Travel UK update live: Red list likely to be scrapped today

The government is expected to announce further changes to the UK’s red list today, with the seven-strong list of countries expected to be heavily reduced or scrapped altogether.

Leaks from government indicate the nations will be removed from the red list, ahead of both the Cop26 climate summit and World Travel Market, the UK’s prime travel industry event.

The red list would continue to exist in case new variants appear, but changes could also be announced that would allow travellers from any new red list nations to self-isolate at home rather than a quarantine hotel.

Such a move would align the UK with many other European countries and ease the barriers to travel – but people in quarantine hotels will be expected to complete their 11-night stays.

Three weeks ago ministers cut the number of nations on the red list from 54 to just seven.

In other news, airline bosses have slammed the government’s decision to raise APD (Air Passenger Duty) on long-haul flights in yesterday’s Budget, with Iata director general Willie Walsh calling it a “cash grab masquerading as a green tax the week before COP26”.

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Chancellor defends cut in flights tax

Rishi Sunak has defended the cut in Air Passenger Duty (APD) that will incentivise flying on UK domestic flights.

In the Budget, the chancellor announced that APD on domestic flights will halve from £13 to £6.50 from 2023.

Speaking on BBC Today, Mr Sunak said the tax cut would be “largely offset” by the introduction of a new ultra-long-haul APD band – even though the government’s own figures show that the overall tax take will decline by £35m in the first full year.

Simon Calder28 October 2021 08:38


Airline boss fury as APD hike announced for long-haul

The aviation industry has reacted strongly to yesterday’s news that Air Passenger Duty (APD) will rise for long-haul flights.

The increase of to £91 for an economy class flight above 5,500 miles will affect trips to key Asian and Latin American cities, including Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Santiago.

The Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) described the move to increase tax on flights over 5,500 miles as a “Halloween horror for long-haul travellers”. The organisation called the move “political posturing that undermines the industry’s net-zero commitments”.

Meanwhile, Iata director general Willie Walsh calling it a “cash grab masquerading as a green tax the week before COP26”.

Simon Calder28 October 2021 08:23


Could the red list be scrapped today?

Leaks from government indicate that all seven remaining nations could be removed from the red list later today, ahead of both the Cop26 climate summit and World Travel Market, the UK’s prime travel industry event.

Reports suggest the red list will continue to exist in case new variants appear, but changes could also be announced that would allow travellers from any new red list nations to self-isolate at home rather than a quarantine hotel.

Such a move would align the UK with many other European countries and ease the barriers to travel – but people already in quarantine hotels would be expected to complete their 11-night stays.

However, some industry figures have suggested the “popular” red list will remain.

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Australian Government to update international travel warnings

With international travel back on the cards from November 1 – at least out of Sydney and Melbourne – and thousands of Australians headed overseas for the first time in over 18 months, the government will this week revise its travel warnings for almost 200 countries.

It’s a critical step in the restart of overseas travel, as the warnings – published on the website operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – impacts the availability of travel insurance.

And international travel insurance will be more important that even in the Covid era of travel, especially as several countries make some form of ‘Covid cover’ a condition of entry.

Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lanes – which may extend to Australia in November – require that inbound travellers hold a policy which includes at least SGD$30,000 for Covid-related medical expenses.

In Thailand, which will reopen to fully-vaccinated Australians from November 1 – mandates “medical insurance with a minimum coverage of USD$50,000.”

Also read: As Australia’s borders reopen, will your travel insurance cover Covid-19?

DFAT and currently list all of the 177 countries on their watchlist as ‘Level 4 – do not travel’ destinations, with the sole exception of New Zealand which remains pegged as ‘Level 3 – reconsider your need to travel.’

Australian travel insurance providers typically won’t offer a policy if you’re headed for a country which DFAT has flagged as a Level 4 destination, which means that many people booking airfares right now for flights in November aren’t able to get travel insurance.

Travel insurance coverage is normally extended only to countries earmarked as ‘Level 1 – exercise normal safety precautions’ or ‘Level 2 – exercise a high degree of caution.’

In fact, the Smarttraveller website still carries the long-standing red alert first put in place in March 2020 saying “There’s a ban on overseas travel from Australia. You can’t leave Australia unless you have an exemption from the Department of Home Affairs, or are travelling to a destination that is exempt from the ban.”

Executive Traveller understands that DFAT is now working through a ‘risk assessment’ of all countries to update its travel advice to align with the reopening of Australia’s international border.

However, many countries are expected to remain at the current global ‘Level 4 – do not travel’ advisory or be nudged up to ‘Level 3 – reconsider your need to travel.’

“It’s important to check the reason that the country is under advice level 3, as you may not be covered for it,” DFAT advises.

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UPDATE 1-United Airlines posts smaller quarterly loss as travel rebounds

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CHICAGO, Oct 19 (Reuters) – United Airlines Holdings on Tuesday reported a narrower-than-expected third-quarter loss, helped by a recovery in travel demand.

The Chicago-based carrier reported an adjusted loss of $1.02 per share, compared with a loss of $8.16 per share last year at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts were forecasting a loss of $1.67 per share, according to Refinitiv data.

With government pandemic aid, the airline reported a net profit of $1.44 per share for the quarter.

Third-quarter revenue came in at $7.75 billion, compared with $2.49 billion a year ago, and was above Wall Street’s estimates of $7.64 billion.

After a strong summer travel season, the fast spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus slowed down new bookings and drove up cancellations, threatening the industry’s fragile recovery.

However, with a decline in COVID-19 cases as more people get vaccinated, carriers say bookings have stabilized and are recovering.

U.S. airlines are eyeing a strong holiday season, with United planning to fly its biggest domestic schedule since the start of the pandemic, offering more than 3,500 daily domestic flights in December – representing 91% of its domestic capacity compared to 2019.

United said it expects revenue in the current quarter to recover to at least 70% of 2019 levels. Capacity in the December quarter is estimated to be down 23% compared with the corresponding quarter in 2019. (Reporting by Rajesh Kumar Singh Editing by Bill Berkrot)

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*Update* Troopers Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash – New Castle – Delaware State Police

Date Posted: Sunday, October 17th, 2021

US13 and Llangollen

New Castle – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred early last evening.

Around 7:09 p.m. Saturday October 16, 2021 a 2007 Mercury Mountaineer, being operated by a 60-year-old New Castle man, was traveling southbound on S. DuPont Highway (US13) in the left lane. The SUV proceeded through the intersection with Llangollen Boulevard on a solid green light. At the same time, two pedestrians began to cross the southbound lanes of travel of US13 south of the intersection with Llangollen Boulevard from east to west and into the path of the Mountaineer. The operator slammed on his brakes in an unsuccessful attempt to take evasive action, but struck the two pedestrians within the left southbound lane of travel. Following the impact, one of the pedestrians was thrown in a southerly direction and came to rest within the left southbound lane of travel. The second pedestrian was thrown in a southwesterly direction and came to rest in front of the entrance to “New York Fried Chicken.”  The SUV operator came to a controlled stop within the roadway before eventually moving to a safer location on the southbound right shoulder.

A 14-year-old male from New Castle was transported by EMS to Christiana Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

A 16-year-old male from Wilmington was also transported to Christiana Medical Center where his is admitted in critical condition.

The 60-year-old operator was properly restrained and uninjured in the crash.

The two pedestrians were wearing dark-colored clothing and were not carrying any type of lighted device. They were also not crossing within a marked pedestrian crosswalk. The two pedestrians were crossing the roadway approximately 50 feet south of the marked pedestrian crosswalk located on the south end of the intersection. The intersection of US13 and Llangollen Boulevard is also equipped with pedestrian crossing signals. It was raining heavily at the time of the collision which further hampered the motorist’s ability to see the two pedestrians. The area is partially illuminated by street lamps and ambient lighting from nearby businesses.

US13 southbound between Pulaski Highway (US40)  and Old State Road was closed for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into the crash. Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact MCpl. J. Breen by calling 302-365-8486Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

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Update on U.S. travel policy requiring COVID-19 vaccination

Last Updated: October 15, 2021

As announced by the White House today, the new travel policy requiring foreign nationals traveling to the United States to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will take effect November 8.  The CDC’s website explains that, for purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines.  (Please see

The CDC and the interagency are working to develop the orders and guidance documents to implement this new travel policy, and those details — for the airlines, for airline passengers, and for people coming to the land border — will be available well in advance of November 8 to understand what is required to be in compliance.  The Department will provide further information on as it becomes available.

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UPDATE 1-Virgin Galactic to delay commercial space travel service

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WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Space exploration company Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc said on Thursday it is delaying its commercial space travel service to the fourth quarter of 2022 and will not conduct another planned test flight this year.

Virgin Galactic said “commercial service is now expected to commence in Q4 2022.” Shares in the company fell 13% in afterhours trading.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Sept. 2 had barred Virgin Galactic from flying its SpaceShipTwo pending completion of a report into the flight of the Virgin Galactic rocket plane that carried British billionaire Richard Branson to the edge of space.

Branson was among six Virgin Galactic employees who took part in the July flight, soaring more than 50 miles (80 km) into space.

The FAA on Sept. 29 closed its mishap investigation into the July 11 Virgin Galactic Unity 22 launch, which deviated from assigned airspace on descent, and lifted a grounding order it had imposed earlier.

Virgin Galactic had said in September it was planning another SpaceShipTwo flight from New Mexico, Unity 23, pending technical checks and weather. The company said last month the earliest it expected “to open its flight window for Unity 23 is mid October.”

But Virgin Galactic on Thursday said it will now begin its planned enhancement program first and will conduct the Unity 23 test flight after this work is complete and before starting commercial service.

The enhancement program is designed to improve vehicle performance and flight-rate capability.

The company said on Thursday one recent laboratory-based test “flagged a possible reduction in the strength margins of certain materials used to modify specific joints.”

The company added the “new lab test data has had no impact on the vehicles, our test flight protocols have clearly defined strength margins, and further analysis will assess whether any additional work is required to keep them at or above established levels.” (Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington and Chavi Mehta in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel and Sandra Maler)

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Chicago Travel Advisory Update Delayed Due to Holiday Weekend – NBC Chicago

Chicago’s travel advisory was slated to be updated Tuesday afternoon, but city health officials said a delay in data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention due to the long holiday weekend has delayed the city’s update.

“Our weekly COVID Travel Advisory is delayed this week because updated CDC COVID data wasn’t available late Monday because of the federal holiday,” the department posted on social media. “Once the most recent data is available, the travel advisory will be updated later today (Oct. 12) or Wednesday (Oct. 13).”

The advisory, updated weekly, dropped last week to 47 states and three territories, as Connecticut was removed from the city’s warning list, officials announced.

The city’s health department said Connecticut saw its daily case rate drop below the threshold for being on the travel advisory and stay below that threshold for two straight weeks.

Connecticut, California and Puerto Rico were the only locations not on the city’s advisory during the last update. Officials noted, however, that the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Louisiana were close to coming off the list.

States are added to the advisory’s “orange list” when COVID metrics rise above the threshold of 15 cases per day per 100,000 people. Any below that mark are on the “yellow” list, with public health officials still warning against non-essential travel.

“If you are traveling, whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated – especially if you are unvaccinated – please do not take COVID lightly,” Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said in a statement. “We still have a long way to go before we can all confidently travel safely throughout the country. COVID is a threat to everyone – but the threat is reduced tremendously if you are vaccinated.”  

States and territories currently on the advisory include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, District of Columbia, Guam and the Virgin Islands.  

Just before the Labor Day, the city updated its guidance for what unvaccinated travelers visiting or returning from such locations should do, adding new testing and quarantining recommendations before and after travel.

According to the city, before travel, unvaccinated individuals should:

  • Get tested 3-5 days prior to departure.

While traveling:

  • ALL individuals regardless of vaccination status should wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • In Chicago, wear a mask in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Avoid crowds, try to stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you, and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

 After travel, unvaccinated individuals should:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

The city advised all travelers to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate and get tested if they develop any after travel.

“We have seen and know that travel is a significant risk factor for acquiring COVID,” Arwady said. “If you decide not to get tested, the recommendation is actually to stay home and self quarantine for 10 days after travel, and you should avoid being around anybody who has an increased risk for severe COVID outcomes for 14 days after travel regardless of whether you get tested or not. Obviously we want anybody who’s traveling to self monitor for COVID symptoms and get tested if you develop symptoms.”

This week’s update to the travel advisory comes at a time when the average daily number of new cases in Chicago is down to 352 per day – remaining flat from the previous week.

That figure is still much higher than the low of 34 the city saw in late June but remains lower than the more than 700 cases per day the city was seeing during the most recent surge earlier this year.

Hospitalizations in Chicago are down 16% from the previous week, and deaths are down 46% from the week prior, per the city’s data. The positivity rate in testing is down to 2.2% this week, a drop from 2.3% in the last week.

Arwady noted last month that about 99% of new COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths are among unvaccinated individuals.

The travel advisory is updated every Tuesday, with any changes taking effect the following Friday.

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COVID Symptoms After Exposure, Travel Advisory Update – NBC Chicago

Experts are once again weighing in on questions that have surfaced since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Plus, Chicago’s travel advisory is set for yet another update Tuesday.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic across Illinois today:

Chicago Travel Advisory Set for Update

Chicago health officials are expected to announce changes, if any, to the city’s travel advisory Tuesday.

The advisory, updated weekly, dropped last week to 47 states and three territories, as Connecticut was removed from the city’s warning list, officials announced.

Chicago’s health department said Connecticut saw its daily case rate drop below the threshold for being on the travel advisory and stay below that threshold for two straight weeks.

Connecticut, California and Puerto Rico are currently the only locations not on the city’s advisory.

How Long After Exposure Do COVID Symptoms Appear? Here’s What Doctors Say

COVID-positive individuals have reported experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath and many other symptoms associated with the virus.

But how long does it take for symptoms to appear once a person has been exposed? And when is COVID the most transmissible?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incubation period, the time from exposure to when one develops symptoms, ranges from two to 14 days after the initial exposure. Scientists caution, however, “the period of infectiousness” for COVID-19 is not yet known with certainty. 

Read more here.

Businesses Cited for Failing to Comply With Chicago Mask Mandate

At least five businesses were cited over the weekend for failing to comply with Chicago’s mask mandate, city officials said Tuesday.

Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection said it conducted 87 investigations from Oct. 7 through Oct. 10, with 10 citations issued at five businesses for failing to abide by the city’s mask mandate. Each business was given two citations for violating the health order requirements, officials said.

Vaccination Events in Chicago Tuesday

The Chicago Department of Public Health offers vaccines at pop-ups and special events throughout the city each week. Here’s a look at Tuesday’s events:

  • CDPH Greater Lawn Immunization Clinic: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • CDPH Uptown Immunization Clinic: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • CPS Ariel Elementary School: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • CPS Back of the Yards High School: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • CPS King High School: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • GAGDC Food Stability Pop-Up: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • CPS Tanner Elementary School: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • 48th Ward Church: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • McDonald’s: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Chicago State University: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Moderna, J&J Booster Shots: What to Know as FDA Panel Prepares to Meet

With additional booster shots nearing an important milestone this week, what will that mean for those who could soon become eligible?

The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of experts is expected to evaluate boosters for both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson later this week to determine if they will recommend them for emergency use.

Last month, the FDA authorized booster shots of Pfizer’s vaccine for older Americans and other groups with heightened vulnerability to COVID-19.

Both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have submitted requests for emergency use authorization of their booster shots of the COVID vaccines.

Read more here.

New Owners Revive Iconic Guthries Tavern in Lake View

The pandemic decimated tens of thousands of bars and restaurants across the country, including a popular tavern in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood.

The former owner of Guthries Tavern announced in July that the watering hole at Addison Street and Lakewood would close permanently because of COVID-19 restrictions.

To the surprise of neighbors and longtime customers, the bar reopened under new ownership Friday with the same name and aesthetic inside, along with a few upgrades.

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