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Barbados is inviting people to ‘work from home’ on the island for a year

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Barbados is introducing a new visa that means visitors can stay for up to a year, and they’re looking for people to move their remote office to the island! 

The Caribbean Island is set to reopen for tourism later this month, allowing international visitors to return on July 12th. 

When it reopens the Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley, wants people to bring their laptops and set up a work from home setting on the beautiful island. 

The ‘12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp’ allows visitors to stay on the island for up to a year. 

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The new relaxed measure is hoped to encourage people to stay longer and even finish their final work-from-home days on the beach.

So if you’re truly sick of your temporary WFH set up on the dining table, why not head to the beach instead?! 

Before heading, travellers from high risk countries will have to take a test within 72 hours before departing for the island. Those coming from countries that have had fewer than 100 cases in the last seven days will require a test one week before departure. 

On arrival, you will have to present the new Embarkation/Disembarkation Card, which asks health questions as well as for a negative test. 

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Once you get through immigration you’ll find that Barbados is open for business including beaches, parks and shops.

Be warned though, wearing a face mask is mandatory, and the social distancing has been reduced to three feet. 

Mottley said: “We want to create an environment that will allow people to come to Barbados to work, to rest, and to play from here for an extended period of time.” 

All you need is a nice bit of sand and a steady wi-fi and you’re good to go! 

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NHS staff can get a free holiday in the UK as a thank you this summer

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Supercity aparthotel is offering NHS staff the chance to apply for a free stay at one of their hotels.

The two-night stay is to be enjoyed with family or friends on any date from August until October.

Staycity is found in all of the UK’s best cities, from Manchester to Brighton and London. Each one is equipped with its own private kitchen, living room and the usual bedroom and bathroom.

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Alexis Burton, CEO of Supercity said: “ Thanking the NHS after everything they have done for us was a no-brainer for our business.

“Our UK health carers have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic, so when the time comes for them to take a well-deserved mini-break, we want to be there to help ensure that they feel safe in doing so.”

The free two-night stay is available to the first 120 NHS workers to apply. After that NHS workers will receive 50% off their stay. 

To apply email sleep@supercityuk.com with your preferred location and dates. 

Find out more about the 50% off offer here. Don’t forget your full NHS identification! 

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Travelodge is having a huge sale with family rooms from £8.74pp at loads of seaside destinations

Perfect for a staycation!

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Holiday in the UK’s top seaside spots for as little as £8.74pp in Travelodge’s latest sale. 

The prices of over 250,000 rooms in coastal hotels at the budget hotel chain have been slashed with prices starting at £34.99 a night.

The best news is that includes a family room which sleeps four, meaning it costs just £8.74 per person a night, the Mirror reports. 

36 hotels are included in the sale, including the likes of Blackpool, Brighton, Colwyn Bay, Llanduno and Newquay. It’s worth noting that the deals are subject to availability at each hotel, and the best deals are likely to be snapped up quickly.

The sale is live now on Travelodge’s website and the deals are valid on stays until March 4th next year! 

The chain has implemented a range of measures amidst the COVID-19 pandemic including additional checks on rooms once they have been cleaned, increased cleaning in public areas, hand sanitiser stations, and social distancing measures such as protective reception screens, contactless payments/check-outs and PPE for staff.

Housekeeping team members will no longer be entering customer’s rooms during their stay to further minimise contact too. 

Full list of hotels in the Travelodge sale: 

  • Barrow in Furness
  • Blackpool South Promenade
  • Blackpool South Shore
  • Bournemouth
  • Bournemouth Seafront
  • Brighton
  • Brighton Seafront
  • Caernarfon
  • Christchurch
  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Colwyn Bay
  • Dover
  • Hastings
  • Hayle
  • Helensburgh Seafront
  • Holyhead
  • Llandudno
  • Lytham St Annes
  • Morecombe
  • Newport Isle of Wight
  • Newquay
  • Paignton
  • Pembroke Dock
  • Plymouth
  • Poole
  • Portsmouth
  • Portsmouth Hilsea
  • Ramsgate Seafront
  • Rhyl Seafront
  • Ryde Isle of Wight
  • Scarborough St Nicholas
  • Southend on Sea
  • Southport
  • St Austell
  • Wallasey New Brighton
  • Worthing Seafront

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Jet2 has cancelled flights and holidays to Cyprus

“We have no choice but to suspend flights and holidays”.

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Jet2 has cancelled all flights and holidays to Cyprus until August 17th. 

The country has implemented new coronavirus restrictions, leaving Jet2 with ‘no choice’ but to suspend flights and holidays to Larnaca and Paphos. 

The new rules mean Brits have to provide a negative coronavirus PCR test, obtained 72 hours before travel, on arrival to the country. 

Travellers must also complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling which has your test result uploaded within 24 hours of departure.

A Jet2 spokesperson said: “Because of prohibitive entry restrictions into Cyprus, we have no choice but to suspend flights and holidays to Larnaca and Paphos up to and including 16th August.

“We continue to urge the Cypriot authorities to review the entry criteria in line with other destinations, so that our customers can enjoy their well-deserved holidays.

“Where customers are affected by any programme changes, we have been repeatedly recognised for how we have been looking after customers, offering the option to rebook with no admin fee, a Refund Credit Note or a full cash refund, and we will be contacting customers to discuss these options.

“For customers who are due to travel to Cyprus from 17th August onwards, we are continuing to liaise with the authorities in Cyprus and we will provide further updates in due course.

“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience.”

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice state that travellors cannot enter Cyprus if they have been in the UK in the last 14 days. 

Jet2 has also suspended flight and holidays to Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Murcia from July 28th up to and including August 16th, following the updated government advice from travelling to and from Mainland Spain. 

The World Health Organisation states that Cyrprus has a total of 1,067 coronavirus cases and a death toll of 19. 

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