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Industry anxiously awaits travel announcement – follow updates live

Industry anxiously awaits travel announcement – follow updates live
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Tests before departing to the UK could be scrapped when the transport secretary, 格兰特·沙普斯, reveals some large-scale changes to Europe’s most onerous travel restrictions.

At present the UK has the highest infection rates of any major country in Europe, yet it also imposes the strictest rules on arrivals.

Leaks to the Financial Times say that travellers to the UK may not have to take a “test to fly” before departure.

As the days tick down to the end of the airlines’ summer season in late October, travel companies are desperate for a boost to bookings.

The exact timing of the DfT’s announcement is unclear, with sources saying it could be today or tomorrow, 16 或者 17 九月.

In other news, Jet2 chief executive Steve Heapy has said that Sage – the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies – has “too much influence in government”.

Speaking at Travel Weekly’s Future of Travel conference yesterday, Heapy said of the travel rules change that it looks like “whatever we were expecting will be watered down”.

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Emirates cuts back Australia plans as doubts on re-opening continue

Plans to deploy the world’s biggest passenger plane on flights from 迪拜 to Melbourne have been postponed.

Emirates had intended to use the Airbus A380 for services between its Dubai hub and 澳大利亚’s second city from the new year.

But The Aero Network is reporting that a smaller Boeing 777 will now be used from 1 January until the usual worldwide schedule change in late March.

At present there is no clarity about when Australia’s severe travel restrictions may be eased. As reported by The Independent yesterday, Qantas says it will not go ahead with planned flights from London from 19 December if the current two-week hotel quarantine rule still applies.

The state of Victoria has today recorded 514 new local cases – the highest since August last year. Many are in greater Melbourne. 虽然 148 new cases are connected with known clusters, the remainder are not.

Simon Calder16 九月 2021 09:19
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Heathrow boss ‘welcomes’ Grant Shapps staying on as transport secretary

Heathrow’s chief executive has said he “welcomes” the continuation of Grant Shapps as transport secretary in the latest government reshuffle.

But speaking to Times Radio, John Holland-Kaye, CEO of the UK’s busiest airport, also said that Mr Shapps “hasn’t done anything we asked of him”.

Today is the day that, according to the now-traditional timetable, 这 three-weekly “traffic light review” is due.

But the transport secretary is believed to be finalising more substantial changes to what are currently Europe’s toughest travel restrictions.

The current requirement for multiple tests for vaccinated arrivals from low-risk locations is expected to be eased, and the scale of the “red list” may shrink; at present arrivals from 62 countries are required to pay £2,000-plus for 11 nights in hotel quarantine.

Simon Calder16 九月 2021 08:51
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Ask Simon Calder your travel questions

With a travel update expected from the Department for Transport this week, travel plans feel more up in the air than ever. Will the amber list be scrapped? Will travel testing become cheaper? What will this mean for travellers yet to have both vaccines?

Our travel expert Simon Calder will be on hand at 12pm today to answer as many of your questions as he can. Whether it’s guidance on the timing of an autumn or winter trip, the likelihood of a destination staying on the red list, or something bigger about the future of travel, get our insider’s opinion and follow along as Simon answers your questions live.

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Lucy Thackray16 九月 2021 08:18
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Travel update expected this week

The travel industry and holidaymakers alike are anxiously awaiting an update to the UK’s travel rules this week.

At present the UK has the highest infection rates of any major country in Europe, yet it also imposes the strictest rules on arrivals.

Travel industry insiders are in the curious position of being excited about the possible relaxation of restrictions – but also exasperated about the government’s manner of communicating those changes, in a series of briefings to journalists.

Even the timing is a mystery. While the health secretary, Sajid Javid, told MPs that Mr Shapps will reveal the rule changes soon, the only guidance is that it will happen “this week” – presumably on Thursday or Friday.

But as the days tick down to the end of the airlines’ summer season in late October, travel companies are desperate for a boost to bookings.

Were the “test to fly” before returning to the UK abolished, then many holidaymakers would feel more comfortable about travelling – knowing that they won’t be at risk of being denied boarding the flight home and spending a couple of weeks under the supervision of the health authorities.

Simon Calder16 九月 2021 08:06
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Good morning

Good morning and welcome to 独立’s travel liveblog, where we’ll be sharing all the latest updates.

Lucy Thackray16 九月 2021 08:02