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Tuesday 29 June 2021

Doors slam shut on British travellers

Bad news all round if you are in Britain and want to travel.

Hong Kong has announced it will ban all passenger flights originating from the UK starting from July1, Travel Mole reported.

Hong Kong has designated the UK as "extremely high-risk" due to the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19.

People having spent spent more than two hours in the UK will banned from boarding flights to Hong Kong "because of 'the recent rebound of the epidemic situation and the widespread Delta variant virus strain," Hong Kong authorities said in statement.

They also imposed blanket flight bans on Indonesia, India, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines.

The vast majority of current Covid-19 cases in the UK are of the Delta variant, which was first identified in India, and cases have been surging in recent weeks despite the fact that 60% of Britons are now fully vaccinated (compared to fewer than 4% in Australia under the dismal leadership of the Slogan Bogan flapdoodler).

The UK reported more than 22,000 new cases of Covid on Monday.

The World Health Organization says Delta variant is present in at least 85 countries and is the most infectious of all variants.

New rules also came into force at Portuguese border points, imposing a 14-day quarantine on British arrivals who are not fully vaccinated.

Arrivals landing at mainland Portugal by air, land or sea, require proof they have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine at least two weeks ago.

Portuguese authorities said the measures will last until at least July 11.

Portugal is taking a similar measure as Malta, which announced similar rules that take effect later this week.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged fellow European Union countries to impose quarantine on arrivals coming from the UK, due to the spread of the Delta variant.

About 30% of the Portugal population are vaccinated so far.

Spain has also announced that British travellers to the Balearic islands (Ibiza and Mallorca) will have to show either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test.

The move comes just days after Mallorca and Ibiza were placed on the British Government’s travel “green list”, prompting a rapid surge in holiday bookings from Britons keen to escape the green and pleasant land.

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