Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 16 April, 2021

Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 16 April, 2021
16th April 2021 Zac van Manen

Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 16 April, 2021

Accurate as of: 14 April 2021

Current UK status:

Visit https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/ for all official information.

  • As of 4pm on 14 April 2021, a total of 135,152,009 coronavirus (COVID-19) tests have been conducted in the UK. 4,378,305 people have tested positive.
  • 32,326,604 people have had their first dose of the vaccination, while 8,170,081 have been fully vaccinated.
  • 150,419 patients in the UK who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.
  • Guidance for the current lockdown rules in England can be found

UK travel restrictions:

Visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office for all official information.

  • Boris Johnson has laid out a roadmap out of lockdown, with key touchstones to further open up the country on 17 May and 21 June.
  • Currently, UK residents can only travel internationally where they first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. In addition, they should consider the public health advice in the country they are visiting.
  • In order to enter the UK, a negative Covid-19 test must be completed 72 hours before travel and presented to staff on planes, trains, and ferries in order to board. A further two tests must be completed at the travellers’ expense during their quarantine before they can return to day-to-day life.
  • People entering the UK from high-risk countries, or “red” countries, will have to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for 10 days.
  • A travel “green list” is expected to be announced by the government in early May.

Latest updates:

  • Pubs and restaurants around the UK have reopened for outdoor visitors as of 12 April, after months of lockdown. In addition, all shops can reopen, and members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation. (BBC)
  • Staycations are currently very popular, with some areas such as Cornwall and Devon with very little availability over the coming weeks. Find out the current rules and regulations on travel within England here. (Birmingham Mail)
  • The UK’s largest Covid-19 PCR testing provider is almost halving the cost to support travel to £60 per test. (Travel Weekly)
  • Meanwhile, the UK’s aviation and maritime minister, Robert Courts, has pledged to address concerns over the cost of testing to travellers ahead of a resumption of international travel in the spring. (TTG)
  • Travellers and the travel industry will not get any information on the countries on the “green list” until early May – just days before the planned resumption of international travel on 17 May. The timescale was confirmed by Robert Courts when he addressed MPs on the Transport Select Committee. (Independent)
  • The Telegraph has published their predictions for the countries and regions that will first appear on the UK’s green list from 17 May, including Israel, Gibraltar, Madeira, the Caribbean Islands, Iceland, Malta, and the USA. (The Telegraph)
  • Interestingly, EasyJet’s chief said he expects “almost all major European countries” to be placed into the government’s “green” traffic light category when international travel resumes from May. (TTG)
  • Tour operators Tui and easyJet holidays have confirmed they have no plans to push back their restart dates. Rival operator Jet2holidays pushed back its restart date to 24 June on Friday after the government’s Global Travel Taskforce published its report on the restart of travel. (Travel Weekly)
  • Travel agencies reported a positive first day back as non-essential shops reopened in England and Wales on Monday – with queues outside some branches. (Travel Weekly)
  • Scotland’s islands will reopen to travellers later this month, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. Sturgeon also confirmed the Scottish government was committed to consulting with island communities about how and when they emerge from long-standing restrictions. (TTG)
  • Israel has set out its intention to allow organised groups of tourists that have been vaccinated to enter the country from 23 May. In the first stage, groups will be allowed in under guidelines which are yet to be published, but an outline says a limited number of groups will be allowed to arrive from 23 May. The number is expected to be increased based on the health situation. (Travel Weekly)

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