In the run-up to an update to the UK Red List expected today or tomorrow, the Federal Foreign Office (FCDO) has lifted its warning against non-essential travel to more than 30 countries.
Bangladesh, Gambia, Ghana and Malaysia are among the nations that have been removed from the FCDO’s “no-go” list.
The non-essential travel warning has so far also applied to countries with low infection rates and no worrying variants and is in contradiction to the assessment of the Ministry of Transport (DfT) on the risk of travelers returning from such countries.
It is expected that the FCDO will no longer advise against traveling to countries that are not on the Red List for reasons of Covid-19, except in “exceptional circumstances”, for example when the local health system is overwhelmed.
It follows the government’s streamlining of the traffic light system into two classifications: the red list and the rest of the world (ROW) list.
Arrivals from Red List countries still have to pay for 10 days of hotel quarantine.
The next review of the Red List is expected to be announced today or Friday, October 8th.
Industry insiders have made their predictions for countries that could get off the red list – with data analysts favoring Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and possibly Mexico as climbers.
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Three of the leading European airlines by flight volume are inexpensive
Three of the seven leading airlines in Europe for flights this week are low cost.
The latest figures from Eurocontrol’s General Manager Eamonn Brennan show that Ryanair is the busiest airline in Europe.
In the past seven days, 2,318 flights were carried out per day – that’s only 9 percent fewer than in the last reasonable year 2019.
Turkish Airlines follows in second place with a minus of 13 percent. In third place is easyJet with a massive drop of 41 percent, reflecting the fact that so many of its flights serve the UK, which has much stricter travel restrictions than anywhere else in Europe.
The next three places are occupied by Lufthansa, Air France and their French partner KLM. Wizz Air ranks seventh. British Airways is nowhere to be seen.
Simon CalderOctober 7, 2021 2:11 PM
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Lucy ThackrayOctober 7, 2021 1:16 PM
South Africa, Dominican Republic and Mexico should be removed from the red list, analyst says
South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Mexico are overdue to be removed from the red list, according to data analyst Ben McCluskey.
In a Twitter thread, McCluskey predicted that several countries could be removed from the Red List this week, but contradicted industry rumors that the list could be cut from 51 to around 10 countries.
“There has been a lot of speculation in the media suggesting that maybe only 9 countries will remain ‘red’. I hope that happens, but given the government’s track record so far, I wouldn’t rely on it! ”He tweeted.
“In the upcoming review of the ‘red’ list, we should really see countries like South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. All of this should have worked three weeks ago, but unfortunately that didn’t happen, ”he wrote.
McCluskey also predicted that “several South American countries will stay red” in the update expected to be announced today.
Lucy ThackrayOctober 7, 2021 12:55 PM
Appetite for travel to Europe from long haul markets is still weak
The intention to travel to Europe between September and December remains weak for key long-haul markets, a study by the European Travel Commission (ETC) and Eurail shows.
The study calculates short-term travel intentions in five overseas markets – Canada, China, Japan, Russia, and the United States – every four months.
Today’s results show that the mood for long haul travel in the US is positive, but Americans are less confident about traveling to Europe due to unstable or changing travel restrictions. Travel week reported.
There is still interest in multi-country travel to Europe, the ETC reported, highlighting the need to better align travel rules and systems across the region.
ETC President Luis Araujo said: “While it is gratifying that the desire to travel internationally and visit Europe is growing, these latest results clearly show that more needs to be done to boost tourism to Europe from major overseas markets .
“Travelers are currently hesitant to consider Europe as a travel destination.
“With a view to 2022, it is imperative that we endeavor to implement harmonized travel rules in Europe and worldwide and to create more clarity for long-haul travelers.
“As the vaccination campaigns continue, it is time to shift the focus from a risky country to a risky traveler.”
Lucy ThackrayOctober 7, 2021 12:36 PM
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Lucy ThackrayOctober 7, 2021 11:10 AM
Copenhagen named the safest city in the world
The Economist Intelligence Unit has published its Safe Cities Index 2021, with Copenhagen at the top, followed by Toronto and Singapore.
Also personally safety or security, the index takes into account digital, environmental, infrastructure and Bless you Safety, taking into account each city’s response to the pandemic and Covid death rates that year.
In the report, Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor Lars Weiss praised the sense of equality in the city: “Copenhagen is also characterized by great social cohesion and a relatively small wealth gap. It’s a mixed city where both the cleaning assistant and CEO meet at the local supermarket and have their kids in the same school. This is one of the cornerstones of Danish culture and contributes significantly to the high level of trust and security from which we benefit. “
Lucy ThackrayOctober 7, 2021 10:35 am
“Is that a joke with extremely bad taste” – the travel industry makes fun of the Federal Foreign Office
A leading travel trade association has expressed contempt for the latest changes to the Federal Foreign Office’s recommendations on Wednesday evening to bring the “no-go” list into line with the transport ministry’s “red list”.
Non-essential travel warnings have been removed in 32 countries. They were all on the no-go list “according to the current assessment of the Covid 19 risks”. The vast majority have much lower official new infections with the coronavirus than the UK.
The Federal Foreign Office said it was “the right balance to be found between people’s safety, which remains our priority, and the freedom to exercise personal responsibility while helping the travel sector to recover”.
But Chris Rowles, Chairman of the Aito Travel Association, said, “Is this a joke with extremely bad taste?
“To be honest, travel destinations like Algeria, Belarus, Djibouti, Liberia and Congo are not on most tourist lists.”
He has offered help to the Secretary of State and Transport and says, “If we can help Liz Truss and Grant Shapps with some suggestions – maybe established destinations like those in Latin America, Africa and Asia that are already open to many.” Have other nationalities and beyond have a good infrastructure – you just have to tell us. “
Simon CalderOctober 7, 2021 10:06 am
Six airlines are joining Emirates in launching the IATA Travel Pass
Six other airlines have announced that they will be introducing the IATA Travel Pass, an electronic Covid app that allows passengers to enter their vaccination documents and check the rules and restrictions of their travel destination.
Etihad Airways, Jazeera Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian will work with Emirates to implement the pass in their networks in a step-by-step introduction.
Vaccine certificates from 52 countries (which are the source of 56% of global air travel) can currently be managed through the app – by the end of November there will be 74 countries, accounting for 85% of global air travel.
Lucy ThackrayOctober 7, 2021 9:34 AM
According to the expert, no countries will be placed on the red list
Industry insiders and data analysts have made their predictions of how many countries could be removed from the UK’s red list for travel, which will be announced today.
“I’m not going to say that there will be 9 countries on the red list tomorrow because I still think that’s optimistic and it could be up to 18,” tweeted analyst Tim White, who is the number of Covid cases in countries on the all over the world haunted week.
“I don’t see any country that needs to be on the list,” he added.
The list currently includes 54 countries. Others in the industry and the media have predicted a drop to twelve or just nine countries.
It’s worth noting that the last travel update on September 17th was expected to see a sharp reduction to the Red List when only eight countries were removed from what was then a 62-member list.
The Ministry of Transport has not confirmed a date for the announcement, but is expected for today.
Lucy ThackrayOctober 7, 2021 9:13 AM
Reimbursement lawsuit against British Airways and Ryanair closed
Passengers who were unable to travel on their British Airways or Ryanair flights due to blocking rules will not be able to apply for refunds, the CMA said.
Thousands of travelers had tickets with BA and the Irish airline for trips they were unable to take due to the lockdown rules in 2020 and 2021. British Airways offered vouchers for future flights, while Ryanair allowed passengers to postpone their travel.
Travelers are eligible for refunds when an airline cancels a flight. However, airlines have always claimed that when flights departed they were not required to offer a cash refund under the rules of air passenger rights.
Simon CalderOctober 7, 2021 8:17 AM