Stricter border controls and journey restrictions are being launched throughout the globe in response to the newest variant of concern.
The UK has reintroduced day two PCR checks for all inbound travellers, together with those that are totally vaccinated, together with a compulsory quarantine whereas arrivals await their outcomes.
Along with the six southern African international locations unexpectedly added to the UK’s red list final week – South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia – an additional 4 nations have been given purple standing.
As of 4am on Sunday, UK and Irish residents returning to England from Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola should additionally pay to isolate in an authorised quarantine lodge for 10 days.
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Spain studies first case of omicron variant
Spain has reported its first case of the omicron variant.
The traveller was a 51-year-old who had flown again to Madrid from South Africa, by way of Amsterdam, stated a press release from Madrid’s regional authorities.
“The affected person has mild signs and is present process quarantine,” the assertion added.
The microbiology unit at Madrid’s Gregorio Maranon hospital, who detected and sequenced the case, tweeted: “It was confirmed at this time by sequencing. We now have managed to arrange an ultra-fast process that enables us to have the end in the identical day. The affected person is okay.”
The nation slapped a shock journey ban on all unvaccinated travellers from the UK aged 12 and over from Sunday after a number of omicron circumstances had been detected within the nation.
Beforehand, Spain had allowed in any vacationer with both a damaging PCR take a look at consequence or proof of vaccination.
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Lucy Thackray29 November 2021 17:50
All ‘omicron restrictions’ will probably be reviewed in three weeks, says Javid
The well being secretary has stated that each one new journey restrictions associated to the omicron variant will probably be reviewed in three weeks’ time.
Talking within the Home of Commons earlier at this time, Sajid Javid confirmed that the present restrictions will probably be reviewed in three weeks, saying: “If this variant isn’t any extra harmful than Delta, then we received’t maintain measures in place for a day longer than vital.”
Mr Javid confirmed that there will probably be a three-week evaluation although Parliament will probably be in recess the week of 17 December.
The well being secretary stated that, by this level, we can have extra data from monitor and hint and authorities from overseas in regards to the effectiveness of current vaccines in opposition to the brand new variant.
Lucy Thackray29 November 2021 17:26
South African president requires UK to carry journey ban
“We’re deeply upset by the choice of a number of international locations to ban journey,” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated in a televised deal with to the nation earlier at this time.
In a press confidence in regards to the omicron variant, Ramaphosa stated the bans had been “not knowledgeable by science,” and known as for the measures – from the UK, EU and US amongst others – to be lifted.
The president’s calls echo feedback from the World Well being Organisation’s Africa director, Matshidiso Moeti, on Sunday, who stated: “With the Omicron variant now detected in a number of areas of the world, setting up journey bans that concentrate on Africa assaults world solidarity.”
The UK added South Africa, together with 5 different African international locations, to its purple checklist on 28 November following a surge in circumstances brought on by the omicron variant.
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Lucy Thackray29 November 2021 16:58
‘That is the world we reside in now’ – business figures reply to journey turbulence
Talking at a filmed webinar for Travel Weekly earlier at this time, Jet2’s Head of Commerce Alan Cross and different journey business bosses appeared resigned to the back-and-forth nature of locations opening and shutting to UK travellers.
“There’s going to be buyer confidence knocked, there’s going to be further price, however that is the world we reside in,” stated Cross.
“Issues are going to vary and issues are going to evolve, and we have to recognize that’s the world we reside in now,” he continued.
“The communication is ridiculous and silly and ill-thought-through, as at all times – however guess what, that’s the way it occurs,” agreed Caribtours CEO Paul Cleary.
Cleary known as the change to PCR testing “not welcome” however reminded viewers that many non-red-list international locations are nonetheless open, saying: “Our precedence is to maintain individuals travelling, talk and assist them navigate this additional layer of problem.”
Lucy Thackray29 November 2021 16:23
Hearth shoots from Ryanair aircraft because it hits flock of herons
Flames shot from a Ryanair aircraft final week because it collided with a flock of herons on descent into Bologna, Italy, damaging one in all its engines.
Flight FR1194 was arriving into the Italian metropolis at round 11.30pm when the dramatic hen strike occurred, with among the herons being sucked into the plane’s proper engine, and others hitting the cockpit windscreen.
The pilots’ view on touchdown was obscured by the splattered particles brought on by the collision, however they managed to land the plane safely, with no accidents onboard.
Lucy Thackray29 November 2021 16:20
Omicron variant might be in Northern Eire
The brand new Omicron variant of Covid-19 could already be in Northern Eire, the Stormont well being minister has stated.
Circumstances of the brand new pressure have been confirmed in England and Scotland, whereas Irish Well being Minister Stephen Donnelly has stated it’s “seemingly” that it’s already in Eire.
Robin Swann informed the Northern Eire Meeting that, whereas there are presently no confirmed circumstances of Omicron within the area, that’s “extremely seemingly” to vary within the coming days.
“The Public Well being Company (PHA) is endeavor detailed threat assessments of some returning travellers from red-listed international locations and is advising on any rapid public well being actions that are required to gradual the introduction of this variant and to restrict its unfold in Northern Eire,” he stated.
“In mild of the circumstances recognized in England and Scotland, it’s to be anticipated that there could already be circumstances of the variant in Northern Eire.”
Mr Swann stated all new worldwide arrivals into Northern Eire must bear a PCR take a look at.
“All arrivals into Northern Eire from non-red checklist international locations, together with those that are totally vaccinated, will now be required to self-isolate for 10 days until they obtain a damaging take a look at consequence, with a PCR take a look at to be undertaken on or earlier than day two,” he stated.
“We’ll maintain all these preparations beneath evaluation and can think about what further measures could also be vital in coming days.”
Helen Coffey29 November 2021 15:48
No 10 rejects Scotland and Wales’ name for harder guidelines in face of omicron
Downing Avenue has rejected the calls from Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford for the self-isolation interval for travellers to be prolonged till the results of a take a look at on day eight after arriving within the UK.
Extending the necessities would have a “detrimental impact” on the journey business, Boris Johnson’s official spokesman stated.
“We imagine that the strategy we’ve taken is the proportionate one to the proof that we presently have out there about this variant,” he stated.
“Introducing additional isolation necessities and testing necessities would have a detrimental impact on the journey individually business and certainly those that are planning to go travelling.”
Andy Gregory29 November 2021 15:20
Journey professional Simon Calder to reply your questions in reside occasion
Questioning what the way forward for journey holds in a world blighted by an entire new variant, alongside the obstacles of booster jabs, Covid checks and post-Brexit passport purple tape?
Be a part of The Unbiased for a free reside occasion with esteemed journey correspondent Simon Calder, as he takes a deep dive into what 2022 may appear like for holidays.
On this digital reside occasion, Simon will probably be on-hand to have a look at probably the most urgent journey points for Brits and reply your burning vacation questions. Going down over Zoom on Wednesday 1 December from 6.30-7.30pm, it’s fully free to attend – simply click on to enroll beneath upfront:
Helen Coffey29 November 2021 15:09
Australia delays border reopening in response to omicron risk
Australia has introduced it can delay the deliberate reopening of its borders to worldwide travellers, set for 1 December, by at the least two weeks.
The choice was taken by the federal government after the nation recognized its first circumstances of the omicron variant of coronavirus, which is inflicting nations around the globe to tighten entry restrictions.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had beforehand introduced that the nation would speak in confidence to overseas guests with eligible visas – together with refugees, college students and people on the favored working holidaymakers visa – from 1 December.
Nonetheless, after an emergency assembly between Mr Morrison and his nationwide safety committee, the choice was taken to postpone the lifting of the journey ban, based mostly on recommendation from the chief well being officer.
Helen Coffey29 November 2021 14:57
Can Brits nonetheless go snowboarding in France if flying into Switzerland?
From 27 November 2021, Switzerland modified its journey entry guidelines for guests from the UK.
Whereas Britons had beforehand been allowed into the nation with proof of full vaccination, from 27 November all UK guests must present each a damaging PCR take a look at consequence, taken inside the 72 hours previous to arrival, and self-isolate for 10 days.
It is because the UK is on the nation’s checklist of countries with a “variant of concern”, following the detection of a number of circumstances of the omicron variant of Covid-19, and it implies that winter holidays to ski resorts within the Swiss Alps will probably be worn out by the obligatory quarantine.
However the guidelines are even trickier for individuals who could also be flying into Switzerland however travelling on to different international locations – for instance, by arriving in Geneva to catch a switch to ski resorts within the French Alps.
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Lucy Thackray29 November 2021 14:16