TRAVEL NEWS UPDATE June 2021

The Edinburgh Festival. Will it happen this year? Jeff Mills, BTN's Editor-at-Large, reminisces with a trip to Edinburgh and on to Inverness. Whatever happens the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will take place 7 August – 29 August. Hogmanay is too far off to even contemplate.

Entering the UK

Don’t believe the newspapers!

The rules differ for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Constantly check the official Government travel advice.

And always refer to the regulations of your destination country.

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London is alive

If you are one of those people from the provinces who do not favour London due to the heavy preponderance of foreign tourists, now is the time to visit. 

Much of the central entertainment area has now been pedestrianised and dining al fresco in the streets is very popular.  Hotel prices, for the time being, are very competitive, whether it be the Savoy, at the very top, or Premier Inn, a superior budget offering. 

And when it comes to the theatre, one of many to recommend is the St Martins where Agatha Christie’s 'whodunit' The Mousetrap is back having opened in 1952.  The murderer has the final say:  “Do not tell anyone who I am!”  Visit the Official London Theatre website for discounted tickets, or go to the famous Leicester Square ticket booth. TKTS – Leicester Square

CLUB ASPIRE Gatwick and Heathrow lounges open

Club Aspire tells Travel News Update that they have invested in making the lounges a Covid-safe environment by installing hand sanitising stations, wearing face coverings, increasing cleaning schedules, putting social distancing measures in place, introducing a table service, and creating a Covid-safe menu available via a digital ordering system.

Whilst there is no hard reading material the lounge offers PressReader, providing clients with access to over 7,000 publications from over 120 countries in 60+ languages. View on your device or on the app. If you have the PressReader App, you can download multiple publications once at the lounge to read throughout your trip, free of charge.

Do sign up for the Aspire newsletter.  There are 20 Lounges in the UK & Ireland alone.  As each one opens up in the coming weeks readers will be emailed regarding starting dates and times.   

 

Passport warning!

Have you taken a look at your passport recently?

If you are travelling abroad most countries will not accept you if the expiry date is less than six months.  This does not apply to the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for which no passport is required, nor for cruise ships on short ex-UK trips that do not visit foreign ports.  However, if adults are taking children under 18 that do not belong to them (ie grandchildren) some form of authority is required. 

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