Live travel news: France set to lift UK travel ban imminently

France is expected to announce imminently that it is lifting the general ban on British travelers.

Speculation, already rife, was further fueled last night when French politician Alexandre Holroyd tweeted: “Following numerous discussions with the government, significant reductions in border health measures will be announced very soon.

“More details here in the next few days.”

The encrypted tweet followed several vacation companies telling guests they believed the French ban on all Britons, except those who had a handful of “compelling” reasons to travel, was about to be rolled out. be deleted.

London-based sent a marketing email saying: “We are expecting the French government to make an announcement on Wednesday to confirm that vaccinated British skiers can enter France from this Saturday 15th January. “

Two key meetings are taking place this morning in France, during which it is hoped that the restrictions can be relaxed: one for the defense council, another with the council of ministers.

Follow the latest updates below:


Cairo is “the most stressed city in the world”, according to a study

The team assessed cities around the world on factors such as cleanliness, financial stress, LGBTQ + safety, and suicide rates to find the most and least stressful places to live.

Cairo tops the list with a “stress score” of 7.67, followed by Delhi (6.96) and Karachi (6.47) in India.

Mumbai and Baghdad round out the top five.

On the other end of the scale, Finland has been calculated as the least stressful city, thanks to a poverty rate of 0%, the lowest pollution index at just 13.65 and a pollution level sound and light of only 25.21.

Vienna and Munich were the second and third least stressful; while Toronto received the highest score for LGBTQ + friendliness.

(William Russell)

Lucy thackrayJanuary 12, 2022 1:25 PM


Half of Europe could get Omicron within next two months, WHO warns

More than half of Europe’s population could be infected with Omicron in the next two months, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday.

WHO European Director Dr Hans Kluge said “represents a new west-to-east tidal wave” across the continent.

“At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicts that more than 50% of the region’s population will be infected with Omicron within the next six to eight weeks,” Kluge told reporters.

He confirmed that 50 of the 53 countries and territories included in the WHO European region had already seen cases of Omicron.

Lucy thackrayJanuary 12, 2022 1:07 PM


France will introduce stricter rules for boosting jabs

If and when France lifts its general travel ban on Britons, they will face stricter rules regarding Covid vaccination in order to access facilities while in the country.

Visitors will need to provide proof of a recall to access most sites in France.

The regulation currently only applies to people aged 65 and over, but starting January 15, the requirement will be extended to anyone aged 18 or over.

Helene coffeyJanuary 12, 2022 12:20 PM


Japan extends travel ban until end of February

Japan will maintain its blanket travel ban for foreign nationals until the end of February, the Japanese prime minister said on Tuesday.

“The infection situations regarding Omicron are clearly different at home and abroad, so the framework (of current border controls) will be maintained until the end of February,” Fumio Kishida told reporters.

“Due to the tightest border restrictions among the Group of Seven countries, we were able to minimize the influx of the Omicron variant and save time to prepare for an increase in domestic cases.”

Lucy thackrayJanuary 12, 2022 11:38


The world’s most powerful passports unveiled

The world’s most powerful passports have been revealed in a new ranking.

Japan and Singapore jointly claim first place in the latest iteration of the Henley Passport Index, published by London-based citizenship and global residency consultancy Henley & Partners.

The report notes the passports of 199 countries on the number of destinations holders can visit without needing to obtain a visa in advance.

Japanese and Singaporean passport holders can, in theory, access 192 countries each without a visa, or by obtaining a visa on arrival.

Helene coffeyJanuary 12, 2022 11:06 AM


Transport for London warns tube will be “very busy” due to closure of the Northern Line

Three days before the four-month closure of a key section of the Northern Line, Transport for London (TfL) warns: “Many stations in central London will be very busy.

“Travel to the City of London and Canary Wharf is likely to be affected.”

The closure from January 15 to mid-May is aimed “at solving the station’s long-standing capacity issues and making travel through the Bank easier, faster and more comfortable.”

No trains will run between Moorgate – serving the north of the City of London – and Kennington in south London, where it joins the Charing Cross branch of the Northern Line.

The main National Rail terminals of King’s Cross, St Pancras and London Bridge will lose their connections with the City, as will Angel Station serving Islington.

The closure will not directly affect other routes through Bank Station – the Central Line, Waterloo and City Line and the Docklands Light Railway – although passengers will not be able to connect.

“If possible, travel at quieter times,” says TfL.

Simon calderJanuary 12, 2022 10:44 AM


Ryanair claims to be a ‘ghostbuster’ and demands that seats on empty flights be sold at low prices

After the Lufthansa Group revealed that it would operate 18,000 empty flights this winter just to keep airport slots, its big rival Ryanair demanded that the seats on these so-called “ghost flights” be sold at low prices. price.

Under the “use it or lose it” rules, airlines must forgo take-off and landing rights if they are not used enough.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said: “The solution to Lufthansa’s ‘ghost flight’ problem is simple: just sell these seats to consumers.

“If Lufthansa really needs to exploit these flights, only to prevent the release of these slots to competing airlines, then they should be forced to sell these seats to the public at low prices.

“Slots are the way they block competition and limit choice at major hub airports like Frankfurt, Brussels Zaventem, Vienna, among others.

Ryanair is again calling on the European Commission to force Lufthansa and other state-subsidized airlines to free up slots they don’t want to use, so that low-cost ‘ghostbusters’ like Ryanair, among others, can offer choice, competition and lower prices fares at these hub airports.

Simon calderJanuary 12, 2022 10:31 AM


Train cancellations due to Omicron rise

Faced with staff shortages due to the self-isolation of workers, rail operators are canceling more and more services. TransPennine Express, which already offers a reduced schedule, has today canceled or reduced 18 additional trains.

Six of the cancellations relate to the main route from Liverpool via Manchester, Leeds and York to Newcastle. Others run from York to Manchester Airport and Scarborough.

“Further short-term cancellations and service changes are likely throughout the day,” the operator warns.

Many other rail companies are offering reduced services due to declining passenger demand.

Simon calderJanuary 12, 2022 10:25 AM


Last minute reservations before summer vacation

Holiday bookings have risen sharply since last weekend when the costly and onerous British testing rules introduced due to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus were relaxed.

But nearly a third of travel agent sales are for travel in the next four weeks, while just 7% are for vacations in July and August respectively.

Julia Lo Bue-Said, Managing Director of Advantage Travel Partnership, said The independent: “Confidence to book to travel over the next few weeks is increasing, with around 30% of all travel sales in the next four weeks. “

Simon calderJanuary 12, 2022 10:13 AM


Sharp rise in Covid cases as Omicron push continues

“The past 24 hours have seen the most positive tests ever seen in the world,” said Tim White, Covid data analyst who tweets as @TWMCLtd.

He writes: “2.81 million people confirmed to have contracted the disease yesterday.

“Norway confirms 9,622 new cases of Covid-19, breaking the previous six-day record of 1,237.

“Bulgaria has also reached new unwanted highs in terms of Covid-19 infections: 7,062 cases, 13% more than last Wednesday.”

For the United States, Mr. White estimates “there is a 20% chance that the all-time record will be broken tonight”.

With seven states to report, there were over 670,000 new cases overnight.

“In the meantime, it looks like the CDC [the US health regulator] will require or recommend the use of medical masks, ”he wrote.

Simon calderJanuary 12, 2022 10:06 AM

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