• Singapore to open travel corridors with US, UK, six other ‘living with Covid’ nations | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3151761/singapore-open-travel-corridors-us-uk-six-other-living-covid

    Singapore to open travel corridors with US, UK, six other ‘living with Covid’ nations In major easing of travel restrictions, Singapore will open travel corridors with the US, UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada and Denmark. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in televised speech predicts current record wave of cases will take up to six months to stabilise Singapore and eight Western nations including the United States and Britain will soon open quarantine-free travel lanes for vaccinated travellers, authorities said on Saturday, marking the country’s most extensive easing of travel restrictions since borders were shut last March. Canada, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Denmark will also open “vaccinated travel lanes” with the island nation. These lanes will begin operations starting October 19. The new travel corridors were unveiled as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a televised address that Singapore, a vaccine pacesetter, would press on with its “living with Covid-19” plan even amid a surge that has caused record daily caseloads and a spike in deaths.
    Lee said it would take Singapore “at least three months, and perhaps as long as six months” to get the relatively restriction-free state that much of Europe and the West was currently enjoying.The prime minister underscored that countries that prematurely lifted restrictions had “paid for it dearly, losing many lives along the way”. Still, he said the country could not “stay locked down and closed off indefinitely”, and acknowledged that business disruptions, job losses and the separation of families across borders had caused “psychological and emotional strain and mental fatigue”. Collectively, the 11 countries – among Singapore’s top 20 trading partners – make up about 10 per cent of Changi Airport’s pre-Covid annual passenger arrivals, Transport Minister S. Iswaran said.“While still a far cry from where we were pre-Covid, this is a significant step in the reopening of our borders, and crucial to reclaiming and rebuilding our status as an international aviation hub with global connectivity,” Iswaran added.
    Singapore’s coronavirus cases ‘could reach 10,000 a day’. In a further boost for travellers, countries involved in these corridors will require just two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests – one upon arrival and another on departure. Under existing arrangements, vaccinated travel lane users in Singapore have to undergo four tests, including one the third day of their stay and another on the seventh day.
    Singapore-based economist Song Seng Wun told This Week in Asia the expected increase in visitor arrivals via the slew of new vaccinated travel lanes would likely have a material positive impact on the country’s gross domestic product, given its traditional dependence on “external demand for goods and services”.“A busier Changi Airport will mean a busier Merlion too,” the CIMB Private Banking economist said, referring to the iconic tourist attraction at the heart of Singapore’s Marina Bay waterfront district.
    Shortly after the announcement, Singapore Airlines said it would begin operating designated flights to 14 cities that would serve travellers using the vaccinated travel lanes. Nuno Guerreiro, the regional director for the South Asia Pacific region for Booking.com, said the new lanes represented “a positive step forward towards the overall revival of travel”.Guerreiro said Booking.com’s own research showed “pent up demand for travel” in the country, with Singaporeans indicating they would not travel until they had been fully vaccinated.Before the pandemic, Singapore residents were among Asia’s most avid travellers, with many of them taking advantage of Changi Airport’s hub status and the burgeoning of budget airline routes to Southeast Asian destinations. The city state since the end of May said it wanted to transition to an endemic Covid – with a relatively low number of daily cases – as its vaccination rate soared.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#singapour##etatsunis#grandebretagne#france#italie#paysbas#espagne#canada#danemark#sante#corridorsanitaire#bulledevoayage#frontiere#circulation#vaccination

  • Royaume-Uni : le gouvernement va accorder jusqu’à 10 500 visas de travail temporaires - InfoMigrants
    https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/35327/royaumeuni--le-gouvernement-va-accorder-jusqua-10-500-visas-de-travail

    Royaume-Uni : le gouvernement va accorder jusqu’à 10 500 visas de travail temporaires. Pour faire face à la pénurie de main-d’œuvre, notamment dans le secteur des transports routiers, le gouvernement britannique va délivrer près de 10 500 visas de travail. Une décision contrainte pour les autorités, qui jusqu’ici s’étaient refusées à se tourner vers les travailleurs étrangers.Faire son plein d’essence, commander un milkshake au McDonald’s ou déjeuner dans un des restaurants de la chaîne de fast-food Nado’s … des petites habitudes du quotidien dont sont privées les citoyens britanniques depuis quelques jours déjà, et qui font la une de la presse outre-Manche. En cause ? Le manque d’approvisionnement des stations-service, des restaurants et même des supermarchés, à cause d’une pénurie de main-d’œuvre dans les secteurs du transport routier et de la volaille.Face à la polémique, le gouvernement a décidé d’assouplir temporairement les règles en matière de visas, en accordant près de 10 500 permis de travail provisoires. Ces autorisations seront valables pour une durée de trois mois, d’octobre à décembre 2021. Un peu plus de la moitié sera délivrée aux chauffeurs routiers étrangers, le reste à des travailleurs du secteur de la volaille. (...)
    La présidente de la Chambre de commerce britannique, Ruby McGregor-Smith, déplore de son côté le nombre « insuffisant » de visas annoncé, et largement en dessous des besoins « pour régler un problème d’une telle ampleur ». Selon elle, « cette annonce équivaut à vouloir éteindre un feu de camp avec un verre d’eau ».Avec cette décision, les autorités opèrent une totale volte-face. Car depuis le « oui » des Britanniques à la sortie du pays de l’Union européenne (UE), le Royaume-Uni s’échine à restreindre les conditions d’entrée sur son sol. À plusieurs reprises, le gouvernement de Boris Johnson a insisté sur la nécessité de mettre fin à la dépendance du Royaume-Uni vis-à-vis de la main-d’œuvre étrangère. Les travailleurs hautement qualifiés sont en revanche, les bienvenus. En mars 2021, le ministre des Finances Rishi Sunak avait ainsi annoncé « une réforme des visas ambitieuse à destination des migrants hautement qualifiés », dans les domaines de la technologie et de la science.Depuis le 31 décembre 2020 et l’instauration du Brexit, tout travailleur qualifié doit par ailleurs remplir les conditions fixées par le « Skilled Worker Visa », le visa de travail britannique, élaboré selon un système à points. Pour le décrocher, il faut, entre autres, justifier de la maîtrise de l’anglais (10 points), ou encore détenir une offre d’emploi ou une promesse d’embauche. Cette offre doit être officielle, et agréée par le Home Office (20 points). Mais la théorie et l’ambition gouvernementale se sont heurtées à la réalité du terrain. Car c’est précisément dans les secteurs peu qualifiés que le pays manque de main-d’œuvre : pour fonctionner, l’économie britannique manque par exemple de 100 000 chauffeurs de camions. Un vide engendré par les règles du Brexit mais aussi par des conditions de travail difficiles et un salaire peu attractif.
    Dans le secteur de la santé aussi, les besoins sont criants. Le National Health Service, système de la santé publique national qui fournit l’essentiel des soins, dispose de 100 000 postes vacants d’infirmiers, de médecins généralistes et de personnels hospitaliers. « Les directeurs d’hôpitaux sont incroyablement frustrés parce qu’ils ont du personnel étranger qui veut venir travailler dans leurs services, mais le gouvernement ne les laisse pas entrer », avait déclaré quelques mois avant la pandémie de Covid-19 le secrétaire d’État à la Santé britannique Jonathan Ashworth, au journal The Guardian. Au lieu de se tourner vers les migrants, le gouvernement a préféré camper sur « sa position populiste », affirme Aurélien Antoine, professeur à l’université et Directeur de l’Observatoire du Brexit à France24. Une politique qui est « sans doute allé trop loin, pour plaire aux électeurs ».

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#grandebretagne#sante#travailleurmigrant#migrantqulifie#personnelmedical#infimier#NHS#visastemporaires

  • England’s Covid travel rules spark outrage around the world | Coronavirus | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/23/englands-covid-travel-rules-spark-outrage-around-the-world
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    England’s Covid travel rules spark outrage around the world
    England’s Covid travel rules and refusal to recognise vaccines administered across huge swaths of the world have sparked outrage and bewilderment across Latin America, Africa and south Asia, with critics denouncing what they called an illogical and discriminatory policy.The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, described England’s rules, unveiled last Friday, as “a new simplified system for international travel”. “The purpose is to make it easier for people to travel,” Shapps said.But in many parts of the world there is anger and frustration at the government’s decision to recognise only vaccinations given in a select group of countries. Under the new rules, travellers fully vaccinated with Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen shots in the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea or an EU country will be considered “fully vaccinated” and exempt from quarantine when they arrive in England from an amber list country.
    But people who have been fully vaccinated with the same vaccines in Africa or Latin America, as well as other countries including India, will be considered “not fully vaccinated” and forced to quarantine for 10 days on arrival from an amber list country. In Europe, there is frustration at Britain’s refusal to accept as “fully vaccinated” people who have had Covid and then a single dose of a two-dose shot. Such people are considered fully vaccinated in most EU countries and are able to travel freely around the bloc with an EU digital Covid certificate.
    To visit the UK, however, they must quarantine for 10 days, with UK government guidelines currently requiring people vaccinated with a two-dose vaccine such as Moderna or Pfizer to have had both doses “even if you have recently recovered from Covid-19 and have natural immunity”.Britain did relax its rules on Wednesday to allow quarantine-free travel by people from Europe who have had doses of two different vaccines. Hundreds of thousands on the continent received mix-and-match shots after the use of AstraZeneca was restricted to older age groups over rare blood clot concerns. But amid mounting anger abroad at what many view as discriminatory treatment, the Indian politician Shashi Tharoor announced on Monday that he was pulling out of a series of appearances in England to protest the “offensive” decision to ask fully vaccinated Indians to quarantine.“There isn’t a single person I have spoken to who isn’t angry about this. People are perplexed,” said one exasperated Latin American diplomat.“How can a Pfizer or Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine that is administered [in Latin America] not be sufficient for someone to be allowed in? I just don’t see how this can be acceptable. I simply cannot get my head around it,” they added. “I cannot explain what is behind this – I just know that it is very, very, very unfair.”A west African diplomat condemned the restrictions as “discriminatory”. “[But] it’s not even the discrimination that concerns me the most, it’s the message it sends out,” they added.
    “All around the world we’re struggling with vaccine hesitancy. There’s all sorts of fake news. When you say, ‘We are not going to accept the vaccine from Africa’, you lend credence to these kinds of theories. It’s only going to create a situation where it allows the pandemic to be prolonged.”
    Ifeanyi Nsofor, a doctor and chief executive of a public health consultancy in Nigeria, said: “The UK is one of the largest funders of the Covax facility and now the UK is saying that the same vaccines they have sent, will now not be considered. It’s sad, it’s wrong, it’s discriminatory.”
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    The new travel rules came as a severe blow to families who have spent many months separated from their England-based loved ones because of the pandemic. André Siqueira, a tropical diseases specialist from Rio de Janeiro, said he was desperate to see his four-year-old son who lives in London for the first time in a year. But the new rules made it almost impossible for him to travel to England – despite having been fully vaccinated in red-listed Brazil – since he would have to spend 10 days in an amber list country before spending another 10 days quarantining in England after he arrived. “Does the world do this for any other vaccines? Does the UK say we’re not going to recognise your polio vaccines from Pakistan? No. We accept that your vaccines are safely administered. If we’re worried that there are variants that are resistant to the vaccines, that’s happening all over the world. But the Delta variant is in 100 countries of the world and the vaccines do work against Delta.”
    Rees said she hoped the decision would be reconsidered. “I’m not worried that this is cast in stone but I think it’s something that really must be discussed. Not least because if the world starts closing borders to what looks like poorer countries, what does that mean for inequality? For refugees? We can’t close our borders, we must trust the vaccines and we must trust the governments that are administering the vaccines.”
    Asked to explain why vaccines administered in certain countries were acceptable but in others not, a government spokesperson said in a statement: “Our top priority remains protecting public health, and reopening travel in a safe and sustainable way, which is why vaccine certification from all countries must meet the minimum criteria taking into account public health and wider considerations.”
    The statement did not make clear what those wider considerations were.
    In response to international upset at the restrictions, the UK has pledged to work with some countries to recognise their vaccine passports. On Wednesday, the UK high commission in Kenya released a joint statement with the Kenya health ministry, saying the UK recognised vaccines administered in the east African country. The joint statement recognised there had been “significant public concern about the issue of vaccine certification” but added, “establishing a system to mutually recognise each other’s vaccine passport programme for travel takes time, particularly in an unprecedented pandemic”.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#grandebretagne#sante#frontiere#circulation#restrictionsanitaire#vaccination#quarantaine#passepoortvaccinal

  • Covid-19 : au Royaume-Uni, le business très rentable des tests PCR pour les voyageurs
    https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2021/09/23/covid-19-au-royaume-uni-le-business-tres-rentable-des-tests-pcr-pour-les-voy

    Covid-19 : au Royaume-Uni, le business très rentable des tests PCR pour les voyageurs. Chez les Français du Royaume-Uni, c’est devenu l’une des questions les plus récurrentes : « Connais-tu un fournisseur de tests PCR pas trop cher ? » Depuis le début de la pandémie de Covid-19, les voyageurs venant de l’étranger et qui arrivent en Angleterre (les règles sont différentes en Ecosse, au Pays de Galles et en Irlande du Nord) sont contraints de se plier à des tests PCR payants et à effectuer uniquement auprès d’une liste de laboratoires agréés. Face à cette clientèle captive, les entreprises ont élaboré une politique de prix exorbitants, qui, les premiers temps, atteignaient facilement 200 livres sterling le test (un peu plus de 230 euros), avant de devenir plus raisonnables ces derniers mois. Sachant qu’il fallait à l’origine réaliser des tests PCR obligatoires au deuxième et au huitième jours après l’arrivée sur le territoire britannique – plus un test non obligatoire le cinquième jour afin de pouvoir sortir de sa quarantaine –, le « budget test » d’une famille de quatre personnes qui souhaitait partir en vacances hors du Royaume-Uni pouvait allègrement dépasser le millier d’euros.Dans ces conditions, chacun s’échange conseils et bonnes adresses. Les noms des laboratoires efficaces et pas trop onéreux circulent activement. Un nouveau secteur semble émerger : la liste des fournisseurs officiels, initialement très resserrée, comprend désormais 435 entreprises. Comme s’il s’agissait de sociétés de plomberie, leurs noms sont parfois incongrus afin d’arriver en tête du classement alphabétique : la liste débute à «  ! + 0091 Aasha Testing » et se termine à « ZoomDoc Health ».
    Réduction sensible des bénéfices
    Longtemps, les prix n’étaient guère transparents et il fallait se renseigner pour chaque fournisseur. Au cours des dernières semaines, le gouvernement a amélioré les choses, rassemblant les prix sur un même site. Ceux-ci vont d’un inexplicable 675 livres (786 euros) le test – avec l’envoi à domicile d’un membre du corps médical pour le réaliser – à un très raisonnable 7,45 livres (8,70 euros), à condition de se rendre à un laboratoire à l’aéroport d’Heathrow. La grande majorité des tests sont à faire soi-même à domicile puis à renvoyer au laboratoire par la poste, moyennant une cinquantaine d’euros. A compter de « fin octobre », les voyageurs vaccinés en provenance d’un pays de la « liste verte » pourront se limiter à un seul test antigénique au deuxième jour de leur retour. La politique du gouvernement britannique sur les tests a toujours été claire : en cas de symptômes, ceux-ci sont gratuits. En revanche, il n’y a aucune raison que les frais découlant des séjours à l’étranger, qui relèvent de convenance personnelle, soient pris en charge par l’Etat.
    L’industrie, née de cette politique, risque de voir ses juteux bénéfices se réduire sensiblement. Le 17 septembre, les autorités ont annoncé qu’à compter de « fin octobre », les voyageurs vaccinés en provenance d’un pays de la « liste verte » pourraient se limiter à un seul test antigénique au deuxième jour suivant leur retour, ce qui devrait nettement limiter les coûts. Il ne restera comme clientèle captive seulement ceux qui viennent des pays de la « liste rouge », jugés dangereux. Ils devront respecter une quarantaine et se soumettre aux tests PCR.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#grandebretagne#sante#test#economie#industrie#listeverte#listerouge#quarantaine

  • Les États-Unis envisagent la vaccination obligatoire pour les voyageurs internationaux
    https://www.seneweb.com/news/International/les-etats-unis-envisagent-la-vaccination_n_354145.html

    ÉTATS-UNIS - Les États-Unis, dont les frontières restent fermées à de très nombreux voyageurs étrangers, projettent de les rouvrir à terme aux personnes pleinement vaccinées, a fait savoir ce mercredi 4 août un responsable de la Maison Blanche.Washington élabore une “approche progressive qui signifierait, avec des exceptions limitées, que tous les ressortissants étrangers venant aux États-Unis -depuis tous les pays- doivent être pleinement vaccinés”, a dit cette source, sans donner de calendrier.Les groupes de travail consacrés à cette question “sont en train de développer une politique afin d’être prêts, quand le moment sera venu, à évoluer vers ce nouveau système”, a dit le responsable.Le ton est très prudent mais il s’agit néanmoins d’une évolution pour les États-Unis, qui le 26 juillet encore ne voulaient entendre parler ni de tests ni de vaccins pour rouvrir leurs frontières.À l’heure actuelle, les voyageurs venus d’Europe, d’Inde, du Brésil ou encore de Chine ne peuvent pas entrer aux États-Unis, sauf motifs impérieux précis. Washington était resté sourd jusqu’ici aux appels à la réciprocité des Européens notamment.Tandis que les pays de l’Union européenne ont décidé de rouvrir leurs propres frontières aux Américains, à condition qu’ils soient vaccinés contre le Covid-19 ou présentent un test négatif, les voyageurs en provenance de l’espace Schengen, du Royaume-Uni et d’Irlande ne peuvent, eux, plus entrer aux États-Unis depuis mars 2020.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#etatsunis#UE#bresil#inde#chine#grandebretagne#sante#vaccination#circulation#frontiere#reciprocite#test

  • Covid-19 dans le monde : l’Angleterre supprime la quarantaine pour les voyageurs de France métropolitaine complètement vaccinés
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/08/04/l-oms-appelle-a-un-moratoire-sur-les-rappels-de-vaccin-accord-de-la-commissi

    Covid-19 dans le monde : l’Angleterre supprime la quarantaine pour les voyageurs de France métropolitaine complètement vaccinés. Les voyageurs se rendant en Angleterre en provenance de France n’auront plus besoin, à compter du 8 août, de s’isoler automatiquement à leur arrivée s’ils ont reçu les deux doses de vaccin.
    Le gouvernement britannique a annoncé, mercredi soir, la suppression à partir de dimanche de la quarantaine imposée aux voyageurs vaccinés contre le coronavirus arrivant en Angleterre en provenance de France métropolitaine.Londres lève ainsi une mesure dénoncée comme « discriminatoire » par Paris, imposée il y a trois semaines, que le gouvernement de Boris Johnson avait justifiée par la présence « persistante » du variant Beta en France. Elle excluait la France d’un assouplissement des règles britanniques, qui permet depuis peu d’exempter de quarantaine les voyageurs en provenance de pays classés en orange s’ils sont vaccinés avec un sérum approuvé par les régulateurs américain et européen. L’Hexagone retrouve ainsi la liste orange classique, qui n’impose une quarantaine comprise entre cinq et dix jours qu’aux voyageurs qui ne sont pas vaccinés. En revanche, l’île de la Réunion et Mayotte, où le variant Beta initialement identifié en Afrique du Sud voisine est présent, sont classées en rouge, réservant aux seuls résidents britanniques la possibilité de rentrer en Angleterre, au prix d’une coûteuse quarantaine à l’hôtel obligatoire de dix jours. Le Mexique et la Géorgie subissent le même sort. L’Inde, le Barhein, le Qatar et les Emirats arabes unis quittent également la liste rouge pour être classés en orange. Sept pays, parmi lesquels l’Allemagne, rejoignent la liste verte, ne nécessitant qu’un test négatif avant le départ et un test au deuxième jour. Les règles fixées par le gouvernement britannique ne concernent que l’Angleterre, mais les gouvernements locaux d’Ecosse, du Pays de Galles et d’Irlande du Nord adoptent généralement les mêmes mesures.
    Les Etats-Unis projettent de rouvrir leurs frontières aux voyageurs vaccinés
    Une annonce est également attendue de la part des Etats-Unis, dont les frontières restent fermées à de très nombreux voyageurs étrangers (en raison d’un « travel ban »). Washington projette de les rouvrir à terme aux personnes pleinement vaccinées, a fait savoir un responsable de la Maison Blanche. Washington élabore une « approche progressive qui signifierait, avec des exceptions limitées, que tous les ressortissants étrangers venant aux Etats-Unis – depuis tous les pays – doivent être pleinement vaccinés », a dit cette source, sans donner de calendrier. Les groupes de travail consacrés à cette question « sont en train de développer une politique afin d’être prêts, quand le moment sera venu, à évoluer vers ce nouveau système ». A l’heure actuelle, les voyageurs venus d’Europe, d’Inde, du Brésil ou encore de Chine ne peuvent pas entrer aux Etats-Unis, sauf motifs impérieux précis. Washington était resté sourd jusqu’ici aux appels à la réciprocité des Européens notamment.

    #Covid-19#migration#migrant#grandebretagne#etatsunis#france#UE#inde#bresil#chine#variant#vaccination#circulation#frontiere#paysarisque#sante

  • Covid-19 : l’Angleterre met fin à la quarantaine pour les voyageurs vaccinés aux Etats-Unis et dans l’UE, à l’exception de la France
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/07/28/covid-19-l-angleterre-met-fin-a-la-quarantaine-pour-les-voyageurs-vaccines-a

    Covid-19 : l’Angleterre met fin à la quarantaine pour les voyageurs vaccinés aux Etats-Unis et dans l’UE, à l’exception de la France. La présence du variant Beta sur le territoire français préoccupe les autorités britanniques, qui ont choisi d’exclure le pays de la liste des pays concernés par cette mesure très demandée par les expatriés.
    La France est le seul pays de l’Union européenne à ne pas bénéficier de cet assouplissement. Les voyageurs complètement vaccinés contre le Covid-19, dans l’Union européenne (UE) ou aux Etats-Unis, seront désormais exemptés de quarantaine en Angleterre, a annoncé, mercredi 28 juillet, le gouvernement britannique. Cette mesure, ardemment réclamée par les expatriés et par le secteur touristique, entrera en vigueur à partir de lundi à 5 heures, heure française, a précisé le ministère britannique des transports. Mais elle ne s’appliquera pas aux arrivées de France. Pour les voyageurs venus de pays classés « orange », soit la grande majorité des destinations touristiques, dont l’UE et les Etats-Unis, le Royaume-Uni impose une quarantaine d’au moins cinq jours, ainsi que de coûteux tests. Le pays avait déjà exempté de quarantaine les arrivants vaccinés par le service de santé britannique, mais pas ceux vaccinés à l’étranger, au grand désespoir des expatriés britanniques dans ces pays, pour lesquels tout retour à la maison est très difficile. Désormais, l’Angleterre appliquera la même mesure aux personnes vaccinées dans l’Union européenne ou aux Etats-Unis, pour les arrivées de tous les pays de la liste orange, sauf la France, en raison de la présence du variant Beta, répertorié pour la première fois en Afrique du Sud. « Des règles distinctes vont continuer de s’appliquer pour les arrivées de France », a affirmé le ministère dans un communiqué. Les voyageurs vaccinés aux Etats-Unis devront, eux, prouver en plus qu’ils sont résidents aux Etats-Unis. Un test PCR restera obligatoire deux jours après leur arrivée. En outre, ces mesures ne concernent pas les pays classés « rouge » par Londres, comme l’Inde, les Emirats arabes unis, ou les pays d’Amérique du Sud. Seuls les résidents du Royaume-Uni peuvent en revenir, en observant une coûteuse quarantaine à leurs frais, dans des hôtels réservés à cet effet.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#grandebretagne#france#etatsunis#sante#vaccination#variant#quarantaine#expatrie#UE#frontiere#circulation

  • Covid-19 : Tous les voyageurs internationaux interdits d’entrée aux États-Unis
    https://www.seneweb.com/news/International/covid-19-tous-les-voyageurs-internationa_n_353300.html

    Covid-19 : Tous les voyageurs internationaux interdits d’entrée aux États-Unis. Alors que le variant Delta progresse rapidement aux États-Unis, la Maison Blanche a annoncé, lundi, que, pour l’heure, les frontières américaines restaient fermées à tous les voyageurs internationaux, qu’ils soient vaccinés ou en mesure de produire un test négatif.
    Testés ou vaccinés, les voyageurs internationaux devront prendre leur mal en patience pour se rendre aux États-Unis. Les frontières américaines restent pour l’heure fermées aux visiteurs, a annoncé, lundi 26 juillet, la Maison Blanche en invoquant la propagation rapide du variant Delta, ce malgré les appels à la réciprocité des Européens notamment. « Nous maintenons à ce stade les restrictions existantes aux voyages », a dit la porte-parole de la Maison Blanche Jen Psaki, justifiant cette décision en particulier par la propagation rapide du variant Delta « ici et à l’étranger ».
    Tandis que les pays de l’Union européenne ont décidé de rouvrir leurs propres frontières aux Américains, à condition qu’ils soient vaccinés contre le Covid-19 ou présentent un test négatif, les voyageurs en provenance de l’espace Schengen, du Royaume-Uni et d’Irlande ne peuvent, eux, plus entrer aux États-Unis depuis mars 2020. Cette fermeture des frontières est vivement critiquée par les professionnels du tourisme en Europe, mais aussi par le patronat américain. Le Canada a lui aussi décidé de rouvrir sa frontière à partir du 9 août pour les citoyens américains et les résidents permanents vivant aux États-Unis pleinement vaccinés, là aussi sans réciprocité. Washington avait annoncé, début juin, la constitution de groupes de travail avec le Canada, le Mexique, l’Union européenne et le Royaume-Uni pour se pencher sur la question des voyages internationaux, laissant espérer un assouplissement des restrictions.
    Non seulement cela n’aura pas lieu, mais les États-Unis multiplient par ailleurs les avertissements à leurs ressortissants tentés de voyager à l’étranger.Après avoir déconseillé, il y a une semaine, de se rendre au Royaume-Uni, les Centres de prévention et de lutte contre les maladies (CDC), principale agence fédérale de santé publique américaine, ont ajouté le Portugal et l’Espagne, entre autres, à la liste des destinations à éviter.
    Pour ces pays de niveau 4, soit le niveau le plus élevé d’alerte sanitaire, les États-Unis recommandent aux voyageurs d’être complètement vaccinés avant le départ et avertissent que même dans ce cas, ils courent un « risque ».
    Le pays fait face, comme une bonne partie de la planète, à une nette hausse des contaminations sous l’effet du variant Delta, le plus contagieux depuis l’éclatement de la pandémie de Covid-19.Avec 521 800 contaminations enregistrées quotidiennement dans le monde la semaine dernière, l’indicateur a fortement accéléré (+9 % par rapport à la semaine précédente), selon un bilan de l’AFP arrêté jeudi dernier. La pandémie gagne du terrain depuis la mi-juin, après avoir fortement ralenti pendant presque deux mois. Le président Joe Biden et son administration, mais désormais également un nombre grandissant de responsables politiques de l’opposition, multiplient les appels pour relancer un processus de vaccination qui a ralenti pendant l’été.

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  • France fiasco to pingdemic U-turn: Boris Johnson’s week of chaos | Coronavirus | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/23/france-fiasco-pingdemic-u-turn-boris-johnson-week-of-chaos
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    France fiasco to pingdemic U-turn: Boris Johnson’s week of chaos. In the last seven days the UK government has flailed from one controversy or misstep to the next. Often, the political week heading into the Commons summer recess can feel almost soporific, with the thoughts of ministers and MPs geared more towards holiday sunbeds than rows. But the last seven days has been different, and not only because of the ongoing political flux of coronavirus, with the government seeming to flail from one controversy, U-turn or misstep to the next, day after day.
    The reports began earlier in the week: France, which in a normal years attracts 10 million-plus UK visitors, was to be put on Britain’s red list, in effect banning almost all travel, because of concern about the spread of the potentially vaccine-resistant Beta variant. Eventually, late on Friday, it was announced that although France would stay on the amber list, double-vaccinated Britons returning from there would still have to quarantine for 10 days, unlike the new, relaxed policy for other amber destinations. Cue: anger from holidaymakers and some Conservative MPs – and polite bafflement from France itself.

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  • Covid live news: accinated UK travellers returning to England from all amber list countries except France will not need to quarantine on arrival | World news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jul/17/covid-live-news-beta-variant-may-evade-vaccines-say-experts-as-uk-faces
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    From Monday, vaccinated UK travellers returning to England from all amber list countries except France will not need to quarantine on arrival if they have been double vaccinated or are under the age of 18.
    The France announcement underlines the uncertainty in some areas over the lifting of lockdown restrictions in England from 19 July, PA Media reports.It also marks another hit to the fortunes of the travel sector, with industry body Abta saying it was a further setback for hopes of a “meaningful recovery”.It also came just two days after the Spanish holiday islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca were moved from green to amber, meaning anyone over 18 who is not fully vaccinated must quarantine on their return.The UK health secretary. Sajid Javid, said the government had always been clear it would take rapid action at the borders to “protect the gains made by our successful vaccination programme”, while Labour accused ministers of creating holiday “chaos”.
    Ministers are making up rules on the hoof and causing chaos. They have never had a proper strategy in place - once again the travel industry and the British people are paying the price.Meanwhile, the French tourism minister, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, tweeted on Saturday morning that France was adapting its border measures to require non-vaccinated travellers arriving from the UK, Cyprus, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands and Portugal to complete an antigen or PCR test less than 24 hours before departure.

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  • UK travellers with Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccine barred from holidays
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/uk-travellers-indian-made-astrazeneca-vaccine-barred-holidays

    UK travellers with Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccine barred from holidays
    British holidaymakers are being barred from boarding flights after receiving an Indian-made version of the AstraZeneca vaccine that is not licensed in the EU.The Telegraph revealed this month that up to five million Britons had received the version of the jab without being told.
    There is nothing wrong with the vaccine, which has been authorised by the World Health Organisation, but it is yet to be approved by the European Medicines Agency and so is not accepted by the EU vaccine passport scheme.Although some European countries have individually agreed to accept the jab, The Telegraph can reveal that Malta, one of the few countries on the Government’s green list, will not.
    Steve and Glenda Hardy, 64 and 63, were turned back at Manchester Airport at 3.30am on Friday when they tried to board a flight to Malta, where they were set to visit their son, whom they have not seen for more than a year.
    The retired couple from Hull, who received Indian-manufactured doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in March, were stopped as they passed through the boarding check by staff working for the travel operator Tui.
    “We were just gutted,” Mrs Hardy told The Telegraph. “We thought we’d covered ourselves – we paid for PCR tests, downloaded the NHS app and printed off the letter – but we fell at the final hurdle. I feel like we’re in limbo.“We haven’t seen our son since he moved there a year ago. We had our flights refunded by Tui, but that’s by-the-by. Our big fear is that we just don’t know when we’ll be able to go to Malta.”Mr Hardy said: “When we took our vaccine we had a vaccine, we were asked to take them, we took both doses. We didn’t know what we were getting. We trusted the Government on that. Boris Johnson said that there were no Indian vaccines issued in this country. That’s obviously a lie because it’s on our page.
    “The problem is the fact that we can’t see our son. We jumped through the hoops... and then we were hit with this. It was just devastating... what the hell are we supposed to do?”The Department of Health and Social Care had previously insisted that no Britons who had received the Indian-made jabs would be negatively impacted.A spokesman said earlier this month: “All AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK are the same product and appear on the NHS Covid Pass as Vaxzevria. The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and we’re confident travel will not be affected.”
    On Tuesday, the department did not respond to a request to comment on the Hardys’ experience.It comes amid growing fears about the use of vaccine passports domestically after the Prime Minister urged nightclubs and other venues with “large crowds” to adopt Covid certification when they reopen on July 19, while leaving the door open to them becoming mandatory.It has emerged that companies involved in the development of the system for the Government have suggested that the passports could be “redeployed” into ID cards and examined whether they could be used for weddings, funerals and builders attending people’s homes.
    Mrs Hardy said she felt let down by the Government, especially after Mr Johnson insisted earlier this month that he could see “no reason at all” why vaccines approved by British regulators would not be accepted in Europe.
    “I’m very confident that that will not prove to be a problem,” the Prime Minister had told reporters.Mrs Hardy said: “What’s being done about this? I think this is all going to get swept under the rug… and travel is going to open up to everyone but not to us,” adding that at least three other people were also turned away from their flight early on Friday morning.
    The visit was the couple’s third attempt to see their son since he moved, with trips earlier this year already cancelled or postponed.The vaccine batch numbers on their NHS apps were checked by Tui and the couple were told they could not board the flight because the Maltese authorities did not recognise the jab.The batch numbers for the Indian manufactured doses, produced by the Serum Institute of India and known as Covishield, appear on the Covid Travel Pass in the NHS App (4120Z001, 4120Z002 and 4120Z003).The Tui official who turned the couple back suggested the couple try to get a “third jab”, so they each had two doses of an EU-recognised vaccine. As things stand, only their second doses are EU-compliant. It is not currently possible to get a third jab in the UK.The Malta Tourism Authority updated guidance to make it clear that the Indian-manufactured AstraZeneca doses used in the UK could not be used to enter the country. As the UK is on Malta’s red list, anyone over the age of 12 who travels to the country must be double-vaccinated.“Entry will not be allowed if the vaccine batch on your certificate is from one of the following: 4120Z001, 4120Z002, 4120Z003,” said the latest travel guidelines, updated on July 7.
    “There is no official timeframe on the EU ban of these batches,” it added.
    Some 15 countries, including Spain, Greece and Germany, have said they will accept the Indian-made vaccine.But more than a dozen others have indicated that the Indian-made shots are not eligible for entry – a move that has also sparked outrage across Africa and Asia, where the vaccine has been widely distributed. These countries include France, Italy and Croatia, though Britons can still travel to many of these countries provided they have a negative coronavirus test.A spokesman from Tui said the company was notified of changing entry requirements by Maltese authorities and “customers with bookings were contacted as soon as we became aware”. There is now also a travel alert on the firm’s website.Separately, on Tuesday it emerged that AstraZeneca is researching modifications to its vaccine to reduce or eliminate the blood clot risk.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#grandebretagne#UE#sante#vaccination#circulation#frontiere#afrique#asie#fracturevaccinale

  • Expats make waves surfing out the pandemic on Bali - Asia Times
    https://asiatimes.com/2021/07/expats-make-waves-surfing-out-the-pandemic-on-bali

    Expats make waves surfing out the pandemic on Bali
    Over 100,000 foreigners mostly on visitor visas are living on the resort island despite being closed to tourism for over a year
    JAKARTA – Travelling around sun-drenched southern Bali in these otherwise dark pandemic days, there are so many scantily-clad foreign motorcyclists careening in and out of traffic it is difficult to believe the holiday island has been closed to foreign tourism for the past 16 months.In fact, according to the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, more than 109,800 foreigners from 133 countries are still living in Bali, including 2,246 permanent residents, 29,070 holding temporary stay permits and a whopping 78,485 on visitor visas.Russia leads the nationality list, followed by the United States, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Ukraine the Netherlands and Canada — far different from a normal tourism year when Australia and China contribute to a significant majority of Bali’s six million annual foreign tourists.Some of Bali’s attraction lies in the fact that the island hasn’t been hit as hard by the pandemic as neighboring Java. Even though new infections have risen over the past month from 100 to as much as 500 a day, the number of daily deaths remains in single figures, according to official data.That may be partly because the island has the highest rate of Covid-19 vaccinations in Indonesia – a deliberate government strategy aimed at trying to include Bali in international travel bubbles. About 70% of a targeted three million people have already received at least one jab.
    The latest surge, however, has prompted the local government to close beaches and restaurants, and do its best to reduce mobility, measures that have produced only mixed results on an island where the motorcycle is king.Daily religious ceremonies are ongoing, though supposedly confined to 50 people, and persuading tourists to wear masks and maintain other health protocols is proving difficult to enforce, with the 12,000 stay-behind Australians losing their bad behavior reputation to the Russians.More than 111,000 Russians visited Bali in 2019 looking for relief from their harsh winter. While it is not clear how many remain, police are finding they are the most troublesome to control on a range of levels.Over half of the 157 foreigners who ran afoul of the law last year held Russian citizenship, according to police data. Among the 59 to be deported were two yoga instructors, who had held a mass yoga session in the hill resort town of Ubud.That trend has continued this year. Authorities took a dim view of a young Russian so-called “influencer” after he posted a video on his website showing him jumping off a pier on a motorcycle, a bikini-clad girl clinging on behind him.Another Russian influencer, Leia Se, was deported in May after posting video footage of herself wearing a painted surgical mask to dupe store guards after she and a friend were earlier refused entry because Se was unmasked.
    Among others to be given their marching orders last year were two American women who tweeted about Bali being a cheap LGBTQ-friendly destination. Their crime, according to immigration officials, was “spreading information that could unsettle the public.”Most of those who have been deported were accused of disrupting public order, overstaying their visas and misusing stay permits, including providing false information on their visa applications. Once the center of an industry that in 2019 earned the island US$8 billion in foreign exchange, Kuta is now largely deserted, losing its title to Seminyak and Canggu as the most popular hang-outs for young foreigners along the west coast tourist strip.
    When tourism returns, that’s where the action will be. But plans to re-open the island at the end of this month have died with the worst eruption in new Covid-19 infections since March last year, when the government first shut the door on the island.Thousands of foreigners were stranded last year, but while many trickled back to their home countries on infrequent international flights, others elected to stay, facilitated by sympathetic authorities who no doubt saw it as a small way to help keep the economy ticking over. Those that are left are a mixed batch. Apart from a small minority of long-term residents and refugee families from Covid-hit Jakarta, they may be living off trust funds and wealthy parents, struggling to make ends meet as small-scale business people or fall into the category of “digital nomads”, a whole new class of tourist involved in everything from bitcoin trading to art therapy and online hypnotism.Bali is already a world-leading destination for digital nomads, second only to Barcelona in one survey. Regional competition comes from places like Phuket and Chiang Mai in Thailand, and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, where one of the prerequisites is always a fast internet. A beach helps, too.Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno, a former vice-presidential candidate who moved his office to Bali to oversee the island’s revival, wants to eventually attract more of the nomads with a new long-term visa that would allow foreign tourists to stay for up to five years.
    (...)The minister has already invited people from across Indonesia to work and study in Bali. Among those who have already moved there are several Jakarta-based foreign businessmen, lured by the prospect of their children being able to attend international schools, rather than learn remotely as they have done for a year now.

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  • Balearic islands likely to move to England’s travel amber list | Coronavirus | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/14/balearic-islands-spain-likely-move-england-travel-amber-list-covid
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    Balearic islands likely to move to England’s travel amber list. Some holidaymakers returning from Spanish islands will need to quarantine when change enforced. Spain’s Balearic islands are likely to be moved from England’s travel green watchlist to amber, meaning some passengers returning from the popular holiday destinations will have to quarantine on their return. Multiple sources told the Guardian that the switch, which will affect those heading home from Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera, is expected to be discussed by ministers on Wednesday afternoon and come into force from early next week.There has been no official confirmation from the government and last-minute decisions are sometimes made not to move countries up and down the traffic light system.The move would make little difference to those who have had both Covid vaccines, given that from Monday 19 July, travellers returning to England from amber-list countries will not have to isolate if they have been double-jabbed. Those who have not been fully inoculated will need to isolate at home for up to 10 days – though they can use the “test to release” system from day five to leave quarantine early.The isolation measure is thought to disproportionately impact young people, who have mostly only had their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and must wait at least eight weeks to get a second.
    Several countries are expected to be added to the red list, meaning most travel from them will be banned, with the exception of arrivals of British citizens and nationals who will have to stay in a hotel for 10 days to avoid the importation of Covid variants.Meanwhile, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has voiced concern over a report in the Daily Telegraph that Britons who have had two AstraZeneca vaccines including one manufactured in India were turned away from a flight from Manchester to Malta.
    The news came despite Boris Johnson saying he was “very confident” that the non European-approved vaccines would not cause problems for travellers.Shapps said on Wednesday that the UK’s medicines regulator had “been very clear that it doesn’t matter whether the AstraZeneca you have is made here or the Serum Institute in India, it is absolutely the same product, it provides exactly the same levels of protection from the virus”.
    He added: “So we will certainly speak to our Maltese colleagues to point all this out. Obviously it is up to them what they do. But we will be making the scientific point in the strongest possible terms there is no difference, we don’t recognise any difference.”Luke Evans, a Tory MP who has been working in the NHS helping vaccinate people, said at the start of July he had one of the India-made vaccines and had vaccinated “many people” with it. He urged the health secretary, Sajid Javid, to explain how he planned to resolve the problem and said he hoped it was “purely a bureaucratic issue”.
    Javid did not explain what conversations were ongoing with the EU about recognising the vaccines but said “all doses used in the UK have been subject to very rigorous safety and quality checks, including individual batch testing and physical site inspections”

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  • Hong Kong quarantine flip-flop, UK flight ban leave travellers high and dry – and cost some a fortune | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/3140254/hong-kong-quarantine-flip-flop-uk-flight-ban

    Hong Kong quarantine flip-flop, UK flight ban leave travellers high and dry – and cost some a fortune. The quarantine time for travellers to Hong Kong from the UK was suddenly changed from one week to three – then came a total ban Not a problem if you’re rich enough, but for economy travellers it’s an expensive headache.British Airways’ hotline was busy the other week. After an hour on hold, the cheery voice saying “we value your call” every 20 seconds was starting to sound a little insincere. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one wanting to cancel my flight after the Hong Kong government flip-flopped from a proposed one-week quarantine to three weeks for those returning from Britain.Once you’ve invested an hour, you don’t want to give up. Besides, BA won’t let you cancel by email – you have to call your local agent. I doubled my chances and called from a landline as well as my mobile. Having both on speakerphone, bleating that hollow message, was driving me towards the edge, so when my “local agent” – in New Delhi, India – finally picked up after two-and-a-half hours, I was both grateful and terrified I might accidentally get cut off.
    Meanwhile, vaccinated friends already in Britain who’d been working out which partner would quarantine with the unvaccinated kids were suddenly scrambling to extend their quarantine hotel bookings and stressing about the cost. And then, BAM! All flights from the country were banned
    , heralding a whole new set of problems and travel chaos.If you’ve got buckets of money, adding a few more weeks onto a trip is a mostly a logistical challenge – still stressful and inconvenient, but something that might even be turned into an adventure. But for those of us who aren’t cashed up, these sudden changes can be crippling, and mean running up credit card bills and taking out loans.
    I have friends returning to Hong Kong from Britain via Spain, France, Dubai and Finland. For the most part, they were not on what we think of as a “holiday”; these were duty visits to see family – often elderly parents – something I’d also been hoping to do. And there are the Hong Kong students who didn’t manage to get a seat on one of the last flights out who are now stranded for the summer in Britain and being palmed off on friends and friends of friends.No one travels purely for pleasure in a pandemic, not unless you’ve got the funds to cover the inevitable escalations in costs and unexpected time off work. For many of us, it would be easier to leave Hong Kong and emigrate (with all that involves, from filing your final tax return to packing up your home) than go on holiday.

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  • Bye ‘jinxed’ travel bubble, hello ‘air travel corridor’ as Singapore, Hong Kong well placed to reconsider plan: minister | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-environment/article/3139492/bye-jinxed-travel-bubble-hello-air-travel-corridor

    Bye ‘jinxed’ travel bubble, hello ‘air travel corridor’ as Singapore, Hong Kong well placed to reconsider plan: Health minister Ong Ye Kung says the twice-postponed initiative will now go by a new name, with both economies ‘in a good position’ to look at it again. He adds that vaccinated Singaporeans may be able to undertake quarantine-free leisure travel to Europe and the US by the end of the year
    Vaccinated Singaporeansmay be able to undertake quarantine-free leisure travel to Europe and the United States by the end of the year, according to the island nation’s health minister Ong Ye Kung, who says Hong Kong and Singapore are now “in a good position” to reconsider their twice-postponed travel bubble.In a Thursday interview with The Straits Times, Ong said he shared the aspirations of residents who hoped to go on holiday by year-end to places where the Covid-19 pandemic
    was on a downtrend, though he added a caveat by saying “one thing I learned is that the situation changes every month”.The minister’s remarks follow comments last week from the government’s Covid-19 task force – which Ong co-chairs – that outlined a blueprint for the country to live with the coronavirus becoming endemic.
    Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble: early July review set for quarantine-free scheme amid coronavirus pandemic
    11 Jun 2021 Restrictions put in place in May to deal with a surge in cases are currently being scaled back, with the cap on dining in at restaurants expected to be increased from two to five people on July 12. Ong did not specify when the travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore would begin, but noted that “both of us are more or less in a good position now and both of us are vaccinating”. “I think this puts us in a good position to relook at some of what we had looked at before,” Ong said. The bubble was initially slated to launch last November before it was postponed due to a spike in cases in Hong Kong.Then, a May 26 start date was indefinitely pushed back when cases surged in Singapore, leading some frustrated citizens to quip that the plan was jinxed.The authorities appear to have taken notice of that sentiment. Ong said in the interview that the arrangement would be called an “‘air travel corridor’ from now as the word ‘bubble’ is a bit of a jinx, I think”.Asked by the bemused interviewer if that would expedite the arrangement’s start date, Ong replied: “We try, whatever works.”
    On countries to which vaccinated residents of Singapore could travel without restrictions, Ong said: “I think once [the] trajectory [of a place] is downwards, vaccinations going up, and you go below, say, [an infection rate of] three per 100,000, we should start looking at those countries seriously.”
    He named “most of” the European Union and the US as among the places that fit this criteria, though he noted that the number of Delta-variant cases in Britain were rising.The minister also touched on a commentary he and two other cabinet ministers – also co-chairs of the government’s Covid-19 task force – penned last week. The officials wrote that the authorities were drawing up a blueprint for Covid-19 becoming endemic in a plan that might include “multi-year” vaccine booster shots such as those given for the flu virus, a shift away from monitoring daily cases, and a return of mass gatherings such as the country’s annual National Day Parade.

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  • Angela Merkel and PM to discuss Covid travel curbs during final UK visit | Politics | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jul/02/angela-merkel-flying-in-to-chequers-in-her-final-uk-visit-as-chancellor
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    Angela Merkel and PM to discuss Covid travel curbs during final UK visit
    Prime minister will welcome German leader at Chequers in her last visit as chancellor. Boris Johnson is to welcome Angela Merkel to Chequers on Friday, with coronavirus travel restrictions anticipated to be high on the agenda for their meeting.The German chancellor, who is making her final visit to the UK before stepping down, has called for quarantine for all UK travellers entering the EU, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated, due to concerns over the Delta variant.Germany has already designated the UK a “virus variant region”, meaning anyone travelling from the UK has to quarantine for two weeks on arrival – excluding those in transit.
    Since March, all travellers flying to Germany have had to present a negative Covid-19 test to their airline prior to departure. However, the UK government is pushing for greater freedom for Britons to travel. It has said fully vaccinated Britons will be able to travel to amber list countries including Germany, without having to quarantine upon their return, from “later this summer”.The meeting comes after the prime minister said on Thursday that double jabs will be “a liberator” for those in Britain wanting to travel abroad this summer.Johnson said details of the government’s plans for allowing those who have received two vaccine doses to visit amber-list countries without having to quarantine on their return and lockdown easing later this month will be revealed in the “next few days”.He would not confirm a date on when such a policy would be implemented, but said he was “very confident” that it would “enable people to travel”.

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  • Coronavirus: Hong Kong to ban all travellers from Britain, as it puts country back on ‘extremely high-risk’ list | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3139010/coronavirus-hong-kong-confirms-3-new-cases-all

    Hong Kong will put Britain back on its list of “extremely high-risk” countries and ban incoming travellers from July 1 in a bid to keep out Covid-19 variants, officials said on Monday.Health authorities confirmed an earlier Post report on the decision to suspend all passenger flights from Britain, which comes days after the city toughened quarantine rules for visitors.The suspension means anyone who has stayed there for more than two hours during the past 21 days cannot enter Hong Kong.Local health authorities had already moved Britain from “high-risk” to “very high-risk” on Monday, meaning vaccinated travellers would also have to quarantine upon arrival for 21 days, like their unvaccinated counterparts. In the announcement, officials cited a “recent rebound of the epidemic situation” and the “widespread Delta variant” in Britain, adding it would continue to “closely monitor” other factors, including vaccination progress and passenger volume, to adjust travel restrictions for various countries.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#sante#grandebretagne#honkong#variant#situation epidemiologique#quarantaine#vaccination#circulation#frontiere

  • Britons will need negative Covid test or both jabs to travel to Balearics | Spain | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/28/britons-will-need-negative-covid-test-or-both-jabs-to-travel-to-baleari
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    Britons will need negative Covid test or both jabs to travel to Balearics
    Britons travelling to the Balearic islands will need to show either a negative PCR test or proof they have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said on Monday.The rules – which come into effect on Friday – were announced two days before the Balearics are due to move on to the UK’s green list for quarantine-free travel, and amid growing concerns over what Sánchez called “the negative evolution” of the virus in the UK.Spain had planned initially to let British visitors enter the country without the need for a negative PCR test, but pressure has been mounting on the central government following rising case numbers in the UK and clusters of cases in Spain that were traced back to an end-of-year school trip to Mallorca.
    “We’ve been seeing a negative evolution of the accumulated incidence in the UK over recent weeks,” Sánchez told Cadena Ser radio. The number of cases per 100,000 people over the past week stands at 123 in the UK and 46 in Spain.“We’re going to apply the same requirements for British tourists in the Balearics that we apply to those from the rest of Europe,” the prime minister added.“They will need to be fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test to travel to the Balearics. This will take effect in 72 hours so that tour operators and British tourists can adapt to this new rule.”
    Spain’s foreign minister, Arancha González Laya, later explained that the entry requirements would be published in the official state gazette on Tuesday, and come into force three days later. She also suggested the new rules would apply to the whole of Spain and not just the Balearic islands.
    The regional government of the Balearic islands – the only part of Spain to be included on the green list – had expressed concerns over rising case numbers in the UK and called for “strict and safer entry controls” for UK visitors.Although Spain is gearing up for the summer season and recently revoked its rules on wearing masks outdoors, the more contagious Delta variant and the 600 new cases traced back to the school trip have set alarm bells ringing.Spain has logged a total of 3,782,463 Covid cases and registered 80,779 deaths. More than half of the country’s 47 million people have received a single dose of the vaccine, while about a third – 15.9 million – have received both doses.On Sunday, the Portuguese government announced that British visitors would have to quarantine for two weeks on arrival if they were not fully vaccinated against Covid. The rule – which will remain in place until at least 11 July – stipulates that Britons arriving by land, air or sea must show evidence they are fully vaccinated or self-isolate for 14 days at “home or at a place indicated by health authorities”.
    The move came as case numbers in Portugal continued to surge, putting the number of new daily infections back to February levels, when the country of just over 10 million was still under a strict lockdown. Health authorities have blamed the Delta variant, which was first identified in India but is now spreading rapidly in Britain, for the recent rise in infections. More than 70% of Covid-19 cases in the Lisbon area are from the Delta variant.

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  • Covid-19 dans le monde : nouvelles restrictions en Australie, l’accès des Britanniques à l’UE se complique
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/06/28/covid-19-dans-le-monde-nouvelles-restrictions-en-australie-l-acces-des-brita

    l’accès des Britanniques à l’UE se complique
    L’Espagne va exiger la présentation d’un test Covid-19 négatif ou d’une preuve de vaccination pour les touristes britanniques qui souhaitent se rendre à Majorque, Ibiza et dans d’autres îles des Baléares, a déclaré lundi le premier ministre, Pedro Sanchez. « Ce que nous allons faire, c’est appliquer aux touristes britanniques qui se rendent aux Baléares les mêmes exigences que celles que nous imposons aux autres citoyens européens », a-t-il expliqué à la radio Cadena SER. L’Espagne avait levé en mai l’obligation faite aux Britanniques de présenter un test PCR négatif. Ces nouvelles mesures entreront en vigueur dans les soixante-douze heures, a annoncé Pedro Sanchez, sans préciser de jour. Elles font suite à une hausse inquiétante des infections au Royaume-Uni, selon le premier ministre, cité par la chaîne télévisée espagnole TVE.Le Portugal a de son côté décidé que les voyageurs en provenance de Grande-Bretagne seraient soumis dès lundi à une quarantaine de quatorze jours s’ils se présentent sur son territoire sans vaccination complète, a annoncé le gouvernement portugais dans un communiqué publié tard dimanche. Cette décision, qui restera en vigueur au moins jusqu’au 11 juillet, intervient dans un contexte de recrudescence des cas au Portugal, où le nombre de nouvelles infections quotidiennes a retrouvé son niveau de février. Selon The Times, l’Allemagne souhaite que les voyageurs britanniques ne puissent pas se rendre dans l’Union européenne, peu importe qu’ils aient reçu ou non un vaccin contre le Covid-19, par crainte du variant Delta. La chancelière allemande, Angela Merkel, qui doit rencontrer en fin de semaine le premier ministre britannique, Boris Johnson, veut que la Grande-Bretagne soit désignée comme « pays d’inquiétude » sanitaire, écrit le quotidien britannique.

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  • Coronavirus: Hong Kong officials identify airport testing centre as probable source of Delta variant infection | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3138724/coronavirus-hong-kong-airport-worker-confirmed

    Coronavirus: Hong Kong officials identify airport testing centre as probable source of Delta variant infection. Airport worker spent time at the sample collection centre where two arrivals with same viral footprint as his were detected earlier this month 27-year-old’s case is Hong Kong’s first local infection involving the Delta variant; 4 new imported cases confirmed
    In a groundbreaking development in the city’s first local case involving the more infectious variant, the Department of Health on Friday said whole genome sequencing results showed the 27-year-old worker’s infection matched that of three arrivals from Indonesia who were found with the coronavirus on June 11.
    “Two of them tested positive after their samples were taken at the Department of Health’s temporary specimen collection centre at Hong Kong International Airport,” the spokesman said. “[The worker] had received cargo flight crews at the airport and stayed in the temporary specimen collection centre for work in the morning on the same day.”
    The airport worker, whose case ended Hong Kong’s 16-day streak of zero local infections, was earlier on Friday confirmed as carrying the Delta coronavirus variant, first found in India. The three arrivals sharing his viral footprint are all domestic helpers from Indonesia.Hong Kong on Friday recorded no new untraceable local Covid-19 cases, but confirmed four imported infections – two from Britain, one from Indonesia and another from Bangladesh.

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  • Coronavirus: Delta variant fears leave India’s international students struggling to get back to class in the US, Australia | South China Morning Post
    https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-environment/article/3138199/delta-variant-fears-leave-indias-international

    Coronavirus: Delta variant fears leave India’s international students struggling to get back to class in the US, Australia. The world has reacted to India’s deadly second wave of Covid-19 by putting in place a web of regulations, visa delays and travel bans. Now, as Western universities prepare to restart in-person lectures, many of these students risk being stranded. An Indian health worker administers the Covishield vaccine to a student pr
    Saif Ali Khan is fully vaccinated and all set to start a postgraduate engineering course in the United States– but he’s worried.The 22-year-old from Aurangabad has received two shots of Covaxin, India
    ’s home-made vaccine, which the Michigan-based university does not recognise as it has not been approved by the World Health Organization
    nor authorised for use in the US. Students entering the US must show they tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of departure, but vaccination is not mandatory. However, some universities want students living on campus to be fully inoculated, leading to growing concerns they will be required to get revaccinated – an issue Indian foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla reportedly raised with acting US ambassador Daniel Smith earlier this month.“I am not keen to mix up vaccines because my body may react adversely to it,” Khan said. “I would avoid re-vaccination if the university allows it.” Khan is one of thousands of young Indians whose plans to study abroad this year have been entangled in a web of regulations, travel bans and delayed visa applications as the world reacts to India’s deadly second wave of coronavirus infections.Anuj Poddar, 25, an analytical engineer from Mumbai, is another. He plans to start a Master’s in computer science in Massachusetts, and has already quit his job – but he is still frantically trying to obtain a visa to enter the US. His appointment at the US consulate in May was cancelled because of India’s increased number of Covid-19 cases. After visa applications were reopened, Poddar spent 15 hours on the consulate’s website across five days and managed to book an appointment for August 31. He needs to be on campus by September 8 – if not, he will need to start the course online or seek permission to join late.
    India launches free vaccines for all adults as Modi hails benefits of yoga
    21 Jun 2021
    “For an online class, I have to pay US$50,000, the same tuition fee that I would pay for in-person classes, and pursuing the course online won’t be of much help academically,” Poddar said. “So I have been trying to look for an earlier slot so that I have enough time to book the airline tickets and join the class on time.” During the height of the pandemic last year, students from all over the world dialled in from home to learn online. Now, as universities in the US, Britain, Australia and Canada prepare to restart in-person lectures, many of India’s hundreds of thousands of international students risk being stranded. The US, for example, has limited the number of direct flights from India and banned entry for anyone who has spent 14 days in India before travelling. Students are exempt from the ban, but many have nonetheless been forced to take longer flights or unusual routes via Muscat or Belgrade. Other students enrolled in Canadian and Australian universities have not been exempt from the travel ban, meaning they must wait indefinitely before being allowed to attend classes. According to India’s Ministry of External Affairs, the number of Indians studying abroad dropped 55 per cent last year, but that has recovered this year as 72,000 students left for foreign universities in January and February. In 2019-20, about 193,000 Indian students were attending university in the US, while more than 49,700 Indian students were issued visas to study in Britain

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#inde#etatsunis#australie#grandebretagne#sante#etudiant#circulation#frontiere#vaccination#test

  • Where is everyone? Covid and Brexit empty France’s north coast resorts | France holidays | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2021/jun/17/where-is-everyone-covid-and-brexit-empty-the-normandy-seaside
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    With the approach of the summer holidays, the two French seaside towns of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme and Le Crotoy would normally be gearing up for the annual wave of tourists from neighbouring Belgium and, above all, from the UK.The resorts sit opposite each other across the majestic Bay of the Somme, a wetland of shifting sands and tides where the tranquil river suddenly expands into a spectacular estuary opening up into the Channel. The bay is a popular stop-off for British travellers heading to Paris and the south of France, as well as a place of pilgrimage for its war memorials, museums, cemeteries and battle sites. But this is not a normal year. France is just coming out of a lengthy lockdown and six months of early-evening curfews, with customers not allowed inside bars and restaurants until 9 June. Belgian visitors are few and far between as most await the implementation of the EU digital Covid passport to plan their holidays, hoping to avoid PCR tests each time they cross a border. And the British are simply absent, with France on the UK’s amber list.

    #Covid-19#migration#migrant#france#grandebretagne#passeportsanitaire#vaccination#situationepidemique#variant#tourisme#circulation#frontiere

  • A l’approche de l’été, l’UE rouvre petit à petit ses frontières
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/06/16/a-l-approche-de-l-ete-l-ue-rouvre-petit-a-petit-ses-frontieres_6084423_3244.

    A l’approche de l’été, l’UE rouvre petit à petit ses frontières. Les Vingt-Sept ont ajouté, mercredi, les Etats-Unis à la liste des pays dont les ressortissants peuvent voyager au sein de l’Union européenne, quel que soit le motif de leur déplacement.
    Joe Biden avait à peine quitté Bruxelles, après le sommet Europe-Etats-Unis, à l’occasion duquel les deux partenaires avaient annoncé une trêve dans le conflit Airbus-Boeing, que les Vingt-Sept autorisaient les touristes américains à revenir sur le Vieux Continent. Mercredi 16 juin, ils ont en effet élargi la liste des pays – jusqu’alors composée du Japon, de l’Australie, d’Israël, de la Nouvelle-Zélande, du Rwanda, de Singapour, de la Corée du Sud et de la Thaïlande – dont les ressortissants peuvent voyager au sein de l’Union européenne (UE), quel que soit le motif de leur déplacement. Et y ont ajouté les Etats-Unis, mais aussi l’Albanie, le Liban, la Macédoine du Nord, la Serbie, Taïwan, Hongkong et Macao. L’UE, qui avait fermé ses frontières extérieures pour les voyages non essentiels en mars 2020, se rouvre petit à petit, à l’approche de l’été et des grandes vacances. Elle prend ses décisions en fonction de la situation épidémiologique (le taux d’incidence doit être inférieur à 75 cas de Covid-19 pour 100 000 habitants sur les quatorze derniers jours) du pays tiers, de l’avancement de sa campagne de vaccination, du nombre de tests menés, ou encore de la fiabilité des données. Ces critères ne sont cependant pas automatiques. Ainsi, même si le Royaume-Uni les remplit, les Britanniques restent interdits de séjour en Europe, sauf pour voyage essentiel. « La situation n’est pas stabilisée outre-Manche. On attend d’y voir plus clair sur l’évolution des variants là-bas avant de se prononcer », explique un diplomate. Mais, même si les frontières européennes sont de nouveau ouvertes aux touristes américains ou libanais, rien n’empêche les Etats membres de leur imposer un test ou une quarantaine. En ce qui concerne les Américains, Bruxelles est en discussion avec Washington pour une reconnaissance mutuelle des certificats sanitaires, qui doivent permettre à leur détenteur de prouver qu’il a été vacciné, testé négatif ou qu’il est immunisé après avoir contracté le virus, et l’autoriser à venir en Europe sans restriction.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#UE#etatsunis#grandebretagne#sante#vaccination#variant#circulation#frontiere#tourisme#situationepidemiologique#tauxincidence

  • A l’approche de l’été, l’UE rouvre petit à petit ses frontières
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/06/16/a-l-approche-de-l-ete-l-ue-rouvre-petit-a-petit-ses-frontieres_6084423_3244.

    A l’approche de l’été, l’UE rouvre petit à petit ses frontières. Les Vingt-Sept ont ajouté, mercredi, les Etats-Unis à la liste des pays dont les ressortissants peuvent voyager au sein de l’Union européenne, quel que soit le motif de leur déplacement.
    Joe Biden avait à peine quitté Bruxelles, après le sommet Europe-Etats-Unis, à l’occasion duquel les deux partenaires avaient annoncé une trêve dans le conflit Airbus-Boeing, que les Vingt-Sept autorisaient les touristes américains à revenir sur le Vieux Continent. Mercredi 16 juin, ils ont en effet élargi la liste des pays – jusqu’alors composée du Japon, de l’Australie, d’Israël, de la Nouvelle-Zélande, du Rwanda, de Singapour, de la Corée du Sud et de la Thaïlande – dont les ressortissants peuvent voyager au sein de l’Union européenne (UE), quel que soit le motif de leur déplacement. Et y ont ajouté les Etats-Unis, mais aussi l’Albanie, le Liban, la Macédoine du Nord, la Serbie, Taïwan, Hongkong et Macao. L’UE, qui avait fermé ses frontières extérieures pour les voyages non essentiels en mars 2020, se rouvre petit à petit, à l’approche de l’été et des grandes vacances. Elle prend ses décisions en fonction de la situation épidémiologique (le taux d’incidence doit être inférieur à 75 cas de Covid-19 pour 100 000 habitants sur les quatorze derniers jours) du pays tiers, de l’avancement de sa campagne de vaccination, du nombre de tests menés, ou encore de la fiabilité des données. Ces critères ne sont cependant pas automatiques. Ainsi, même si le Royaume-Uni les remplit, les Britanniques restent interdits de séjour en Europe, sauf pour voyage essentiel. « La situation n’est pas stabilisée outre-Manche. On attend d’y voir plus clair sur l’évolution des variants là-bas avant de se prononcer », explique un diplomate. Mais, même si les frontières européennes sont de nouveau ouvertes aux touristes américains ou libanais, rien n’empêche les Etats membres de leur imposer un test ou une quarantaine. En ce qui concerne les Américains, Bruxelles est en discussion avec Washington pour une reconnaissance mutuelle des certificats sanitaires, qui doivent permettre à leur détenteur de prouver qu’il a été vacciné, testé négatif ou qu’il est immunisé après avoir contracté le virus, et l’autoriser à venir en Europe sans restriction.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#UE#etatsunis#grandebretagne#sante#vaccination#variant#circulation#frontiere#tourisme#situationepidemiologique#tauxincidence

  • Ireland to double quarantine period for unvaccinated UK arrivals | Coronavirus | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/15/ireland-double-quarantine-period-unvaccinated-uk-arrivals-coronavirus
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    Ireland to double quarantine period for unvaccinated UK arrivals. Travellers not fully vaccinated face 10 days in quarantine amid concerns over spread of Delta variant. Ireland is to double to 10 days its quarantine period for travellers from the UK who are not fully vaccinated, joining a growing list of countries imposing stricter travel rules on British arrivals due to concerns over the rapid spread of the Delta variant.
    The announcement came after Boris Johnson on Monday delayed by a month the final stage of England’s exit from lockdown amid accusations the government should have acted faster by placing India, where the variant was first detected, on its red restricted-travel list before 23 April.
    Neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh had been added to the UK’s red list on 9 April, with India following a fortnight later, four days after a visit to the country during which Johnson hoped to announce a new trade deal was called off. The Delta variant accounts for 90% of new UK cases and critics have argued that since half of early infections involved international travel, a ban on all arrivals except UK citizens and residents should, as some argued at the time, have been imposed earlier. In fact, Britain was one of the first major western countries to severely restrict travel from India over Delta variant concerns. The French government announced a mandatory 10-day quarantine and test for all arrivals from India on 22 April, with Germany following suit four days later.Berlin designated India as a “virus variant area with a significantly elevated risk of infection”, in effect barring entry to the country, even with a valid visa, for almost everyone – except German nationals – who visited India during the last 10 days.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#grandebretagne#irlande#sante#circulation#frontiere#vaccination#quarantaine#variant