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USA issues new travel warnings casting doubt over corridor with UK

An American Airlines jet landing in Washington - Getty

An American Airlines jet landing in Washington – Getty

The US has added some 130 countries to its Do Not Travel list, accounting for 80 per cent of the planet, raising concerns the country will not open a transatlantic corridor with the UK in May.

The United States’ State Department said the Covid-19 pandemic “continues to pose unprecedented risks to travellers” and urged Americans to “reconsider all travel abroad”. Travel to the remaining 20 per cent of countries is also discouraged.

The full list of banned destinations has not yet been made public, with guidance for each individual country expected

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Traffic light system for international travel poses risk, Sturgeon warns

<p>A sign directs passengers to a Covid-19 testing centre at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport</p> (AFP/Getty)

A sign directs passengers to a Covid-19 testing centre at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport


Progress in bringing Covid-19 under control in the UK must not be undermined by “too lax a position on international travel”, Nicola Sturgeon has warned.

Scotland’s first minister said a traffic light system that allows international travel amid the ongoing pandemic puts the UK at risk from further coronavirus variants that could be faster spreading, more severe or undermine the efficacy of vaccines.

“We don’t know where the variants of real concern are going to come from, which is why an approach

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Man who died in hotel fire ‘was drowning in dreams for his future’

A man who died with his partner in a fire at a luxury hotel told his mother he was “drowning in dreams” for his future the day before the blaze, an inquest has heard.

a city with smoke coming out of it: (Andrew Milligan/PA)

© Andrew Milligan
(Andrew Milligan/PA)

Simon Midgley, 32, and Richard Dyson, 38, were unlawfully killed when fire engulfed the five-star Cameron House Hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond on December 18 2017, a coroner in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, concluded on Wednesday.

Mr Midgley’s mother Jane told the hearing that her son, who ran his own travel PR and journalism business, phoned her from the hotel

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Travel in 2021: Can we expect good deals, or will hotel and flight prices skyrocket?

The cost of travel will slowly rebound from historic lows as more people receive COVID-19 vaccinations and book long-deferred trips, according to industry experts.

This time last year, air traffic in the U.S. plummeted, with 95% fewer travelers passing through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in April 2020 compared with April 2019. This reduced demand led to a corresponding decrease in airfare prices.

The average cost of a domestic round-trip ticket in the second quarter of 2020 dropped 28% from the same period in 2019, down to $259, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Few travelers were monitoring these prices

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