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Brit slams green list tests as way for Government to ‘make money’ – ‘wouldn’t do it again’

Gibraltar has been on the Government’s green list for travel since May, meaning Britons can fly off to the overseas territory without the need to self-isolate on their return home. While the experience may sound straightforward, it’s one that comes at a soaring cost.

According to Emma, a London-based recruiter, it is this element of the restrictions around travel that put her off jetting off to another green country in the future.

Emma and her friends made the last-minute decision to switch their long weekend holiday booking from Ibiza to Gibraltar after it became clear Spain would not make it onto the green list.

“We were kind of watching the news and thought: ‘This doesn’t look good,’” she told Express.co.uk.

“We had kind of heard the rumours popping up on Twitter and said: ‘Should we do it?’

“We just switched everything before the actual announcement came out, but within 24 hours of that announcement, there wasn’t a single hotel room left in Gibraltar. We got really lucky.

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To travel back to the UK from a green list country, arrivals must take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before departure – a rule the women were prepared for.

Yet, according to Emma, it seems the Government are keen to “make money” from these rules.

She explained: “You get a test when you arrive in Gibraltar, but to get back into Britain, it’s actually quite a lot of work.

“Even though you get a test when you arrive, and my test was within the 72 hours of me returning, the free test from the Gibraltar authorities doesn’t count as a UK recognised test, even though it’s a part of the UK.”

She continued: “We had to pay to get another departure test, literally the same day 15 minutes after the first test, at the cost of £30 because it comes with a UK QR code.

“This is despite the fact they are administered in the exact same place, the exact same way, from the exact same people.

“But the UK one cost us £30 because it comes with a certificate and not just a text message, which was quite annoying.”

Though Emma is fully vaccinated, she points to an additional cost which the particularly vaccinated members of her travel party were also slapped with.

“Two of the girls had only had one vaccine but only found out that non-vaccinated people needed a negative test at the airport.

“We had booked everything and we had already checked it.

“We had completed all of our Passenger Locator Forms and booked our test for arrival.

“Then one of us just happened to check and found that out.

“Considering Gibraltar had all of our contact details, no one emailed or texted.

“The UK Government didn’t text us, and the airline didn’t let us know.”

She added: “A lot of people were complaining when they went because they got slammed at the airport with extra tests. A lot of people were moaning.”

Emma, who is fully vaccinated, says it is these costly requirements that make holidays in the near future out of reach for many, including herself.

“It’s a risk,” she said.

“For a weekend trip, I probably wouldn’t do it again.

“If I was going to go abroad for a little bit longer, maybe, but then you get the scramble like when Portugal was moved from the green list to the amber list.

“If Britain decides to change their mind, you’re potentially screwed.

“So I probably won’t travel too much.”

She added: “It’s just an annoyance because you don’t have a choice if you have to quarantine.

“Test to release is a lot [of money].

“So unless your work is very, very flexible, or you are an office worker who gets to work from home it’s not worth the risk.”

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‘Spain is very safe’- Brit traveller hits out at Johnson’s ‘laughable’ travel rules

Although Spain’s Balearic Islands were placed onto the green watch list at the June 24 traffic light review, the Spanish mainland remains on the amber list. The news came as a devastating blow, with Britons still unable to visit holiday favourites such as Benidorm, Marbella and Alicante without having to quarantine on their return home.

Indeed, up until June 26, 2021, Spanish authorities made it illegal to be in a public place, whether indoors or outdoors, without an adequate face mask.

She continued: “You’d wear a mask on the street and it was mandatory on the beach.

“They even had one rule where if you were running, you have to wear a mask.”

Heightened cleaning measures are also apparent in public places such as shops and restaurants.

“They’re very careful. There is disinfectant everywhere, in every shop you go into.

“On a personal level, I just find it quite frankly ridiculous.”

Ms Taylor also points to Spain’s weather, as a benefitting factor in aiding social distancing.

“In the summer in Andalusia and the Costa del Sol, all of those coastal places you’re on the beach, outside. Its café lifestyle- you’re sitting outside at night.

“That’s the lifestyle of Spain.

“And from April onwards, that’s it. Everyone’s outside because you start getting into like 30-or 40-degree heat, you’re not going to be sat inside.”

According to Ms Taylor, the local Spanish people are “very aware” of the rules in place and why it is important to follow them, particularly after a tough winter.

“I think everybody’s just very aware,” she explained.

“I think because there have been so many deaths in Madrid it does affect everybody in the country and they’re all trying to be good, really.”

Recently, Spain has implemented new entry requirements for Britons who are not yet vaccinated.

Arrivals from the UK must give evidence of either a negative PCR test or proof they have been fully vaccinated.

If not, they now face 14 days of mandatory quarantine.

However, this development was only announced on Monday, before which Spain had welcomed back British tourists with open arms, despite the UK Government’s stance on travel to Spain.

The nation’s place on the amber list, from Ms Taylor’s perspective, is “laughable”.

“I honestly would ask where is England coming from that they can quite frankly dictate that other countries are less safe?

“I’m pretty sure we were one of the worst countries in Europe.

“To me, in my mind, it’s a little bit laughable.”

Ms Taylor believes the decision to keep Spain on the amber list could be one with “political” or “economic” motives behind it.

Her belief has only further been fuelled by Gibraltar’s place on the green list.

“Gibraltar is attached to Spain with thousands of Spanish and expats crossing that border every day to work in Gibraltar.

So if Spain is on the amber list it, therefore, makes no logical sense or reason as to why Gibraltar is on the green list unless its political and economic policy they are driving to boost the UK economy.”

Having travelled already, following the relevant testing and quarantine rules imposed under the traffic light system, Ms Taylor says safety wouldn’t be a barrier in stopping her from returning to Spain.

“If you’re going to the beaches and bigger places in the summer like Andalusia, then I don’t really see the issue if you’re taking the precautions and you’re being safe,” she said.

Ms Taylor added: “My final travel note is why bother with a vaccine if we still can’t travel?”

Author: Aimee Robinson
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Emma Raducanu responds after Andy Murray message as young Brit loving Wimbledon ‘holiday’

Teenage wildcard Emma Raducanu reached the Wimbledon third round on her Grand Slam debut on Thursday night – and then claimed it was like being on holiday. The Londoner, 18, won her first ever Tour-level match in the opening round just two months after finishing her A Levels.

And on Thursday evening Raducanu, who is world No 338, shocked former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 6-4 on Court 12.

“I feel like I am on a holiday,” beamed Raducanu. “It is unbelievable. And I want to stay here as long as I can.

“Playing in front of a home crowd helps, the support is so loud, they are so behind me. I have that in the back of my mind.

“I have tried to play every point like it was my match point or the last point of Wimbledon. I have been playing that trick with myself.”

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Andy Murray led the congratulations on social media as he tweeted “Let’s go @EmmaRaducanu”.

“I haven’t opened my phone yet and really grateful for the messages,” she added.

“I won’t be able to reply to all of them just yet. When I have downtime and I read those positives messages, it gives me a great feeling.”

Raducanu only sat her A Levels two months ago – and is now guaranteed to win at least £115,00. That quadruples here career earnings until now of £28,754.

And she will bank £181,000 if she reaches the fourth round with a win on Saturday.

Asked if she would rather get good exam results in maths and economics or reach the fourth round, she laughed: “Definitely the fourth round!”

Raducanu, whose father is from Bucharest, will now face Sorana Cirstea after the Romanian world No 45 beat Victoria Azarenka for the first time at the fifth attempt on a loud Court 1.

“I have to say I have been a professional since I was 16 years old but this was the best atmosphere I have ever had on a court.

“We have missed the public so much and today they helped me so much. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a match like this.”

It is the first time since 2017 that four British players – Andy Murray, Jo Konta, Heather Watson and Aljaz Bedene – have reached the third round.

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Wimbledon 'extremely important' for Andy Murray as Brit admits 2021 could be his last one

Andy Murray has insisted he is not coming back to Wimbledon this year to say goodbye – but the 34-year-old admits he cannot be certain this won’t be his final appearance at his home Grand Slam.

The Scot will play singles at The Championships for the first time since 2017 – and the first time with a metal hip.

In the last four years, the Olympic champion has had two hip surgeries, a nagging groin problem and Covid-19 which forced him out of the Australian Open.

The world No 119, who now confesses he should have gone under the knife sooner, has only won two matches on grass in that time.

But on Monday the wildcard will likely return to Centre Court, the scene of his greatest triumphs, to face No 24 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.

“I think I’ll be excited,” said the Scot. “I’m sure I’ll be nervous as well. It’ll be great. I’ve also just missed playing at Wimbledon, playing at the majors.

“I feel lucky that I’m getting another chance to do it and hopefully I can put in a solid performance.”

Murray has been included in the Olympic team but he admitted at Queen’s Club last week that he approaches every match like it could be his last. So is this his SW19 swansong?

“I don’t want it to be my last Wimbledon,” he said. “That’s not my plan. Like I’m not going into Wimbledon thinking I’m saying goodbye. I want to keep going and I want to keep playing. But obviously I don’t know.

“If I got a significant injury or whatever, then yeah that would obviously change things. But I guess that’s the case with most players when they get into their sort of mid-30s.

“I’m still planning on playing for as long as I can so I hope that’s not the case. When you’ve had multiple setbacks and they keep happening, it’s difficult to not view like each tournament as being extremely important – because you don’t know what is going to happen.”

After losing to John Isner in the 2017 quarter-finals, Murray was out for a year.

“I was feeling horrendous during that tournament – I was in so much pain playing there,” he recalled. “Every minute that passed, I was feeling worse.

“Usually I’m devastated after losing at Wimbledon. I was just so happy that’s over. That was one of my better achievements – to make the quarters that year and get close to the semis.

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“We laugh about it today because I don’t know how it did it. Probably one of the reasons why I still feel like I can do well.”

Murray said his hip resurfacing was a “last resort” but added: “The only decision that I would have changed would have been to have had the operation sooner”.

Now he wants to “enjoy” Wimbledon more. “But I’m sure the closer the tournament gets, my competitive instincts will kick in,” he warned. “Once I get on the court, my expectations are high still.”

Andy Murray is an ambassador and investor in HALO Hydration which is now available in the UK at HALOHydration.com

Who the Brits face at Wimbledon

THE MEN

Monday

Jack Draper (ranked 250) v Novak Djokovic (Serbia) (1)

Liam Broady (WC) (137) v Marco Cecchinato (Italy) (84)

Jay Clarke (WC) (166) v Egor Gerasimov (Belarus) (77)

Dan Evans (26) v Feliciano Lopez (Spain) (64)

Andy Murray (WC) (119 ) v Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) (30)

Tuesday

Cameron Norrie (34) v Lucas Pouille (France) (84)

THE WOMEN

Johanna Konta (30) v Katerina Siniakova (Czech) (75)

Samantha Murray Sharan (WC) (180) v Sorana Cirstea (Romania) (54)

Emma Raducanu (WC) (366) v Qualifier

Fran Jones (WC) (190) v Coco Gauff (USA) (23)

Heather Watson (65) v Qualifier

Harriet Dart (WC) (146) v Elise Mertens (Belgium) (15)

Jodie Burrage (WC) (240) v Lauren Davis (USA) (87)

Katie Swan (290) v Madison Keys (USA) (24)

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Malta and Balearic Islands 'to be added to green list' today: Boost for Brit holidaymakers

Good news for British holidaymakers is expected this week as more countries could be added to England’s travel green list. It is likely that Malta and the Balearic Islands will be put on the list.

A handful of African countries are expected to be put on the red list.

Travel is currently banned from these nations for all except British residents and nationals.

Malta was tipped to be added to the green list three weeks ago, during the Government’s last travel traffic system announcement.

However, its status on the amber list remained unchanged.

However, Britons returning from amber countries must quarantine for 10 days at home, and for 10 days in a hotel if coming from red countries.

This is regardless of travellers’ vaccination status, but this could change for double jabbed holidaymakers returning from amber nations in August.

Data analysed by the PC Agency from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and Our World in Data suggests that, according to the UK’s own criteria, multiple countries should be added to the green list today.

These include the US, Croatia, Canada, Italy, Germany, the Balearic Islands, Mexico, Jamaica, Finland, Poland, Morocco, Malta, Barbados, and Grenada.

The potential updates to the travel traffic light lists will be announced this afternoon.

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Spain travel: Amber list travel is 'easy and stress-free' – Brit 'happy to do it again'

Many holidaymakers were left disheartened after the Government’s latest traffic light list update when the predictions Spain‘s archipelagos would be added to the green list did not come true. Though the nation remains on the amber list, the UK Government is not currently advising against “non-essential travel” to the Canary Islands – one of Spain’s archipelagos.

Spain has also lifted its entry and testing restrictions for UK arrivals.

After a long year of separation, one UK traveller made the decision to fly out to the Canary Islands in order to reunite with his partner who has remained on the island throughout the pandemic.

The Briton, who chose to remain anonymous, explained to Express.co.uk that he found travel to the amber list country “easy and stress-free” despite his concerns about how the airport experience may pan out.

“I went to Lanzarote to be with my girlfriend, who has been unable to travel due to long-term Covid,” he explained.

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“We were due to be reunited in late December but then the borders suddenly shut and travel was banned and we’ve not been able to see each other since.”

While the traffic light system may have caused confusion for many, the Lanzarote destined traveller did his research before travelling, with some help from money saving expert Martin Lewis.

“I already understood the system, but I think Martin Lewis has probably produced the most consumer-friendly easy-to-understand guide to travelling, which essentially makes the point that you need to take three factors into account when travelling, and not just the traffic light system which most people are focusing on,” he said.

“These are the traffic light system, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advice – which affects your travel insurance cover – and the rules of the country you’re visiting. “

Having read up fully on the rules and regulations of both leaving the UK and entering the Canary Islands, the traveller felt certain he “understood what was required” of him.

In fact, he states he was “not nervous at all”, though he did anticipate “long queues and a stressful atmosphere” at the airport.

To his surprise, however, this was not the case at all.

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“I found it very easy. I flew from Heathrow Terminal 5 with Iberia Airways and they just asked for my QR code, from the passenger locator form which the Spanish authorities ask every tourist to complete,” he explained.

“Security was also very quick. I had visions of long queues and a stressful atmosphere throughout the journey, and I am happy to say that none of this transpired.”

The rest of the journey followed in a similar suit, with few bumps along the way.

“I had two flights, with one stopover in Madrid from London, before going on to Lanzarote. I upgraded to business class for £85 and upon arrival at Madrid there was no queue at border control,” he explained.

“The place is pretty empty at the moment and where I am is a lot quieter than where I live in central London.

“There is a requirement to wear face masks outside, as well as in the shops, but it feels different to the UK.”

As a result, he said: “I would 100 percent be happy to travel to another amber list country or green country again.”

When it comes to other Britons who may be uncertain of whether to jet off to an amber country or not, he believes it should be a personal choice.

“To anyone else thinking of going abroad, I would urge them to just trust themselves about whether to travel or not,” he said.

“Some people may want to leave the UK and that’s fine, while others may not want to go anywhere and that’s also fine.”

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Lewis Hamilton explains Azerbaijan GP misery as Brit 'humbled' after missing out on win

Lewis Hamilton was left devastated after missing out on the chance to retake the lead of the championship after main title rival Max Verstappen crashed out in a spectacular final four laps of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Verstappen crashed out from the lead of the race with just four laps to go due to a tyre failure, bringing out the red flag.

Race control decided to restart the race after the debris was removed from the track, with Perez inheriting the lead in a two lap-sprint finish.

After an electric restart, Hamilton, in second, went side by side with Perez before locking up his tyres and going straight at turn one, with the pack of cars speeding past him.

The mistake played into Red Bull’s hands with Perez grabbing his second Formula One win and his first for the team, with no points scored by either of the two main title contenders.

Hamilton told Sky Sports F1: “Naturally it’s quite a humbling experience to deal with. We’d worked so hard this weekend to come back out of the top 10 and it was looking so good.

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Portugal 'safer than UK supermarket' while Brit airport staff 'don't seem clear' on rules

“He said, ‘You’re not really supposed to go for leisure’.

“When I told him that I absolutely could because it was a green country he shrugged and said ‘well kind of’.

“It worries me that even the airport staff don’t seem to be clear on the rules.”

Express.co.uk contacted Heathrow Airport for comment this subject. The airport explained: “The border at Heathrow is managed by Border Force officials, a division of the Home Office and not by Heathrow.”

According to the Government website, Border Force are up-to-date on all of the latest travel guidelines.

“Border Force will be checking that arriving passengers have complied with current health measures, and passengers can help reduce delays by completing all necessary requirements before entering the country,” states the Gov.uk website.

“The Government is constantly trying to improve processes to make them as efficient as possible to minimise wait times and will be committing to increasing Border Force resources to manage increased demand.

“This includes deploying additional Border Force officers where high volumes of passengers are expected.”

Ms Johnson also believes the Government need to make the rules around travel to green and amber countries clearer for consumers.

“An easy checklist would help and the rules around amber are ridiculous,” she said.

“You can legally go to an amber country for any reason you like but there’s so much confusion because of government ‘guidance’.

“I wish that everything is just a bit clearer so everyone understands what they should or should not be doing.”

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Cam Norrie told how to beat Rafael Nadal as Brit faces tough French Open task – EXCLUSIVE

Chris Evert has claimed the key to beating Rafael Nadal is breaking his rhythm because it is impossible to beat the Spanish legend at his own baseline game. Cam Norrie faces the Mission Impossible of beating the ‘King of Clay’ in the third round of the French Open on Saturday.

Nadal has won the title 13 times – and has only ever lost two matches in Paris since his 2005 debut plus has beaten Norrie twice already in 2021 in Melbourne and Barcelona.

And seven-time French Open champion Evert, now a Eurosport analyst, has urged the British No 2 to mix up his game against his fellow left-hander in a bid to create a seismic sporting shock.

“I don’t think anybody can really stay back at the baseline and try to out-rally or out-hit Rafa,” said the American legend.

“Somebody has to come up with something new in their bag of tricks. Maybe coming into the net if they are a good volleyer, or maybe using the drop shot, or just mixing up the rhythm of Rafa.

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“I think it helps if a player has a big serve because if you get free points off your serve then you have a better shot.

“But you have got to work so hard to try and break Rafa’s serve, and Rafa is also one of the best returners of serve in the game too.

“I think if he serves really well, and wins free points off his serve, mixes up the pace, then I think it’s just about the only shot for Cameron Norrie.

“He can’t be six-feet behind the baseline and trading ground strokes with Rafa – he’s just too good.”

Evert, now 66, won 18 Grand Slam singles titles between 1974 and 1986. But she also enjoyed a famous rivalry with left-hander Martina Navratilova – and Evert recalled she had to change her game to compete with the Czech-born American.

“Martina had beaten me 13 times in a row, so the 14th time was in Miami and I beat her,” she said. “That year, I won the French in ’85. My coach Dennis Ralston kept telling me during my 13 defeats, take the net away from her, come in on her backhand as that is her weaker shot.

Norrie has played and lost to Nadal twice already this year in Melbourne and Barcelona – and is ready to make it third time lucky.

“It can be absolute carnage going into the forehand,” said the British No 2.

“But I think especially with my backhand I can do a lot of damage and just use my legs to my advantage. I am looking forward to taking it to him again.”

Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Nadal said: “I know he has a style of game that is not easy to play against. I need to be ready to play my best.”

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