Travel latest news: Hope for winter sun holidays as dozens of destinations ease restrictions

British holidaymakers should have options for winter sun this year with 53 per cent of destinations having eased travel restrictions as of early September, according to a United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) report. 

Reopening details have emerged for a number of countries in recent weeks, including Mauritius, Madagascar, Nicaragua and a clutch of Caribbean islands. Even Thailand and South Africa, which have had blanket travel bans in place, are tentatively working towards restarting tourism. 

Britons travelling to these many of these destinations will face provisos, such as presenting a negative Covid-19 test on arrival or a combination of testing and quarantine. Plus, if the a country does not have a travel corridor with the UK Britons will face 14-days of self-isolation on their return. However, it offers hope of options beyond Europe.

The UNWTO report follows the emergence of plans for a standardised “traffic light” quarantine system that could see UK travellers locked out of the EU, based on current Covid-19 infection rates. 

Ireland and Finland and set to be the first countries to adopt the model forwarded by the European Commission under which arrivals from any country with a 14-day infection rate of over 50 per 100,000 residents and a positive test rate above three per cent could face quarantine – on Monday, the UK’s rate hit 51.1 per 100,000 people over the previous 14 days. 

Meanwhile, the UK’s own travel restrictions continue – the Government reviews its quarantine policy each Thursday, with Denmark looking likely to be added to the list of countries from which arrivals must quarantine this week.

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