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Travel news: Holidays, Hope and Hays

Landscape with Garachico town of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Travel news is changing at a rapid pace at the minute. So as we prepare for national lockdowns to end and for the skies to open up again (at least a bit), let’s find out more about what’s been happening in the travel industry…

Update to travel restrictions for Canary Islands

Recently, FCDO travel advice for the Canary Islands has been updated to say that travellers must have a negative covid test in order to enter the country. As the Canary Islands are still on the travel exempt list, this means that a holiday to the Canaries might be on the cards when travel bans are lifted in your area.

To travel to the Canary Islands, you must have a negative PCR (swab) test taken within no more than 72 hours before arrival.

If asked, you’ll need to show your original document with your PCR results, so you’ll need to take them with you.

The government is asking that you don’t use the NHS testing service to get a test – you should arrange to take a private test instead.

You can get 10% off PCR testing packages when you take out travel insurance with us.

Covid vaccine hope for 2021 travel

This month we also heard that both the Pfizer vaccine and Moderna vaccine were found to be more than 90% effective in trials.
This is really positive news and suggests that 2021 could be a better year for us all.

We also hope that this means that travel will be back on the cards for many people soon who have missed out this year. We also hope this means that you can soon be reunited with family and friends and spend some good quality time away together.

The BBC have made this short helpful video to explain when the covid vaccines could be available.

Travel in Scotland

Those living in Scotland who have now been upgraded to either a level 3 or 4 restriction will no longer be able to travel outside their own council area apart from essential reasons. This includes holidays abroad. This is being enforced for those living in affected areas.

Hays Travel founder dies

The founder of the UKs largest independent travel agent, John Hays of Hays Travel, has sadly died after collapsing at work.

Beloved by employees, he took on more than 2,000 former Thomas Cook employees when the company collapsed in 2019.

In a tribute to Mr Hays, the firm said: “Throughout this past difficult year he did everything in his power to save jobs and protect the travel industry.

“He was held in immense respect by his staff, colleagues, family and friends and was recognised throughout his life for his many achievements.

“He was equally proud of his loyal staff.”

The firm has now appointed three new directors to take forward its founders legacy.

What European countries are currently on the travel exemption list?

If you’re looking for a quick pre-Christmas getaway, we’ve summarised the places you might be able to visit in Europe (as long as you don’t live in an area with a travel ban).

Information shown below is correct as of 18 November but please check with the FCDO website for the latest information as additional entry requirements may be needed.

PCR test needed
72 hrs before you travel
Passenger locator form
The Azores & Madeira
The Canary Islands
Greek islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Zakynthos


European countries on the exempt list that have quarantine/isolation restrictions on arrival: Ireland, Norway and Channel Islands.

easyJet suffers first annual loss

easyJet have reported their first annual loss in 25 years of flying. The reported loss was £1.27bn for the year to date.

With their revenues almost halved, they are expecting to only fly just 20% capacity into early next year.

As one of the most popular airlines for short-haul flying and with the recent vaccine news, they have reported that bookings have been increasing as more people are feeling hopeful of future travel.

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