Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 13 May, 2021

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Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 13 May, 2021
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Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 13 May, 2021

Accurate as of: 13 May 2021

UK Media & Consumer Market Update

Current UK status

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

  • As of 4pm on 12 May 2021, a total of 164,129,675 coronavirus (COVID-19) tests have been conducted in the UK. 4,441,975 people have tested positive.
  • 35,722,461 people have had their first dose of the vaccination, while 18,438,532 have been fully vaccinated.
  • 151,765 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.

Latest updates:

  • The government has announced its initial travel green list, including just Portugal and Iceland in Europe. (Telegraph)
  • Just four of the destinations included on the “green list”, Portugal, Madeira, Azores and Gibraltar, will allow Brits into the country without quarantining. Iceland is only accepting fully vaccinated Brits. (The Sun)
  • Online travel agent On The Beach has stopped selling all holidays for this summer due to Covid uncertainty. The pause in sales until September includes “green list” countries such as Portugal. (BBC)
  • England’s NHS app will be available to use as a vaccine passport from Monday, the government has said – but only for those who have had both doses of the jab. A paper version will also be available – by calling 119 but not through a GP. (BBC)
  • Though Israel is on the UK’s green travel list, renewed conflict with Palestine has reached the worst levels in years and hundreds have been injured or killed in severe clashes in the streets. (BBC)
  • British Airways is to run a trial of an ultra-rapid Covid-19 antigen test that display results within 25 seconds. (Travel Weekly)
  • Jet2holidays is “working on” a deal to offer discounted PCR tests for its customers but wants to guarantee results will be ready before departure “100% of the time” first. (Travel Weekly)
  • Travel companies have been warned they must be ready to refund consumers if foreign holidays are cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic this summer. The Competition and Markets Authority said it had reminded package holiday firms of their legal obligations. (BBC)
  • Tui Group has seen UK bookings for Portugal leap 182% following the government’s “green list” announcement last week. (TTG)
  • Spain could lift its pre-travel test requirement for Brits travelling to the country and its islands next week. Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto confirmed the current test requirement for entry into Spain for UK travellers would be removed from 20 May if rates of Covid infection fall below around 50 per 100,000. (TTG)
  • Greece is in talks with the UK to get its islands added to the green list after pledging to vaccinate all residents on its islands by the end of June to attract tourists this summer. It comes as Heathrow airport chief John Holland-Kaye also called for the US to be added to the green list. (iNews)

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