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Manchester Airport opens brand new Covid-19 testing facility for passengers

It’s set to make travel easier.

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Manchester Airport has launched a new Covid-19 testing facility today, as part of a move by its parent company the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) in partnership with travel medical provider Collinson.

This means the full range of tests – RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, Rapid Antigen and Antibody – will be available to all passengers in a brand new facility just outside of the main terminal building.

MAG has also become the first operator to give passengers the chance to book discounted pre-flight testing appointments on the high street, at selected Boots stores in the UK.

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The news means passengers using Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands Airports will be given maximum flexibility when planning their trips, and comes in the week that the UK Government lifts England’s international travel ban.

Certain governments currently allow pre-departure tests in order to shorten or completely alleviate quarantine requirements in the destination country, while others require them in order to gain entry.  

Passengers will also now be able to book any tests they need to shorten their self-isolation period upon return under the UK Government’s ‘Test to Release’ scheme.

The scheme, announced last week, will launch on December 15th and allows travellers arriving from higher risk countries to reduce their period of quarantine by taking a test five days after they arrive in the UK.

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‘Test to Release’ follows in the footsteps of a number of countries who are already offering quarantine-free inbound travel to those able to provide evidence of a negative test.

Boots offers an in-store RT-PCR Covid-19 testing service – which returns results within 48 hours – from more than 50 stores across the UK, specifically for customers who do not suspect they have Covid-19.

MAG passengers will be able to access a 5% discount, which customers can access through the airport’s website.

Airport testing prices through Collinson start at £40 for Antibody tests, £50 for Antigen tests, £79 for RT-LAMP tests and £99 for RT-PCR tests.

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Managing Director of Manchester Airport, Karen Smart, said: “As the UK emerges from a ban on international travel, we know our passengers are keen to start flying again, but that many of Manchester Airport’s most popular destinations, such as the Canary Islands, require a negative test before you arrive.

“This new facility will make the process of showing you’re infection-free when planning and booking a holiday as easy and cost-effective as possible in the current circumstances. Our new booking platform makes it easy to select the right test for your destination, and at the location that is most convenient for you.

“Located right by the terminal building means passengers can either opt for a test on the day of departure before they go through security, or visit in the run up to their journey at a time to suit them.

“This also means Manchester is perfectly placed to support the introduction of a UK arrivals testing regime, which will enable travellers to reduce the length of time they need to self-isolate if they test negative after five days.

“This is the latest example of MAG leading the way as we look to work with Government and the rest of our industry to get Britain flying again.”

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Cyprus to welcome back vaccinated British holidaymakers from May 1st

There is an issue with the dates, however

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British tourists who have received their Covid vaccine could be holidaying in Cyprus this summer.

The Mediterranean country, a popular destination for tourists from the UK, has said it will open its borders to British people who have been vaccinated.

However, this date clashes with the UK ban on foreign travel imposed by the government, with restrictions still in place at the start of May.

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The Cypriot government announced that anyone who had received both their vaccinations could travel with no restrictions on their side from May 1st.

According to Cyprus’s deputy tourism minister, Savvas Perdios, the island will let tourists from the UK who’ve had vaccines which are approved by the European Medicines Agency visit – with no quarantine or a negative test required.

The minister added that anyone travelling to the country will need to have had their second dose of the vaccine at least seven days before travel.

So far nearly a million people have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK.

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The issue for any British holidaymakers wanting to travel to Cyprus is that leisure travel to foreign countries is banned until May 17th at the very earliest.

The May 17th date is also dependent on several factors, including the emergence of new Covid variants and the progress of the vaccine programme.

Holidays in the UK are set to begin earlier, with plans to let people stay in self-contained accommodation, like holiday lets, from April 12th at the earliest.

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Haven is reopening its caravan parks following latest lockdown announcement

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Following the prime minister’s announcement on Monday, Haven has announced it will be opening its caravan parks from April 12th.

It’s great news for one household families who are looking for a getaway – Haven will be open in England from April 12th. 

Two households will be able to stay together from May 17th. 

Haven said in a statement: “Following the Government announcement earlier this week with regards to the roadmap out of lockdown measures, we can confirm that our parks will remain closed in England until Monday 12 April.

“We are however, delighted that the roadmap has considered self-contained accommodation to reopen at Stage two and we look forward to welcoming many families to enjoy a coastal break that we pride ourselves on from the 12 April across our parks in England.”

It comes just in time for the Easter half term which ends on April 16th, with holidays in Yorkshire starting from £69.

Haven added: “We would like to thank our guests for their patience and continued understanding whilst we work through this as quickly as we can.”

Currently, this only applies to those in England and guests should expect some restrictions in place in accordance with the lockdown rules. 

Indoor entertainment is also unlikely to return but outdoor activities are expected to take place. 

It comes after Travelodge also announced a sale on rooms with prices starting as little as £25. 

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Travelodge launches huge sale with more than 1 million rooms for £25 or less across England

Make sure you don’t miss these super low prices

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Travelodge launches sale with breaks available for £25 or less a night in hotels across England.

Following on from Boris Johnson’s announcement at the beginning of this week, Travelodge has confirmed they are now taking bookings from May 17th and have even slashed their prices.

Staycations are likely to stay popular for quite some time with rooms available from just £25 a night – it’s the perfect way to explore the UK this year. 

Hotels across the country are included in the deal, from coastal locations like Cornwall and Devon to countryside destinations such as the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales. 

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Those looking for a city break can grab a bargain night in the likes of London, Liverpool, York and Cambridge.

Family rooms are also included in the sale meaning a stay can cost just £6.25 per person for a night, or those looking for a romantic getaway can grab a room for £12.50 each.

From May 17th, hotels can reopen and holiday homes can be let to groups of up to six people from different households or groups from two households. Holidays in self-contained accommodation can go ahead from April 12th at the earliest. 

You can see Travelodge’s Covid-19 updates here and find a £25 room here

 

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