Month: November 2020

What are the latest rules and do you need a Covid test to visit?

<p>The Blue Lagoon in Iceland</p> (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

With its fjords, geothermal springs and frequent Northern Lights sightings, Iceland is top of the travel bucket-list for many holidaymakers.

On a normal year, the small island nation receives nearly two million tourists – more than five times its own population.

But 2020’s pandemic-induced travel restrictions have slashed that number. Iceland has so far managed to avoid mass contagion, with only 5,170 recorded cases of Covid-19 and 25 deaths.

The country has just been added to the UK’s list of travel corridors – but does that mean Brits are allowed to travel there?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Am I allowed to travel to Iceland from the UK?

Not from England or Wales, unless it’s for a limited range of “essential” reasons, including work and education. The former is currently under lockdown until 2 December, meaning all leisure travel is banned

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Royal Caribbean to look for volunteers to help test the new normal for cruises as the CDC’s ‘No Sail’ order is lifted

royal caribbean ship
The Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas docked in Miami in 2008. Lynne Sladky/AP
  • The US Center for for Disease Control and Prevention lifted its no-sail order on November 1, and Royal Caribbean will be looking for volunteers to embark on trial cruises.

  • These cruises are a way to test safety guidelines the CDC has put in place to allow ships to set sail again. 

  • Most cruise ships have been at dock since March, when the coronavirus pandemic halted all travel.

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Royal Caribbean is going to be looking for volunteers to experience the new style of cruising necessitated by pandemic-era restrictions, according to Travel + Leisure.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention officially lifted its no-sail order on November 1 after halting all cruises in March. But cruise ships won’t be able to return to normal, as the no-sail

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Short sellers lost billions as travel and leisure stocks rallied Monday

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Short sellers betting against European and U.S. travel, leisure and bank stocks lost billions of dollars on Monday, after news of a COVID-19 vaccine triggered a rally in shares of companies that have suffered under months of virus-fueled restrictions and lockdowns.

FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, October 15, 2020. REUTERS/Staff

Investors positioned to profit from declines in European travel, leisure and bank stocks alone lost more than $500 million on Monday, according to data provider ORTEX Analytics.

Among U.S. shares, just seven travel-linked companies, Carnival Corp CCL.N, Expedia Group EXPE.O, Booking Holdings Inc BKNG.O, Royal Caribbean Group RCL.N, American Airlines Group AAL.N Wynn Resorts WYNN.O and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings NCLH.O, accounted for $2.35 billion in losses for short sellers,

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All the countries UK holidaymakers can visit now without quarantine

Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig, Germany

The list of countries that Britons can travel to without having to quarantine for 14 days on return is sadly diminishing week by week.

And the announcements have continued despite national lockdown in place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, meaning only those in Scotland can travel for leisure.

Germany and Sweden were the latest countries to be removed from the travel corridors list, which will be effective from 4am Saturday 7 November.

Denmark also made the no-go list in a last minute announcement that came into effect immediately after an outbreak of coronavirus in minks that could be transmitted to humans.

Last week it was Cyprus and Lithuania. It follows the removal of Liechtenstein from the travel corridors list two weeks ago, and Italy, San Marino and Vatican City three weeks ago.

Dozens of other destinations were scratched from the list in the preceding months.

All of

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