01.07 – Surge in bookings for Ryanair
- Australia puts 300,000 back under lockdown in response to a rise in cases.
- Spain and Portugal have officially reopened their joint border.
Ryanair reports strong bookings
In a hopeful sign for the travel industry, Ryanair reported “very strong” bookings as it restarted one thousand flights yesterday. As the summer season kicks off, the budget carrier is ramping up from the skeleton service it has been running since March. Read the full story.
Greece extends its ban on UK tourists
Greece has extended its ban on UK tourists until 15 July, meaning that thousands of Brits due to fly in the next two weeks will have their flights cancelled. Read the full story.
Spain and Morocco: a travel bubble?
A Spanish government spokesperson has confirmed the Mediterranean country will only open its borders with Morocco if the North African nation puts reciprocal arrangements in place. Morocco is on the EU’s list of “safe countries”. Read the full story.
Lisbon warns against illegal parties
Lisbon’s per capita rate of new infections is among the highest in Europe. In response, the mayor’s office is putting up posters warning against illegal parties.
Lisbon's mayor's office puts up posters saying "Do you know who never misses an illegal party? The virus" :camera_with_flash:CML pic.twitter.com/7YRfx8zhCA
— Catarina Demony (@CatarinaDemony) June 30, 2020
30.06 – EU formalizes list of safe countries
- Thailand is set to lift its ban on international travel on 1 July.
- Broadway theatres will remain closed until at least 3 January 2021.
- Dutch airline KLM has reported signs of recovery for short-haul flights, with long-haul bookings still the most affected.
EU confirms list of safe nations
The EU has now formally released its list of safe nations from which travellers will be allow to enter the bloc from 1 July. As expected, the USA is excluded from the list, as is Russia, Brazil and India. Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay all made the cut, with the addition of China – pending reciprocal arrangements being made in Beijing. Read the full story.
Lufthanser to offer Covid-19 tests at Frankfurt airport
Lufthanser is looking to give passengers the option of taking a Covid-19 test at Frankfurt airport, to avoid having to quarantine on arrival at their destination. Passengers will have to foot the bill, but results could be provided in as little as 2–3 hours. Read the full story.
New Yorkshire train to open up dales scenery
A new train will be running the tracks in Yorkshire from next month, taking travellers between Skipton, North Yorkshire and Appleby in Cumbria. Post-corona, people will be looking to wide-open spaces to explore on foot or by bike – and this could be the ticket to take them there. Read the full story.
Daily tourist trains to serve England’s ‘most scenic’ railway https://t.co/uYOgMmXWGC
— RailCharterServices (@CharterRail) June 24, 2020
29.06 – UK reports surge in international bookings
- According to CNN, Iceland “feels like coronavirus never happened”.
- Thirteen tourist attractions in Singapore will reopen on 1 July, with more to come.
- Hawaii is set to offer a coronavirus test to interstate travellers as an alternative to the two-week quarantine on arrival.
- American Airlines has announced that it will no longer be restricting traveller numbers on flights sold from 1 July.
- South Korea is encouraging its citizens to stagger their holidays ahead of the summer season.
- Qatar set to ease further coronavirus restrictions from 1 July.
Brits rush to book international trips
Travel operators have confirmed a surge in UK-based bookings, fuelled by confirmation that the country plans to replace its blanket 14-day quarantine with “air bridge” arrangements. Italy, France, Greece and Spain are proving the most popular destinations. Read the full story.
EU to reveal safe nations on Tuesday
The EU is expected to announce tomorrow which nations will be deemed safe for travel outside the bloc. The list is thought to include 15 non-EU countries, and does not include the US. Read the full story.
Belize is back
The Central American nation of Belize is preparing to reopen on 15 August. Travellers will be expected to comply with a detailed list of health and safety measures for the duration of their trip, including testing negative within 72 hours of arrival – or else at the airport on arrival. Read the full story.
Ireland extends 14-day quarantine for Brits
While Ireland prepares to relax its border restrictions for several low-risk countries from 9 July, the 14-day quarantine for Brits will most likely be extended. Read the full story.
Madeira’s on the map
The gorgeous Portuguese island of Madeira will be reopening from 1 July. Most local businesses have adopted the “Clean & Safe” stamp created by VisitPortual, so you know you’ll be in safe hands.
Next month more accessible https://t.co/G2kgBJyHGk
— Madeira Islands (@madeira_islands) June 28, 2020
26.06 – UK to relax international quarantine
- TUI has cancelled all Florida holidays for at least five months.
- A trade group of major US airlines has pledged to refund passengers who fail temperature tests.
- EU talks continue to decide which outside travellers will be able to enter the bloc from 1 July, and which will not.
Italy announces new hygiene protocols
Italy is the latest country to publish new guidelines and protocols to reassure travellers in the wake of coronavirus. New hygiene and social-distancing measures are outlined for every aspect of the travel experience. Read the new guidelines.
A way to Norway
Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg has confirmed that the nation will be reopening to European countries from 15 July, so long as they meet strict safety criteria. Read the full story.
UK to relax international quarantine
Environment Secretary George Eustice has confirmed that the UK is working on a plan to replace its strict blanket quarantine. New rules would allow international travellers to enter from low-risk countries, though others would remain barred. Read the full story.
Tourist hotspots including France, Italy and Spain, expected to be exempt from UK quarantinehttps://t.co/ndwwvB2kb4
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 25, 2020
25.06 – UK citizens eager for domestic travel
- Saudi Arabia has launched a new campaign to encourage domestic tourism.
- The reopening of Disney’s California park has been delayed by a spike in coronavirus across the state.
England holiday bookings surge
The UK public is gearing up for a very British holiday from 4 July. Holiday cottages have reporting record bookings after Boris Johnson’s latest announcement. Read the full story.
US states to protect their borders against domestic travel
New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have introduced new rules requiring people arriving from certain states with high coronavirus case figures to quarantine for a 14-day period. Read the full story.
24.06 – Air bridges back on the cards for the UK
- While airlines the world over have suffered as a result of coronavirus, Iceland appears to be getting a new one.
- Thailand will let some foreign travellers into the country from next week, including those with work permits and business executives. Tourists will be welcomed back from August.
UK in talks over EU air bridges
Air bridges with “core” EU countries could allow Brits to holiday abroad this summer, without facing the current 14-day quarantine on their return. Ministers are considering air bridges with nations including Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Austria and Germany. Read the full story.
EU considers blocking US travellers
As most EU states prepare to reopen their borders to international travellers from outside the region in July, reports suggest that US visitors – as well as Russian and Brazilian tourists – could be excluded, given their high case numbers. Read the full story.
The Maldives confirm reopening for 15 July
The Maldives has confirmed it will reopen to international tourists from 15 July, with no travel restrictions in place. Free 30-day visas will be issued on arrival, while only those displaying coronavirus symptoms will be required to take a test. Read the full story.
Bula Bubble for Fiji
While Australia and New Zealand have already confirmed they’ll be creating a Trans-Tasman bubble in the post-Covid world, Fiji has announced plans to create a “Bula Bubble” between itself, New Zealand and Australia. Read the full story.
Fiji's Prime Minister is currently working on a "Bula Bubble", between Fiji, New Zealand & Australia.
Funny guys @RoqandCav come thru with some Fresh Tips for when we get to visit Fiji again, from Fiji Time, how to roll your R's like a local and more!https://t.co/V4scbcEw9u
— The Coconet (@TheCoconetTV) June 23, 2020
23.06 – UK begins road to recovery
- Disneyland Tokyo will open from 1 July and Disneyland Paris from 15 July.
- Trump has signed an order temporarily banning new immigrants arriving in the US on a host of employment-based visas.
Saudi Arabia blocks hajj pilgrims
Yesterday, Saudi Arabia announced that it wouldn’t be permitting international visitors to make the pilgrimage this year in light of coronavirus. Instead, a quota of Saudi citizens and residents will be allowed to make the journey. Read the full story.
UK begins road to recovery
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that pubs, restaurants, museums, galleries and cinemas will be allowed to reopen from 4 July, in the latest easing of lockdown measures. The 2-metre rule will also be downgraded to a “1-metre-plus” approach. Shielding rules for the most vulnerable will be relaxed from 6 July. Read the full story.
Today we have announced that those who are shielding from coronavirus will be able to meet in a group of up to 6, whilst following social distancing guidance, from 6 July in England.#StayAlert pic.twitter.com/aQNOcqdUEC
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) June 22, 2020
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