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Will I be able to go skiing next winter? A country-by-country guide to Covid restrictions in ski resorts as travel corridors introduced

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skier – gaudenz danuser

Ski holidays in Europe are set to be back in business next winter as the government brings in list of 59 quarantine-free destinations

The government has today released a ‘safe list’ of quarantine-exempt destinations, allowing international holidays to kickstart from July 10.

This list of 59 countries banishes the need for travellers visiting the named nations, which are deemed as low risk, to quarantine on arrival home in the UK, news many have been waiting for for months – although the destination itself could still impose a quarantine.

While initially the announcement of these ‘travel corridors’ will provide a lifeline to summer holidays and operators, it also shines a ray of hope on next season’s ski holidays, with the majority of winter destinations in Europe, plus Japan, named as safe.

The list lifts the Foreign Office ban on non-essential travel to all the named destinations from

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Can you visit Florida beaches for the 4th of July? It depends on how far you want to travel

South Florida’s Fourth of July holiday festivities this year will include masks, social distancing and virtual fireworks because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But not beaches.

If you’re looking to celebrate the Fourth sunbathing on the sand with a piña colada in your hand, you’ll have to take a road trip up north. South Florida beaches are closing for the holiday weekend because of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

Late-night celebrations will also be limited.

In Miami-Dade, restaurants with more than an eight-person capacity and other food establishments, including fast-food chains and diners, are not allowed to offer in-person dining from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. daily until further notice. If you get a late night craving, pick-up and delivery will still be available.

Miami Beach is also reimposing a citywide curfew from 12:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice, with restaurants having to close for in-person dining and

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On The Beach hunts for bargains amid travel sector chaos

Two men set up sun umbrellas at the beach in Praia da Luz, in Portugal's Algarve coast - Armando Franca/AP
Two men set up sun umbrellas at the beach in Praia da Luz, in Portugal’s Algarve coast – Armando Franca/AP

The coronavirus crisis has caused demand for travel to nosedive and sent airlines into freefall, but holiday retailer On The Beach is keeping its eyes peeled for deals.

Britain’s biggest online travel agent has built up a £50m war chest in a bid to increase its market share by scooping up struggling rivals struck by the pandemic.

On The Beach has not been shielded from the havoc in the sector, however. On Tuesday it slumped to a £34.1m loss for the six months to April, in contrast to a profit of £11.9m a year earlier. 

Sales plunged by two-thirds during the period to £21.4m, while costs related to Covid-19 and the cancellation of bookings set the business back close to £35m in the period. 

During the crisis, any dealmaking within

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WHO issues ‘worst is yet to come’ warning; European Union to extend American travel ban

As coronavirus cases climbed in the U.S. and across the globe, the World Health Organization director general warned “the worst is yet to come” and European Union leaders were ready to extend the ban on American travelers for at least two more weeks.

Adjustments were being made to help slow spreading of the disease. Jacksonville, Florida, which is scheduled to host the GOP convention, is mandating masks, though it’s not clear for how long. Broadway stages will remain dark through 2020.

Also, a drug company’s steep price for remdesivir, a drug that has proved to shorten recovery times for severe COVID-19 patients by about 31%, is drawing criticism.

Some good news? The nation’s leading infectious diseases expert remains “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine could be widely available by year’s end.

Here are the most significant developments of the day:

  • Worldwide coronavirus cases surpassed 10 million, while more than 504,000 across

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Holiday bookings surge as travel rules are relaxed

UK holiday-makers will soon be able to travel to some countries without quarantining upon return. Photo: S O C I A L . C U T/Unsplash
UK holiday-makers will soon be able to travel to some countries without quarantining upon return. Photo: S O C I A L . C U T/Unsplash

Holiday companies have seen bookings “explode” as COVID-19 travel restrictions are set to be relaxed next week.

According to data and comments collated by the BBC from lastminute.com, tour operator TUI (TUI.L), and the Eurotunnel, bookings have surged since the UK government announced that Brits will be allowed to travel to certain European countries without having to spend two weeks in quarantine upon their return, from 6 July.

Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK and Ireland told the BBC, “we’ve already seen bookings increase by 50% this week, versus last [week], with holidays to Spain and Greece looking the most popular this summer.”

Lastminute.com reported an 80% increase on holiday sales compared to last week, attributed to Spain lifting the quarantine for Brits.

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Travel flourished after the Spanish flu pandemic, and it will again after this

"Train travel hasn't lost its glamour" - getty
“Train travel hasn’t lost its glamour” – getty

The founder of the award-winning seat61.com rail website tells of the journeys that inspired him, his proposal on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the way Covid-19 will impact on travel – and how the 2020s may yet be another golden age for the train.

How did you begin travelling

My first solo overseas trip was to the Isle of Wight aged 13. I’d saved up £2.73 for a half-fare cheap day return by train to Portsmouth and ferry to Ryde. That’s where it all started. The next big landmark was an Interrail trip aged 19 travelling to Greece through the Balkans; where a guard stamped my passport, clicked his heels and said ‘welcome to Yugoslavia!’.

Is it just about trains?

If you love travel then the journey is just as important as the destination. You want to be treated like a human being and

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holiday bookings ‘explode’ as travel restrictions ease

UK holiday-makers will soon be able to travel to some countries without quarantining upon return. Photo: S O C I A L . C U T/Unsplash
UK holiday-makers will soon be able to travel to some countries without quarantining upon return. Photo: S O C I A L . C U T/Unsplash

Holiday companies have seen bookings “explode” as COVID-19 travel restrictions are set to be relaxed next week, the BBC reported.

From 6 July, Brits will be allowed to travel to certain European countries without having to spend two weeks in quarantine upon their return.

A spokesperson for Britain’s leading tour operator TUI said this is a “hugely positive step forward”.

“We’ve already seen bookings increase by 50% this week, versus last [week], with holidays to Spain and Greece looking the most popular this summer,” said Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK and Ireland.

Lastminute.com reported an 80% increase on holiday sales compared to last week, attributed to Spain lifting the quarantine for Brits.

READ MORE: The top 10 countries Brits will visit once

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Can you travel in California? Official signals conflict

Californians, are you now free to move about the state?

It seems you are, if you judge by the flurry of hotel, casino and park openings in California, Las Vegas and the rest of the West in recent days, including a big burst of reopenings Friday with Disneyland to follow on July 17.

At popular destinations like Santa Barbara, Napa Valley and Los Angeles, tourism boosters are eagerly inviting the masses back and treating the state’s stay-at-home order as history.

But that’s not what public health officials are saying, at least not yet.

“We are waiting to see how the State Health Officer changes her order,” wrote a spokesman for Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer in an email Thursday.

As of Friday morning, that change hadn’t come yet, and the state Public Health Office was giving this advice on the state website:

“You can travel for

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When, where and how will you be able to travel abroad in the summer of 2020?

Waiting game: passengers at Heathrow airport: Simon Calder
Waiting game: passengers at Heathrow airport: Simon Calder

UK holidaymakers will be able to travel abroad this summer – though it is not yet clear to which destinations.

At present a “double lock” effectively prevents most overseas travel. The Foreign Office advises against all but essential journeys abroad, while anyone returning to the UK faces two weeks of self-isolation.

The measures have already triggered the cancellation of millions of trips and stifled new outbound and inbound bookings.

But in the next few days the government will set out a list of countries for which both the Foreign Office warning and the quarantine requirement will be lifted.

These are the key questions and answers.

What is changing?

On Wednesday, 1 July, the government is expected to say that the current rules will be relaxed on 6 July for a range of destinations.

Simultaneously, the Foreign Office no-go warning and the need

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The best travel credit cards of 2020

Taking the family on trip? The right credit card can take the hassle out of your vacation.
Taking the family on trip? The right credit card can take the hassle out of your vacation.

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you sign up for a credit card after clicking one of our links, we may earn a small fee for referring you. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

No matter where you want to go, or how you want to get there, using the right credit card can help make your trip smoother and, in certain cases, help it cost less. Credit card rewards and points can be used to offset the cost of your travel and hotel stays, or can even be redeemed for cash back to help you afford a few extra souvenirs.

If you are planning to head out on the road, these are our

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