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European tourists hotspot launching month of incredible discounts as restrictions ease

European tourists hotspot launching month of incredible discounts as restrictions ease

CROATIA has launched a month of discounts for tourists after an “excellent” holiday season this summer. One of the most visited tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, Croatia welcomes 19.6 million tourists per year on average.European tourists hotspot launching month of incredible discounts as restrictions ease

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Spain holidays: Tenerife heading for ‘highest alert’ amid calls for harsher restrictions

Spain holidays: Tenerife heading for ‘highest alert’ amid calls for harsher restrictions

Tenerife has been refused permission to reimpose a night-time curfew to try and stop the spread of coronavirus. The Supreme Court of the Canary Islands says it cannot condone a limit on mobility between 12.30am and 6.00am in a bid to avoid illegal parties and fiestas.

A judge said the measure was “not duly justified” and that there was insufficient evidence to suggest “risky behaviour” was more dangerous if carried out at night rather than in the day.

The court ruled that the Canary Islands government had other means at its disposal to clamp down on parties or any other situations which presented a risk to public health.

Health officials are concerned about rising cases of coronavirus, particularly in Tenerife, which has been placed on level three alert with various restrictions in place, including time and capacity restrictions in pubs, restaurants, shops and other public places.

Sales of alcoholic drinks after 10.00pm is banned and beaches, parks and squares have to close between 8.00 pm and 6.00am.

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In its ruling announced today, the Supreme court said: “We do not doubt the suitability of the curfew measure to reduce contagion without affecting economic and labour activity but the end does not justify any means and the adopted agreement is excessive and at the cost of serious damage for the vast majority of the population, including young people, who comply with the regulations in order to avoid these breaches.”

The court said individuals must take responsibility and exercise self-control in order to safeguard their communities.

Currently, the Canary Islands are on the UK’s amber list, meaning Britons returning from the nation face 10 days of quarantine.

However, the islands are welcoming back Britons as long as they can provide evidence they have been fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel.

In some parts of the Canaries, a negative PCR test is required regardless of whether or not a holidaymaker has been jabbed.

For those who are visiting the region, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office(FCDO) advised Britons to “refer to your travel operator and the local authorities in your final destination for guidance on domestic entry requirements.”

Travel to the Canary Islands could be set to open up further to double-jabbed Britons from July 19.

As of July 19, UK holidaymakers who have received both doses of their Covid vaccine will be able to side-step quarantine on their return from an amber list country.

However, they will be subject to restrictions in place in their destination at the time of travel.

“Regional governments retain legal powers to ease or tighten restrictions within their region if deemed necessary to control the spread of the virus,” warns the FCDO.

This includes “partial lockdowns; limiting the capacity and opening hours of retail, hospitality establishments and public events.”

The FCDO adds: “Local and regional restrictions may be introduced at short notice.

“You should consult regional incidence levels, refer to the advice of local authorities in your destination and ensure you are aware of the specific measures in place prior to travel.”

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.

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Best quarantine-free holiday deals to amber list countries as restrictions finally lift

Best quarantine-free holiday deals to amber list countries as restrictions finally lift

Spain

Spain is also welcoming Britons restriction-free.

UK travellers only have to present a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination.

Jet2Holidays is offering a seven-night stay at five-star hotels in Tenerife from £732 per person at the end of August.

Inspiring Travel Company has holiday packages in Andalucia, Spain, from £2,635, including all-inclusive hotel stays.

Cyprus

Currently, Cyprus is letting all Britons in without any restrictions.

Inspiring Travel Company has holiday packages for seven nights at an all-inclusive hotel in Cyprus from £1,799 per person, including return flights from London.

Author: ANDREA BLAZQUEZ
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‘It’s a disgrace’: NHS vaccine passport scam warning as restrictions ease for Britons

‘It’s a disgrace’: NHS vaccine passport scam warning as restrictions ease for Britons

“This is yet another example of unscrupulous fraudsters taking advantage of the pandemic to line their pockets.

“We all hope that the summer brings some enjoyment after what has been a period of unprecedented challenges for everyone, but scammers want to ruin that. It is vital that we not only avoid these scams, but also report them to Action Fraud.

“More data received means that the authorities can build a richer picture and identify the full scale of this serious issue.”

Police in Derbyshire, where thousands of people were targeted, said: “It appears scammers are already trying to use this scheme as part of a bid to trick people out of cash.

Author: ANDREA BLAZQUEZ
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Britons visiting Balearics will see tighter restrictions today -including limit on alcohol

Britons visiting Balearics will see tighter restrictions today -including limit on alcohol

The new restrictions apply to the areas of Magaluf, in Mallorca, and Sant Antoni, in Ibiza, two of the locations with more British tourists. The move comes after the islands welcomed a flood of Britons last week.

The areas of Magaluf, in Mallorca, and Sant Antoni, in Ibiza, are now considered “red zones” due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

The Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, were added to the UK’s green list during the last traffic light system review.

That means Britons can go on holiday without having to quarantine on their return.

Although it was considered a “safe area” for its low rate of COVID-19 cases, a spike has now been reported.

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– The number of people who can sit at a table in a bar or similar is limited to ten outdoors and six indoors

– Capacity limits of 100 indoors and 200 outdoors

– A curfew at 2am

– Free alcohol in all-inclusive hotels limited to meal times.

– Shops in these areas cannot sell alcohol between 9.30pm and 8am.

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Tourism minister Iago Negueruela said the measures, which comes only a week after British holidaymakers began to arrive in the Balearics, are in order to contain the spread of the virus.

The islands have seen their average case rate double in 10 days to 300 per 100,000.

The small island of Formentera has the highest at 109 – the UK average case rate is 184.

The main cause for this spike in cases is believed to be thousands of students who visited the islands on school trips last week, with over 20,000 returning home infected.

Due to the mass COVID-19 outbreak, Britons could see the Balearic Islands moving to amber soon.

The islands were added to the UK’s green “watchlist”, which means they can become amber without notice if there is a spike of COVID-19 cases in the region.

According to the traffic light system, the Balearics are “most at risk” of being downgraded to “amber” at short notice.

Portugal, which was added to the green list in May, saw thousands of tourists rushing to get home after it was moved to the amber list with very short notice.

Author: ANDREA BLAZQUEZ
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