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Stranded travellers should be able to claim for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of not being able to complete their journey as planned and paid for with P&O. They should keep receipts for any expenditure to support their claim, including sustenance and accommodation, as well as alternative travel arrangements if these are not provided by P&O. Recent tweets from the firm say P&O Ferries services are unable to run “for the next few days” and that the firm is advising travellers of alternative arrangements. Last-minute cancellations have caused chaos in airports across the UK, as travellers taking advantage of the relaxing of Covid travel restrictions in Europe and beyond have been hit with delays and long security queues.

The UK government’s red list of countries deemed high risk because of Covid-19 has risen from zero to six with the addition of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia from noon on Friday 26 November. Israel has introduced a ban foreign from entering the country from midnight on Sunday 28 November due to Omicron fears. If they are 12 years old or more, and whatever their nationality, the result of a negative PCR or antigen test carried out less than 24 hours prior to departure.Self-administered tests are not considered valid for travel. Anyone over the age of six, fully vaccinated or unvaccinated should provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before departing the UK, whether travelling to Germany via plane, train, bus or ferry.

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The reduction in the number of countries on the UK government’s Covid-19 travel red list to seven, which became effective on Monday 11 October has opened up the international travel market for UK holidaymakers. Those who are not fully vaccinated, and all those returning from red list countries, must continue to take PCR tests and adhere to other requirements. “If people have a positive lateral flow test on their return from travelling overseas, they will be required to isolate for 10 days and take a follow-up PCR test. People will continue to have the option of booking and taking a PCR test as the required day two test. Airlines will be required to check the vaccination status of travellers before they board their flight to the US. The entry of unvaccinated non-citizen non-immigrants – those who are visiting the US or otherwise being admitted temporarily – is to be suspended.

Anyone with plans to travel in the coming weeks should make sure they have appropriate travel insurance for their chosen destination. The United States will welcome UK and other foreign nationals who fly into the country from ‘early November’ – provided they have been fully vaccinated. Anyone testing positive will need to isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test, at no additional cost, which would be genomically sequenced to help identify new variants.

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