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Travel red list likely to be scrapped today – follow live

Travel red list likely to be scrapped today – follow live
Travel updates today on Red list and traffic light system

The government is expected to announce further changes to the UK’s red list today, with the seven-strong list of countries expected to be heavily reduced or scrapped altogether.

Leaks from government indicate the nations will be removed from the red list, ahead of both the Cop26 climate summit and World Travel Market, the UK’s prime travel industry event.

The red list would continue to exist in case new variants appear, but changes could also be announced that would allow travellers from any new red list nations to self-isolate at home rather than a quarantine hotel.

Such a move would align the UK with many other European countries and ease the barriers to travel – but people in quarantine hotels will be expected to complete their 11-night stays.

Three weeks ago ministers cut the number of nations on the red list from 54 to just seven.

In other news, airline bosses have slammed the government’s decision to raise APD (Air Passenger Duty) on long-haul flights in yesterday’s Budget, with Iata director general Willie Walsh calling it a “cash grab masquerading as a green tax the week before COP26”.

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Airline boss fury as APD hike announced for long-haul

The aviation industry has reacted strongly to yesterday’s news that Air Passenger Duty (APD) will rise for long-haul flights.

The increase of to £91 for an economy class flight above 5,500 miles will affect trips to key Asian and Latin American cities, including Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Santiago.

The Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) described the move to increase tax on flights over 5,500 miles as a “Halloween horror for long-haul travellers”. The organisation called the move “political posturing that undermines the industry’s net-zero commitments”.

i mellomtiden, Iata director general Willie Walsh calling it a “cash grab masquerading as a green tax the week before COP26”.

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Tax to rise on ultra-long-haul flights, prompting fury from travel industry

‘Halloween horror for long-haul travellers,’ says Board of Airline Representatives in the UK

Simon Calder28 oktober 2021 08:23
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Could the red list be scrapped today?

Leaks from government indicate that all seven remaining nations could be removed from the red list later today, ahead of both the Cop26 climate summit and World Travel Market, the UK’s prime travel industry event.

Reports suggest the red list will continue to exist in case new variants appear, but changes could also be announced that would allow travellers from any new red list nations to self-isolate at home rather than a quarantine hotel.

Such a move would align the UK with many other European countries and ease the barriers to travel – but people already in quarantine hotels would be expected to complete their 11-night stays.

derimot, some industry figures have suggested the “popular” red list will remain.

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‘Government know the whole thing is stupid at this stage’ – Donal Kane

Simon Calder28 oktober 2021 07:55
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God morgen

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Lucy Thackray28 oktober 2021 07:49