Dominican Republic reopens to tourism as coronavirus fades | News

The ministry of tourism of the Dominican Republic has reopened its borders for international travellers. The decision marks the start of phase four of the de-escalation process of the measures announced by the high-level commission for the prevention and control of coronavirus. “The Dominican tourism industry is now open and receiving visitors in a responsible manner and complying with the recommendations of national and international organisations on hygiene, disinfection and social distancing,” said the minister of tourism, Francisco Javier García. “From the moment visitors arrive in our country, they will…

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Chancellor cuts hospitality VAT to boost economy | News

UK chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced temporary cuts in value added tax in an attempt to simulate the hospitality sector. The measures are part of a wider packaged designed to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the UK economy. From July 15th, VAT will fall from 20 to five per cent for supplies of accommodation and admission to attractions. The change will remain in place until January 12th next year. At the same time, VAT will temporarily be cut for food and non-alcoholic drinks. In a measure…

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Chancellor cuts hospitality VAT to boost economy | News

UK chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced temporary cuts in value added tax in an attempt to simulate the hospitality sector. The measures are part of a wider packaged designed to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the UK economy. From July 15th, VAT will fall from 20 to five per cent for supplies of accommodation and admission to attractions. The change will remain in place until January 12th next year. At the same time, VAT will temporarily be cut for food and non-alcoholic drinks. In a measure…

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St Lucia unveils new arrival protocols as tourism reopens | News

Following a reassessment of market conditions, the government of Saint Lucia will introduce several new and updated protocols for arrivals from July 9th. Travellers will be required to obtain a negative PCR (polymerised chain reaction) test within seven days of travel unless they are arriving from countries in the travel bubble designated by the government of Saint Lucia. Visitors traveling only from destinations that have zero or a low instance of Covid-19 cases will be exempt from the seven-day pre-testing requirement. These destinations currently include Antigua, Barbuda, Aruba, Anguilla, Bahamas,…

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St Lucia unveils new arrival protocols as tourism reopens | News

Following a reassessment of market conditions, the government of Saint Lucia will introduce several new and updated protocols for arrivals from July 9th. Travellers will be required to obtain a negative PCR (polymerised chain reaction) test within seven days of travel unless they are arriving from countries in the travel bubble designated by the government of Saint Lucia. Visitors traveling only from destinations that have zero or a low instance of Covid-19 cases will be exempt from the seven-day pre-testing requirement. These destinations currently include Antigua, Barbuda, Aruba, Anguilla, Bahamas,…

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Poland welcomes British travellers as borders reopen | News

British travellers are being encouraged to return to Poland, as direct flights between the two relaunch. UK citizens are currently allowed to travel into, out of and throughout Poland without being asked to undergo a period of quarantine. Poland is also now exempt from Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice against all non-essential international travel. Passengers returning to England from Poland will thus no longer need to self-isolate on arrival. This announcement comes off the back of the new policy measures set out by the Polish government, ensuring that health and…

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Questions raised over England quarantine-free travel list | News

New research has revealed the new quarantine-free travel regulations published by the government on Friday might not be everything they seem. Following an examination by the PC Agency, it appears only a handful of countries might be easily accessible to English visitors. The agency discovered that just 25 of those named are currently viable holiday options. These are countries that will not force English visitors to quarantine for 14-days on arrival and do not have any border controls that stop English visitors entering. This is considerably fewer than the list…

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Madeira declared safe for British travellers | News

Madeira and Porto Santo Islands have been included in the global list of destinations exempt from the Foreign & Commonwealth advice against ‘all but essential’ travel. The duo is included alongside the Azores as the only two Portuguese territories to make the list. Madeira has had a strong track record in dealing with the global outbreak of Covid-19, recognised internationally as a success story. The destination implemented restrictive measures to contain the outbreak, even before the first cases arrived in Portugal. The region closed to all tourism in March. Due…

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Azores declared Covid-19 free as tourism resumes | News

Azores have been declared Covid-19 free, having registered no active cases of the virus for several days. Overall, the islands had recorded one hundred and forty-six positive cases of Covid-19 – resulting in one hundred and thirty recovered cases and sixteen deaths. As a result, the Portuguese destination has been added to a safe list prepared by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, alongside Madeira and Porto Santo. The Azores are a perfect destination for travellers who prefer nature experiences and for products such as hiking, whale watching, local cuisine and…

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Portugal reacts with surprise to quarantine exclusion | News

Portuguese authorities have reacted with surprise to exclusion for a new list of safe destinations produced by the department of transport. A list of countries was released on Friday, including popular holiday spots in Spain, France, Germany and Italy. Visitors returning from holidays in countries on the list will not be expected to self-isolate for 14-days when arriving back in England. In light of the news, Luis Araújo, president of Turismo de Portugal, said: “We are extremely disappointed to hear that the UK government has made the decision to omit…

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