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A stunning Italian town will pay your rent if you move over there

An offer you can’t refuse…

Jamie Roberts

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There’s been quite a few beautiful Italian towns selling houses for just €1 recently, including Bisaccia in the south of the Campania region, just two hours from Naples, and Sambuca and Mussomeli in Sicily.

Now another stunning Italian town is offering something a little bit different, but just as good if you’re struggling for cash and want a new life in the sun.

Teora sits at the base of Mount Cresta del Gallo in southern Italy’s Campania region, a stone’s throw from Naples, the Amalfi coast and the hill towns of Puglia.

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Sounds good, right? Well in even better news the local government will actually pay your rent if you move over and live in the town.

Local mayor Stefano Farina thinks offering free rent rather than cheap houses that need doing up will have a longer-lasting impact on the local community.

There is a catch, however, and to qualify you need to live in Teora for a minimum of three years, and already have at least one kid when you apply.

Mayor Farina told CNN Travel: “I don’t believe in selling empty houses for 1 euro, that doesn’t incentivise people to stay in town… They just come a few months a year as holiday-makers. That’s not the solution. But taking up residency and enrolling kids at the local school, that does breathe new life.”

If you’re accepted onto the scheme you’ll get approximately £125 a month towards your rent over the course of two years, or a lump sum of £4,150 that you can put towards buying a house.

To put that into perspective, houses can cost as little as £150 to rent, and can sell for as low as £23,000 in Teora, and according to CNN the available properties are all in good condition, with some even furnished – all in all, it’ll cost a lot less than the €1 houses you have to renovate.

Farina says the town’s population issues started in 1980, after a massive earthquake killed 157 residents and destroyed many of the local historical and cultural buildings.

For more info, you can contact Teora’s town hall office by email at staff@comune.teora.av.it.

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Full list of countries exempt from coronavirus quarantine has finally been released

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The full list of countries exempt from the coronavirus travel quarantine has now been released by the government. 

The list of countries that will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine has been much anticipated, and the government have finally revealed the 60-country long list.

The most popular holiday destinations to be excluded from the list include Portugal, the USA and Sweden, on the grounds the government have deemed them to not have a sound enough grip on their coronavirus infection rate.

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The Government said: “We will keep the conditions in these countries and territories under review. If they worsen we will not hesitate to reintroduce self-isolation requirements.

“Travellers should always check the latest FCO travel advice. Travel advice includes information on any health measures in place for visitors to the country or territory. These can include a requirement to self-isolate, quarantine, or undergo testing for coronavirus, or even restrictions on entry.”

The full list is below:

Europe

  • Austria
  • Andorra
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France (overseas territories of France are listed separately, where included in the exemption)
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal (only The Azores and Madeira)
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey

Americas

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Pierre and Miquelon
  • St Vincent and The Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

Asia-Pacific

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • French Polynesia
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Macao
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna

Africa

  • Reunion

Antarctica

  • British Antarctic Territory

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British holidaymakers to be allowed to travel to ‘75 countries with no quarantine’

Big update for anyone going on holiday…

Alex Watson

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Brits will be able to go on holiday to a new list of 75 countries without needing to quarantine when they return to the UK, according to new reports.

The news comes following the government ditching the plans to create ‘air bridges’, which were going to make travelling between two countries which have similarly low levels of coronavirus easier. 

The full list of countries will be published by the government today or tomorrow, and will see the lifting of the Foreign Office’s ban on non-essential travel to nearly all EU destinations plus many others. 

The 75 countries listed have been deemed sufficiently low-risk destinations for holidaymakers based on their COVID-19 levels, a declining infection rate and that their data can be trusted. 

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From Monday, travellers to 75 countries will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days when they return to the UK. 

Instead, the air bridges will be replaced with a traffic light system which will decide which nations are safe, a move which has been massively welcomed by the travel and aviation industry.

‘Green’ or ‘Amber’ countries will not require 14 days isolation on returning to the UK, but ‘Red’ countries will. 

Many popular holiday destinations will be found on the list, such as Croatia, Turkey, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, Ireland, Iceland, Poland, Malta, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Slovenia, Slovakia and Germany.

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However, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, has this week she reserved the right to quarantine English visitors. Likewise, Ireland is expected to publish its own ‘Green’ list of countries and has already indicated that Britons could be forced to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Some countries like Australia and New Zealand are expected to retain border controls and impose quarantine until the end of the year.

The USA, Russia and Brazil are among the list of ‘Red’ countries where non-essential travel will continue to be banned. 

Sweden, which tops the tables in the EU for coronavirus cases, is expected to be classed as Red, as with Portugal due to a recent outbreak in and around the capital, Lisbon. 

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Despite this being welcomed by the travel industry, some government officials have claimed creating a specific list of countries exempt from quarantine poses a ‘diplomatic nightmare’ and could open ‘legal challenges’, according to The Telegraph

These officials have proposed a list that expands on the Foreign Office’s travel advice to include high-risk countries where Britons should refrain from travelling to instead. 

Henry Smith, chair of the cross-party Future of Aviation group, said: “This has been done in a very piecemeal way and with a degree of uncertainty. I still think the introduction of quarantine was not the right decision but we are where we are.

“We need to get a set of criteria and subsequent list of countries published. Every day of uncertainty translates into more jobs lost.”

What do you think, are you planning on travelling or waiting a little longer? 

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Greece set to extend the ban on flights from UK

Bad news for holidaymakers…

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Greece has extended its ban on flights from the UK until July 15th, according to reports. 

International visitors were expecting to be able to enter Greece from July 1st, however, sources have told Athens News Agency that this is being pushed back until July 15th for UK flights.

Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has reportedly said: “The whole opening procedure is dynamic and the data will be continuously evaluated.”

The ban on international flights includes the UK and Sweden. 

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The news comes after many airlines were set to offer flights, such as easyJet from Manchester Airport to Athens on July 1st. 

Haris Theoharis, Greek tourism minister, told ITV news last month that the UK’s record on coronavirus is not ‘good enough’ for those living in the country to make their way over to Greece.

He said: “I think that the UK has a big difference in terms of the current medical status of the country with Greece, so I don’t think it’s likely it will be there.”

The UK Foreign Office travel advice for Greece says that there are testing and quarantine requirements for new arrivals in the country, but that these depend on where you’ve flown from.

Those flying from Birmingham, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, London City, Luton, Manchester Airport, Newcastle International, Stansted airports in the UK, will have to take part in mandatory testing and self-isolation.

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If the test is negative you will need to isolate for seven days, if it is positive this will be 14 days, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Greek authorities have indicated they will be carrying out sample testing on some arrivals. However, those travelling from airports not on the list may not be required to be testing or self-isolate. 

Greek authorities have selected 29 countries that will be allowed into Greece: Albania, Australia, Austria, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland.

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