Priti Patel says authorities contemplating mass testing of lorry drivers
Talks geared toward reopening the Channel crossing are ongoing after France shut its border with the UK for 48 hours over considerations a few new variant of coronavirus spreading rapidly in southeast England.
Round 50 international locations have thus far banned arrivals from the UK in an try and cease the variant from taking maintain, with international locations akin to South Africa and The Netherlands additionally focused by travel restrictions after instances have been reported there.
The World Well being Organisation has given its cautious backing to the flight bans, saying they’re “prudent” however arguing for key freight and passenger providers to be maintained.
Hungary bans UK flights for seven weeks
Hungary’s authorities banned air passenger planes from Britain from touchdown in Hungary till 8 February to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government stated in a decree printed late on Monday in its official gazette.
The flight ban is likely one of the longest applied globally, with most international locations choosing a shorter time restrict as they assess the potential menace posed by the brand new variant of Covid-19.
The decree, signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, extends to common and constitution flights however doesn’t embrace emergency landings, that are permitted.
Tom Batchelor22 December 2020 12:06
Eire extends journey ban to January
Journey restrictions from Nice Britain to Eire will stay in place for the remainder of the 12 months, the Irish authorities has determined, Simon Calder studies.
Together with many different European Union nations, the republic initially introduced in a 48-hour journey ban.
The prohibition has now been prolonged as much as and together with 31 December 2020.
Irish residents who’ve been on brief breaks to Nice Britain or who’re transiting UK airports are being supplied with journey choices – together with government-provided flights and entry to ferries.
Tom Batchelor22 December 2020 12:03
China suspends London visa utility service
China is suspending operations of its Visa Software Service Centre in London from 22 December in response to the brand new Covid-19 variant, the Chinese language embassy in Britain stated on Tuesday.
Yicai World, a Chinese language state-affiliated information outlet, stated the transfer would restrict the journey plans of UK nationals hoping to go to China.
Tom Batchelor22 December 2020 11:57
‘Don’t journey to Kent,’ transport secretary tells hauliers
Grant Shapps has for the second day working informed lorry drivers to keep away from Kent as tons of of vans stay stranded.
In a tweet the transport secretary stated hauliers risked getting “caught for longer” in the event that they tried to succeed in France from the south coast of England, the place Channel crossings for drivers have been suspended.
Tom Batchelor22 December 2020 11:44
Sweden closes border to Denmark
Individuals residing in Sweden and Denmark are unable to jump over the bridge linking Malmo and Copenhagen after officers in Stockholm banned journey to its neighbour over Covid fears.
The measure, which got here into drive at midnight on Monday, means everybody touring from the UK or Denmark will likely be expelled in the event that they attempt to enter Sweden.
Some exceptions exist, together with for the motion of products in addition to Swedes and individuals who reside or work in Sweden.
Tom Batchelor22 December 2020 11:20
Singapore Airways gives UK travellers flight credit score or refunds
Singapore Airways has stated prospects with bookings for flights departing from the UK from tomorrow, 23 December, will likely be affected by new rules banning entry, with some exceptions.
Affected passengers will likely be notified of their journey choices and should retain the worth of their ticket as flight credit, rebook or search a refund.
Tom Batchelor22 December 2020 11:13
Ryanair rescue flight
Ryanair is in talks with the Irish authorities about working a “rescue flight” to assist stranded individuals return from the UK.
Seats will price €95 a method and anybody who’s is being urged to contact the Irish Division of Overseas Affairs.
Tom Batchelor22 December 2020 11:06
Rich flip to non-public jets to keep away from flight ban
Personal jets are being sought in growing numbers to fulfill demand from the super-rich to journey this Christmas as journey bans floor planes all over the world.
Mark Briffa, chief government of personal aviation enterprise Air Companion, stated there have been a “rising variety of enquiries” from travellers in current days.
He stated bookings included personal jets for people and households, in addition to companies eager to constitution bigger plane to fly workers house for Christmas.
Mr Briffa added: “Companies akin to these within the pharmaceutical and oil and gasoline sectors have been in contact to fly teams of workers house in as little as 24 hours.
“In the end, this can be a continuation of the pattern we now have seen all through 2020 of many individuals turning to us to allow them to journey in a dependable and protected method in these disrupted and unsure instances.”
Tom Batchelor22 December 2020 10:53
‘Get lorries house for Christmas’
“Lorry drivers are a extremely good, resilient, self sustaining bunch,” Doug Bannister, CEO of the Port of Dover, informed Occasions Radio.
He stated one thing needs to be performed to get these “actually heroic guys house for his or her Christmas break”.
Union Unite’s nationwide officer for street transport, Adrian Jones, stated: “Drivers are struggling a nightmare earlier than Christmas due to cross-channel gridlock.”
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Tom Batchelor22 December 2020 10:29
1,500 vans parked in Kent
Greater than 1,500 vans are stranded in Kent due to the border closure with France.
A minimum of 650 automobiles are lined up on the motorway into the Port of Dover, whereas one other 873 had been redirected to the close by disused Manston Airport, the Residence Secretary Priti Patel stated.
Tom Batchelor22 December 2020 10:02