New UK quarantine rules shake up summer travel plans

The Lunt family from Bath, in western England, had planned to visit Spain this summer but like so many British holidaymakers have had their plans upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

The family-of-five, who had booked two weeks on the Balearic island of Majorca next month, are now headed to Rock, an upmarket resort in the southwest English county Cornwall dubbed “Chelsea-on-Sea” after the wealthy London suburb.

They finally decided to swap the azure waters of the Mediterranean for the cooler currents of the North Atlantic amid growing fears about a second wave of COVID-19 sweeping Europe.

Initially, the family were worried they might test positive for the virus on arrival in Spain and have to spend their holiday in self-isolation, before the British government abruptly imposed its own quarantine.

“We were worried about having our temperature taken at the airport and potentially having to quarantine for two weeks,” Rosie Lunt,

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Australia Is Outraged As Nicole Kidman, Hollywood Celebrities Dodge Hotel Quarantine

Australians’ sense of fairness is being rocked as a string of “mega-rich” celebrities are spared from mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival in the country.

Stealing the headlines is the “fury” over homegrown Hollywood star, Nicole Kidman, getting to spend it at her country estate instead.

Since Australia closed its borders to the world on March 20, all travelers returning home are placed in compulsory hotel quarantine

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$1,000 Fine Possible For Violating CT Travel Quarantine

CONNECTICUT — Connecticut could issue $1,000 fines for travelers from states on the coronavirus quarantine list if they don’t comply with quarantine rules. The rules also require travelers from those states to fill out an online form prior to arrival.

Enforcement of the fine will evolve over time, Gov. Ned Lamont said.

Spot checks will being performed at Bradley International Airport to make sure people have filled out the form before traveling. Airlines and travel agents are required to inform travelers about the form.

Travelers don’t need to quarantine if they enter the state within 72 hours of a negative viral test. People are still encouraged to quarantine regardless of the test result.

Lamont will also be issuing a new executive order either tonight or Tuesday clarifying some things regarding the travel quarantine. Among the items is what employers are empowered to do if an employee travels to a state

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Scottish hotels lose bookings as Sturgeon threatens to quarantine English visitors

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edinburgh – getty

Scottish hoteliers have complained that a growing number of English guests are calling to cancel their summer bookings amidst ongoing uncertainty over quarantine rules.

Many are abandoning their holiday plans after Nicola Sturgeon refused once again to rule out the possibility that the English, Welsh and Northern Irish will have to self-isolate when visiting Scotland.

The First Minister, speaking on ITV last night, said that forcing travellers from the rest of the UK to self-isolate was “not something I want to do if we can avoid that”. 

However, she added: “But I am not going to shy away from doing anything that I think is necessary and appropriate and effective in protecting people in Scotland from a virus that we know now to our painful cost can take life and also as we are increasingly learning can do a lot of long-term health damage to people.”


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Everything you need to know about travelling abroad this summer, following changes to quarantine rules

Summer holidays abroad could be back on but what will they look like? (Getty Images)
Summer holidays abroad could be back on but what will they look like? (Getty Images)

Back in June when the government announced the introduction of strict travel measures that would mean anyone arriving from abroad would have to isolate for 14 days, we saw our summer holiday hopes fade quicker than our post-holiday tans.

But summer 2020 could well be back on, with the arrival of travel corridors and a long list of countries now exempt from England’s stringent quarantine rules.

From 10 July, anyone arriving from the countries listed will not have to isolate for 14 days on arrival into England.

“The government is satisfied that it is now safe to ease these measures in England and has introduced travel corridor exemptions for some countries and territories,” the new guidance states.

Additionally, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which previously advised against all but essential travel, has now updated

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New York expands coronavirus travel quarantine as U.S. pandemic widens

By Maria Caspani

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Visitors from three more U.S. states who travel to New York will be required to quarantine for 14 days to control the spread of coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday, as alarm grew over a surge in infections in large parts of the country.

New York state, which had been the early epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, unveiled the travel advisory last month in an effort to prevent a resurgence after the state got its outbreak under control.

Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma, all of which are grappling with “significant” community spread of the virus, have been added to the list, Cuomo announced in a statement, bringing the total number of states under the travel advisory to 19.

New Jersey, which along with New York had experienced the brunt of the early part of the U.S. outbreak, also added the three states to

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Airlines end row with government over quarantine rules

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Photo: Getty

British Airways (IAG.L), easyJet (EZJ.L) and Ryanair (RYAAY) will end a legal challenge against the UK government after it announced certain countries would be exempt from its quarantine rule.

Europe’s top airlines were worried the rule, implemented 8 June, would deter British holidaymakers from travelling, for fear of having to quarantine for 14 days upon return.

All passengers – bar a handful of exemptions – have to fill out an online locator form giving their contact and travel details, as well as the address of where they will isolate.

People who failed to comply were told they could be fined £1,000 ($1248.40) and police were allowed to use “reasonable force” to make sure the rules were followed.

The airlines had taken action against Health Secretary Matt Hancock over measures they said would have a “severe impact on the travel and tourism industry,” which was “already running on fumes.”

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Greece in, Portugal out, as quarantine exemption list revealed

Holidays to Spain are back on - GETTY
Holidays to Spain are back on – GETTY

The Government has finally revealed the long-awaited list of countries that English residents can visit this summer, bringing joy to some, but misery for others.

The list of 59 destinations – including France, Spain and Italy – means travellers from England have the go ahead from the Foreign Office to travel from July 4 and will be exempt from quarantine on arrival back to England after July 10. Devolved nations will announce their own quarantine plans in due course.

It is not necessarily the case that the country will welcome the British holidaymaker on arrival without the need to go into quarantine, as was originally hoped under “air bridge” discussions. New Zealand, for example, does not plan to lift its quarantine but is on the UK’s list.

The most popular holiday destinations to be omitted from the list include Portugal, the US

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Are you missing vineyard visits during quarantine? Try a virtual wine tasting

The global pandemic is keeping oenophiles from gathering in bars or visiting vineyards. But vintners aren’t letting the wine tasting experience fall by the wayside. Instead, many wineries are offering virtual tastings.

Some ship wine to your door, then schedule a video call to walk you through a tasting, much the same as you’d find at a vineyard. Others are creating video series that wine drinkers can watch on demand. All are trying to adapt to the challenges of living and doing business amid the coronavirus crisis. 

So how does a virtual wine experience work? Here are three that give a taste:

Quintessa’s ‘Virtual Estate Experience’

Quintessa, a 280-acre estate in Napa Valley, offers a “Virtual Estate Experience” as a wine tasting package. The tour and half-bottles of Quintessa’s 2013, 2016 and 2017 vintages (shipped to your home) retails for $300. 

“We really wanted guests to feel immersed from the

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3 New Cases, Short-Term Renter Quarantine, Beach Passes

MADISON, CT — In her last weekly update through the CTAlerts emergency notification system, First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons says that the town has reported three new cases of COVID-19, reminds residents to continue virus spread mitigation measures, talks beach passes and Town Hall appointments. And, she also notes that there is a 14-day quarantine of short-term renters from nine states where COVID-19 has seen significant community spread.

Read her full message here:

“Over the last week we’ve had three new positive cases of COVID-19 in our community. While it is disheartening to see an increase, we are actively monitoring each case through contact tracing and grateful that the state overall continues to see downward trends.

In order to prevent resurgence, the Governor announced today a travel advisory requiring a 14 day quarantine for those people traveling into Connecticut from states that demonstrate significant community spread. States included are Alabama, Arkansas,

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