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Canary Islands: Tenerife becomes most popular winter break destination but prices plummet

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The Canary Islands in Spain were added back to the travel corridor list last week. The move was welcomed by Britons, opening up new half term holiday destinations for Britons. Now, prices for holidays from the UK to the Canaries have dropped, according to the latest data from TravelSupermarket.

According to pricing analysis of thousands of package holidays searched by holidaymakers between October 13 and October 27, the average price of a winter holiday from the UK to the Canaries has fallen by as much as third year on year.

Despite being added back to the travel corridor list, the industry is struggling due to suppressed traveller demand.

The average price of a seven-night package holiday between November 1 and December 31 to Fuerteventura has dropped by 33 percent.

Average prices have also dropped to Tenerife by 27 percent, to Lanzarote by 24 percent and Gran Canaria by percent.

The data from the holiday price comparison site is across the outbound travel market from a large range of providers including Jet2, TUI, Broadway Travel and Blue Sea Holidays.

Other destinations which have seen prices drop between November and December include Cyprus, Crete and Madeira.

The Canary Islands are usually a popular winter sun destination as they have one of the best climates in winter and are in close proximity to the UK.

Temperatures often peak to highs of 23C in November and 21C in December.

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As a result of the island’s new place on the travel corridor list, Tenerife is again, like last year, the most popular destination to escape to from the UK for a November or December break.

This time last year, Lanzarote, which is in third place this year, was the only other Canary Island in the top ten preferred overseas holiday destinations for a break between now and the end of the year.

This year, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria are also in the top ten.

Emma Coulthurst, travel commentator from TravelSupermarket explained that people are willing to pay more for holiday away in the autumn or winter to escape the British winter.

She continued: “Despite significant increased demand for holidays to the Canaries on the back of last week’s announcement, a lot of the travel industry is reporting that traveller numbers are less than half where they would be normally.

“A lot of competition in the market for business means you can find a seven-night package holiday from the UK to Tenerife starting from under £150 per person at the moment.”

She added: “The hard-hit industry is probably hoping that it won’t have to cut prices to long-haul destinations like the Maldives, where holidaymakers are prepared to pay for luxury and remoteness and limited occupancy.

“Holiday providers will be hoping that the high-end isolated island experience and spaced-out accommodation and outdoor eating opportunities, which make it easy to socially distance, will be enough to encourage bookings and keep prices static.”

In the last fortnight, for departures between November 1 and December 31, Britons are mainly choosing destinations on the travel corridor list.

Compared with last year, the rankings are mainly for destinations in the Canary Islands and Greece.

Last year, New York, Malta, Krakow and Amsterdam were all included.

This is where people are searching for holidays now:

  1. Tenerife
  2. Lanzarote
  3. Maldives
  4. Gran Canaria
  5. Crete
  6. Fuerteventura
  7. Barbados
  8. Madeira
  9. Dubai
  10. Cyprus

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Spain holidays: Andalucia closes borders on top of curfews in Costa del Sol blow

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Andalucia, in the south of Spain, is closing down its borders tonight in a bid to stem the escalating COVID-19 cases. The country currently has 1,136,503 confirmed cases of the deadly virus at the time of writing, according to John Hopkins University. The news of the lockdown was announced last night and comes into force at midnight today.

The regional government of the second largest autonomous community in Spain said it will last until at least November 9.

Andalucia is home not only to the Costa del Sol coastline, much loved by Britons, but also to tourist cities Granada and Seville.

The provinces of both, along with Jaén, have been slapped with an additional interior boundary closure by Junta president, Juanma Moreno.

The Spanish night-time curfew will also have to be observed between 11pm and 6am.

From midnight, no one will be able to enter or leave Andalusia unless for a just cause such as for work or for medical reasons.

Granada, Jaén and Seville provinces, which are at defined alert level four by the Government, have the additional mobility restrictions between all their municipalities.

“In total there are 450 Andalusian municipalities that are going to be closed on the perimeter. 4.3 million Andalusians live in these municipalities, half of our population, who will not be able to enter and leave their towns except for just cause,” said Moreno.

The Andalusian president has asked residents of the 335 remaining towns and cities not to leave their municipal limits if it is not essential to do so.

“One of the weapons we have against the coronavirus is to limit mobility, knowing that this measure works like a tap,” he said.

“If we open it, mobility increases, infections increase and economic activity increases and if we close the tap, mobility is reduced and contagions, but also this activity.”

The Andalusian government has also ordered the closure of restaurants and cafes at 10.30pm.

What’s more, from midnight on Thursday, meetings in the public and private sphere will be limited to a maximum of six people, with the exceptions of groups who are living together.

Moreno said these measures will be reviewed every two weeks from November 9, except for emergency incidents.

Extra police and security forces have been requested to make sure the mobility restrictions are adhered to.

He said his main obligation was to protect the life and health of people and, as far as possible, the economy of Andalusia.

“Without a vaccine or an effective treatment against the coronavirus, today there is no other way to contain the virus other than by limiting mobility and strengthening health services,” he said.

The Spanish government declared a nationwide State of Emergency on October 25.

The strict new measures are expected to be in place for an initial period of at least 15 days.

Only the Canary Islands are exempt from the curfew.

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.

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Spain holidays: FCDO updates entry requirements for Spain, Canary Islands & Balearics

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Spain, the Balearics and the Canary Islands now come with different travel restrictions. The entire country was removed from the travel corridor list back in July but this month the Canary Islands became exempt from quarantine restrictions. Travellers returning from Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return in a boost for winter sun holidays.

However, if you’re travelling back from mainland Spain or Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera in the Balearic Islands, you will, unfortunately, need to quarantine.

Nevertheless, no matter where you head in the country, UK travellers need to follow the same entry requirements.

Yesterday, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Developments Office (FCDO) updated their Spain travel advice.

The FCDO clarified the current Spanish entry rules.

“On arrival, travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate,” said the Foreign Office.

“However, you will be subject to three requirements.

“It is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Spain to fill out and sign an online form 48 hours prior to travel, providing the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information and details of any known history of exposure to COVID-19.

“You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app.

“On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival.”

Travellers will also need to have their temperature checked.

Additionally, they will undergo a visual health assessment.

“Anyone who presents symptoms or fails one of the above requirements will be seen by a health professional,” said the FCDO.

On Sunday, October 25, a nationwide State of Emergency was announced in Spain as the nation attempts to fight escalating coronavirus cases.

Under the tough new measures, there is a national obligatory overnight curfew.

Specific curfew times vary, but it starts between 10pm and midnight and lasts until 6am.

“It provides regional governments with legal powers to impose further mobility restrictions in their region if deemed necessary (e.g. entry and exit restrictions to and from specific areas),” the FCDO stated.

It added: “These measures are expected to be in place for an initial period of at least 15 days.”

Luckily, for British holidaymakers jetting off to the Canaries, these strict rules do not apply in the archipelago.

“The Canary Islands are currently exempt from the curfew due to the latest epidemiological data,” explained the Foreign office.

The authority warned: “The situation is evolving and restrictive measures to control the virus may be introduced across the country at short notice.

“For details of local outbreaks and the specific measures in place in your destination, you should check the advice of local authorities in your destination prior to travel.”

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Holidays: USA air bridge possible ‘by Thanksgiving’ – Heathrow CEO on covid testing latest

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Heathrow Airport has today reported losses of £1.5billion for the year to date and an 84 percent fall in passenger numbers for the three months to September. CEO John Holland-Kaye has blamed a lack in coronavirus testing as Heathrow is overtaken as Europe’s busiest airport for the first time by Paris airport Charles de Gaulle. The news serves as a “clarion call” for action to be taken by the UK government, Holland-Kaye told BBC this morning.

“The answer is to move to testing for people in travel, as many other countries have done,” the airport boss said.

“We don’t yet have testing in place that will allow people to come to the UK and reduce the amount of quarantine that they have to go through, so for the vast majority of countries you still have to quarantine for 14 days.”

Holland-Kaye wants to test people “preferably before they even get on the plane to make sure they don’t have COVID. Then, when they get to the UK, they can go about their business without having to go into quarantine.”

He explained that Heathrow is looking at a pre-departure testing pilot between London and New York, USA which is the busiest route in the world.

“You take a test (maybe three days before you fly), you keep yourself isolated, you then have a quick test at the airport, either on arrival or departure to confirm you don’t have COVID, and then you can travel in confidence,” he explained.

“It’s those kinds of measures needed to get the UK economy moving again and save millions of jobs in this country.”

For now, the burden of paying for these tests lie on the passenger.

“The plan is that they are paid for by the individual and they’d be delivered privately so they’re not competing with the testing needed for NHS and care workers,” clarified Holland-Kaye.

“Increasingly, of course, we’re moving on from the PCR tests that are very expensive and take 24 hours to get results to much quicker tests that have a similar level of accuracy that can be delivered within an hour and cost far less than the PCR test.”

The Heathrow CEO also revealed he was hopeful an air bridge between the UK and USA could be established in time for Thanksgiving.

“We can we can absolutely do that,” Holland-Kaye said. “There is momentum on the US side – they want to start opening their borders again; I think there’s a preference that the UK should be the first market to open up again.

“We know the UK Government is keen to do to that.”

However, the aviation boss warned that if the UK isn’t careful it could yet again find itself overtaken by European competitors.

“If it isn’t the UK, it will be France or Germany, or some other country,” said Holland-Kaye.

“And that just shows that we are in a bit of a competition with some of those other countries who are more progressive on testing – the French have been testing since back in June, and they really recognise aviation is vital to their economy so they are really focussing on getting that up and running.

“That has allowed, for the first time ever, Paris Charles to Gaulle to overtake Heathrow as the biggest airport in Europe – that really shows that the French see this as being an economic competition with us in the UK.”

Holland-Kaye cautioned: “As we have now left the EU, it’s really vital for the UK economy in the future that we protect our trading routes, which increasingly are by air, by allowing aviation to restart in a safe way – and testing is the answer.”

If the UK can move to “cheap and quick tests as other countries have done,” it is hoped the costs of travel will not rise too much and that jet-setting “will remain affordable.”

However, the CEO warned that with the travel corridor list chopping and changing, “prices may well go up in the short term,” as was seen when the Canary Islands were added to the ‘safe’ list last week.

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Travel money: Britons could be losing money due to lack of holidays warns expert

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Amongst many things, 2020 has been a difficult year for travel, and holidays have been fraught with confusion and anxiety for many. While travel corridors opened up the opportunity for more holidays without the risk of quarantine, many Britons have felt safer to give travel a miss this year.

However, one expert has pointed out that this could unexpectedly cost them.

For frequent fliers in possession who a prepaid currency card or international currency credit card, Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of FairFX has an urgent warning.

He said: “Unfortunately, some prepaid card providers have started to introduce this fee since the outbreak of COVID-19 as a result of fewer people travelling abroad and using their cards.

“It’s completely unfair for providers to penalise customers who haven’t used their cards during such a difficult time when travel has not always been possible.”

Some providers start charging card users fees if their cards haven’t been used for a while, sometimes in as little as 12 months.

These fees tend to be in the region of £3 per month.

Therefore, Mr Strafford-Taylor says it is vital cardholders check the terms and conditions of their plastic to ensure they are not currently being charged.

In normal circumstances, prepaid currency cards are a good way to lock in exchange rates.

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Given the ongoing pandemic and Brexit negotiations, securing the best exchange rate can feel like a minefield for holidaymakers, which is why the experts recommend opting for a travel money card for any future holidays.

“We have never charged our customer’s dormant fees and that remains the case with our recently launched FairFX Currency Card,” continued the travel expert.

“That means, if our customers can’t or choose not to travel abroad this year, they won’t be hit with any unexpected costs.

“This is unlike customers of other providers who have recently introduced these fees.”

Along with using travel money cards, Mr Strafford-Taylor also recommends planning as far in advance as possible.

“As with all trips – whether abroad or closer to home – it always pays to plan ahead wherever possible,” he said.

With travel corridors rapidly changing, and local lockdowns wreaking havoc on plans, some experts suggest changing travel money in two parts, rather than in one lump sum.

“Many people buy their holiday cash at a time when the rate is favourable even if that is months ahead of their actual trip,” said Paul Brewer, CEO of Currency Online Group.

“In normal times, this is very sensible as it locks in a good rate meaning they get more for their money.

“However, with unexpected changes in the quarantine rules week by week and with so much other uncertainty, this can leave you stuck with thousands of pounds worth of currency you can’t use.”

He advised: “The best thing for people to do is to buy half of your travel cash early at a good rate,” continued the travel money expert.

“Then nearer the time of your holiday, weigh up the risks and potential for disruption to your travel plans.”

However, regardless of the changes to travel, guidance on buying travel money at the last minute has not changed.

“Bureau de change desks offer notoriously poor rates to holidaymakers, leaving them substantially out of pocket and making it a high price to pay for those who leave their holiday money until the last minute,” said Mr Strafford-Taylor.

“Whatever you do when it comes to getting your holiday money, avoid leaving it until you get to the airport if you can help it.”

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Holidays: Winter sun hotspot ’should’ be given travel corridor this week

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The UK Government has been making amendments to its current travel corridor list week on week. Ahead of Thursday’s anticipated announcement, a travel expert has revealed that a new destination could soon be added to the list.

This will mean that holidaymakers have another winter sun option for a holiday without facing the mandatory 14 days of quarantine when they return home.

Based on the Government’s new criteria of 100 cases per 100,000 members of the population over the last seven days cumulative, travel expert Paul Charles points out one nation very much in the “green zone”.

He shared his insights to Twitter, writing: “#Jamaica really should be given a corridor in this week’s review.

“Its infection rates continue to fall and it is way below the criteria for high testing positivity.”

Based on the current figures by the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), Jamaica has only recorded 14.5 cases per 100,000 people in the previous seven days cumulative.

This is well below the new threshold of 100.

Previously, the Government was using a threshold of 20cases but this has recently changed.

Mr Charles added that the new way of measuring countries risk has allowed more options to open up to Britons.

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In a previous tweet, he stated: “Our understanding of new UK criteria have pushed more countries out of the red zone for quarantine.”

The next announcement is due on Thursday when Secretary of State for transport Grant Shapps is set to unveil the latest changes.

The Government has not commented on what nations could be added or axed.

However, Mr Charles points out that it is not all good news.

He continued: “#Germany remains at risk of being added to quarantine as community transmission deepens.”

Though Germany is currently in the “amber zone”, recording 91.7 cases per 100,000 of the population in the last seven days cumulatively, it is local infection outbreaks that are a cause for concern.

Last week, the Canary Islands became one of the latest winter sun hotspots to regain its place on the travel corridor list.

This is despite the fact that holidaymakers visiting mainland Spain will still face mandatory self-isolation upon their return home.

“The Canary Islands are exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel,” explains the newest update from the FCDO.

“The requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from the Canary Islands will be lifted for those arriving on or after 4am on October 25.

“You must still self-isolate if returning to the UK from any other part of Spain.”

The Maldives, Denmark and Mykonos were also added to the travel corridor list.

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British Airways drops M&S but could be considering Greggs or Waitrose for inflight meals

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On Monday, it was revealed that British Airways and M&S would be parting ways. M&S food had been catering British Airways’s inflight menu since 2017. British Airways announced the partnership in 2016 following backlash that they were not offering enough food options.

A spokesperson for BA said: “We proudly launched our buy-on-board catering in 2017 with high street favourite, M&S.

“After a successful journey, we are headed off on a new flight path.

“We look forward to announcing our exciting new buy-on-board proposition with a great British brand that customers have told us they love.”

An M&S spokesperson said: “We are proud to have been a supplier to BA’s short-haul food service since 2017.

“Our partnership was always due to end this year and we have agreed not to renew.

“M&S Food continues to focus on developing its wider franchise partnerships.”

The Sun is reporting that British favourites Greggs and Waitrose are the frontrunners for the inflight food contract.

However, this has not been confirmed. 

Waitrose has been contacted by Express.co.uk for comment.

Greggs has declined to comment.

Greggs is a British bakery chain that specialises in sausage rolls, bakes and sweet items such as doughnuts and vanilla slices.

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The bakery has become a favourite over the years, now catering to vegans with its famous vegan sausage roll.

Waitrose & Partners is a British supermarket brand that sells groceries as part of John Lewis.

Waitrose are known for their quality groceries and “upmarket” reputation.

Earlier this year, British Airways and Tesco ended their partnership.

From January, British Airways Avios points can no longer be collected by shopping at Tesco.

By converting at the right time, Tesco customers can get 600 Avios points for £2.50-worth of Tesco Clubcard points.

However, British Airways is set to terminate its partnership with Tesco on January 18, 2021.

BA has told Executive Club members: “The contract between Avios Group Ltd and Tesco PLC is terminating on January 18 2021, after which British Airways Executive Club Members will no longer be able to convert their Clubcard points to Avios with Tesco.”

Shoppers will still be able to collect Avios with Tesco up to and including the January date.

Memberships in the British Airways Executive Club remain unaffected by the change.

All Avios collected with Tesco will remain in customers’ British Airways Executive Club accounts and will remain valid for at least 36 months.

Avoid points can be used to book flights, hotels and hire cars.

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Royal travel: Kate Middleton must avoid this risqué mistake when on royal tour

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Royal Family members jet off around the world as part of their royal duty. However, when doing so they must follow a number of protocols in order to represent the UK in the best way possible.

Many of these protocols regulate the clothes Royal Family members wear while travelling and at state events.

Though Queen Elizabeth II, 94, traditionally took on these international ventures, in recent years she has retired form global travel.

Instead, younger members of the monarchy now take on international duties, with Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton increasingly carrying the bulk of these jobs.

Although the Duchess of Cambridge is well known for her fashion flair, it seems she must be very careful when deciding which items to clothing to pack when heading abroad.

Royal women must avoid making one saucy mistake when it comes to style.

According to reports, royal protocol states that female family members must not show cleavage when they travel.

They should opt for more modest items of clothing instead.

This is because they are representing the UK, and are technically doing business when they travel.

“When members of the Royal Family are on an official state trip on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II they are working, just as anyone else on a business trip,” Anne Chertoff, chief operating officer at New York-based Beaumont Etiquette, which currently runs a specialist online royal-themed etiquette course, told Express.co.uk.

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“It’s appropriate for them to dress well to show respect to the people they are meeting with.”

However, it seems there is one tip some members of the Royal Family have figured out in the past to allow for slightly more “revealing” garments.

Diana, Princess of Wales, was famous for wearing stunning, fashionable garments.

In order to avoid the press getting any inappropriate snaps of her as she got into and out of cars, the Princess carried what was dubbed her “cleavage clutch”.

Fashion designer Anya Hindmarch, who styled Princess Diana, told the Telegraph, “We used to laugh when we designed what she called her ‘cleavage bags,’ little satin clutches which she would cover her cleavage with when she stepped out of cars.”

This is not the only fashion rules Royal Family members are subject to when travelling abroad.

Unlike typical passengers, members of the monarchy are rarely seem existing aircraft in casual clothing.

Male members of the family tend to wear suits, while women often wear dresses and hats.

Much like the modest clothing rule, this is also due to the fact that they are on official business.

“They may wear more relaxed clothing for long flights, but when exiting a plane they’re dressed in a suit or dress,” explained Ms Chertoff.

“When members of the Royal Family disembark on an official trip they are greeted by official representatives from the nation’s government, along with the international press. These are official events.”

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Winter holidays 2020: Full list of safest quarantine-free winter sun & snow destinations

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Winter sun or snowy ski destinations are big on the holiday list for many folk at this time of year. But with travel so disrupted at the moment, it can be difficult to know where in the world one can travel. While some of the UK’s winter hotspots – and indeed coldspots – are firmly off the current travel corridor list, other destinations are still a possibility.

Every week, travel consultancy The PC Agency shares the latest figures for winter holiday destinations, be it for sunny climes or powdered slopes, along with its travel advice.

The PC Agency examines countries’ seven-day rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000.

In the latest update, CEO Paul Charles posted on Twitter: “There’s plenty of potential to open up more travel corridors when combined with a shorter quarantine period after re-entering the #UK and then a negative test result.”

Unsurprisingly, most of the winter sun is to be found outside Europe, with plenty of countries still on the UK’s ‘safe’ list (although many have their own entry restrictions). European options are unfortunately more limited.

These are the safest UK quarantine-free destinations for both winter sun and snow, ranked according to ease of travel.

Safest UK quarantine-free destinations for winter sun

The Caribbean and the Indian ocean are your best bet for this. Asian destinations might be safer, statistics-wise, but they also have much stricter rules in place.

St Kitts & Nevis

Island country St Kitts & Nevis has a seven-day rate of 0.0 making it the safest Caribbean destination. 

Although closed at the time of writing, St Kitts & Nevis will welcome visitors to its shores from Saturday, October 31, 2020.

It’s understood travellers will need to submit proof of a negative coronavirus test completed within 72 hours of travel before entering the country. Further testing during your stay may also be required.

Maldives

The Maldives has the highest rate of the winter sun destinations at 44.6 – but remains in the “green” zone, according to The PC Agency.

Travellers to the country must present a negative covid test issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure. Only those who fail temperature checks and screening procedures on arrival will have to quarantine.

Cyprus

Cyprus is the only European winter sun destination to feature on the chart and has a high “red” rate of 106.7 but is still clearly deemed safe enough for travel by the British government.

Tourists will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel but no quarantine is required.

Antigua

Anyone arriving by air in Antigua (which has a rate of 10.3) and Barbuda, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than seven days before arrival.

Your pre-booked accommodation must be on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List.

St Lucia

St Lucia has a rate of 8.8 and any visitors must confirm their reservations at a COVID-19 certified property ahead of travel and prove they have tested negatively for the virus taken seven days or less before travel to St Lucia.

Guests are allowed to stay at two different hotels during their trip and are allowed to leave their accommodation to participate in 10 certified tours and excursions.

Barbados

Barbados has a rate of 2.8. You’ll need a negative covid test and will need to “quarantine at government-approved facilities (a designated holding hotel or approved villa at your own expense, or a government facility free of charge), and undertake a further test four to five days after the first accepted negative test. If this second test is negative you will no longer be subject to quarantine,” said the FCDO.

Seychelles

Likewise, in the Seychelles – where the rate is 4.1 – tourists must show a negative covid test and then “stay in a designated hotel/establishment and may not leave the premises for five days,” stated the FCDO.

“Another COVID-19 test will be performed on the fifth day of your stay. Following a negative test result, visitors will be free to travel.”

Mauritius

Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean off the south-east coast of Africa, is next up with a rate of 2.2.

The Mauritian government is allowing visitors from the United Kingdom but under strict conditions.

The FCDO explains: “To enter Mauritius, you must: Book airline travel and accommodation via the official Mauritian Tourism Promotion Agency website; undergo a period of ‘in-room’ quarantine in a government-approved hotel on a full board basis for 14 days on arrival; take a COVID-19 test no more than seven days before your departure for Mauritius and demonstrate a negative test result on entry; take a COVID-19 test on the day of arrival and on day seven and day 14 of your stay. If at any point, you receive a positive test result, you will be transferred to a public medical facility for treatment.”

Vietnam

According to The PC Agency’s chart, which used data from October 24, Vietnam is the safest country of them if you’re after sunshine (but only if you can get in).

Vietnam has a rate of 0.0. However, according to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) the country has currently “suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals, except for a small number of diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers.”

For now, it’s uncertain when Vietnam will open its borders to tourists again.

Thailand

Thailand comes close with a rate of 0.1. However, at present “only certain categories of foreign nationals are permitted to enter or transit Thailand,” said the FCDO.

The country recently introduced a new “Special Tourist Visa” programme but only visitors from low-risk countries can apply at the moment – and the UK is deemed high-risk.

Singapore

Fellow Asian country Singapore has a slightly higher rate of 0.9 but, as with its neighbours, won’t yet admit international travellers.

It’s understood to be exploring ways to safely open its borders but when it will do so for Britons is not known.

Malaysia

Next up is Malaysia, with a higher rate of 18.0. However, entry to Malaysia for all British nationals is prohibited although there are some exemptions (who will still have to quarantine for 14 days in a designated Government facility and pay the costs).

The country is reportedly planning to reopen its tourism by the first quarter of 2021.

Safest UK quarantine-free destinations for snow

Scandinavian countries come up trumps in this category, with popular destinations for the slopes such as Austria, France, Italy, Germany currently on the UK’s quarantine list.

Sweden

Sweden has a high rate of 69.3, placing it in the “amber” zone but is the easiest holiday destination as it has no entry restrictions in place for UK travellers.

Norway

Norway makes for the safest wintry destination with a rate of 20.6.

However, Britons will need to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.

Finland

Finland is up next with a rate of 24.3 but Finnish borders currently remain closed to non-resident foreign nationals entering the country, with some exemptions.

Travel restrictions in place between the UK and Finland are reviewed weekly, and the Finnish Government has announced a new testing based model will be introduced on 23 November.

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Autumn staycations: Fall at your feet

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So lace up your walking boots and head out to some of the National Trust’s and National Trust for Scotland’s best leaf-peeping locations.

The nearby holiday cottage options, meanwhile, are ideal for inspiring autumnal breaks.

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

With its eye-catching autumn foliage and fungi, the Great Wood at Felbrigg is one of Norfolk’s best-kept secrets. Take a stroll down the beech-lined “Victory V” avenues, where towering branches create tunnels of colour.

It’s worth making a detour down the “Lion’s Mouth” too, where the winding lane flanked by trees really does feel like the jaws of a fire-coloured big cat.

Access: Pre-book online. The parkland and gardens are open (garden one-way only). The tea room is selling refreshments.

Stay for longer: Stable Apartment at Felbrigg Hall has parkland views. Sleeps two, from £487 for three nights.

Balmacara Estate, Wester Ross, Scotland

Explore the historic woodland of Coille Mhñr near Balmacara Square which was created by crofters as they grazed their animals in open oak woodland pasture and birchwoods with ravines and mossy archways.

Also take in the routes round the banks of Loch Alsh and through pretty villages and crofting landscapes.

Access: Car parks are open, booking is not required, entry is free. nts.org.uk/visit/places/ balmacara-estate

Stay for longer: Enjoy loch views from Craggan Cottage on the banks of Loch Alsh. Sleeps four, dogs welcome, from £788 per week.

Buckland Abbey, Devon The best autumn displays at the abbey’s historic woodlands can be found on the red and blue walking routes, which both start along the Beech Avenue with its beautiful gold and orange foliage, and views over the Tavy Valley.

Explore the oaks and beeches in Great North Wood too – a brilliant spot for blackberrying in season.

Access: Pre-book online. The garden, estate, restaurant and shop are open, plus the ground and middle floors of the abbey (limited entry).

Stay for longer: Tucked away on the Buckland Abbey estate, Cider Cottage is a cosy retreat after autumn walks along the River Tavy. Sleeps four, plus one dog, from £302 for two nights.

Longshaw, Peak District

Set on the eastern edge of the Peak District, Longshaw offers excellent walking country for those who like a bit of adventure.

Enjoy a colourful stroll among ancient oaks in Padley Wood, meander along historic packhorse routes lined with heather and gorse, or head up on to the rugged moors for views over the Hope Valley. Take binoculars as you might catch sight of majestic red deer in the distance.

Access: Pay and display car parks are open; booking not required. NT members park for free. Refreshments are available from Croft Cabin in Woodcroft car park.

Stay for longer: Enjoy the magic of that autumnal low golden light from White Edge Lodge, with Peak District views. Sleeps five, plus two dogs, from £879 for seven nights.

Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire From heath-covered hills to the valley stream, there’s plenty to enjoy here.

Miles of footpaths and bridleways mean there are walks for everyone, but if you’re after a challenge, a hike to the top of the Long Mynd is certainly worth the effort. You’ll find the colours fading from high summer’s purples and greens to autumn’s rusty reds and browns – all set against views from the plateau.

Access: Car parks are open – booking is not required but spaces are limited. The tea room is open for takeaway refreshments.

Stay for longer: At nearby Dudmaston estate, 1 Sternsmill Cottage, has a garden cave. Sleeps four, plus one dog, from £369 for three nights.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Park, Yorkshire The World Heritage Site makes an impressive sight, especially when surrounded by bright reds, oranges and golds from the autumnal foliage. This route will take you through the medieval deer park with its panoramic views, through the sprawling water garden and up the riverside with views of the abbey to finish.

Access: Pre-book. The abbey, garden, play area, visitor centre shop and restaurant are open .

Stay for longer: Abbey Cottage is a former 18th century haybarn and 1930s shop on the estate’s river walk. Sleeps six, plus one dog, from £565 for three nights.

Crom, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Discover a landscape of woodland, islands and historic ruins on the shores of Upper Lough Erne.

Crom is one of the UK’s most important nature reserves, with the largest area of oak woodland in Northern Ireland – perfect for wandering beneath the canopy of russet leaves. You might even spot wading birds, otters and red squirrels.

Access: Book in advance via the website. The grounds and tea room are open.

Stay for longer: A short stroll from Lough Erne, charming Willow Cottage has an open fire. Sleeps three, plus one dog, from £219 for two nights.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent

When Vita Sackville-West designed the garden, she ensured year-round interest with seasonal planting. Her legacy continues with the gardens full of colour right up to the end of autumn. Visitors can also explore the wider estate, where the mixed woodlands create a patchwork of yellow, russet and red.

Access: Pre-book online. The garden, estate, restaurant and takeaway cafe are open. For formal gardens, arrive within your 30-minute time slot at the gate.

Stay for longer: Garden enthusiasts will love Priest’s House on the edge of the estate’s White Garden. Sleeps six, from £714 for three nights.

Ickworth, Suffolk

If you’re a bit short on time, the easy two-mile Albana walk offers plenty of autumn colour, with maples, chestnut, beech and oak trees ranging from bright yellow to deep red at this time of year.

Or head off the beaten track for a longer walk around the estate, taking in the park and woods. The remote areas and ancient woodland provide likely spots for deer sightings.

Access: Pre-booking online is advised. The parkland and gardens are open. Buy refreshments at the outdoor café.

Stay for longer: Horringer Park Gates was once home to the Ickworth estate gatekeeper. Sleeps four, from £331 for three nights.

Plas Newydd, Anglesey

Stroll to the estate’s hidden corners to take in sweeping vistas across the Menai Strait and beyond to Snowdonia. The landscape really comes into its own in autumn, when the woodlands are blazing with colour and the red squirrels are hard at work foraging for nuts.

Access: Book in advance online. The garden, café and shop are open. The house remains closed.

Stay for longer: The quirky period cottage Porthdy Wiwer Goch (formerly Plas Newydd Lodge) sits at the estate entrance by the shores of the Menai Strait. Sleeps five, from £506 for three nights.

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