Travel & coronavirus

Which countries can I travel to from the UK? The latest from the government’s traffic light ...

Which countries can I travel to from the UK? The latest from the government’s traffic light system

The UK has lifted the ban on leisure travel, but many restrictions are still in place. We share the list of the destinations the UK has deemed safe for travel — more officially known as the ‘green list’ — and keep you updated on the changes to it.

Everything you need to know about the new traffic light system for international travel

The UK government has formalised its traffic light system, which categorises travel destinations based on their coronavirus risk. How does it work, where can you go and will it bring a return to international travel this summer?

Hot topic: is there an art to buying air tickets during the pandemic?

Airfares are more volatile than ever before. With Covid-19 restrictions making travel unpredictable, the trick of booking early to secure the best deal is no longer a sure thing. So how can we navigate our way through the changeable skies?

Will vaccination passports get us all travelling safely again?

The World Tourism Organization has called for Covid-19 vaccination passports to become standardised essential travel documents. Will this signal a return to international tourism?

The case for airport coronavirus testing, and why it matters

The travel industry is pinning its hopes on airport testing to limit quarantine and boost its chances of staggering on through the coronavirus crisis — but is this the magic bullet that will keep us travelling?

Five things you need to know about travel insurance in the age of coronavirus

With much of the world declared off-limits in recent months by the UK government, and travel corridor confusion ever present, insurance companies are starting to offer policies for those determined to keep travelling during the pandemic.

What will summer 2021 look like for travellers?

With staycations back on the agenda for summer, a slow return to travel looks imminent. But what about heading overseas? Here’s a look ahead to what the summer might have in store for international travel. 

The reality of travel in the post-lockdown era

As the UK eases travel restrictions to certain countries, and destinations start reopening for business, we answer your questions about bookings, flights, hotels and attractions. What’s the reality of travel as coronavirus lockdowns are lifted?

A short guide to cancelled trips: refunds, rebooking and your rights

Travel operators and airlines have come under fire for offering consumers credit — or nothing at all — rather than refunds on flights, hotel and holiday bookings that have been rendered unviable due to the Covid-19 crisis. Yet some argue mass refunds at this time would put many companies out of business. Is it better to refund or rebook, and what are your rights as a consumer?

Are your refunded flight vouchers still valid for travel?

Struggling to redeem an airline voucher for a cancelled flight? Or starting to worry about the small print? You’re not alone. We investigate the issue, your rights and what to do next.

What the travel industry did next

As the travel industry comes under scrutiny for Covid-19 business practices, many companies are launching initiatives to help ease the crisis. From supporting the NHS to sheltering the homeless, we look at positive outreach — and how you can get involved.

The startling impact of coronavirus on rhino conservation across Africa

To mark World Rhino Day 2020, we speak to wildlife veterinarian Dr Andre Uys in South Africa about how recent restrictions on movement and a decrease in tourism revenue have affected conservation across Africa — and what the future may hold.

What happens next? The impact of coronavirus on Australia’s endangered coral reefs

In 2019, we reported on the intersection of tourism and conservation at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. But what’s been the impact of Covid-19? We continue our conversation with the eco trailblazers at Queensland's Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort.

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