Journal

Since we launched Shearwater Travel at the beginning of 2020 opportunities for travel have been few and far between. As the world opens up in 2021 we hope to be able to bring you tales of our travels.  In the meantime I hope to wet your appetite for travel with stories from our previous trips and our hopes for future travel.  

Bulletin – Sri Lanka plus Travel Red List Update

For the first time in long while it is now simpler to list the countries where UK travellers cannot go than to list where the UK government allows them to travel. The Travel Red List has been reduced to just seven … Read More

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Bulletin – Magical Oman plus Travel List Reform

What a difference a week makes!  This time last week the UK had a complicated traffic travel light system with differing levels of quarantine and tests depending on your vaccination status and destination.  Now we know that from Monday 4 October that system … Read More

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Bulletin – Autumn Sun in Italy plus Travel Update

After a summer break, Shearwater Travel’s bulletin is back.  Since my last bulletin there have been a number of changes to the traffic light travel lists but unfortunately not enough for travel overseas to be stress and test-free just yet. … Read More

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Bulletin – Croatia plus Best Bets for Europe this Summer

Since my last bulletin there have been changes to the requirements for fully vaccinated travellers returning to the UK from Amber List countries and movement in both directions between the Green and Amber Lists.  Great news for fully vaccinated travellers … Read More

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Bulletin – Penguins plus Steps for Returning from Amber List Countries

It was a huge disappointment for many last week to learn that not only were no new countries to be added to the Green Travel List but that Portugal was to be removed without warning.  The Government failed to implement its promised … Read More

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Bulletin – Azores plus Travel Update

Last week Government ministers gave conflicting messages over whether we can go on holiday to countries on the Amber Travel List. Whilst the Government would rather we stayed at home enduring this autumnal May weather, it is not in fact … Read More

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Bulletin – Steps for travel to Portugal

Last week we heard that second vaccinations for the over 50s are to be brought forward to 8 weeks from the first vaccination.  Great news if you want to visit Greece, Cyprus, Madeira, Malta and Croatia which allow entry test free … Read More

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Bulletin – Portugal and her islands plus Green List Update

Well, the government has published its eagerly anticipated traffic light travel list. As expected there are only a handful of countries on the Green List and even fewer who are actually welcoming or expecting to welcome UK tourists this summer (see … Read More

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Bulletin – European Island Idylls

Last week Grant Schapps said that he would like the traffic lights system for international travel to distinguish between mainland and islands.  This provides real hope for countries like Greece, where the mainland is experiencing a third infection wave, but … Read More

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Bulletin – Gambia, Sri Lanka, Grenada plus Covid travel test tips

It feels like we are in the departure lounge at the moment waiting to see where we will be able to travel to from May.  We should know in a couple of weeks which seems very short notice for the airlines … Read More

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