Month: July 2020

Am I allowed to visit, are hotels and restaurants open and what rules are in place?

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With its dramatic landscapes and natural beauty, it’s no surprise that Scotland remains a popular destination for visitors.

In 2018 alone, 12 million overnight tourist trips were made by residents from the rest of the UK, comprising around 70 per cent of the country’s tourist revenue. And, in 2016, around one in every 12 people employed in the country worked within the tourism industry, which represented about five per cent of GDP. The country’s measured approach to the pandemic has meant that the easing of lockdown restrictions has been slower than England’s, but things are starting to change. So,

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Greek holiday restart under threat as cases rise

Greek holidaymakers have had to wait an extra week to return - istock
Greek holidaymakers have had to wait an extra week to return – istock

Holidaymakers due to travel to Greece this week are growing concerned that the country will go back into lockdown as it experiences a surge in coronavirus cases.

Direct flights from the UK to the popular holiday destination are due to resume on Wednesday but authorities are now considering the reintroduction of stricter lockdown measures. UK travellers have taken to social media to ask their airlines and tour operators whether their trips will be affected. 

But Noel Josephides, from operator Sunvil, said it was “business as usual”. “There

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TUI to cover costs if you catch coronavirus on holiday

Tui will cover the costs if holidaymakers catch Covid-19 on holiday - Getty
Tui will cover the costs if holidaymakers catch Covid-19 on holiday – Getty

TUI, which resumes operations today, has announced it will cover the costs for medical tests, extended hotel stays and flights home for British holidaymakers if they catch Covid-19 while on a package holiday.

The ‘Covid-19 Cover’ will be offered to every TUI customer until the end of the year.

The cover will include the cost of repatriation, if medically required by the holidaymaker, and if they must self-isolate TUI will cover the cost of an extended stay and the price of a new return flight home if

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Nicola Sturgeon announces list of 57 countries exempt from quarantine – and Spain isn’t on it

The Scottish government has announced its list of 57 countries exempt from mandatory two-week quarantine upon arrival into the country.

The list is nearly identical to the one issued by the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) concerning arrivals into England, but with two omissions: Spain and Serbia.

Previously, a “double lock” prevented nearly all international travel: the Foreign Office (FCO) advised against all non-essential travel abroad, invalidating travel insurance, and a mandatory 14-day quarantine period was imposed on all inbound arrivals to the UK.

From 10 July, the quarantine will be lifted for those travelling to Scotland from designated

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