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Kate Middleton and Prince William hate doing this when travelling – Prince Philip loves it

Kate Middleton and Prince William have enjoyed plenty of foreign travel over the years. As representatives of the Royal Family while away they meet a whole host of important figures from around the world. They also take part in all sorts of activities, from sporting games to black-tie dinners.

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It’s hard to think that the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband relish everything they come across during these visits.

Indeed, there’s one thing that Kate and William are not overly fond of.

Royal visits often involve trying alcohol from that country or region.

Not all types of booze are met with enthusiasm, though.

The Duke and Duchess are said to dislike drinking beer.

A source previously told the Mirror: “Neither Kate nor William is a big beer drinker.”

Instead of beer, Kate and William are understood to prefer wine.

During the couple’s Canadian tour in 2016, they headed to Mission Hill Winery, where they sampled some of the best alcohols on offer.

They admitted they “really enjoyed the Oculus” according to Graham Nordin, director of wine experience at Mission Hill Winery.

Kate and William explained that they were Merlot drinkers usually, meaning they often opt for red wine when travelling.

Their preferences contrast strongly to those of the Duke of Cambridge’s’s grandfather.

Prince Philip, 98, is a well-known beer lover.

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While dining in Rome back in in 2000, he is said to have exclaimed: “Get me a beer.

“I don’t care what kind it is. Just get me a beer!” when he was offered fine Italian wine by former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s favourite beer brand is said to have been Boddingtons, a regional brewery in Manchester.

Unfortunately, the brewery ceased operations back in 2005.

Philip also favours Double Diamond Burton Pale Ale.

Prince Philip visited the home of Double Diamond at the Ind Coope and Samuel Allsopp brewhouse during a royal visit in December 1995.

To commemorate his visit, a special “Royal Diamond” beer was produced and sent to the palace.

Former royal footman Paul Burrell even claimed in his book A Royal Duty that Philip drank a small bottle nightly.

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Mexico holidays: Cancun offering holidaymakers free hotels and meals as country reopens

Mexico holidays are normally much loved by Britons thanks to the sun, sea and sand on offer as well as fascinating history and taste cuisine. Sadly trips to the destination have not been possible for several months due to the coronavirus crisis. However, Mexican tourist hotpot Cancun is now eager to tempt visitors back.

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The resort is offering a brand new campaign to gift tourist with a number of freebies.

These range from free meals, theme park entry and hotel stays.

The private initiative will be officially launched on June 15 and involves more than 200 firms.

The new campaign revolves around the number two.

The hotels involved are offering two nights free for every two nights booked or a free stay for two children when two adults book.

A similar discount would apply to hire care rental.

This could see holidaymakers getting two days free for every four days they pay for.

According to local reports, offers for golf and spa services and theme park entry will also be included in the Mexico campaign.

Also expected to take part are tourist-orientated businesses in the resorts of Puerto Morelos and Tulum, as well as the Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres, eight miles off the coast from Cancun.

Three-quarters of those backing the campaign are hotels.

Roberto Cintron, President of the Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres Hotels Association, said: “We are very happy and above all, committed because of the great participation in this campaign of the different state hotel associations as well as the tourist industry generally.

“It’s designed to reactivate holidays to our destinations after the crisis caused by Covid-19.”

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Oliver Reinhart is CEO of Mexican firm Atelier de Hoteles which has luxury all-inclusive hotels in Cancun and Playa Mujeres.

He told local media: “In the face of this atypical situation, we had to react to maintain our spectacular destinations in the forefront of tourists’ minds.

“This is why we proposed the implementation of a disruptive idea and creation of a campaign of great impact.

“We are convinced the formula to reactivate tourism is working together.

Reinhart continued: “The campaign is not about cheating the destination to a two for one.

“Cancun is worth what it is.

“If it’s now available at a cheaper price take advantage of it because it’s not going to last forever.”

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Google Maps: Mysterious rare animal sighting caught on Street View

Google Maps Street View offers users the opportunity to travel the world online by a click of a button. Viewers can travel to new towns and cities across the globe and see some of the world’s most famous landmarks. However, every now and again, users discover something strange and mysterious. Most recently a peculiar looking dog was sighted.

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This image appeared to reveal a two headed dog – not something most people are used to seeing.

The animal can be seen in Queensland, Australia and the dog appears to be exploring a grassy area.

An eagle-eyed Google Maps user posted the image onto Reddit and wrote: “Found this randomly while exploring Queensland, Australia.”

The image depicts two black dogs, very similar looking merging into one another, looking like the dog has two heads.

Another user commented: “There’s CatDog, so this must be DogDog.”

Both dogs are wearing red collars, and both have pretty similar facial features with both of their tongues sticking out.

The animals are both facing different directions but their bodies look like they have become merged into one long body.

One dog head is facing to the right, while the other is facing to the left and their bodies are merged together, revealed four legs like a normal dog would have.

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The image sparked debate on Reddit with users questioning what they were seeing and how this had happened.

Google Maps creates the images by stitching together the 360 degree image sets submitted by users, meaning that small errors can easily occur.

One Reddit user who commented within minutes of the photo being uploaded said: “Obviously it’s a camera/stitching glitch.”

Glitches are therefore very common on the site but the images can look realistic, leaving users with many questions.

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This image is pretty believable until you zoom in closer to the detailing.

The Google camera must have taken one image as one of the dogs was beginning to pass into frame and then took an adjacent shot after the other dog had entered the scene and the two images were joined together, creating this two headed animal.

What’s bizarre about this photo making it look realistic is that both of the dogs are wearing almost identical collars and look very similar.

This is not the first time a glitch has happened on Google that has been picked up on a Reddit forum.

One shocked user posted an image of a woman hiking in the Himalayas that left users questioning if any other users had any idea if the image was a glitch of whether the woman had been caught in a painful position while hiking.

This particular image revealed a woman hiking in the Himalayas and the Google camera has caught her in a position where her waist is twisted around the middle.

The top of her body is facing one way and her legs and feet are facing the other way.

Parts of her body are also absent that must have got caught in the glitch.

In this scenario, the Google camera must have caught the woman in the midst of turning around and then stitched a set of images together while she was moving, creating this painful looking position.

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Doc Martin: Experience TV come to life in Cornwall’s stunning Port Isaac

Doc Martin, a drama series starring Martin Clunes, is currently being replayed on ITV. Viewers can tune in and catch up on season 9, following the antics of straight-talking GP doctor Martin Ellingham in the fictional village of Portwenn. Boasting stunning scenes of rolling hills and sparkling oceans, TV lovers can transport themselves during lockdown to the coastline of Cornwall. Then, once it is safe to travel domestically, they can even immerse themselves in the show’s setting in real life by visiting filming location Port Isaac.

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Where is Doc Martin Filmed?

Doc Martin is filmed mostly in and around the town of Port Isaac, a small fishing village on the Atlantic coast of north Cornwall in the South West of England.

Thanks to its beautiful coastlines and lush countryside, the area has been used as filming location for a number of television shows, including Doc Martin, 2000 comedy Saving Grace,  television show The Shell Seekers and 2019 film Fisherman’s Friends.

The village centre, dotted in quaint, picturesque seaside buildings, is thought to date back to the 18th and 19th century when it made its name as a port and fishing hub.

Port Isaac was famous for its handling of shipments of coal, wood, stone, ores, limestone, salt, pottery and heavy goods.

The historic core of the village was designated a Conservation Area in 1971 and is home to approximately 80 Grade II listed buildings.

One very special building in the village is the quaint cottage which serves as a backdrop for much of the show.

Fern Cottage is the doctor’s home, and while visitors can’t go inside, you can snap a picture outside the iconic front door.

When is the best time to visit Port Isaac, Cornwall?

Cornwall is an ideal hotspot in the summer months, thanks to its glorious stretches of sandy beaches.

The best time to visit Cornwall is usually between June and September, thanks to the weather and popular tourism season.

Though things may be a little different this year due to lockdown restrictions, Cornwall’s unique coastal towns and villages are usually bustling areas of fun and entertainment in the summer months, and host a number of activities for the whole family.

The six weeks school holidays are said to be the busiest months, so if you want to plan a summer escape and avoid the crowds, picking a time around the annual school break could promise a more tranquil visit.

Cornwall’s highest average temperatures can hit around 19 degrees in the summer months, however, in July 2019, the area saw temperatures hit almost 30 degrees Celsius in some parts.

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Can I stay in the town of Port Isaac?

Though it is small, Port Isaac is home to a number of charming hotels and bed and breakfasts, many of which overlook the Atlantic shoreline.

The region also boasts a number of camping and caravan sites not too far outside of the village itself, as well as an array of holiday cottage rentals to choose from.

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How can I get to Port Isaac?

If you live in the UK Port Isaac can be driven to by car, accessible by the M5 Motorway.

Port Isaac is approximately a nine-hour car journey from Edinburgh, seven hours 30 from Newcastle, five hours 30 from Manchester, four hours from Birmingham, five from Nottingham, and four hours 30 from central London, according to Google Maps.

The nearest train station to Port Isaac is Bodmin Parkway. It takes roughly four hours by train from London Paddington Station.

What is there to do in Port Isaac?

Though there is plenty to see and do in and around Port Isaac, Doc Martin enthusiasts will be keen to take part in the specialist Doc Martin Tour.

The tour, hosted by BritMovieTours, is a fully guided walking tour which takes travellers around the seaside village, stopping off at many of the show’s scenic backdrops.

Locations on the tour include the Doc’s house and surgery, Louisa’s school, Mrs Tishell’s pharmacy.

However, Port Isaac is also a village steeped in history, with some parts taking back to the reign of Henry VIII.

Travellers can visit one of the beautiful nearby beaches, including Daymer Bay and Polzeath Beach, or stroll around the famous port itself. 

Visitors can also take in the views on a walk along the South West Coast Path, or soak up arts and culture at Cliffside Gallery.

The village is also home to a number of cosy cafes, pubs and restaurants, ideal for filling up after a busy day exploring. 

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Holidays: When will tourists be welcomed back to Turkey, Dubai, Spain, Portugal & France?

Whether your holiday has already been cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, or you have travel plans in the future, you may be concerned about when you can next jet off. With countries around the world easing lockdown at different rates, it seems the reopening of borders will also differ from region to region.

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At the time of writing the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all nonessential travel for an “indefinite” period of time. It is not known when this advisory will change.

Yet, even if this advisory does lift, it seems that holidays may still be ruined for those who plan to visit certain popular destinations.

When will borders be reopened for some of Britons’ favourite holiday destinations?

Spain could welcome tourists back by August

In 2019, Spain was ranked the second most visited country in the world, with approximately 83.7 million tourists choosing to visit. However, in 2020 it became home to one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, with citizens confined to their homes unless they had to leave for essential business.

In recent weeks the country has moved towards easing some of its stringent restrictions, allowing children to play outside for one hour a day, and then allowing adults to leave the home for exercise after almost two months in lockdown.

Yet tourism ministers have been keen to restimulate the industry, which is a vital source of income for the country, though have suggested it will not be business as usual.

In fact, the country may keep tourists out until August.

However, there is hope on the horizon, as the country begins its four-stage de-escalation plane to ease the current confinement and mobility measures over the next eight weeks.

According to the FCO: “While no specific dates have been attributed to each phase, it is estimated that each one will last for an initial period of 2 weeks from May 4.

“Moving from one phase to another will be contingent on the control of the COVID-19 outbreak in Spain and different provinces and regions of Spain may progress at different speeds.”

Spanish tourism minister Reyes Maroto spoke to local newspaper El Pais, saying: “We have to guarantee, when international tourism opens, that the person who comes to Spain is a safe person…

“The issue of borders will be accompanied by the evolution of the health crisis.

“Therefore, I do not have the solution of when [they will be able to open].

“On how you will be able to enjoy our beaches, we are defining different scenarios.

“It is very important that the sanitary recommendations are maintained, we are going to have to internalise what we are already doing now, hand washing, social distancing … even on the beaches.

“Those patterns will be in our day to day for a time, you cannot take a step back.”

The FCO adds: “Hotels and other tourist accommodation are expected to re-open when Phase 1 of the plan is activated.”

President of the Association of Hotel Chains (ACH) told the Spanish press: “The objective is to be able to open the hotels in stages and whenever the demand justifies the business effort.”

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Portugal may not welcome tourists back until 2021

Portugal has been in lockdown since March 13 and has recorded no deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic, and as a result, is gradually working to get its tourism industry back up and running.

However, in a bid to maintain its national health, it is thought that Portugal will not welcome back holidaymakers until April 2021.

The FCO states: “On 30 April, the Portuguese government announced the transition to a state of public calamity and the implementation of a three-stage de-escalation plan to gradually ease current confinement and mobility measures. Starting on 4 May, each stage of the plan will last 2 weeks.”

Restaurants, cafes and bars will reopen on May 18, but at limited capacity.

Sadly for tourists, these will be reserved for locals only for some time.

On a positive note, the tourism sector promises a clean and safe return for tourists as soon as it is right.

Travel officials in Portugal are hoping to reignite tourism in the Algarve with the implementation of new “clean and safe” stamps following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Algarve Tourism Board, in partnership with Portugal Tourism Board (Turismo de Portugal), has introduced the badges as a way of ensuring the safety of workers and visitors.

President of the Algarve Tourism Board, João Fernandes, said: “In coordination with the Tourism authorities of Portugal, we are making a great effort to implement action protocols that guarantee safety in the destination and allow recovery of the tourist sector.

“We are committed to developing all the necessary measures, with the ultimate goal of reinforcing security and confidence in the destination.”

However, in a phone interview with Bloomberg, Eliderico Viegas, head of the Association of Algarve Hotels and Tourism Enterprises, said that foreign visitors may not return until April 2021.

“This year, hotels in the Algarve will have to rely on locals for bookings, which is insufficient to keep many of these units open,” he said.

“Many hotels won’t open this year.”

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Dubai could welcome tourists back in July

Dubai’s tourism officials have suggested tourists will be welcomed back into the country as early as July, however, this is subject to the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In a television interview Helal Al Marri, director-general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism, said: “Many countries remain closed and it’s more about the bilateral discussions.

“Is it going to be July when things start slowly opening up?

“Is it going to be September? We just need to make sure we’re ready if things come earlier than expected.”

On April 24, the United Arab Emirates relaxed some of its strict lockdown measures, amending its public curfew and reopening some shopping malls and markets.

Turkey could welcome tourists back in August

Turkey’s lockdown has seen citizens subject to a curfew, with specific rules in place for those over 65 or who have medical conditions.

Travellers who enter the country from overseas are subject to enforced quarantine at a government-run quarantine facility.

The country has suggested tourism might be restarted by August.

Initially, Turkey’s tourism ministers had aimed for a July restart date, but this has since been amended in line with its gradual relaxation of measures.

Once tourism is restarted, passengers may need to carry medical documents proving they do not have the virus.

Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy has also suggested that European tourists will be banned from entering the country until the end of July.

He added: “The tourism sector itself has a vital role in terms of returning to normal processes.

“The importance of caring for our guests in our culture leads us to be ready for the transition to healthy tourism before everyone.

“Our certification programme shall ensure that our guests in Turkey are going to make their holidays safely and hygienic and feel comfortable during their visit.”

France could welcome tourists back in 2021

Travellers hoping for a French holiday could be waiting up to a year according to the French government.

The country has been home to a strict lockdown, with residents banned from venturing further than 1km from their homes in recent months.

Today, French people have been given the go-ahead to travel up to 100km from their homes, with small changes to restrictions expected in the next few weeks.

Some shops have reopened, but bars and restaurants remain shuttered until June at the earliest.

Even when they do, holidaymakers will likely not be welcomed.

President of the Departmental Tourism Committee, Sylvie Chevallier, has said she foresees difficult days ahead.

In the Forbes interview, she warned: “There are going to be difficult situations for tourism professionals.

“We know that foreigners will not return in 2020.”

At the end of May, hoteliers are expected to be given an indication of when they can reopen, but until then things remain uncertain.

Speaking to Forbes magazine, Chateau director Stéphanie Gombert said: “I doubt for the whole year we will have any international tourists. Maybe some from Switzerland or Belgium.”

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Dubai holidays: Hotels could be up to 60 percent cheaper in a bid to lure back tourism

With plans to gain back vital tourism, some hotels in Dubai are slashing prices by as much as 60 percent over the course of the next year. Hotels have also revealed plans for social distancing measures to be implemented, ensuring the safety of both guests and hotel staff.

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Speaking to The Telegraph Travel, Lesley Rollo, managing director of booking agent Travelbag said they had found hotel booking offers with discounts of up to 60 percent. Usually, these hotels only offer 40 percent discounts.

She added: “I’ve never seen anything like it. It will open up luxury travel for so many people.”

However, thanks to the pandemic these luxurious experiences may not be what they once were.

Hotels around the world are trying to figure out ways to enforce social distancing while still ensuring customers have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Emaar Hospitality chief operating officer Chris Newman told Telegraph Travel that “all of the luxurious elements” could be very different in the future.

“All those luxurious elements we’ve come to expect – like an attentive waiter topping up your glass at dinner, or a hand-folded towel waiting on your bed – have to be reconsidered,” he said.

“We are working closely with healthcare consultants to minimise ‘touchpoints’ throughout the hotels. Check-in and check-out will be contactless, pool areas will be designed for distancing, restaurants will be limited to a 30 percent capacity – and as for buffets?

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“You can forget about them for the foreseeable future.”

Tourism in the country has plummeted in recent months after the government closed the UAE border on March 24.

However, as lockdown restrictions begin to ease for the masses, the tourism industry is looking at ways to breathe life back into its hotels and travel operations.

The emirate’s director general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Al Marri suggested travel and tourism could resume as early as July.

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Whether Britons will be welcomed into the country when it initially opens remains to be seen, with some countries around the world suggesting Britons will be left behind.

Last month Spain’s Balearic Island’s tourism minister Iago Negueruela singled out Britain for its response to the virus and suggested it had handicapped its chances of summer holidays.

Mr Negueruela said: “There are countries like the United Kingdom that have taken too long to adopt containment measures. That also puts us in a different situation with respect to them.”

With the future remaining largely unclear for Britons, though cheap hotel deals may be enticing, securing a holiday could be a risk.

The UK government currently has an Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice directed at all Britons in place.

It reads: “As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

“Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.

“If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.

“Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.”

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British Airways reveal incredible Avios bonus now on sale to boost flight upgrade chances

Avios are reward points British Airways Executive Club members can collect with BA and their partners. They can be accrued by flying, taking a holiday, staying in a hotel or renting a car. When travellers have collected enough, they can spend Avios for rewards such as flights, upgrades, hotel stays, car hire and more.

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This means jet-setters are often keen to collect as many as they can.

The good news is, topping up your points just got a lot easier this month.

British Airways are now offering 50 percent bonus Avios.

This sale is now on and lasts until May 18.

BA explains: “Everyone deserves something to look forward to.

“We want to make sure you’ll be ready to step right into your next adventure when the time is right, so we are offering an extra 50 percent Avios when you buy or gift Avios before 18 May 2020.

“Buy between 1,000 to 200,000 Avios during the offer period to get between 2,000 to 300,000 Avios.”

Terms and conditions do apply.

“Purchased Avios are non-refundable,” states British Airways.

“In most cases, your Avios will appear in your account immediately, for you to spend straight away.

“However, there are some instances where this could take up to five working days.

“Your Avios cannot be used until they have been added to your account.”

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What’s more, customers do not have to worry about losing their Avios.

“They won’t expire if you collect, spend, buy or transfer at least one Avios every 36 months,” clarified BA.

Of course, you can collect Avios without directly purchasing them.

Nicky Kelvin from The Points Guy UK has revealed an unlikely way Britons can earn Avios points from home during lockdown.

Kelvin revealed that those keen to build on their points and miles should consider airline shopping portals.

“If you’re looking to earn points or miles and you ever shop online, signing up for a shopping portal is a no-brainer,” he exclusively told Express.co.uk.

“Airlines offer these online programs, which earn you rewards when you sign up and click through to a retailer from the portal (rather than simply going to a shop’s website directly).

“The number of bonus points or miles you’ll earn depends on the retailer you’re shopping with as well as the shopping portal you use,” Kelvin added.

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Spain coronavirus: UK government issues update for Britons – is Spain still in lockdown?

Spain has the second-highest number of reported coronavirus cases in the world after the US. The popular holiday destination has a total of 217,466 cases at the time of writing. Like many other countries, Spain entered a strict lockdown period in March in response to the coronavirus crisis.

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Many Britons have been left wondering when they will be able to holiday in Spain again.

In what may prove a glimmer of hope to holidaymakers, the FCO has updated their travel advice to Spain.

The country is now starting to relax its lockdown.

“On April 28, the Spanish government announced a four-stage de-escalation plan to gradually ease the current confinement and mobility measures over an estimated period of at least eight weeks,” said the FCO.

The government continued: “As from May 4, Phase 0 of the de-escalation plan will allow for individuals to do exercise outdoors and for members of the same household to take a walk together outside.

“Urban and inter-regional transport services (i.e. coaches and trains) are operating at reduced levels.

“Travel to airports by road or rail to leave Spain is still permitted, but travellers may be asked to provide evidence that they are departing Spain (i.e. plane ticket).”

However, other strict measures do still remain in place.

“Public gatherings are banned, most shops other than those selling food or other essential items such as pharmacies will be closed, many businesses and all schools and universities are closed, and all citizens have been instructed to remain at home except when going about a limited set of activities,” explained the FCO.

So how will the de-escalation measures be rolled out?

“While no specific dates have been attributed to each phase, it is estimated that each one will last for an initial period of two weeks from May 4,” clarified the FCO.

“Moving from one phase to another will be contingent on the control of the COVID-19 outbreak in Spain and different provinces and regions of Spain may progress at different speeds.”

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As for those hoping to holiday in Spain, the FCO explains: “Hotels and other tourist accommodation are expected to re-open (with access restrictions to communal areas) when Phase 1 of the plan is activated.”

Britons can consult the specific measures included in each phase of the national plan online and can refer to local authorities for guidance on the specific measures.

The FCO points out: “Social distancing measures and other safety precautions should be considered at all times. Spanish authorities ‘highly recommend’ the use of face for all activities outside the home.

“Face masks on all public transport is obligatory.”

Britons are still not permitted to travel abroad, however,

The current COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice is as follows: “As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

“Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.

“Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.”

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Jet2 travel advice for travellers with July, August & September flight plans

As the UK pushes into its seventh week of lockdown many holidaymakers may be growing anxious about holiday plans later in the summer, with normal life showing little sign of returning any time soon. Jet2 and Jet2 holidays have currently postponed all planned holidays until June 17.

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However, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintaining that Britons should avoid all but essential travel for an “indefinite” period of time, many would-be holidaymakers may be worried about being too eager to jet off in the summer months.

This could be heightened for those who have a medical condition or are deemed vulnerable to the virus.

So what options are they for Jet2 customers?

Customers who were due to travel prior to June 17 are entitled to a full cash refund under current EU law.

The airline is in the process of contacting all affected customers.

A statement on the Jet2 website reads: “Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’ve decided to recommence our flights programme on 17 June 2020.

“If you’re travelling before this date, unfortunately, your booking will be affected as our flights won’t be operating.

“We’re proactively contacting all affected customers in departure date order, which we think is the fairest way – please be patient with us as we do this.”

Customers who would prefer to amend plans can do so on the Jet2 website free of charge, so long as they were travelling prior to June 20.

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Jet2 has created a dedicated page for customers to do so, however, amendments must be made by May 31 2020.

For those who are uncertain of where they want to travel to or when they want to go, the airline is also offering refund credit notes.

The Jet2 website explains: “Fill out the request a credit note form and you’ll be given a refund credit note to rearrange your flights within six months of receiving it.”

This information does not cover the options for travellers who are due to fly after the planned restart date, but who may no longer feel comfortable doing so.

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However, Jet 2 does offer some advice for holidaymakers who find themselves in this predicament.

“We understand that you may have concerns about your flight(s).

“The health and safety of our customers is always our number one priority, so we’re continuing to monitor the situation very closely and will adjust our programme accordingly where necessary,” says Jet2.

“Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’ve decided to recommence our flights programme on 17 June 2020. If you’re travelling before this date, unfortunately, your booking will be affected as our flights won’t be operating.

“If we’ve cancelled your flight(s), you can simply change your booking to a later departure date and you won’t have to pay an admin fee. All you have to do is log in to Manage My Booking and make the change before midnight on 30 April 2020 – we’ve extended the date due to popular demand! So join thousands of others and change your flight(s) today.

“We’re proactively contacting all affected customers about their options, in departure date order, which we think is the fairest way. Please be patient with us as we do this and remember that we’ll get in touch with you.

“If you’ve made a booking that’s currently unaffected and you would like to either amend it or cancel, this will be in line with our terms and conditions.”

According to Jet2’s cancellation policy, if you choose to cancel your flight of your own accord the airline will “not provide any refund”.

Instead, they advise: “To avoid losing your money altogether, we recommend you consider changing the name on your booking to someone else who can travel in your place and/or to consider changing the dates of travel.”

However, by their terms and conditions, a change of date would incur an administration fee.

Express.co.uk has contacted Jet2 for further comment and information surrounding what customers should do if they decide they no longer want to travel in the late summer months.

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Ryanair looks to test all passengers before flights and enforce strict face mask rules

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has revealed some of the new measures the airline is considering enforcing in order to take to the skies in the future. The Irish-carrier has been forced to cancel flights right up into June, however, Mr O’Leary said there are plans to take to the skies again in “July and August” though the travel experience could be very different.

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Speaking on BBC News this morning he explained: “While we expect to be back flying some services in July and August, we think that the build-up will be slow, passengers will be wearing face masks, temperature checks at airports, there will be those kinds of controls.”

The airline, which had budgeted for 42 million passengers in the months of April, May and June, has seen figures plummet to less than 140,000.

Mr O’Leary emphasised that the cancelled flights were not the airline’s decision, and instead were due to the unprecedented pandemic and “cancellations imposed on us by the government out of nowhere.”

However, despite the fact he says social distancing is not possible onboard flights, he remains positive that once air travel does resume Ryanair will be able to keep its crew and passengers safe.

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“This notion of keeping empty middle seats, it doesn’t achieve any social distancing,” he said.

“The aisle and the window seat are two and a half feet away from each other, they are not two metres.“There is no way you can have social distancing in an aluminium tube, whether it’s an airline or it’s the London Underground or it’s a train.

“I think what we will have to do though when we do return is temperature checks of people entering terminals and train stations, and everybody with a temperature of over 38 degrees will be refused entry.

“And onboard we will have face coverings or face masks for passengers and cabin crew.”

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He adds: “We are disinfecting the aircraft every night, so yes we can keep people safe, but the challenge is going to be that the return to some degree of normality, to normal tourism fumes is going to take us a year, two, maybe even three at this stage.

”Many Britons who have been advised by the government to self-isolate and social distance for their own health, due to being classed as “high-risk”, may be concerned that they will not be excluded from the world of air travel.

Mr O’Leary says that this is not the case, though did point out that there are some scenarios where they may have to reconsider long-haul travel.

“I doubt it,” he continued.

“On short haul flights where your flight is one hour or one hour fifty minutes, no I don’t think you will be excluded.

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The air carrier also announced today that it would be slashing around 15 percent of its workforce due to the sudden drop in passenger figures, with the potential for more to come if the industry does not revive.

“For the full year we will now carry less than 100 million passengers, the original budget was 155 million passengers,” he said.“We will carry about one third less passengers than we originally planned this year.”

He added: “We have no choice this morning but to announce 3,000 job cuts – that is about 15 percent of our workforce – we will be closing some bases in the UK and Spain and other places across Europe because by the time we get out of this we will be into the winter schedule anyway.”

The airline has not yet reached a decision about which airports will see cuts. 

Ryanair is not the only airline which has suggested the introduction of face masks for passengers as well as the crew.

Hungarian airline Wizz Air announced a series of new safety protocols for flights which are set to take to the skies in May.

A new video from the airline reveals plans for contactless check-in and the introduction of face masks for passengers.

TYravellers will also be handed an individual sanitising wipe to use in their seats. 

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