCR tests

    The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling on the UK government to pay for ‘hugely expensive and unnecessary’ PCR tests for fully vaccinated travellers. It follows news that the Health Secretary Sajid Javid questioned the ‘excessive pricing and exploitative practices’ of some PCR...
  • Vaccine passports to stay for ‘foreseeable future’

    Vaccine passports won’t be disappearing anytime soon, says transport secretary Grant Shapps. They will be needed for international travel for a long time to come. “I do see this becoming a permanent, for the foreseeable future, fixture of international travel,” Shapps said. I’ve chaired meetings...
  • Fee announced for EU’s ETIAS (Visa)

    British travellers will have to pay €7 from next year for the EU’s new European Travel Information and Authorisation System. It is due to come into effect by the end of 2022. It is required for non-EU citizens who are exempt from needing a visa...
  • Chancellor pushes PM to relax travel restrictions

    The embattled travel industry has a new campaigner in the form of Chancellor Rishi Sunak. In a letter to the PM, he lamented the ‘out of step’ travel restrictions which are causing the economy harm and prolonged damage to the travel and hospitality sectors. He...
  • UK nears agreement with EU on vaccine passports

    A deal on mutual Covid passport recognition between the UK and the EU is nearing completion, increasing the prospect of a relatively ‘normal’ summer for travel, at least for vaccinated Britons. It emerged that talks are well advanced on recognising the NHS app as a...
  • WTTC: UK risks becoming isolated

    The UK risks becoming isolated if it continues to keep borders closed to meaningful international outbound travel, the World Travel & Tourism Council says. The WTTC warned forward bookings for international flights are lagging far behind the increased capacity generated by extra flights scheduled. Airlines...
  • Sales open for the new high tec MSC World Europa

    MSC Cruises’ has opened sales for its newest vessel MSC World Europa, which it says is the most innovative and environmentally advanced yet. It becomes the first of a new MSC World Class of ships for MSC and will, be ‘unlike anything else at sea...
  • Governments back International Code for the Protection of Tourists

    More than 100 countries, as well as international organizations and business groups have agreed to adopt harmonized standards for assisting tourists caught up in emergency situations. The Committee for the Development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists has agreed on the text...
  • UK’s new Global Health Insurance Card

    A new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will gradually replace existing European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) the Government has announced. Under Britain’s new agreement with the EU, UK residents’ rights to emergency and medically necessary healthcare will continue when travelling in the EU. This includes...