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Green list countries LIVE: Brits to get Covid passports after two jabs as Portugal holiday prices soar

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BRITS will get Covid passports after getting both vaccine doses from May 17 so they can travel abroad.

Eager holidaymakers started to book their first trips abroad as soon as the Government revealed its green list yesterday.

This, however, has led to a rise in prices in particular for holidays to Portugal and Malta.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced 12 countries would be added to the green list in the "first tentative steps" to opening up travel for Brits this summer.

Portugal, Israel, Gibraltar and Malta are among the countries Brits can travel to without having to quarantine on their return.

At the moment, popular destinations such as France, Spain and Greece are excluded from the green list, the Transport Secretary said yesterday.

David Child, head of PR and brand at Thomas Cook, said bookings for Portugal were "through the roof" immediately after the announcement as people had been "poised, ready and waiting to go".

"We took in the first hour from 5pm to 6pm as many Portugal bookings as we took in the whole month of April."

However, holidaymakers have been warned of long queues at airports due to Covid-safety checks.

People arriving at UK airports could face queues of up to 10 hours this summer, according to the Border Force union.

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest updates...

  • BORDER FORCE WARNS OF HUGE AIRPORT QUEUES

    Brits desperate for a summer holiday can finally begin planning - but there'll be huge queues at airports, the chief of Border Force has warned.

    During a press conference from Downing Street tonight, Border Force director general Paul Lincoln said: "Unfortunately we are not back to normality yet.

    "Travel will be different and, as the Transport Secretary says, we still need to be cautious.

    "There will continue to be additional health checks for every person crossing our border, and inevitably that means it will take longer for most people to enter the UK.

    "These measures have been put in place to protect the hard-fought gains and sacrifices that have been made by individuals and society in the UK, minimising the risk of importing variants while protecting the success of our vaccine rollout."

  • FLIGHT PRICES SOAR

    London to Faro, on Portugal's Algarve, is a budget trip favourite and costs just £15-20 direct single every day in the first non-holiday week after half-term, from June 12.

    But the route has rocketed to £530 single with BA on May 17, with easyJet offering the cheapest £238 flight that day, kayak.co.uk data showed.

    Flights from May 18 for the rest of the week cost £63-144 – still treble the usual.

  • EXHAUSTED' DOCTORS FELT PRESSURED TO WORK EXTRA SHIFTS

    Thousands of NHS workers are experiencing "unacceptable levels of exhaustion", a health chief has warned, after a survey found some doctors worked extra unpaid shifts during the pandemic.

    The British Medical Association said more than half of doctors (58%) surveyed in the UK had worked extra shifts as part of the Covid-19 response, of which 28% were unpaid.

    The BMA's Covid-19 tracker survey in April also revealed 44% of doctors felt pressured by their employer to work additional hours.

    Of the 5,500 doctors who responded to the survey, more than a third (36%) said they had either skipped taking full breaks or taken them on rare occasions, with nearly 60% reporting a higher than normal level of fatigue or exhaustion.

    Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, said: "To learn that an already depleted and now exhausted workforce feels forced into doing more and more hours, with many reporting higher levels of fatigue than ever, is extremely worrying."

  • TOP EUROPEAN HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS SHOULD BE ADDED TO GREEN LIST - TRAVEL BOSSES

    Top holiday spots such as the Greek islands and the Canaries should be added to the quarantine-free green list, it has been suggested, amid criticism the Government has been too cautious in its approach to international travel.

    EasyJet Holidays CEO Garry Wilson told BBC Breakfast: "The good news is travel is reopening and our customers can look forward to those well-earned breaks in the summer that they've been waiting many months for.

    "I think the very disappointing news is just the number of countries that are on the list, and if you look at European countries there's very few, and of those European countries the major holiday destination is Portugal.

    "So we did think it was very cautious and it is really not aligning with the approach the Government has taken to open up domestic travel and we don't think it is backed up by the science or the data."

  • BOOTS OFFERS £65 COVID TEST FOR HOLIDAYMAKERS

    Boots have launched £65 PCR Covid tests as Brit holidaymakers prepare for summer breaks abroad.

    Boots Advantage Card holders can purchase it using their points or earn points to spend on other items at Boots.

    They also offers an In-Store COVID-19 PCR Testing Service (£99), which is now available at over 200 stores in the UK and offers results within 48 hours. 

    Its In-store COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing Service (£79.99) provides results on the same day and is offered at over 15 stores.

  • BRITS WILL GET COVID PASSPORTS AFTER TWO JABS

    Brit holidaymakers will get Covid passports after getting both vaccine doses from May 17 so they can travel abroad.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced people who have received both jabs will be able to use the NHS app to show their status.

    People who do not have the app will be able to request an NHS letter.

  • KIDS EARNING MORE ONLINE DURING LOCKDOWN

    Pocket money app RoosterMoney found that kids are now earning more than they did before the coronavirus lockdown.

    According to a study, kids are now earning £7.20 a week, up from £5.15 last year.

    The increase has come from kids embracing their entrepreneurial spirit by doing extra jobs around the house, and selling things online, like old toys and clothes.

    Will Carmichael, RoosterMoney CEO, said: “The Pocket Money Index has been running for over four years now reflecting the behaviours of children’s relationship with money.

    “Building good habits and managing money with confidence has never been more important. It's great to see that, despite the challenges for families stuck at home, it has encouraged opportunities for kids to develop money skills that will stick with them for life.” 

  • EGYPT TO TEST VISITORS ON ARRIVAL

    Egypt will require all visitors arriving from "countries where variants of the virus have appeared" to take a rapid Covid-19 test upon arrival, its health ministry said in a statement today.

    The statement did not specify the countries from which passengers would take the 15-minute DNA test, called ID NOW.

    Egypt's new coronavirus cases have been steadily rising in recent weeks.

    On Saturday it reported 1,125 new cases and 65 deaths, although experts say that reflects only a fraction of total cases.

  • JET2 TO RESTART HOLIDAYS FROM JUNE 24

    Travel firm Jet2 said it was committed to restarting holidays from June 24.

    Welcoming the planned partial reopening of international travel, CEO Steve Heapy said: "Despite 'wanting to start looking outward again' there is still a long way to go to meet the huge customer demand for our flights and ATOL protected package holidays, so we look forward to further positive news about where we can fly to in the coming weeks.

    "We also look forward to important updates from the UK Government about a simple and affordable testing regime for customers."

  • THOMAS COOK SAYS FRIDAY BOOKINGS WERE UP 250% ON LAST WEEK

    Thomas Cook said on Friday bookings were already up 250% on last week, with more demand expecting into the evening.

    Comparing the whole of Friday to the whole of April 30, Thomas Cook said web traffic was 85% higher.

    Searches for Portugal saw a 264% increase, while there was a 277% rise in searches for Gibraltar - another destination on the Government's green list.

  • PORTUGAL'S GREEN LIST STATUS PROMPTS 'SURGE' IN BOOKINGS

    Portugal's placement on the Government-approved green travel list has prompted a "surge" in bookings from eager holidaymakers, one travel firm has said.

    The Department of Transport revealed at 5pm on Friday that the European nation was one of just 12 destinations that travellers will be able to visit from May 17 without having to self-isolate on return to England.

    David Child, head of PR and brand at Thomas Cook, said bookings for Portugal were "through the roof" immediately after the announcement as people had been "poised, ready and waiting to go".

    "We took in the first hour from 5pm to 6pm as many Portugal bookings as we took in the whole month of April," he told the PA news agency.

  • 'NATIONAL EFFORT'

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This has been a truly national effort.

    “The NHS has delivered the vaccine at an incredible pace.

    “One jab at a time, the vaccines are helping to send this virus into retreat, with coronavirus cases and deaths now at their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic.

    “I strongly encourage everyone to take up the offer when it comes so we can put this pandemic behind us.”

    Matt Hancock says data on impact of Covid vaccine on reducing transmission is 'really encouraging'
  • 'INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT'

    Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: "This is an incredible achievement.

    "It is now more important than ever to come forward for the second dose, so we can ensure everyone has the strongest possible protection from this dreadful virus."

  • TWO THIRDS OF BRITS JABBED

    Two-thirds of adults have had at least one Covid jab, the government said yesterday - as cases fell to their lowest level since last summer.

    Last night, the NHS had administered 51.8million jabs, including 16.7million second doses.

    The government met its target of vaccinating the most vulnerable by April 15, and remains on track to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July.

  • WHERE CAN I TRAVEL?

    Portugal plans to welcome UK tourists who have had a recent negative test, have recovered from the virus and therefore have antibodies, or had both doses of a vaccine.

    Gibraltar will not require UK visitors to be tested or vaccinated, whereas Israel will initially reopen its border on May 23 only to groups of foreign tourists who have had both jabs.

    None of these destinations will require arrivals to quarantine.

  • GREEN LIST COUNTRIES

    The Government has announced the green, amber and red lists for international travel.

    Travellers returning from a country on the green list will not be need to quarantine and will only be required to take one post-arrival test.

    The list includes Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, plus several small remote islands which are British Overseas Territories.

  • VACCINE SUCCESS

    More than 50 million doses of a Covid vaccine have been distributed in the UK, 16.7 million of which are second doses, according to Government figures.

    Earlier this week, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said scientists are looking at a range of options for an autumn booster vaccination campaign to protect against a third wave of coronavirus.

    This could include new jabs to protect against variants or mixing the types of injections given.

  • UK TO BE COVID-FREE THIS SUMMER

    The UK will have a population protected from Covid this summer, the departing chief of the UK's vaccine taskforce said.

    Clive Dix, who took over the role in December and stepped down last week, said it was his belief there would be no circulating virus in the UK by August.

    He also told the Daily Telegraph: "We'll have probably protected the population from all the variants that are known.

    "We'll be safe over the coming winter."

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