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When will the hotel quarantine start? Date the announcement of travel rules for red list countries is expected

The Government announced plans to introduce hotel quarantines for international arrivals from a “red list” of 30 countries last week – but hotel industry leaders say they have been “kept in the dark” about how it will actually work.



a sign on the side of a building: The Government plans to introduce hotel quarantine for arrivals from 30 countries (Photo: Getty)


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The Government plans to introduce hotel quarantine for arrivals from 30 countries (Photo: Getty)

Best Western chief executive Rob Paterson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the chain is “yet to understand exactly what the protocols are required of the hotels”.

He said: “I think in any normal company if you went out and announced a programme nationally, and you hadn’t thought about how you were going to plan that, and you hadn’t spoken to the people involved, I’m not sure I’d have a job if I did that in my company.

“To this day we simply haven’t heard anything.”

He added: “We’ve got all

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the countries welcoming immunised travellers

The Seychelles is opening its borders to vaccinated visitors (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The Seychelles is opening its borders to vaccinated visitors (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

International travel may be off the menu for most of us during England’s third lockdown, but there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

For those lucky enough to have received an approved coronavirus vaccine, some tourism-hungry countries have announced that their borders will be flung wide to the immunised traveller.

The airline industry is getting in on the action too, and is pushing for the World Health Organization (WHO) to confirm that it’s safe for people to fly without quarantining if they’ve had a Covid-19 vaccine. Getting the go-ahead from the WHO is a key step towards developing a global “digital travel pass” to enable safe international travel, according to the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

Vaccine or no, Britons are currently still banned from all leisure travel, whether domestic or international, while the UK struggles

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Travel and transport stocks nosedive as countries ban flights from UK

British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner passenger aircraft as seen on final approach flying, touching down, landing and taxiing in Amsterdam Schiphol AMS EHAM International airport in the Netherlands at Polderbaan runway. The wide-body modern and advanced airplane of BA has the registration G-ZBJG and is powered by 2x RR Rolls Royce jet engines. British Airways is the flag carrier of the United Kingdom UK connecting London Heathrow in England to the Dutch city Amsterdam. BAW Speedbird is owned by IAG International Airlines Group and is member of Oneworld aviation alliance. The world passenger traffic declined during the coronavirus covid-19 pandemic era with the industry struggling to survive. Amsterdam, Netherlands on November 18, 2020 (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A raft of countries have banned travel from the UK, with Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Israel, first announcing a travel ban on Sunday. The news knocked travel stocks on Monday. Photo: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Travel, leisure and transport stocks were some of the biggest decliners in the market on Monday after a new variant of the coronavirus in the South East of England forced the UK government to introduce fresh lockdown measures.

British Airways owner IAG (IAG.L) slumped as much as 16% after the opening bell, with jet maker Rolls-Royce (RR.L) not far behind, down 14% in early trade.

Shares recovered slightly during the day but still ended firmly in the red. IAG and Rolls closed 8% and 3% lower, respectively.

EasyJet (EZJ.L) dropped 7% and Ryanair (RYA.L) lost 5%, while cruise-ship operator Carnival (CCL.L)

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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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