The Foreign Office is set to declare a list of European countries the UK will be creating ‘air bridges’ with, which means summer holidays could be on the cards after all!
It’s good news for holidaymakers as it is looking more and more promising that we may be able to travel to some European safe spots without quarantining on either end of the travel.
France, Italy and Spain are expected to be some of the first countries, according to The Sun, with a list of the safe holiday destinations set to be officially announced over the next few weeks now revealed.
Air bridges are a new concept that sees countries with similar infection rates allow travel between those countries, without the need to self-isolate when you get there or on your return.
Currently, anyone travelling into the UK has to self-isolate for two weeks, but this could be abolished soon according to some reports.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has revealed that these travel corridors will only be allowed in those countries where the coronavirus test and trace systems are of the same standard as the UK.
The Foreign Office is expected to change its current advise from ‘against all but essential international travel’ to allow for travelling to those countries the UK creates corridors with.
These corridors are expected to be reviewed on June 29th.
Along with France, Italy and Spain, Germany, Austria, Greece, Belgium, Netherlands, Gibraltar, Bermuda, and possibly Portugal are also reported to be on the list of the first batch of ‘safe nations’.
However, long haul flights from the UK to Vietnam, Hong Kong or Singapore shouldn’t be expected until mid-late summer. And a large number of long haul destinations such as America, Mexico and South America shouldn’t be expected until a lot later on in the year.
There is also likely to be a slow trickle of additional medium haul destinations such as Turkey and Dubai in and around August following the announcement.
Many people are expecting an announcement by the end of the week.
NHS staff offered free Ibiza holiday to say thank you for their hard work
This is amazing!
All NHS staff are being offered a free holiday in Ibiza as a thank you for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Ibiza regional government has announced it is backing a campaign called ‘Together for Health Heroes’ which offers ‘best in class’ accommodation to NHS staff.
More than 60 private properties have already been offered on the campaign, according to local paper Diario de Ibiza.
Rooms in hotel chains Atzaro, OD Hoteles, Concept Hotel Group and Aguas de Ibiza are also on the cards for NHS staff.
Tourism Councillor of Ibiza, Juan Miguel Costa, told the paper that the project seeks to: “compensate those who have looked after us, risking their lives in many cases, and who deserve that we all do our share to make sure they have holidays that meet high expectations”.
The holidays for European healthcare workers will take place next year in April, May and October.
Staff from hospitals, care homes and hospices in all COVID-19 hotspots will be included in the initiative.
A statement says: “It all started with a simple idea early in March. How can we say thank you to those fighting for the lives of our families, friends and communities?”
It continues: “How can we say thank you to those putting their own lives at risk for us?
“Together we are driving change by celebrating and rewarding those who put our community, family and friends first during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Unprecedented times highlight exceptional people. We thank those who we have trusted with our lives, by gifting them our homes and hotels in Ibiza and across Europe.”
We all know someone who deserves this huge thank you, and they are currently looking for submissions – find out more here.
Cornwall tourism boss slams locals for ‘unforgivable’ motorway sign aimed at tourists
Some of the locals aren’t too happy…
Cornwall has opened the gates to allow holidaymakers into the popular tourist destination, but some of the locals aren’t too happy.
A picture of three people stood on a bridge over the A30 in Bodmin holding a sign that reads ‘turn around and f*** off’ has gone viral.
Cornwall’s tourism chief Malcolm Bell wasn’t best pleased with the greeting from the locals. He spoke to Cornwall Live and said: “I don’t like to see signs like the one we saw on the A30 yesterday. It is being offensive to a large group of people.
“I find it unforgivable. It’s accusing people before they even arrive.
“We are battling to save thousands of jobs. Let’s welcome our customers, who will share their money to keep Cornish people in jobs.”
Many reports say that most of the locals were friendly and welcoming to tourists over the weekend.
On the South Coast of Devon, a bloke in Dawlish was even photographed holding a much nicer sign that said ‘welcome holidaymakers’.
However, the welcoming tone was pretty much ruined by the fact he was dressed up as the Grim Reaper.
Until now Cornwall has been completely shut off from holidaymakers in efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. Now however, people are being welcomed back to get the tourism sector, which is usually booming this time of year in the area, back on its feet.
Naturally, though, some people are concerned it’s too soon.
Everything you need to know if you’re flying from Manchester Airport
What you need to know…
Manchester Airport has released all the information on what to expect from the airport to keep passengers safe.
The government announced that travel can commence from 55 countries without needing to quarantine upon returning to England.
This change will come into effect from July 10th, and the full list of travel corridors countries can be found here.
The decision has led to the reopening of Terminal Two at Manchester Airport to accommodate the increase in passengers.
All three of the terminals are now operating and helping people to travel safely with social distancing in place where possible.
Any carriers that normally fly from Terminal Two such as Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and Eurowings, will continue to operate from Terminal One throughout July, with the change back to Terminal Two yet to be confirmed.
Jet2.com flights are resuming from July 15th from Terminal One while Qatar Airways will move to Terminal Two on July 17th.
TUI’s flights are resuming from July 11th at Terminal One and will move to Terminal Two on July 15th.
Terminal Three reopened on the 1st July and currently, British Airways, Air France, KLM, Ryanair, Loganair and Eastern Airways operate from there.
Passengers are advised to check which terminal they are flying from.
Manchester Airport has enhanced cleaning, put perspex screens in place, introduced temperature checks and is advising wearing face coverings.
A handful of retail outlets have remained open with more set to open in the coming weeks.
For everyone who usually stocks up their liquor cabinets from the airport, you’ll be pleased to know Bizaduty free is still open and Terminal Three Biza set to open on July 8th.
JD Sports (Terminal One) is set to open on July 15th alongside Cafe Nero and W H Smith in Terminal Two. Playnation in Terminal One is set to open wc July 13th alongside Lion & Antelope airside in Terminal Three.
Brad Miller, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester Airport, said: “As we continue to see the return of more airlines and destinations for our passengers to fly to, we remain fully committed to ensuring their safety throughout their airport journey.
“With the introduction of travel corridors, we envisage passenger numbers to continue to increase, which is why we are opening Terminal Two from 15th July, to maximise the airport space.
“These travel corridors will open up the chance for people to enjoy a well-earned break abroad and directly benefit the hundreds of thousands of people whose jobs depend on air travel for their livelihoods – whether they work in aviation or for the UK’s tourism and hospitality businesses, which can now welcome the first overseas visitors we will have seen for months.
“We have made our airport safe for our passengers and staff, and we have already started limited operations to many of these countries. With the quarantine requirement now removed, we look forward to safely welcoming back many more passengers in the coming weeks.
“I’d again like to thank all our passengers for continuing to abide by the measures in place during these uncertain times, and also thank all our staff who have gone above and beyond to ensure safe travel for all.”
For more information see www.manchesterairport.co.uk/coronavirus