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New Years / Early Jan getaway : What options are left?

New Years / Early Jan getaway : What options are left?

Old Dec 24, 20, 4:36 am
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New Years / Early Jan getaway : What options are left?

So for those of us languishing in Tier 2 / 3 and desperate to get away for some winter sun after a ghastly year with loads of cancelled plans, what options are left that sit in the venn diagram of:
- UK Travel corridor or test and release
- Not banning UK citizens
- On the BA network with flights operating?

Happy to take a PCR test or such like!

I guess its Dubai, Qatar or Mexico? Any other ideas?
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Old Dec 24, 20, 4:44 am
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Gibraltar maybe- temperature not too bad this time of the year.
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Old Dec 24, 20, 4:47 am
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Originally Posted by BarelyBAGold View Post
Gibraltar maybe- temperature not too bad this time of the year.
Hi,

I think Gibraltar has banned uk citizens from entering Gibraltar at the moment though

Regards

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Old Dec 24, 20, 4:49 am
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Yes, sorry Gib has restricted entry from the UK now.

https://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/press-r...r-9212020-6517
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Old Dec 24, 20, 4:52 am
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Thanks Karfa and The_Banking_Scot- I looked at it last week and was planning a couple of days there myself early Jan.......Grateful for the heads up👍
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Old Dec 24, 20, 4:58 am
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I think the following BA destinations are options at the moment (though some of those have severely reduced frequencies, routes may even be suspended, or have limitations such as not leaving your hotel). But the speed with which this develops at the moment, I wouldn't be sure that any will still be valid in a week:

ANU Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
CUN Cancun, Mexico
DXB Dubai, United Arab Emirates
GND Point Salines, Grenada
MEX Mexico City, Mexico
MLE Male, Maldives
NAS Nassau, The Bahamas
NBO Nairobi, Kenya
PLS Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
UVF Hewandorra, Saint Lucia

https://www.where-can-i-go.info/Airline_BA.html​​​​​​​
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Old Dec 24, 20, 5:16 am
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Rumours from reliable sources in travel circles that BA have canx 08 Jan - 01 Feb all MLE flights, however cannot verify with BA and GDS still showing flights.

Edit - have updated to reflect slightly different dates seen elsewhere. Flights currently in GDS though

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Old Dec 24, 20, 5:27 am
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I cannot help but think that anyone planning a New Year or early January get away will be doing anything else other than causing themselves stress, disappointment and money.

Buy a bottle of wine, hunker down at home, get vaccinated as soon as it is available to you and wait until everything gets back to something like normality.
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Old Dec 24, 20, 5:48 am
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Get yourself a few sun-bed vouchers....and a home made Pina Colada.
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Old Dec 24, 20, 6:38 am
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Barbados has good availability and the usual eye wateringly expensive properties are just dear atm.

Yes there are hoops to jump through and the possibility of quarainining for a day or three too but well worth the agro bearing in mind how pants it is in the UK this time of the year..
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Old Dec 24, 20, 7:26 am
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I'm not sure why every time a thread like this pops up, the usual suspects pop up with "stay at home". Clearly that is what most people are doing, some people don't wish to, and they are asking for advice, not to be told for the millionth time by virtue signalers to "stay at home". Everyone is aware that that is the prevailing advice.

I'd go away because I'm under 30 and healthy but the travel restrictions constantly changing would put me off TBH.
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Old Dec 24, 20, 7:51 am
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We have a well-stocked larder, fridge and - most importantly - bar

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Old Dec 24, 20, 8:08 am
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Originally Posted by James91 View Post
I'm not sure why every time a thread like this pops up, the usual suspects pop up with "stay at home". Clearly that is what most people are doing, some people don't wish to, and they are asking for advice, not to be told for the millionth time by virtue signalers to "stay at home". Everyone is aware that that is the prevailing advice.

I'd go away because I'm under 30 and healthy but the travel restrictions constantly changing would put me off TBH.
I think their point was more that it's highly likely that if you book a trip now, by the time you travel:

Flight will be cancelled
Either the destination or the UK will end up on a quarantine list
The destination will ban UK citizens
We will all be in Tier 4 by the end of January

They're not being virtue signallers necessarily, more saying "save yourself the hassle as it probably won't happen".

FWIW, I cannot see how we won't be in a national lockdown again by the end of January.
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Old Dec 24, 20, 8:42 am
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Originally Posted by Donsyb View Post
I think their point was more that it's highly likely that if you book a trip now, by the time you travel:

Flight will be cancelled
Either the destination or the UK will end up on a quarantine list
The destination will ban UK citizens
We will all be in Tier 4 by the end of January

They're not being virtue signallers necessarily, more saying "save yourself the hassle as it probably won't happen".

FWIW, I cannot see how we won't be in a national lockdown again by the end of January.
That is the rather sad reality of it.
The options are scant and can change and moreover they can change whilst you are away with little warning.
Also the likelihood that nearly all of the UK will not be in Tier 4/equivalent within 2 weeks is high.
It is thoroughly depressing for all of us but that is just the way it is at the moment....

FD.
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Old Dec 24, 20, 9:03 am
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Having gone through the excitement of Tier 4 preventing me travelling, a positive test stopping the OH travelling and then a family member having to make a last minute call about whether to fly or not in light of the SA ban Iím not sure taking a holiday is an easy or fun thing right now. Iím certainly in no hurry to try long haul travel.
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