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FCO travel advice: When will FCO lift travel ban?

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all but essential international travel. At the beginning of the outbreak many British nationals were stuck abroad as the world’s airports began to shut down in response to the growing threat of coronavirus.

The FCO’s exceptional travel advisory notice reads: “As countries respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office 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 have suspended flights and many airports are closed, preventing flights from leaving.”


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The travel advisory has been in place since March 17.

Travelling to another country while a travel advisory is out will invalidate all travel insurance claims.

When will the FCO lift travel bans?

Strictly speaking, travel advisories are not travel bans.

You cannot be prosecuted for travelling internationally – although you will not be able to obtain travel insurance.

Although many airlines have been forced to ground their fleets, some commercial flights have been running, and the Government repatriated stuck Britons earlier on in the crisis.

Flights will resume for many of the big providers soon, with Jet2, Easyjet and Ryanair all announcing plans to sell flights again in June.

Despite this, the advisory has not been lifted and the Government has not solidly indicated when this will happen.

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The Government said it is continuing to look at further options for international travel.

These include “air bridges” – agreements between countries with similar transmission rates to recognise the other nation’s passenger departure screening measures and remove the need for quarantine measures for incoming passengers.

The “air bridges” scheme was approved by the Government earlier this week.

However, none of these are set in stone and only essential travel is permitted.

The changes come as the summer holiday season grows closer, with some countries putting their own bans on Brits travelling to popular destinations due to the UK’s high death and infection rate.

Those who travel into the UK will soon have to quarantine for 14 days, in plans announced earlier this month.

Greece announced that once the country had opened up to international travel again, the UK is not among the 29 countries permitted to travel there.

Greece has so far had far fewer cases of coronavirus than the UK, with 2,906 confirmed cases and 175 deaths. The Greek islands, which rely heavily on tourism, have had no confirmed cases.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border.

“We are introducing these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave.”

UK arrivals from the Common Travel Area, including Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, will be exempt from the rule, alongside a very limited group of workers, including freight drivers and medical professionals.

Anyone else arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train would be required to provide border officials with an address where they will self isolate, and will be checked in on to make sure they are abiding by the rules.

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Turkey holidays: When will Turkey allow UK tourists?

Turkey is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Brits, with beautiful beaches, warm weather and a range of sights to see. However, holidays have been put on hold this year as the world grapples with the spread of coronavirus.

Many countries are beginning to lift strict lockdown restrictions, and Turkey is starting to ease some measures.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey will lift restrictions on intercity travel and allow restaurants, cafes, parks and sports facilities to reopen from Monday, June 1.

Museums and beaches will also open from June 1, Mr Erdogan said after a cabinet meeting.

He said restrictions would remain in place on the movements of those aged over 65 and under 18.

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The virus has killed nearly 4,500 people in Turkey, with more than 160,000 infections.

The economy is expected to tip into recession as a result of the containment measures.

Mr Erdogan said in a televised address: “Under the new normal order, let us not neglect masks, distancing and hygiene.”

He said: “We don’t have the slightest doubt that we will make up for all our losses of the last 2-1/2 months in a short period of time.

“Let’s definitely wear masks out, maintain physical distance and pay attention to hygiene. These are three essential things for us.”

In early April, Turkey stopped all travel between 31 cities, including Istanbul, excluding transit passage and essential supplies.

The country then reduced the restrictions to 15 cities but they will end on June 1.

Among other easing measures, Turkey began operating intercity trains on Thursday after a two-month break.

Mosques will also begin allowing mass prayers from today, May 29.

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When can British tourists return to Turkey?

Despite Turkey beginning to reduce lockdown measures across the country, it may be a while yet until Brits can fly to the country.

British tourists are not expected to return until at least autumn, with domestic travellers the priority, according to local media.

This is due to fears of another outbreak, as well as making sure social distancing guidelines are being enforced.

Some restrictions may be in place when British tourists can return, with some holiday resorts across the country potentially requiring guests to prove they don’t have COVID-19 with health certificates.

As part of the fight against the deadly virus, hotels, airports and attractions will all be sterilised.

These locations will also be told to allow enough space for social distancing.

Other measures may include temperature checks at hotels and airports.

For anyone wanting to fly, the UK will be enforcing a 14-day quarantine on anyone entering the country, including British nationals, from next month.

On arriving into the UK, travellers will have to fill out a form and give details of any onward journeys and where they will be staying.

The Government may then contact travellers within those 14 days to ensure quarantine rules are being adhered to.

Current Government guidelines on international travel stipulate only essential journeys should take place.

This also applies to anyone looking to holiday in Britain, with the guidance stating: “Leaving your home – the place you live – to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose is not allowed. This includes visiting second homes.”

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Spain holiday warning: Canary Islands demands tourists take coronavirus test before entry

The Canary Islands are a very popular holiday destination with Britons and tourists around the world. Usually, the islands are inundated with tourists each summer hoping to soak up some sun and sand. However, now the islands are insisting that foreign tourists – including Britons – have to take a COVID-19 test before they travel to the islands.

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The local government said the measure will be expensive.

However, the government has indicated that hoteliers and airlines might be willing to team up with the public sector to help pay the bill.

Vice-president of the Government of the Canary Islands and Minister of the Treasury, Román Rodríguez said people need to fly with the least possible risk.

He said: “We need people who get on the plane to do so with the least possible risk of infecting others or becoming infected.”

The Canary Islands emerged relatively unscathed from the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the globe.

The Canaries have only recorded 160 deaths since the crisis began.

Tourism chiefs have said that because of the country’s low death and case rates, they want the islands treated like a “world safety lab”.

They are also hoping that the Canaries will be one of the first regions open to tourists if Spain decides to opt for a phased basis.

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Mr Rodriguez said in a video call with the Spanish government that there needs to be measures in place for “air health security”.

He added that economic activity in the Canary Islands is highly dependent on air traffic and “we need that mobility to be safe.”

Mr Rodriguez also said that carrying out the tests was essential as using masks would not be enough.

He also said that removing middle seats on planes and social distancing is not possible economically.

The vice president considered that tests at source are technically possible and, although they are expensive right now, the private sector – hoteliers and airlines – would be interested in seeking coordination mechanisms with the public sector to make them possible.

He added: “If we reduce the risk of contagion, we will quickly regain people’s trust, which is the key to activating air mobility.”

So far, hoteliers have backed the move who have pointed out that 35 percent of the GDP in the Canaries is linked to tourism, as well as 70,000 jobs in hotels and apartments.

Because the Canary Islands are predominantly a tourist destination, Mr Rodriquez has asked the European Union to treat the Canaries differently when it comes to the distribution of resources.

Tenerife received the most visitors out of all the Canaries last year with almost six million visitors.

Gran Canaria came in second with 4.3 million holidaymakers last year.

The travel and tourism GDP amounted to 16 billion euros in the region in 2018.

The Canaries are just off the northwest coast of Africa, meaning that they are perfect for winter breaks.

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot

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‘Airlines will entice you!’ Travellers will have to pay more for flights, says expert

Airlines are just one aspect of the travel industry that have been left financially strained by the coronavirus pandemic. While many plan to restart flights in July, others are holding off until Government advice becomes clearer. Currently, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice states that travelling abroad is not permitted unless it is “essential”.

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This has been put in place “indefinitely” and is likely to last until at least next month.

This week, Home Secretary Priti Patel also updated the nation on the upcoming quarantine rules which will be put in place from June 8.

The rules state that anyone arriving into the country from abroad will be subject to stringent 14-day quarantine rules.

Anyone caught breaking the rules could be fined up to £1,000.

Although the future of the industry remains shaky, there are those with the travel bug who are desperate to go on holiday abroad.

Express.co.uk spoke exclusively with Travel risk expert Lloyd Figgins about how airlines will try and entice travellers to pay more for flights once travel restrictions are lifted.

Mr Figgins is also Chairman of the Travel Risk & Incident Prevention (TRIP), which is an independent think-tank dedicated to improving knowledge, education and awareness of travel risk management.

He’s also the author of The Travel Survival Guide and often provides commentary in the media.

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For those looking for a cheap flight abroad in the near future, he explained that you could be in luck but at another cost.

He said: “In the early stages of people getting back to travelling you will see airlines enticing them [travellers] with some pretty good offers, actually.”

However, he warned that this will soon change.

He continued: “But I think in the longer term they’re going to have to recoup the losses that they have incurred.

“The longer term picture is not so bright.

“I think that travellers will be paying more for their flights until travel returns to what it was pre-COVID-19.”

Mr Figgins also added that airlines will need to try and reestablish consumer confidence in flying to secure its future.

“The key thing here is to reestablish consumer confidence and I think that at the moment the travel industry is really hurting – and I totally get that – but what I would say is that if the travel industry does anything to erode consumer confidence I think they will suffer long into the future.

“But if the travel industry gets this right and adopts robust travel risk management procedures in order to keep people safe during a time of such uncertainty it will secure its future.

“But if it rushes into a return to travel without those appropriate safety measures in place, it will take a very, very long time for it to recover.”

Lloyds Figgins’ book, The Travel Survival Guide, is available to buy on Amazon

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Holidays 2020: Major holiday hotspot Seychelles plans to reopen but Britons are not first

Many Britons this year are looking at a holiday closer to home in the UK. As travel restrictions remain in place and Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidelines state that Britons cannot travel abroad unless it is “essential”, many are opting to book staycations instead. But many countries have been left slightly aghast at the UK’s latest 14-day quarantine measures which will see anyone arriving in the UK from abroad being subject to quarantine.

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The rules are in place for anyone travelling from abroad, including Britons returning from holidays in the future.

The only exceptions are those travelling from Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, otherwise known as the Common Travel Area.

And now, other countries such as Spain and France have also put such rules in place which has, in turn, jeopardised the future of the travel and tourism industry.

With that in mind, many countries are looking to restart their tourism industries as quickly as possible.

The latest tourist hotspot to join that list is the Seychelles near East Africa.

The Seychelles are an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off of East Africa that are known for their white, sandy beaches and almost transparent waters.

This week, the Seychelles said it plans to restart tourism by admitting the citizens of one country.

The islands said they may begin by admitting Israelis as part of its initial reopening of the tourism industry.

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The government closed off the Seychelles early during the global pandemic which has meant it has had a fairly low coronavirus case and death rate compared to the rest of the world.

In fact, out of the world’s 5.4 million cases, the Seychelles have had only 11 cases and no deaths.

Talks between the Seychelles and Israel are now underway on allowing Israelis to visit the stunning islands.

Seychelles tourism board chief executive Sherin Francis told Reuters that the reason for this is because Israel is one of the few countries where the number of infections has plunged.

She said: “Israel is one of the countries where the number of new infections has dramatically dropped.”

She added: “The possibility of visits is being considered as we look forward to reducing restrictions without compromising public safety.”

Israeli Ambassador to Seychelles Oded Joseph said that a deal could be in place “within a week or two” for both countries.

Israelis visiting the Seychelles would not have to be quarantined when they arrive at the islands or when they return to Israel.

Another proposal sees Israeli tourists being sent to certain results on outer islands.

This will protect locals living on the islands from catching viruses from abroad.

Israel has had over 16,600 cases and only 279 deaths.

Many countries are discussing ways to kickstart travel by allowing “travel bubbles” whereby countries work together in small groupings to restore travel amongst themselves.

Australia and New Zealand were in talks to try and kickstart this.

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UK holidays: Cornwall summer hotspot opens doors for ocean activities – will you visit?

Holidays in the UK are gaining popularity due to travel restrictions and bans in place across multiple countries worldwide amid the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the Landmark Trust has already reported a surge in bookings. The sudden change in holiday trend is likely to be down to travel restrictions both in the UK and abroad.

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With 14-day quarantine travel rules likely to come into play next month, British tourists could be looking at having to book off weeks for just a weekend away.

For example, if you book a week away in Spain you could be looking at having to book five weeks off work due to Spain’s own quarantine rules.

However, for those who are happy to travel in the UK, one holiday hotspot in the sunny southwest has opened its doors to tourists.

If surfing, bodyboarding and kayaking are your activities of choice then this may be the holiday spot for you.

Newquay Activity Centre on the stunning north coast of Cornwall in the southwest of England is offering British holidaymakers the opportunity to take part in some new experiences in the sea.

Newquay Activity Centre said: “Following new Government guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England we are pleased to say that we are OPEN for business again.

“In light of it being Mental Awareness week, this return to ocean activities is well timed.

“We know that the water is hugely beneficial for our mental and physical state and will leave you feeling calmer, more positive and energised.

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“We are able to deliver our award winning activities from a safe distance and by taking the following measures.”

They added: “Only individuals, couples, families or small groups that have been isolating together will be in the same session.”

However, to ensure people remain safe, the outdoor activity provider is offering its customers enhanced safety measures.

One of the measures will be “staggering customer arrival times and limiting the number of guests per day”.

Others include: “Increased cleaning throughout the centre; asking customers to be prepared (with swimwear under clothing so that we can reduce the need to use changing rooms); increased wetsuit and kit wash; all equipment sterilised and rotated before their next use; new considerations of safe ocean conditions to maximise safety; new rescue protocols; and increased signs and reminders.”

There will also be new measures in place for staff supervising customers.

The new measures include, “training in new session delivery, wearing PPE where required and social distancing in the workplace”.

The centre added that the number of customers being taken each day is now “limited” because of the coronavirus.

They added: “With smaller-than-average groups all guests will be receiving fantastic value and a great experience.

“The number of customers that we can take each day is currently limited so we urge you to contact us if you would like to safely enjoy the huge benefits of the ocean this spring and summer.”

The Newquay Activity Centre offers customers the chance to experience surfing, coasteering, kayaking, bodyboarding and paddle boarding.

Some 53,000 jobs depend on hospitality and tourism in Cornwall.

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Holidays 2020: Cyprus blacklists UK tourists from entering when it reopens in June

Britons hoping for a sunny holiday in Cyprus this year may be left disappointed after the nation decided to ban UK tourists. Cyprus, who have had a relatively low coronavirus case rate of just 927, have stated that the UK’s high death toll and infection rate means that they will not be able to visit the country as quickly as other nations. The country is set to open next month to tourists but Britons will not be allowed in.

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The nation’s Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said to begin with 19 countries will be allowed to enter Cyprus from June 9 which includes Greece.

The countries on the list for the first phase have some of the lowest coronavirus case and death rates.

The countries who will be allowed to fly into Cyprus from June 9 include Greece, Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia and Lithuania.

A second phase of countries will then be allowed to enter from June 20.

These nations include Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Estonia and the Czech Republic.

Visitors wishing to enter the country from June 9 will have to test negative for a coronavirus test three days before their flight.

But people arriving from June 20 from those first 13 countries will not have to be tested for the coronavirus.

The news has left Britons raging, with many expressing their fury on Twitter.

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One user said: “As long as it works both ways.”

Another said: “But I thought Europe was the land of free movement?”

Another Twitter user said: “Bye bye economy and jobs.”

However, some users agreed with the stringent new measures.

One user said: They don’t want us to bring our poorly managed pandemic with us.”

Another said: “I’d ban us as well. Absolute s**t show the UK.” (sic)

But it’s not all bad news for the UK, according to Mr Karaousos.

The Transport Minister in Cyprus revealed that the list will be updated by the Health Ministry regularly in the future.

From June 8, the UK will be quarantining anyone who arrives in the UK from abroad for 14 days.

The new rules are set to be reviewed every three weeks, according to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel.

She also said today that anyone caught breaking the rules will receive a fine of up to £1,000.

Anyone who refuses to follow the new mandatory rules can be refused entry to the UK by Border Force.

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Travel between UK and France: Why is France exempt from UK quarantine?

Boris Johnson has updated the UK’s lockdown rules, moving on from the original advice of ‘Stay Home’ to ‘Stay Alert’. The Government has also published its COVID-19 recovery strategy alongside the Prime Minister’s pre-recorded speech announcing the loosening of the rules.

Why is France exempt from UK quarantine?

Passengers who travel into the UK via any means will now be subject to new rules which stipulate a 14-day mandatory quarantine, with those arriving from France being exempt.

Boris Johnson said on Sunday the rules would be imposed on people coming into the UK, including residents and non residents, in a bid to prevent further spread of coronavirus.

The agreement between the Prime Minister and President Emmanuel Macron declares: “No quarantine measures would apply to travellers coming from France at this stage; any measures on either side would be taken in a concerted and reciprocal manner.”

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In addition to this, those travelling from the Republic of Ireland will not be made to go into quarantine either.

No date has been set for when the quarantine will go into effect, however, it is currently expected to be at the end of this month.

The new rules means all residents and citizens arriving at a UK airport will have to self isolate for two weeks, and must be able to demonstrate where they will be quarantining upon demand.

The rules will not just apply to air passengers, but also those arriving by other means of travel such as ferry or train as well.

The Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy reads: “First, alongside increased information about the UK’s social distancing regime at the border, the Government will require all international arrivals to supply their contact and accommodation information.

“They will also be strongly advised to download and use the NHS contact tracing app.

“Second, the Government will require all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the UK.

“Where international travellers are unable to demonstrate where they would self-isolate, they will be required to do so in accommodation arranged by the Government.

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“The Government is working closely with the devolved administrations to coordinate implementation across the UK.

“Small exemptions to these measures will be in place to provide for continued security of supply into the UK and so as not to impede work supporting national security or critical infrastructure and to meet the UK’s international obligations.

“All journeys within the Common Travel Area will also be exempt from these measures.”

The new measures are expected to be updated as the UK moves through the next stages.

Why is France exempt?

Currently, the specific reasons surrounding why France has been made exempt is unclear, with no official line released by either side.

Both countries have large death tolls and are still under lockdown regulations.

France is most likely exempt due to the channel tunnel being a main thoroughfare between the UK and the rest of Europe.

Eurostar runs trains from London to Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.

In 2018, it made almost £1billion worth of sales transporting people to and from the continent.

Mr Johnson has expressed how keen he is to get the economy back on its feet.

Updated lockdown regulations mean those who cannot work from home should now go back to work.

The new policies have caused widespread concern from the public and official figures, noting that the UK is working at a 15 percent fatality rate.

More than 32,000 people have now died from coronavirus in the UK, the second biggest death toll in the world after the United States.

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Flights: The new hidden costs that could make air travel prices surge after lockdown

The travel and tourism sector has become one of the worst hit industries due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the global business travel market is predicted to see a loss of $810.7billion (£654.5billion) in revenue in 2020, with China seeing the biggest loss, according to Statista. Airlines are just one of the industries that are contributing to this loss, with one expert predicting that more than 400 airlines worldwide are expected to file for bankruptcy this year.

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The US federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics announced on Monday that airlines made a combined $5.8billion in revenue on baggage fees last year alone, meaning that this year, they are expected to make a lot less.

Along with ticket change and cancellation fees, airlines made $8.6billion (£6.94billion) in key ancillary revenue streams in 2019.

CEO and Founder of Send My Bag, an international luggage delivery service, Adam Ewart, explained that as airlines restart their operations, these hidden ancillary costs or “added extras” could rocket, making air travel a lot more expensive.

He explained: “Since Flybe became the first UK based airline to charge for checked baggage in 2006, ancillary revenue has increased exponentially.

“Initially, more and more airlines followed suit and began charging for baggage, but it wasn’t long before these hidden fees were applied elsewhere: from priority boarding to seat reservation.

“The federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics has now announced that US airlines collected $5.8billion (£4.68billion) in baggage fees last year, and the UK is on a similar course.

“With the spread of coronavirus, airlines are unfortunately experiencing unprecedented financial turbulence.

“However, in order to recoup the estimated $314billion (£253.5billion) in revenue lost this year, there is reasonable concern that airlines may hike up ancillary costs once travel restrictions are lifted.”

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He said that the main “added extras” that airlines could charge for include rising baggage fees.

Mr Ewart added: “This would see passengers having to pay more across a greater variety of ‘added extras’, potentially including rising baggage fees and seat and ticket change fees, as well as increasing costs on other less traditional ancillary revenue streams such as in-flight Wi-Fi.

“Although the current circumstances are regrettable, it shouldn’t be down to loyal customers to keep airlines afloat, particularly when they may be facing financial difficulties of their own.”

Currently, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice is urging all Britons to avoid non-essential travel worldwide “indefinitely” unless it is essential.

Some airlines have already announced their plans to restart their operations in the coming months.

British Airways’s owners IAG announced yesterday that it is hoping to re-start flights in July if coronavirus lockdown measures are eased.

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh, said: “We are planning for a meaningful return to service in July 2020 at the earliest, depending on the easing of lockdowns and travel restrictions around the world.

“We will adapt our operating procedures to ensure our customers and our people are properly protected in this new environment.”

Wizz Air has already resumed some flights from Luton Airport.

The airline became the first in Europe to continue its services following the coronavirus outbreak.

The budget airline also announced five new routes which include Faro in Portugal and Corfu, Heraklion, Rhodes and Zakynthos in Greece.

However, the new routes will begin in mid-June for Portugal and July for locations in Greece.

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Staff in face masks & 1 couple per lift: How luxury holidays will change after coronavirus

With holidays on hold and travel restrictions in place, hotels and other businesses in the travel and tourism sector have been left financially strained by the coronavirus pandemic. But as airlines and tourism hotspots begin to explore the possibility of restarting operations for the late summer, many travellers have been left wondering what the future could entail when it comes to flights and accommodation. One hotel chain is now putting its customers’ minds at ease with a comprehensive list of stringent measures to ensure cleanliness and security for their guests.

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Sandal Resorts’ Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness will include several cleaning measures which will be put in place from arrival to departure so that guests feel at ease.

The procedures, which include health and well-being requirements, will be put in place across all 18 of their resorts.

Here’s a list of some of the hotel chain’s new measures.

Advanced hygiene practices across 18 “key touch points”

Sandals Resorts has done a research assessment of all the places that guests are in contact with from arrival to departure, ensuring that all of them are kept sanitised.

The resort explained in an email all the touch points which include, “the airport lounge; guest transfers to and from resort; guest rooms, food and beverage experiences; housekeeping and laundry; elite services including butler service and Club Sandals Concierge; maintenance; resort activities such as water sports; elevators; swimming pools, jacuzzis and spas; team members access points; fitness centres and the Red Lane Spa; public bathrooms; suppliers and receiving; all public areas including lobbies and beaches; back of house facilities such as store rooms and offices; Kids Camps and waterparks at Beaches Resorts; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.”

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All resorts being inspected three times a day minimum for cleanliness

All the resorts will be sanitised on an ongoing basis but a “triple-check system” has also been put in place to ensure the resorts remain clean.

The inspections – which will take place at least three times daily – will include checking the cleanliness of door handles, interiors of vehicles (used for airport transfers), public toilets, kitchens, bars and restaurants which includes menus, tables, cutlery, glassware, chairs and more; and swimming pools and hot tubs.

Public toilets will also be cleaned in 20-minute intervals to ensure there is no spread of germs.

Stringent housekeeping measures including UV inspections

The resorts will also have to follow stringent housekeeping practices which include using hospital-grade disinfectants, electrical aerosol sprayers and UV-LED lighting to look at cleanliness.

Carpets will also be steam-cleaned and sanitised along with air ducts in the resorts.

Hand sanitising stations

Stations will be set up for guests and members of the Sandals Resorts team.

The stations will be set up throughout the resorts including dining areas and in guest rooms.

Online check-in

Guests will be able to check-in online so they can avoid person-to-person contact at the front desk and go directly to their room.

Social distancing practices

Guests will be encouraged to maintain a safe distance from one another which includes adding more airport transfers with fewer guests in each vehicle, extending check-in times, safe social distances in restaurants, bars and beaches.

Other social distancing measures include no hand-shakes and restricting trips in a lift to one couple per trip or one family per trip at beach resorts.

Team training and temperature checks

All team members at Sandals Resorts will have specialised training which includes hygiene practices and ways to prevent the spread of the virus.

Members of staff have to undergo temperature checks before the start of each shift and have medical clearance.

They must also wear gloves and face masks, and not wear their uniform to and from work.

Suppliers and partners will also have to follow Sandals Resorts’ standards

Delivery windows will be restricted to one at a time, there will be limited physical contact, sanitation of all touch points and removal of all outer packaging.

Gordon Stewart, Founder and Chairman of Sandals Resorts explained that cleanliness and the safety of guests and team members are their priority.

He said: “At Sandals Resorts, cleanliness and safety have always been priority number one.

“Our loyal guests and incredible team members are part of the Sandals family, and we take care of our family.

“Their health and safety are our focus.

“We want our guests to not have to worry about a thing so they can enjoy the Luxury Included holiday they’ve trusted in time and time again.

“We’re doing everything we can to offer peace of mind during a time that has been difficult for the entire world, and that is why we have continued to evolve our protocols to maintain an even safer, healthier stay.”

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