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Recent articles by Simon:

Would it be wise to book a spring trip to Turkey now?

Simon Calder answers your questions on booking future holidays, buying chocolate and getting refunds on first-class seats → Read More

Travel corridors axed completely in latest quarantine U-turn

The main effect will be on British travellers on long-stay holidays in the Caribbean → Read More

Flight ban bites with last departures between the UK and Portugal ‘until further notice’

Travel restrictions also apply to Cape Verde, Panama and the entire South American continent → Read More

Covid: infections brought from abroad lower than one in 1,000 in December, says Grant Shapps

Transport secretary’s figures indicate only 3% of arriving travellers have been contacted by Public Health England → Read More

UK’s ‘travel corridor’ shrinks further as Qatar and several Caribbean islands removed

Travellers from Doha may beat the 4am Saturday deadline on flights to the UK → Read More

Should you book a post-pandemic holiday?

The Man Who Pays His Way: The five questions travellers must ask themselves before they plan their escape → Read More

UK bans travellers from South America and Portugal: the key questions

Residents of the UK and Ireland will be able to travel home → Read More

Covid: ‘Test before travel’ plan in disarray as start date is postponed

The first travellers to be affected were due to leave Singapore at 3.45pm GMT on Thursday, with no clarity on what test they would need → Read More

British Airways class action suit on data breach: the key facts on the compensation case

The 2018 cyber attack was not spotted for two months, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office → Read More

Cruise: Tui cancels Marella sailings to April as re-start uncertainty continues

Many other cruise lines are revising their 2021 plans → Read More

New Indian airline Flybig may just be the next small idea

Plane Talk: This is not necessarily the worst time ever to start a new carrier → Read More

No holidays until late March, says Jet2

Airline association laments governments ‘aiming for a zero-Covid world’ → Read More

Covid: Race on for British travellers to get tests before returning to UK

Holidaymakers in Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia have been given an extra six days’ leeway ‘due to lack of testing infrastructure’ → Read More

Covid: Britons arriving from UAE must self-isolate after travel corridor removed

Arrivals from Dubai to Scotland since 3 January must quarantine retrospectively → Read More

‘Global Health Insurance Card’ launched

The government has confirmed the ‘Ghic’ will cover fewer countries than the pre-Brexit European version → Read More

AA president issues manifesto for less driving when normality returns

Exclusive: 'Less commuting, more walking and cycling, and think electric,’ says Edmund King → Read More

Heathrow boss says ‘aviation industry is fighting for survival’ as numbers slump

One runway and two terminals at Heathrow have been closed to save cash → Read More

Indonesia plane crash: Divers find Boeing 737 wreckage with dozens presumed dead

Rescuers locate Sriwijaya Air flight’s ‘black boxes’, as suspected body parts and pieces of fuselage also pulled from water → Read More

Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182: Boeing 737 loses contact in Indonesia

The aircraft is a ‘classic’ 737 — two generations older than the Boeing 737 Max → Read More

Test-before-travel plan prompts anger from industry

‘It is an addition to, rather than instead of, the need to quarantine,’ said the transport secretary, Grant Shapps → Read More