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'Without UK, we are dead!' Spain's desperate plea for visitors – 'French only spend €10!'

EU countries ‘should be on UK green list’ says O’Leary

This week, it was announced Portugal is set to move onto the amber list and no new destinations will be added to the green list, where travellers must be tested but do not have to quarantine on their return. The green list will be reviewed again on June 28.

However, as Spain remains on England’s amber list, bars in the once-popular Marbella warned they are facing closure if they have to wait another two months to welcome back British tourists.

George Vujnovic, a bartender at a British-themed pub, John Scott’s, said: “Even Puerto Banus is not pandemic proof – especially without British tourists.

“You often get groups of five or 10 and you know how much they’ll drink and they’ll spend a fortune.

“Whereas you might get a French tourist who will spend €10 and leave – there’s no comparison.”

Spain urges Government to be added to green list

Spain urges Government to be added to green list (Image: Getty)

Spain urges Government to be added to green list

Spain urges Government to be added to green list (Image: Getty)

He went on to warn if Spain remains off England’s green travel list, businesses would face closure.

Mr Vujnovic added: “If we are not on the UK green list I could see us and other businesses closing.

“They account for 70 percent to 80 percent of our business.

“It is crazy they will not allowed people over without quarantining.

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Marbella deserted during coronavirus pandemic

Marbella deserted during coronavirus pandemic (Image: Getty)

“Without the UK we are dead. They are incredible spenders.

“In 2019 this whole area would have been packed. Now, look at it.

“I worked in real estate as well last year and that has taken a massive hit here. It’s been a disaster – even for us.”

According to reports, as of last month, 20 percent to 30 percent of businesses had closed in Marbella.

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England's green list countries

England’s green list countries (Image: Express)

Oscar Areque, who co-owns The Irish Tavern, added: “Puerto Banus is dominated by UK tourists, about 70 percent, we depend on it so much.

“Now they’re not here lots of places are closed.

“It’s going to be very tough without them for much longer. It is terrible news.”

Portugal was removed from England’s green list with Grant Shapps saying the decision was made due to a rise in cases and over fears surrounding the “Nepal mutation of the so-called Indian variant”.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (Image: Getty)

Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps defended the decision as a “safety-first” precaution.

Mr Shapps told BBC News: “I want to be straight with people, it’s actually a difficult decision to make, but in the end, we’ve seen two things really which have caused concern.

“One is that the positivity rate has nearly doubled since the last review in Portugal, and the other is that there’s a Nepal mutation of the so-called Indian variants which has been detected.”

Mr Shapps continued: “What I want to do with today is difficult, but I hope decisive action, is make sure that we protect the future by not restarting problems which may or may not be there at home, we’ll be able to get international travel down the line open more quickly.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)

“It’s a safety-first approach given where we are in the fourth stage of the unlock.”

EasyJet lashed out at Government’s decision and said it was a “huge blow” for Portugal.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of EasyJet, said: “This shock decision to add Portugal to the amber list is a huge blow to those who are currently in Portugal and those who have booked to be reunited with loved ones or take a well-deserved break this summer with Portugal rates similar to those in the UK it simply isn’t justified.”

Jet2 has also cancelled all international flights and holidays until July 1 following the green list chaos.

The airline has cancelled all Portugal flights this month, as well as flights to Turkey.

Turkey is currently on the UK’s red list, and it is unlikely restrictions will ease.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: World Feed

Google Maps Street View: Shetland Islands pub crowded by unlikely 'famous' visitors

Spiderman stands to the left of the road, seemingly accompanied by some gangsters, much like Tony Soprano himself.

On the right-hand side of the road Mr Incredible, Robin (of Batman and Robin), The Jokes, and even Buzz Lightyear can be seen within the huddle of people.

For the most part, the crowd seems to be made up of Hollywood favourites.

While it might be exciting to think these make-believe characters had come to life for a knees-up, there is likely a more realistic explanation.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Six Flags Magic Mountain reopens to visitors April 1

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — On the first day theme parks are permitted to reopen in California, Six Flags Magic Mountain will fire up its roller coasters and begin welcoming back visitors Thursday.

The park will reopen for members and pass holders Thursday and Friday, then welcome the general public starting Saturday.

Because of coronavirus concerns, tickets and reservations will be available online to California residents only.

Capacity will be limited to 15%, but will be allowed to increase to 25% on Monday, when Los Angeles County enacts loosened restrictions under the orange tier of the state’s economic reopening blueprint.

Visitors will also be limited to groups 10 or fewer, and from no more than three households. No indoor dining is permitted.

Los Angeles County’s other major theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood, will be reopening April 16. Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks in Anaheim are set to reopen April 30. Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park will reopen in May.

Russia's Crimea expects record number of visitors with other tourist destinations closed due to coronavirus restrictions

The number of tourists visiting Russia’s Crimea in 2021 is projected to reach at least eight million people, according to the region’s State Council’s Chairman of the Committee for Tourism, Resorts and Sports Alexey Chernyak.

“Last year a lot of people of different ages visited Crimea for the first time, and were not disappointed at all,” Chernyak said on Tuesday, adding that “this year the number of visitors will also be high despite the fact that Turkey has also opened for tourism, and some European states are planning to open [borders] from April.”

According to Chernyak, there has been a revision of the attitude towards Crimea as a tourist spot in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Nearly 1.5 million people visited the peninsula in July 2020 when the region finally reopened its tourism sector after the coronavirus-related restrictions were lifted. August became an even hotter tourist season amid the rush for post-lockdown seaside vacations, local authorities said.

In the past several years, Crimea’s tourism sector has flourished as the Black Sea peninsula enjoyed record numbers of visitors in the post-Soviet era. In 2018, 6.8 million people visited the region, and in 2019 the number rose to 7.4 million.

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UK travel: English Heritage sites including Stonehenge to welcome back visitors from March

Across the nation, many Britons are keen to escape the confines of their home and explore further afield once Boris Johnson’s “roadmap” out of lockdown pushes ahead. For UK travel, including self-catered staycations, April 12 is the main date.
Whether families are heading off on a holiday or simply looking for a day out, English Heritage sites are set to reopen their doors from March 29.

Sites will see a staggered reopening, depending on the nature of the attraction.

English Heritage sites include the world-famous Stonehenge, as well as the site of the Battle of Hastings, Home of Charles Darwin and Housesteads Roman Fort at Hadrian’s Wall.

All sites scheduled to reopen from March 29 boast large outdoor spaces, such as historic gardens, extensive ground or former battlefields, to ensure social distancing is possible.

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From March the outdoor spaces attached to Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens in Northumberland, Home of Charles Darwin in Kent, Witley Court and Gardens in Worcestershire, Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire, Housesteads Roman Fort in Northumberland, Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire, Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, Mount Grace Priory in North Yorkshire, Dover Castle in Kent and the site of the Battle of Hastings will all reopen.

English Heritage also owns and runs a number of holiday cottages which will be accepting bookings from April 12.

Should Boris Johnson’s “roadmap” plans go ahead, from April 12 Stonehenge will reopen.

Then, from May 17 indoor sites will welcome back guests.

Both members and non-members must book a time slot before visiting.

As of June 21, English Heritage plans to launch its full summer events programme.

Kate Mavor, English Heritage’s chief executive, said: “We can’t wait to open up our sites again and to welcome people back.

“It’s been a long, long winter and our sites – with their wide-open spaces, beautiful buildings, fun events and fascinating stories – will be the tonic we all need.”

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Both members and non-members must book a time slot before visiting.

As of June 21, English Heritage plans to launch its full summer events programme.

Kate Mavor, English Heritage’s chief executive, said: “We can’t wait to open up our sites again and to welcome people back.

“It’s been a long, long winter and our sites – with their wide-open spaces, beautiful buildings, fun events and fascinating stories – will be the tonic we all need.”

From April 12, the Prime Minister said “holiday lets” will be allowed to open.

During this stage, he said they would only be “for use by individuals or household groups”.

This will include camping and caravan holidays, as well as private rentals.

It won’t be until May 17, when B&Bs, hotels and more UK holiday parks will be given the green light to welcome back guests.

Turkey holidays: FCDO issues update on new strict entry rules for visitors

Holidays to Turkey are off the cards for now with direct flights to and from the UK temporarily suspended due to concerns over Covid variants. However, travel to Turkey from the UK via a third country is “permitted” so long as travellers meet a specific set of requirements.
The latest of these is the implementation of a new form which must be filled out by anyone who is not a Turkish citizen or permit holder.

While leisure travel is currently off the cards for Britons, certain “essential” travel reasons are permitted.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice page to explain how this may impact anyone travelling to the country for essential purposes.

“Travel to Turkey from the UK via a third country is permitted,” states the FCDO.

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“You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with the Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary.

“Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.”

Arrivals from the UK are also subject to a period of self-isolation.

“Passengers who have been in the UK within the last 10 days will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Turkey,” continues the travel advice page.

“This can be at a residential address. In addition, before boarding, all passengers aged six years and above will be required to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

“Passengers in quarantine can take a PCR test on day 10 of their quarantine – if negative, the quarantine can end at that point.”

There are different requirements in place for arrivals to Turkey from different countries.

Therefore anyone arriving from elsewhere in the world is advised to check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements set by the Turkish authorities or with their travel provider.

“All passengers arriving in Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks,” continues the FCDO.

“Passengers who are in transit to another country via Turkey are not required to submit negative PCR tests, unless they are flying from the UK, Denmark or South Africa.

“Transit passengers from these three destinations are still required to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure to Turkey.”

Turkey has not yet given any suggestion as to when direct flights to and from the UK may be resumed.