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More Countries Red List UK Tourists and Enforce Stricter Rules For British Travelers

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As the number of Omicron cases continues to climb, more nations have imposed travel bans on British citizens, while others have enacted new measures for British citizens.

The French government has announced that all tourists, whether vaccinated or not, will be prohibited from entering the country.

Those entering the nation for “an essential cause” will be required to quarantine upon arrival under the new restrictions, which became effective as of Friday 17th, December.

A growing number of countries refuse to accept British tourists, with a handful of them effectively closing their borders to all non-residents.

According to The Mirror, some countries have enacted particular laws for British tourists.

French government spokesman Gabriel Attal told BFM television: “We will put in place a system of controls drastically tighter than the one we have today.”

Each Country has took different action due to the severity of the virus spreading differently, due to the increase in infection due to the Omicron variant, here is the latest information on UK travel bans, according to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

 

Australia

Only those who are exempt or have been granted an individual exemption are allowed to enter Australia.

Australian nationals, permanent residents of Australia, and close family members of Australian citizens or permanent residents are exempt from the regulations.

Otherwise, the country is off-limits, as it has been for most of the outbreak.

 

Bhutan

Foreign nationals, including British citizens, are currently barred from entering Bhutan.

Bhutan’s Royal Government has yet to announce when the country would reopen to foreign visitors.

 

Brunei

Brunei has a very rigorous entry policy. Those wishing to visit Brunei must apply for a permit from the Prime Minister’s Office at least eight working days prior to their chosen travel date.

Benin

In Benin, West Africa, border crossings have been restricted to extreme necessity.’

Border crossings must be authorised in consultation with neighbouring countries.

 

Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands have closed off from allowing any visitors to enter, even via cruiseship.

 

Indonesia

Tourist visas are currently unavailable for British Nationals.

 

China

Chinese officials have blocked all direct flights from the United Kingdom.

There will be a review of this measure, but no date has been set.

Third-country entry is still an option.

 

Hong Kong

Only double-vaccinated residents travelling from the UK are allowed to enter since the UK is on the Hong Kong government’s list of “high risk places.”

All other visitors to Hong Kong who have visited the UK (or any other “high risk” country) in the previous 21 days will be denied entrance.

On arrival, approved UK travellers will be forced to spend 21 days in quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel, followed by seven days of self-monitoring.

 

India

India has tightened the rules for British visitors, requiring them to take a test upon arrival at the airport and to stay in “home quarantine” for seven days.

On day eight, they must take another test and then “self-monitor their health for the next seven days.”

 

Israel

Non-Israeli citizens are not allowed to enter Israel, unless they have a special entry permit from a dedicated ‘Exceptions Committee’.

 

Laos

The government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points. No visas are being issued to people travelling from a country with cases of Covid-19, including the UK.

 

Japan

All foreign citizens (including Britons) who do not have existing resident status have been prohibited from entering Japan after November 30, 2021. Exceptions can be made under rare circumstances.

 

United States

Regardless of immunization status, everyone entering the country must show documentation of a negative Covid-19 test within one day of boarding their trip.

 

New Zealand

The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals.

You may be able to travel to New Zealand while the border is closed if you are considered to have a critical purpose to travel.

 

South Korea

Most international tourists, including those from the United Kingdom, will be required to quarantine for ten days upon arrival in South Korea.

Previously, persons who had received two vaccinations could apply for a “quarantine exemption,” however due to the spread of the Omicron variety, this is no longer possible.

 

Malaysia

British nationals are not permitted to enter Malaysia.

Exemptions may apply to British nationals with permanent resident status, resident passes, My Second Home Programme (MM2H) passes, expatriates of all categories, including professional visit passes and dependants passes, spouses of Malaysian nationals (spouse visas), students, and temporary employment passes.

 

Portugal

Anyone from the UK arriving in mainland Portugal must take a pre-travel PCR or antigen test.

If you arrive in mainland Portugal and you do not have a negative COVID test result, you could be fined between €300-800.

 

Morocco

The Moroccan government announced the suspension of all flights to Morocco with effect from 11:59pm on 29 November for two weeks.

This has since been extended until further notice.

 

Taiwan

Taiwanese authorities have announced a temporary ban on foreign nationals entering Taiwan.

 

Spain

The Spanish government has made it illegal for non-vaccinated British nationals to enter the country.

Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated might previously visit by presenting proof of a negative PCR test.

 

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RSPCA Shares Terrifying Reality Of What It’s Like To Be A Dog In A Car On A Hot Day

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Most dog lovers will be aware of not leaving your pet in a car when it’s a hot day. The poor pups can quickly become dehydrated or suffer from heatstroke, even if the windows are left open. In the worst cases, your dog can die.

Following the news of a scorching heatwave hitting the UK tomorrow, an RSPCA staff member opted to lock himself in a car to demonstrate how dogs feel on a hot day.

Chris O’Brien of RSPCA Cymru took a video of himself sitting in his car for 25 minutes outside his Cardiff office to discover what it would feel like to be a dog. The staff member used a digital thermometer and stopwatch to highlight the different stages of conditions within the car and also how he personally felt.

Within five minutes, the temperature had already risen to 35.1C from an initial 23.3C.

Chris said: “I am baking, it is so, so hot in here. I can’t even begin to tell you.

“Obviously I’m sweating a lot.

“Dogs obviously sweat very differently to humans and regulate their body temperature in a very very different way.”

Within the next 10 minutes, the temperature within the car had rocketed up to 43.6C and a struggling Chris noted how his breathing was getting heavier and his heart was beating faster.

At the 15 minute mark, the temperature had doubled to a whopping 48.8C to a further 50C by 17 minutes.

Watch the video below:

 

 

RSPCA campaigns manager Carrie Stones said: “With normality returning to people’s lives this summer in Wales, it’s more important than ever that we spread the word – dogs die in hot cars. Up to 30 million Brits are expected to holiday in the UK in 2022, and many of us will be taking our four-legged friends along – so these reminders will be vital.

“Awareness raising measures like this from the Welsh Government will help save the lives of dogs. We welcome any steps to remind motorists that – not long is too long when a dog is left in a car. Even a quick stop-off at a shop could prove fatal as temperatures escalate.

“If anyone sees a dog in distress in a hot car, they should dial 999 immediately – but we hope, each year, more and more people will get the message about not exposing their dogs to the potentially fatal heat.”

 

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Ginger-haired people offered free cinema tickets to avoid the sun

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FREE Cinema Tickets

Showcase Cinemas are offering ginger-haired people free cinema tickets on Monday and Tuesday so that they can stay protected from the sun.

 

Dubbed SPF (Sun Protecting Flicks), this initiative follows an extreme weather warning issued by the Met Office, with a red heat warning for England between Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July. Temperatures in large parts of England are expected to reach the high 30s and even 40°C in some.

 

With fair skin and red hair, redheads tend to have an aversion to the sun as they are vulnerable to its rays.

 

Mark Barlow, UK General Manager for Showcase Cinemas said: “While the UK enjoys some much-needed sunny weather, we know how hard some people find the heat.”

 

He continued to add that free entry to cinema screens will be offered to redheads “so they’ll be able to enjoy some of the amazing films on offer in the comfort of our air-conditioned cinema screens and ensure they stay protected from the sun”.

 

See the full terms and conditions here.

 

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Parents could face an electronic tag in new child maintenance enforcements

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Parents could face an electronic tag

The Department for Work and Pensions is considering a new lockdown-style curfew to be imposed on parents who persistently fail to pay child support in the form of an electronic tag that will track their location.

 

This comes as part of a new crackdown in which the DWP are following proposals to retrieve more money owed to the children of separated parents. Their Child Maintenance Service has said that these child support payments are “a crucial weapon in the battle against child poverty,” helping to lift around 140,000 children out of poverty each year.

 

The curfew orders will act as an alternative to, but act alongside, other methods of enforcement already in place such as passport and driving license confiscation or earnings deduction orders. Some non-compliant parents who continually refuse to pay even face prison, but the CMS have recognised this to be costly and further preventing payments.

 

Curfews would be controlled by an electronic monitoring service which would keep track of non-compliant parents in order to make sure that they follow the sanctions placed upon them. The CMS hope that this will act as a “deterrent” by restricting and disrupting the lifestyles of non compliant parents’ lifestyles, “stopping them, for example, from going out for dinner, to the pub or going on holiday.”

 

Failure to comply may lead back to a court referral, which could extend the curfew order or end in the imposition of a prison sentence.

The DWP Lords Minister Baroness Stedman-Scot said: “For low income households, maintenance payments can make all the difference, lifting them out of poverty. We are not afraid to go after those parents who deliberately and repeatedly refuse to pay for their children.”

 

This is one more step towards the CMS gaining full control and powers to make sure children have financial access to the best start in life.

 

These orders are subject to parliamentary approval. Consultations into the proposals began on Saturday and are set to continue until August 12.

 

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