UK travel: The beautiful island with more birds than people | Travel News | Travel

Off the coast of north Devon, in the Bristol Channel, an outcrop of granite is getting a lot of attention. With nothing between it and America, this island stuck in time is a history and nature lovers’ paradise.

But first, would-be holidaymakers need to make their ways to the island.

Lundy is only 12 miles off the coast, but it’s not the most accessible of places to reach.

From March to the end of October, visitors can catch the ferry.

Ferry and supply ship MS Oldenburg takes passengers from Ilfracombe and Bideford, with the journey taking less than two hours.

To visit the island at any other times, visitors will have to get a helicopter ride, at a cost of £137 per adult for a period return.

But this is the cost of time travel.


The three miles long and half a mile wide outcrop is known for having kept modernity at bay.

The island general manager, Derek Green, told the BBC: “The beauty of Lundy is that it hasn’t changed for many, many years; it’s like stepping back to the 1950s.

“There are very few vehicles, no pollution, no noise, lots of wildlife. It’s a place that is untouched by the modern world.”

He continued: “My task is to keep Lundy as a world apart, and to try and keep the 21st Century from knocking on our door.”

Lundy has no overnight electricity, no phone service, no cars.

Lundy is famous for its puffin colony. In fact, the name Lundy means Puffin Island in Norse.

Birdwatching is a popular activity on the island, and so is diving, rock-climbing and fishing.

History-lovers will find plenty to discover and explore on Lundy.

The island has been inhabited for 3,000 years, and has been a base for Vikings, pirates, lighthouse keepers.

It’s also been passed from hand to hand in unusual ways: won in a card game, bought in cash…

With the oldest postal service still operating in the world and a 19th century church, Victorian quarry ruins and a castle, Lundy has plenty of history to uncover.

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Travel UK news live: Covid lateral flow tests go on sale ahead of PCR switch, with prices from £1

Lateral flow tests, also known as antigen tests, have become available to pre-order ahead of the switch from PCR tests for vaccinated travellers, permitted from Sunday.

The change was announced by the UK government on 14 October, and planned to happen in time for families returning from half-term holidays in the next two weeks.

The government website lists suppliers with prices starting as low as £1. But research by The Independent shows the cheapest tests are accompanied by onerous terms and conditions. In all cases when clicking through, travellers are presented initially with much more expensive options.

In other news, Australia has confirmed several steps towards its reopening to international travel – most significantly, the state of Victoria has announced that it will scrap quarantine for vaccinated international arrivals from 1 November.

The country is planning to open only to Singapore in a “travel bubble” arrangement initially, then to further countries in Asia and Australasia before Christmas.

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Simon Calder answers this week’s biggest travel questions

At this stage of October, the travel correspondent of The Independent is usually to be found in his private compartment travelling east over the central section of the Trans-Siberian railway in eastern Russia, en route to Ulan Bator ahead of the nationwide celebrations on 25 October of Mongolian Republic Day.

This year he has instead chosen to venture no further east than Ulan-Ude – where the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian lines diverge – and this afternoon found time to respond to readers’ urgent travel questions for an hour.

Whether you have concerns about proof of vaccination, the likelihood of more travel bans or individual destination rules, Simon Calder is likely to have the answers.

Lucy Thackray22 October 2021 16:24


Australia announces steps towards reopening to international travel

Australia has announced further steps towards reopening to international travel.

The state of Victoria – home to the city of Melbourne and the Yarra Valley wine region – announced today that it will scrap quarantine for fully vaccinated arrivals from 1 November.

The Australian prime minister Scott Morrison also announced that the country is planning a “travel bubble” air corridor with vaccinated Singaporeans, with plans coming into effect as soon as next week.

Mr Morrison said that the Australian government was in the “final stages of concluding an arrangement with the Singapore government” ahead of the plans.

“We anticipate that being able to be achieved within the next week or so, as we would open up to more visa class holders coming out of Singapore, we will see that occur,” he added.

Lucy Thackray22 October 2021 15:00


It’s opening up – but is the world ready for us?

As some of the UK’s great travel firms have told me during the Covid crisis, it is tougher to take apart a holiday than to put one together. In particular, companies offering multinational itineraries face multiple problems.

“The world isn’t ready for us yet,” says Charlie Hopkinson of Dragoman – an overland adventure firm with an excellent reputation. Attempting to take a truckload of people from a dozen nations, each with a different vaccination status, across a series of international frontiers is fraught with hazard.

He has shrewdly decided to put the firm into temporary hibernation. In the coming months Charlie’s team will set about rescuing the overland trucks scattered far and wide across South America, Africa and Asia. As international barriers started to clatter shut, these specialist vehicles had to be abandoned while tour leaders hurried their passengers to the nearest airport.

Lucy Thackray22 October 2021 14:18


Scotland’s bike-friendly trains are ripe for adventure

As UK travel remains admin-free and appealing, and many looker for greener modes of transport, Scotland’s new bike-friendly trains are inspiring adventurous travel closer to home, writes Robin McKelvie.

Mercifully, the nightmares of train travel with a bike are in the past on the Glasgow-Oban line, thanks to the green shoots of Britain’s first dedicated cycle carriages; a new sustainable artery into Argyll’s mountain and ocean-sparkled network of cycling trails.

Real thought – and design (the striking exterior is the work of Scottish artist Peter McDermott) – has gone into the ‘Highland Explorer’ carriages, with a wide passageway either side of racks holding up to 20 cycles. There are 24 seats too – for a small supplement you get a trail map table, snack box and hot drink, though you avoid the supplement sitting elsewhere.

Lucy Thackray22 October 2021 13:40


How does the new lateral flow tests system work?

From Sunday, vaccinated travellers into the UK (and some unvaccinated under 18s) can book a cheaper lateral flow or antigen test around travel, rather than the more costly PCRs.

Privately manufactured lateral flow test kits are now available to book, with the UK government publishing an approved list on the website.

In terms of travel out of the UK, several countries also allow an antigen test result as part of their entry requirements, so the newly-vetted private lateral flow tests could also be used for this function.

However, this varies from destination to destination, so please check individual travel advice for each trip to ensure an antigen test is appropriate.

But how does the new travel testing system work, and what does this mean for unvaccinated passengers?

Here’s everything we know:

Lucy Thackray22 October 2021 12:45


Ask Simon Calder your travel questions before 1pm

Concerned about what Morocco’s ban on the UK means for other holiday destinations? Want a steer on what may chance in next week’s travel update?

The Independent’s travel expert Simon Calder will be on hand to answer your travel questions at 1pm today.

Whether it’s advice on trips booked or in the works for this autumn and winter, long-range predictions for the travel industry or something entirely different, Simon will do his best to answer as many of you queries as he can between 1 and 2pm.

Submit your questions in the comments section of this article:

Lucy Thackray22 October 2021 12:20


Antigen tests from as little as £1 – but what’s the catch?

Travellers returning to England from abroad are now able to book cheaper lateral flow tests rather than PCRs. For fully vaccinated international arrivals from Sunday 24 October, the cost of the so-called “day two” test for travellers is set to fall.

Announcing the change, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said: “Taking away expensive mandatory PCR testing will boost the travel industry and is a major step forward in normalising international travel and encouraging people to book holidays with confidence.”

The government website lists suppliers with prices starting as low as £1. But research by The Independent shows the cheapest tests are accompanied by onerous terms and conditions. In all cases when clicking through, travellers are presented initially with much more expensive options.

Simon Calder22 October 2021 12:01


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‘An explosion of red and gold’: readers’ favourite spots for UK autumn colour | United Kingdom holidays

Winning tip: The Falls of Clyde, South Lanarkshire

Follow in the footsteps of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Turner to enjoy the power and romanticism of the Falls of Clyde. Spectacular at any time of year, this walk reaches its golden, amber and feuille morte peak in the autumn months, especially after heavy rain. About 30 miles south-east of Glasgow, it’s home to badgers, otters and kingfishers on a trail that begins at the Unesco world heritage site of New Lanark (drop in to the visitor centre to find out all about the millowner and philanthropist Robert Owen) and leads to the 26-metre waterfall Cora Linn. You can have coffee at the Mill Café or stay at the New Lanark Hotel. A sepia and russet dream.

Wistman’s Wood, Dartmoor

Wistmans Wood
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Wistman’s Wood is interesting at any time of year – but especially so around dusk on Halloween, when it’s not hard to imagine the Hound of the Baskervilles might be on the loose. It is an ancient forest where time seems to have stood still. Walk around, over and under lichen-covered gnarled tree boughs and huge granite rocks at the 170-hectare national nature reserve, which also has fantastic upland heath and moorland birds –


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Kinver Edge, Worcestershire/Staffordshire

Autumn sunset views from Kinver Edge
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Kinver Edge, a National Trust site in south Staffordshire that extends over the Worcestershire border, is particularly stunning in the autumn. A remnant of the Mercian forest, this sandstone ridge is host to trees of all shapes and sizes, with fiery autumn colours in abundance. Follow the trails up to the top and you can see countryside for miles around. If you fancy a different walk, venture into the valley near Nanny’s Rock and see the old rock houses hidden in the trees – home to troglodytes until the 1960s.
Victoria Stevens

Coffin trails, Lake District

Grasmere Lake.
Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

For stunning autumn colours, a ghoulish twist and a dash of poetry, walk the coffin trail from Grasmere to Ambleside in Wordsworth’s Lake District. The walk is just under four miles and includes beautiful native woodland, lakes and two of the poet’s homes. Cumbria’s coffin trails were named for the corpses which had to be carried to the nearest consecrated ground. Large flat stones beside the path are where bearers stopped to take a break. En route, the Old School Room tea shop offers delicious homemade food and the bath buns at the Apple Pie cafe and takeaway would inspire anyone to poetry!
Zoe Gilbert

Hackfall Woods, Yorkshire Dales

Photograph: Bridget Mellor

Hackfall Woods in Nidderdale is a joy to explore. It was designed as a “wild romantic garden”, by 18th-century landowner and politician William Aislabie. A series of paths traverse the 47-hectare woods, with lovely ruined follies and grottos along the way. The colours in autumn are mesmerising … the view from the Ruin (the banqueting house) terrace feels like you are on top of a rainforest looking over a canopy of rich colours. Springs, cascades and an artificial waterfall operated by a pump make this a magical place.
Bridget Mellor

The Hermitage, Perthshire

River through autumn colours at the Hermitage near Dunkeld
Photograph: Sara Winter/Alamy

For the most beautiful autumn colours, enjoy a wonderful woodland walk around the Hermitage, Dunkeld. When the leaves turn, this magical area of Perthshire forestry is transformed into a wonderland where you will experience a breathtaking explosion of red and gold among the evergreen. The Douglas firs here are among the tallest trees in the UK. Keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels and watch salmon leaping up the dam as you enjoy the vibrant autumn scenery. Parking is £3. The picturesque village of Dunkeld, a five-minute drive away, is the perfect place to enjoy a post-walk coffee and cake.
Maggie Coll

Friston Forest, South Downs national park

The Cuckmere valley.
The Cuckmere valley. Photograph: Sam Moore/National Trust/PA

Close to the coast at Newhaven in East Sussex, the River Cuckmere’s wide meanders and water meadows are a fine sight. Looking up, you’ll see the faded green, yellow and orange leaves of Friston Forest’s beeches. This is a lovely place to walk at this time of year. The paths are covered in brown and gold leaves – particularly colourful in the dappled sunshine of a bright autumn day. With hills that aren’t too strenuous and Narnia-like avenues it is wonderful. Beautiful sea views can be enjoyed nearby on top of the Seven Sisters cliffs and at Beachy Head. A reward afterwards is a visit to the the Tiger Inn in East Dean, where the sticky toffee pudding is beyond question.
George Gilbert

Witton Woods, Norfolk

Bacton / Witton Wood
Photograph: Loop Images/Alamy

Witton Woods (also known as Bacton Woods to some) in north Norfolk has a great variety of trees – ancient sessile oak, ash, alder and chestnut and recent plantings of pine and wellingtonia – and patches of heather, broom and gorse, which make it lovely to visit in any season. It’s also great for a foraging session if you’re into spotting mushrooms in the autumn. There’s a bronze age burial mound and ancient pot-boiling site, too.,

Allen Banks, North Pennines

The river Allen at Staward Gorge
Photograph: Clearview/Alamy

Ten miles west of Hexham, in the North Pennines area of outstanding national beauty, is Allen Banks. From the car park the footpath follows the river to Planky Mill, a good spot for a picnic, and to one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in Northumberland. Bordered by oak, beech, and birch, the gorge is framed in autumn by reds and golds. Below the canopy, the River Allen, which flows into the South Tyne just to the north, sparkles in autumn sunlight and the berries of the Scots fir gleam. Although it’s not a difficult walk, stout shoes are advisable. Allen Banks is a National Trust property: it’s free to walk there but there is a fee for parking unless you are an NT member.
Bernie Walker

Thorncombe Woods, Dorset

A grove of Beech trees Thorncombe wood.
Photograph: Andrew Wood/Alamy

There’s lovely autumn colour at Thorncombe Woods nature reserve next to Thomas Hardy’s cottage. The 26-hectare ancient woodland has an amazing range of mature trees, from majestic oaks to sweet chestnut, hazel and beech. The beech trees meld into a spectacular blaze of gold and copper in autumn. The woods, through which a well-preserved Roman road runs, eventually give way to Black Heath, which hosts Dartmoor ponies. There is a car park and also an independently run cafe.
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UK government invests £180m in SAF plants

As part of its Net Zero Strategy, the UK government has
announced it will provide £180 million in funding to support the development of
sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plants in the nation.

The government said its ambition is to enable the UK’s
aviation industry to utilise 10 per cent SAF by 2030, a milestone that is seen
as a key factor in decarbonising the sector. It follows £21 million in funding for SAF announced last year.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the funding would also
help to create “thousands of green jobs across the country”.

SAF is typically produced using waste and raw residue
materials such as used cooking oil and produces up to 80 per cent less
greenhouse gas emissions than traditional fossil fuels.

The announcement comes after Heathrow airport chief
executive John Holland-Kaye called on the government to implement progressive
on the use of SAF as well as policies that could help scale up its
production, which currently does not meet global aviation fuel demands.

Several international airlines have pledged to use SAF to
power at least 10 per cent of flights by 2030, including International Airlines
, Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines,
among others.

Heathrow and Gatwick have both made moves to integrate SAF
into their fuel supplies.

In addition to money for SAF development, the government
will inject an extra £350 million of its existing up to £1 billion commitment
to support the electrification of UK vehicles and their supply chains, as well
as £620 million for electric vehicle grants and infrastructure, particularly
local on-street residential charge points.

Prime minister Boris Johnson said: “The UK’s path to ending
our contribution to climate change will be paved with well-paid jobs, billions
in investment and thriving green industries – powering our green industrial
revolution across the country.”

Shapps added: “We published our Transport Decarbonisation
Plan in July, which was just the start – as we look ahead to the COP26 climate
change conference and beyond, we need to continue our efforts to deliver its
ambitious commitments. This will provide certainty to drivers and industry as
we create sustainable economic growth, boost job opportunities and clean up the
air in our towns and cities.”

The UK will host the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference
(COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November.

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PwC forecasts extent of 2022 UK hotel rate increases

Hotel occupancy rates in London could
reach 70 to 90 per cent by the end of 2022, with a stronger figure of 87 to 96
per cent occupancy predicted for the UK’s regions.

The figures form part of PwC’s UK Hotels
Forecast 2021-22, which projects average daily rates of £112.26 in London – an
increase of £27.78 on 2021 but still well down from £153.07 in 2019 – and a
moderate increase across the regions to £67.05.

Average occupancy for the year in a
‘moderate rebound scenario’ is expected to reach 56 per cent in London and 63
per cent in the regions, rising significantly towards the year’s end.

The report noted that London’s luxury
hotel market continues to struggle while the mid and budget range has fared

PwC’s forecast also stresses the
significance of business travel in hotels’ fortunes over the year ahead.

“The hotel sector recovery
has a long way to go,” said Sam Ward, UK hotels leader at PwC. “The speed of
recovery in the capital is likely to be dependent on international tourism and
the speed at which business travel returns as markets lift their own
restrictions on citizens travelling to the UK.

“Many businesses have
publicly stated their ambitions to cut business travel even as restrictions are
lifted. Hotels that previously focussed on the business market should think
about how to capture domestic tourism, looking at this as a real opportunity
and, as it returns, the international tourism market.”

The report says the hotel
industry faces a “perfect storm” of operational cost increases coinciding with
the increase in the rate of VAT in April.

“The ability for hoteliers to
endure these costs and preserve profitability will present a challenge in
markets where demand is weaker and more hotel rooms are available,” said Ward. “Recovery
will not be easy or straightforward, but with the right planning and strategy,
hotels across the UK can look forward to significantly better trading over the
next 12 months.” 

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The Bahamas takes on new UK trade representation | News

Finn Partners has been appointed by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA) to provide public relations services for the islands in the United Kingdom.

The UK office will also act as the hub agency, managing other European markets including Italy.

The contract includes creative campaign ideation; consumer and trade media relations and activations; coordinating broadcast visits; events; influencer support and crisis communications.

Central to the work for the BMOTIA will be to activate a comprehensive communications strategy and PR programme to increase brand Bahamas’ visibility in the UK market.

Finn Partners will promote the traditional culture, history, leisure activities, nature and cuisine of the islands of the Bahamas, to help generate overall growth of visitor arrivals to the destination, particularly in line with new UK flight routes.

Chester Cooper, the Bahamas minister of tourism, commented: “Our vision is to be a global industry leader in destination marketing and management, contributing sustainably to a thriving national economy.

“Finn Partners presented us with a holistic and creative approach to support our strategy and help us achieve our business goals to increase tourism from the UK.

“We are confident that we have chosen the right PR partner to promote our wonderful destination and look forward to a successful collaboration.”

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UK Replaces Post-Travel PCR Tests With Cheaper Rapid Testing Option

The British government just announced that fully vaccinated (and most under-18) travelers arriving in the United Kingdom (U.K.) from non-red-list countries will soon be able to use cheaper lateral flow tests (LFTs) instead of PCR tests to fulfill their post-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements.

The U.K.’s entry rules require that post-arrival tests be booked prior to boarding a U.K.-bound flight, and taken as soon as possible upon passengers’ arrival or a maximum of 48 hours after their entry into the country.


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The new LFT option will become available on October 24, and travelers can begin booking them from October 22, according to a government press release. The list of approved LFt testing private providers will also go live on on October 22, including convenient testing centers located in some airports.

Not only are LFTs cheaper, but they offer faster results. Visitors will need to take a photo of their lateral flow test and send it back to their chosen provider, along with their booking reference information, for verification of their results.

Because the change will come just in time for U.K. residents returning from their half-term breaks, it was noted that NHS ‘Test and Trace’ tests cannot be used to fulfill international travel requirements.

Any individuals who test positive will need to self-isolate and take a PCR test to confirm their results.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We want to make going abroad easier and cheaper, whether you’re traveling for work or visiting friends and family. Lateral flow tests will be available later this month for those returning from half-term holidays. This change to testing is only possible thanks to the incredible progress of our vaccination program, which means we can safely open up travel as we learn to live with the virus.”

Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, said: “Today’s rule changes will make testing on arrival simpler and cheaper for people across the country who are looking forward to well-earned breaks for this October half term. Taking away expensive mandatory PCR testing will boost the travel industry and is a major step forward in normalizing international travel and encouraging people to book holidays with confidence.”

Dr. Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of the U.K. Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said: “Testing, along with vaccines, remains one of our first lines of defense against COVID-19. Getting a test as early as possible on arrival, and isolation when necessary, can help control the spread of the virus and protect one another.”

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WTTC blames UK government for slow tourism recovery | News

The World Travel & Tourism Council has argued the year-on-year recovery in the UK may only claw back a third, while international travel spending continues to plummet.

Latest research from the body shows the recovery has been severely delayed by the lack of spending from international visitors.

WTTC blames strict travel restrictions, such as the destructive ‘traffic light’ system, for wreaking havoc on the sector.

Now, despite its highly successful vaccine rollout, the UK is set to record further losses in inbound visitor spending than the previous year, during which international travel ground to an almost complete standstill.

At the current rate of recovery, WTTC research shows the UK sector’s contribution to the nation’s economy could rise year on year by just under a third (32 per cent) in 2021, broadly in line with the global average of 31 per cent.

However, research conducted by the global tourism body goes on to show the increase has been primarily spurred on by the recent boom in domestic travel, with domestic spending growth set to experience a year-on-year rise of 49 per cent in 2021.

While this surge in domestic travel has provided a much-needed boost, it will not be enough to achieve a full economic recovery and save millions of jobs still under threat.

The research reveals that international spending is predicted to plunge by nearly half on 2020 figures – one of the worst years on record for the tourism sector – making the UK one of the worst performing countries in the world.

While other countries, such as China and the United States, are set to see a rise in inbound international travel spending this year, the UK lags behind and continues to record significant losses.

Severe travel restrictions, ever-changing policies, and barriers to travel to the UK, such as the current requirement for visitors to take an expensive day two PCR test after arriving in the country, have had their toll.

Julia Simpson, WTTC chief executive, said: “WTTC research shows that while the global tourism sector is beginning to recover, the UK continues to suffer big losses due to continuing travel restrictions that are tougher than the rest of Europe.

“Despite government announcements the UK still has a red list, costly PCR tests and a requirement for day two tests which simply put people off travel.

“Just as the world opens up the UK has more requirements for the double vaccinated than our neighbours.”

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NHS COVID app outage sees users miss flights after being unable to access COVID passes | UK News

The NHS app and website experienced an outage on Wednesday afternoon, with users unable to access their digital COVID vaccine passes, NHS Digital said.

One traveller told Sky News she had missed her flight to France as a result of the app crashing.

An NHS COVID Pass shows proof of a coronavirus vaccination as well as test results.

NHS Digital confirmed the service had been “temporarily unavailable between 11.45am and 3.15pm”.

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But some panicked NHS app users with imminent travel plans were forced to pay for new flights after being unable to board without proof of vaccination.

Caroline Frost, a journalist and broadcaster, told Sky News she had a choice of paying £420 for an express PCR test and a flight later this evening or £80 to fly out tomorrow.

She was due to fly from Heathrow to Nice on business but has now rebooked to leave on Thursday.

“I had all this previous documentation, but there was nothing they could do,” she said.

“There is proof I have been through this many times, I have ticked all the boxes, I don’t have COVID, I have a double vaccination test in my hand, I just don’t have the app.

Caroline Frost returned home after being unable to board her flight
Caroline Frost returned home after being unable to board her flight

“It was a jobsworth moment. She said I sympathise, but there is nothing I can do. She phoned her superior, there was nothing he could do. There we were.

“It was immensely frustrating, and it felt like such a waste of money. And of course, when the app is up and running I am the same person, I’m going to be in the same condition of vaccinated eligibility to travel.”

An NHS Digital spokesperson said: “The NHS COVID Pass service was temporarily unavailable between 11:45 and 15:15 today as a result of a technical issue with a global service provider that affected many different organisations.

“Following an urgent investigation, this has been fixed and COVID Passes are available both via the NHS App and online.”

People travelling abroad or attending events and venues in England may be asked for proof of their COVID-19 status, which is why instant access to the COVID Pass is important.

Callum Melia, from Liverpool, who is currently on holiday in Naples told Sky News he had been unable to visit a number of museums he had prebooked as he could not prove his vaccination status, costing him around £20.

He said: “We found upon arrival we couldn’t access the app and gain entry to the museums.

“This lasted from about 12 – 5.

“We could only gain access to the app once we arrived back at the Airbnb so there was not much else we could do in the meantime.”

Earlier this month, Scotland’s newly launched vaccine passport app was also hit by technical problems, meaning people are unable to register their details on it.

People attending large events and nightclubs in Scotland now need to show proof using the app that they have had two doses of vaccine before they are allowed in, but just hours after the app’s launch, social media users said they were unable to register on it.

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PM refuses to rule out vaccine passports

Last month, Boris Johnson said the government wants to avoid the introduction of COVID vaccine passports in England “if we possibly can”, but added they would be an option to be kept “in reserve”.

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