Markets plunge and oil crashes as traders panic over new Covid variant

Meanwhile, individual stocks also showed signs that investors are betting on another lockdown. The British Airways owner IAG and plane engine maker Rolls Royce were the top blue-chip…

What to do if your Covid test results for travel are late or never show up

The UK’s travel rules have changed, meaning fewer (and cheaper) tests for vaccinated Britons. However, testing is still part of travel, and many have reported problems with…

The new Covid rules on travelling abroad – from testing to quarantine requirements

In a blow to international travel, six countries have been added to the previously empty red list. From 4am on Sunday November 28, arrivals from South Africa,…

Travel to Thailand: latest Covid rules and practical guidance

As the all-important high-season approaches and Thailand’s case numbers continue to drop the country pushed ahead with its ambitious plan to reopen to fully-vaccinated travellers from 63…

This new variant has the potential to grind international travel to a halt once again

Are we facing a Groundhog Day for travel? The emergence of what seems to be a more transmissible variant of Covid-19 is certainly bad news for our…

Death of England: Face to Face, review: raw lockdown drama shines light on the politics of identity

What’s in a face? Quite a lot when you are convinced that your mixed-race daughter has similar features to her racist Engerland-braying grandad. “Alan Fletcher, with his…

Welcome innovation for a desperate NHS

The Covid pandemic has exposed many shortcomings in the NHS even as we have been invited to applaud the people who work within it. The impact of…

Why lockdown-free Sweden could be your safest bet for a ski holiday

Extra curricular thrills If you begin to tire of downhill skiing, there is always the option of another of the Swedes’ favourite outdoor activities: cross-country skiing. Prepared…

Catching Covid twice means you are less likely to end up in hospital, say scientists

Coronavirus reinfection is 90 per cent less likely to land people in hospital than the first time catching the virus, research shows.  Scientists said the findings, from…

EU set to propose ‘nine-month expiry date’ on Covid vaccine passports for travel

The European Union is to recommend a nine-month expiry date on Covid vaccine passports for those looking to travel into the bloc, according to reports.  Member states…

Travel to New Zealand: latest advice as country prepares to reopen borders

New Zealand’s border reopening will happen in three stages. First, citizens and visa holders from Australia will be allowed in, then New Zealanders based in other countries,…

Why I’m not selfish for refusing to wear a mask

Last week I was in Waitrose, doing my food shopping. Bare-faced and mask-free, I spied an old friend. As I wheeled my trolley over to her, smiling,…

Will school Scrooges put paid to children’s Nativity dreams?

One of the sweetest joys of the festive season is the Nativity play. I feel deeply nostalgic for the time when I had to find a stripey…

Could the red list return this winter – and where’s the safest bet for holidays?

A Covid resurgence on the Continent has raised the depressing prospect of travel restrictions – and the UK’s much-maligned red list – making an unwanted return.  The…

Travel to Australia: when the border could reopen, and latest Covid rules

Australia’s borders are to open a little further from December 1 – permitting certain visa holders and holidaymakers. Since November 1, immediate family members – including parents…

Will Europe’s ski resorts remain open this winter – and should I cancel my holiday?

As Europe continues to experience a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, and Austria today goes into a 20-day “firebreak” lockdown, British skiers are being urged to keep…

Plotting a Sound of Music-style escape after being snared by Austria’s lockdown

This joyful holiday in the mountains, marvelling at cute chalets, and enjoying the smell of autumn firesmoke, is ruined on day one. I want to scream, but…

New documents back theory that Covid outbreak started in Wuhan lab

Wuhan scientists were studying viral samples of high-risk bat species living in Laos – the country where the closest relative to Covid-19 has been found, leaked documents…

More than half of young people don’t think they need office-working to learn on the job

More than half of young people think they do not need to be in an office full-time to learn what they need for work, a survey has…

How the pandemic changed our children’s lives – for better or for worse

‘Before she was ill, Mum cycled 13 miles a day on her commute. Now she uses a wheelchair’ One morning, in mid-March 2020, we’d put our school…

Confusing rules, testing and boosters – your holiday questions answered

As countries open up to travel again, the rules around entry become more complex – some travellers report being turned away by airlines for not having the…

The six unanswered questions around boosters and travel

When you received a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, you may have let out a sigh of relief. If nothing else, you would be able to…

How strict vaccine rules are threatening to ruin family holidays

Single or double jab entry rules. Tests to enter restaurants. NHS Covid passes that can’t be used by under-16s… the holiday rule quicksand could swiftly sink a…