UK travel ban: Coronavirus restrictions detailed by expert
On Saturday evening Prime Minister Boris Johnson informed the nation of a new strain of COVID-19 detected in the UK which he says originated in Kent. According to reports, the ”new variant” may be more transmissible than other strains.
As concerns began to grow, nations around the world made the decision to cancel all travel in and out of the UK for varying amounts of time.
It is a move which CEO of the PC Agency Paul Charles says will have major “consequences for the UK”.
The travel expert said the UK was “being cut off” from other countries, which will impact both travel firms and would-be passengers.
Posting to Twitter, he said: “As #UK is being cut off, @ThePCAgency estimates 250,000 travellers affected outbound and inbound up until 1st January; losses of £400million in terms of lost bookings, refunds and crisis costs dealing with the situation. And those are conservative figures.”
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An array of EU countries have banned UK travel, including France, Germany and Belgium.
There are also a number of other non-EU countries, including Turkey and Kuwait.
Mr Charles states Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also considering “restricting” inbound flights from the UK.
As a result, the UK will face a number of major “consequences”.
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He continued: “The consequences of bans on #UK transport are immense – cargo backlog leading to Pre-Xmas goods/gifts not arriving; thousands of people stuck overseas; aircraft grounded; and just days before possible #Brexit.
“These are challenging times for airlines and operators.”
Many airlines and travel operators have already announced cancelled services.
Eurostar has shared updates on its Twitter regarding travel to France, Belgium and Amsterdam.
It will no longer be running trains between London, Brussels and Amsterdam on the 21 December.
Similarly, trains to France will be cancelled on the 21 and 22 of December.
Airlines, including TUI and British Airways, are contacting customers on impacted flights to discuss their options.
Ryanair and Aer Lingus have stated refunds will be offered to all customers due to travel on banned flights between Ireland and the UK.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the new strain as “out of control”, which has caused concern for outside nations.
witter users at Heathrow described the scenes as “chaos”.
Today, the Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergency committee.
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