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Fully vaccinated British expats abroad will be able to avoid quarantine when returning to the UK

Fully vaccinated British expats abroad will be able to avoid quarantine when returning to the UK under plans being drawn up by ministers

  • Move would make family reunions and other trips to UK much easier for expats 
  • Announcement confirming the policy could come as early as next week  
  • British expats whose jabs were administered abroad will still have to quarantine 

British expats fully vaccinated abroad will be able to sidestep quarantine when returning to the UK under plans being drawn up by ministers.

The move would make family reunions and other leisure trips to the UK much easier for the 5.5millon or so British citizens living abroad.

An announcement confirming the policy could come as early as next week, the Mail understands.

Under new rules coming into force on Monday, fully vaccinated Britons returning to the UK from more than 140 amber list countries will be able to sidestep quarantine if their jabs were administered by the NHS.

It means British expats whose jabs were administered abroad will still have to quarantine for up to ten days on arrival, even if the vaccine they received is approved in Britain.

The move would make family reunions and other leisure trips to the UK much easier for the 5.5millon or so British citizens living abroad

The move would make family reunions and other leisure trips to the UK much easier for the 5.5millon or so British citizens living abroad

Dropping that requirement could make family reunions and other important trips possible for expats only able to visit for a week or two before needing to return to where they live for work or other commitments.

Having to self-isolate means they face having to remain in a hotel or wherever they are staying for up to ten days before being able to leave to meet with friends and family.

Britons returning from abroad can show proof that they have received both doses via the NHS app.

But it is understood one issue is that the technology needs to be adapted so foreign-administered doses can be registered on the system.

Kate Can, 28, originally from Basildon in Essex, moved to Turkey in 2014 where she now lives with husband Orcun Can, 33, and their 18-month-old daughter, Ela.

They have been unable to return to the UK since Christmas to see Mrs Can’s parents in Essex.

She believes Turkey, currently on the red list, could soon return to amber as the Covid situation there has improved and said extending the side-stepping of quarantine to expats would make returning for a family reunion possible.

Dropping that requirement could make family reunions and other important trips possible for expats only able to visit for a week or two before needing to return to where they live for work or other commitments

Dropping that requirement could make family reunions and other important trips possible for expats only able to visit for a week or two before needing to return to where they live for work or other commitments

She said: ‘It would make a huge amount of difference because we’d be able to come and immediately see family and meet up with people.

‘Without that, especially with our work commitments and my husband’s working patterns, it would be difficult.

‘Extending it to expats would mean we’d be able to come and see family and come and go in the space of a week or two.

‘If we had to quarantine, even if at my parents’ house rather than a hotel, it would mean no one else could come and visit us and it would make things difficult.’

The development came as First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, attacked the UK government’s move to relax restrictions for double-jabbed people arriving from amber countries.

He said the change ran the risk of ‘re-importation’ of Covid back into the country and that the previous regime of making all amber arrivals quarantine regardless of whether they have been vaccinated was ‘more sensible and proportionate’.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said: ‘I do regret the fact that the Prime Minister has decided that [fully vaccinated] people returning from amber list countries do not require to self-isolate.

‘I think it runs the risk of re-importation of the virus into the United Kingdom, I think it runs the risk of new variants cropping up elsewhere in the world coming into the UK and into Wales.

‘I think the previous regime was a more sensible and proportionate one.’

He added: ‘When people are on holiday, they will behave in the way that people on holiday behave.

‘They will be mixing with more people, they will be doing the sorts of things that bring them into contact with one another.

‘Here in Wales in September of last year, we ended up with considerable difficulties caused by the re-importation of the virus.

‘People (went) on holiday to many other parts of the world and when they came back to Wales, they were already infected.

‘That drove a new rise in infections here in Wales. We can avoid that and it’s a risk we don’t need to run.’

Despite the comments, Wales has decided to follow suit and adopt the new amber rules along with England.

On Wednesday, Mr Drakeford said he ‘regretted’ the UK government’s move but that it would have been ‘untenable for Wales to adopt a different border health policy.’

The Welsh government is still advising people to holiday domestically.

Scotland has also decided to adopt the new amber rules for returning travellers.

Although double-jabbed Britons returning from amber countries will be able to sidestep quarantine from Monday, they will still be required to take two tests. 

One of these must be taken within three days of returning to the UK and can be a rapid antigen swab if it meets certain standards, while the second must be a ‘gold standard’ PCR test taken no later than day two on arrival in the UK.

Non-fully vaccinated people will still have to quarantine when returning from amber countries.

Around 5.5 million British expats live overseas, including 1.2million in Europe, the vast majority of which is on the amber list.

Most of these are in Spain, where there are around 760,000 expats, many of them retirees. 

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Britons able to work in Australia more freely as farm work requirement scrapped – new deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison have agreed in principle a free trade deal, which sees Britons able to work in Australia for three years with no farm work. Tariffs will also be removed on various goods under the expected completed deal in 2022.

Downing Street has said that Britons under the age of 35 will be able to travel and work in Australia more freely, with the farm work requirement to be scrapped.

The major change in policy is welcomed by many travellers who currently must complete 88 days of work on a rural property if they wish to stay in the country for a second year on a working holiday visa.

This involves working in regional areas in specific jobs such as fruit picking and packing, trimming vines, working in tree farming or working in mining or construction.

The work requirement aimed to help farmers in Australia by providing them with seasonal workers.

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He said: “There is a great opportunity for young people from both the UK and Australia to move and operate in different countries.

“That builds capacity, in both countries, with that easy engagement.”

The huge move is likely to have an impact on farmers who relied on backpackers, but a new agriculture visa allows British farmers to work in Australia.

The changes will not come into force until at least summer next year when the free trade deal is expected to be officially signed.

The two leaders were said to have agreed the deal on Monday evening, with a final agreement in principle set to be published in the coming days.

Various different tariffs will also be removed from goods.

In a statement explaining the benefits of the deal, Number 10 said the new deal will help distillers by removing tariffs of up to five percent on Scotch whisky. 

For Northern Ireland, 90 percent of all exports to Austria are machinery and manufacturing goods, with tariffs set to be removed and custom procedures simplified. 

Car manufacturers in the Midlands and North of England will also see up to five percent of tariffs cut.

It is also set to eliminate tariffs on Australian goods like Jacob’s Creek and Hardys wine, swimwear as well as confectionery and agricultural products.

However, UK farmers have spoken out about worries regarding the deal, explaining that the market could be flooded with cheaper, lower-quality meat produce.

Farmers in the country have feared that they cannot compete with Australian producers who operate on a much larger scale.

Downing Street has said there will be a cap on the level of tariff-free imports from Australia from 15 years, with other “safeguards” being brought in to protect farmers in the UK.

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Google Maps debuts revolutionary new feature, but don't count on being able to use it yet

Google is constantly improving and updating Google Maps – with camera-laden cars driving around city centres to update Streetview images, to user suggestions of new developments being added to the maps, to restaurant reviews, integration with Uber, and more. However, the latest upgrade is currently limited to those living in Sydney, Australia. So, unless you’re currently based in the city, you’re going to have to read about the new feature… and then do your best not to get too jealous. And that’s as soon as it’s going to get, unfortunately.
Google teamed-up with Transport for New South Wales to bring its useful Streetview technology, which lets you look around in a first-person perspective, to the inside of dozens of train stations. So, if you’re planning a journey ahead of time and want to know what the inside of the train station is going to look like – now you can.

You’ll be able to look around the inside of the station as if you were already there. Keen to know if there’s a certain shop in the station you’re heading to? Now you’ll be able to check. Want to know if your transfer from one train terminal to another is going to be obviously signposted or whether it’s going to be a nightmare in the midst of rush hour crowds? Now you’ll be able to check.

Just like you use Streetview now to check what your destination looks like – so you know what to expect, bringing the feature from outside into train terminals means you’ll be able to better familiarise yourself with every step of your journey before you set off.

In total, Streetview imagery will be available for 130 train stations and a dozen metro stops across Sydney. Using Streetview indoors, “you’ll be able to virtually navigate interactive, panoramic imagery inside Sydney stations, so you’ll know your way when you get there,” Google promises.

With any luck, Google will work with other local authorities and transport companies across the globe to allow its 360-degree cameras into more stations, bus stops, tube platforms in the coming years.

Not only that, but the partnership with Transport for New South Wales has also resulted in a new accessibility feature. Google Maps will now offer detailed turn-by-turn directions for accessible routes across 70 train and metro stations across Sydney. So, if you need to plan a route that takes into account your mobility needs.

Google says, “these tools allow people to find the best and most accessible entrances, exits, signage, and paths within the station and better anticipate in-transit travel times along these pathways.”

To take advantage of the feature, you’ll need to tap the Directions menu after typing in a destination. This is all pretty standard. Google Maps will then load a number of options – from walking directions, driving, public transport, cycling, and more. Tap on the public transport icon and then tap on route options that include “wheelchair accessible,” “fewer transfers,” and “less walking.”

That’ll tell Google Maps that you want an accessible route, so it’ll plot directions based on stations with step-free access and more.

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Never lose your remote again! Google will be able to help you control your TV

Not only that, but this upcoming feature will also work with the Google TV platform that debuted with last year’s Chromecast. So, if you lose your remote for your Chromecast with Google TV you’ll just be able to use your Android phone as a stand-in until it shows up again.

To use an Android phone as a TV remote, you’ll just need to pair your device with a telly or Chromecast that supports the function.

Google said that there are 80million monthly active Android TV devices out there right now, so there are plenty of people who would find this new tool useful.

The upcoming functionality will let people turn on their Google TV or Android TV device with their phone, and use their device’s screen to navigate menus.

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France holidays: Britons who are vaccinated may be able to travel to France from June 9

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France holidays

Holidays for Britons have been off the cards due to the ban on international travel. However, British holidaymakers who have been vaccinated or come back with a negative coronavirus test may be able to visit France from June 9, according to the leaked plans.

President Emmanuel Macron plans to ease the nation’s restrictions on May 2, which includes lifting travel restrictions and easing the curfew currently in place.

With hopes that the number of daily Covid-19 cases will soon begin to fall, France is hoping to welcome back holidaymakers from June 9.

The leaked plan details the country will reopen its restaurant terraces in mid-May and hopefully return to some normality by June 30.

If all goes to plan, the easing of restrictions will see France’s tourist hotspots fully reopened just nine days after the UK.

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Those returning from red list destinations must test on days two and eight of their hotel quarantine stay, however, the cost of these tests is included with the £1,1750 hotel quarantine package paid to the Government.

It is thought that PCR tests could cost up to £300.

Under the current lockdown rules, international travel is illegal until May 17 under the roadmap out of lockdown.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) explained that the health situation in France remains “severe” and that Britons can only enter the country for certain reasons.

It is feared that several countries may be off the cards this year as coronavirus cases in certain countries are still prominent.

In a bid for tourism to restart in Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan reigned in social activities and travel to try and bring the numbers down.

It is thought that 2.5million British holidaymakers visited Turkey in 2019, with tourism being its biggest income.

Since the start of the pandemic, Turkey has registered a total of 4.63 million coronavirus causes, with the deal toll hitting nearly 40,000.

Total daily cases in Turkey peaked above 63,000 on April 15 and have since slightly dropped, but is it enough for tourist hotspots to reopen?

Officials have said that a full shutdown of the country would be needed for holidays to be on the cards.

One official told Reuters: “Cases…have been falling for a few days but this is not enough.

“A full shutdown will be on the cabinet’s agenda and this option should be implemented.”

Turkey is one country that has said it will welcome travellers back even if they have not yet been vaccinated.

Instead, international arrivals will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within a certain amount of time.

Prince Harry won't be able to ‘handle’ Meghan Markle’s ‘fake LA world’ claims Caprice

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Harry recently returned to England for his grandfather Prince Phillip’s funeral.

He walked behind the coffin in the ceremony last Saturday, April 17 along with his brother Prince William.

However, Harry then returned home to Los Angeles on April 20, the day before the Queen’s birthday.

Harry and Meghan were also recently in the news as they were announced to be taking part in Vax Live.

Airing virtually on May 8, this is a fundraising concert raising money and awareness for the Covid-19 vaccine.

Erdogan locks Turkey down to save holidays this summer – Will you be able to get away?

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Turkey’s President reigned in social activities and travel two weeks ago after it was feared the country would lose out on tourists this year due to the pandemic. The cabinet will continue to discuss the situation today and think about implementing a tighter lockdown for residents.

Cafes and restaurants are already closed across Turkey.

Residents are also subject to a curfew and public transport has been limited to a 50 percent capacity, with no standing passengers allowed.

Facemasks are mandatory “at all times” when “outside the home”, according to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and those who do not abide by the rules may be issued with a fine.

The good news is, the only part of the curfew which applies to holidaymakers is the opening and closing of amenities like cafes and restaurants.

“So as not to miss out totally on the tourism season, these measures must be implemented strictly.”

It is thought that 2.5million British holidaymakers visited Turkey in 2019, with tourism being its biggest income.

Under current lockdown rules, international travel for residents in the UK is illegal until May 17, when it will be lifted under Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Once international travel does resume, countries will be divided into a traffic light system of red, amber and green.

Turkey is one country that has said it will welcome travellers back even if they have not yet been vaccinated.

Instead, international arrivals will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within a certain amount of time.

Turkey is aiming to provide testing for tourists at hotels and airports before they return to the UK.

Rory Boland, editor of Which? travel, said: “Turkey lifting its ban on direct flights from the UK is only half the story for those who want to travel to the country. People shouldn’t book their holiday until they know which colour the UK government will place Turkey in its traffic light system.

“If travellers book now, they have no way of knowing whether they will need to quarantine on their return or how much they may need to pay for tests – which could cost several hundreds of pounds if Turkey is placed on the amber list.”

'Without Ruth I wouldn’t be able to cook or clean' Eamonn Holmes details health struggles

“Not being able to bend down, reach, pick up things when I drop them, put things in the right place, and keep a sense of order has been frustrating, shameful and humbling.”

Eamonn then candidly added: “Without help, without Ruth, I wouldn’t be able to cook or clean up after myself.

“Dishes would be in the sink for days, because I just wouldn’t have the strength or motivation to keep the house as close to a ‘show house’ as I could.”

Eamonn added to the Daily Star that the pain he is suffering from currently is “more than I have ever known”.

 

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Holidays 2021: The EIGHT countries Brits may be able to visit from May 17

Lockdown rules are slowly lifting across the UK, with now Britons permitted to visit pubs and restaurants outdoors. However, one element of returning to normal is still banned, with holidays abroad unable to take place just yet. Boris Johnson’s lockdown roadmap outlines May 17 as the potential date for free foreign travel, but there will still be some restrictions in place.
The Global Travel Taskforce is currently looking into how to categorise countries into a traffic light system, with green countries free to visit, amber requiring isolation on return and red banned.

Travel abroad will require frequent Covid tests, and specific rules may apply depending on the country.

So Britons eager for time in the sun this summer may be able to travel abroad after all.

However, new research has found just eight countries could make the Government’s green list come May.

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Much of Europe is on the amber list according to the report, which would mean 10 days in isolation upon return to the UK.

The study also found several countries which should be on the red list come the deadline, including France, Turkey, Holland, Croatia, Sweden, Belgium and Luxembourg.

And tourist hotspots like Spain, Greece, Italy and Cyprus are classed as amber countries on the report, due to high coronavirus rates.

However, economic and political factors could see those riskier countries downgraded.

The report said: “Last year, the Spanish and Greek islands were given a lower-risk rating than the mainland and that could happen again this year.”

Ultimately, Britons will have to wait until next month to find out which destinations will be given the green light.

A statement on the government website says plans will be unveiled in ’early May’.

It reads: “It is too early to predict which countries will be on which list over the summer, and the government continues to consider a range of factors to inform the restrictions placed on them.

“We will set out by early May which countries will fall into which category, as well as confirming whether international travel can resume from 17 May 2021.”

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