Thailand to reopen to vaccinated UK tourists

From November 1, fully vaccinated British tourists will be able to enter Thailand without having to quarantine, officials have said. The Thai prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, has announced a reopening plan for travellers from 10…

Singapore announces vaccinated travel lane for the UK

The Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) is effective from October 19 and means that fully vaccinated British travellers can enter Singapore without quarantine. The government of Singapore has announced a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL), will allow…

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ABTA reveals top winter holiday destinations

ABTA’s latest research shows that 46% of people questioned are hoping to take a winter holiday this year. Today, the red list drops to just seven destinations, while the FCDO no longer advises against travel…

Red list down to seven destinations

The UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that 47 countries will be taken off the Covid red list, ending the requirement for travellers to hotel quarantine on arrival back in England. All of Africa…

Where to spend Thanksgiving in the USA

The UK-US travel ban lifts in early November – meaning that some of the first holidaymakers to visit the USA in 18 months will be there for Thanksgiving. Here’s where to spend it right. Every…

ABTA welcomes FCDO lifting of advice

The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has lifted advice against non-essential travel due to Covid-19, for 32 destinations around the world. On October 6, the FCDO confirmed that it will no longer advise…

A couple in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA - one of Southall Travel's destinations. The company has paid all travel refunds due to Covid-19

Southall Travel refunds over £110m due to Covid-19

Southall Travel has refunded more than £110 million due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and repaid all the money it received from the government’s furlough scheme. The operator has specialised in travel to the Middle East,…