NEWS: More countries off UK list, EU new traffic light system for countries & Win one million Hilton points

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Win one million Hilton points

If you have been looking for an excuse to trawl through your holiday photos as a reminder of happier travel times, thus could be for you! Hilton Honors have launched a new social media giveaway to award one lucky traveller one million Hilton Honors Bonus Points for sharing their favourite Hilton memory.

How To Enter

  1. Follow Hilton Honors on Twitter or Instagram and sign up for Hilton Honors (it’s free)
  2. Share a photo and description of your favourite travel memory (at a Hilton) by October 16 on Twitter or Instagram
  3. Include the hashtag #HiltonMemoriesGiveaway
  4. One winner will be selected at random on October 17 and awarded one million Hilton Honors Bonus Points.

What can you do with one million Hilton Honors Bonus Points? Here is some inspiration for a few ways to spend Hilton Honors Points: (note hotels have dynamic rates so you these represent the lower end of the hotels range).

Waldorf Astoria Maldives

  • 8 nights at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives
  • 10 nights at the Conrad Koh Samui
  • 10 nights at the Hilton Moorea in French Polynesia

Conrad Koh Samui

Visit this Hilton page for the full rules.


More countries off UK Travel Corridors list


Thursday’s announcement brought more countries off the list as the government stick to the 20 cases per 100,000 people yardstick. Initially, they said they would be looking for countries with rates equal to or less the UK’s rate of infection. It is interesting to note that the EU (below) proposes a less stringent measure. 

The countries that you will need to self-isolate from on return to the UK after 4am on Saturday are:

  • Denmark
  • Iceland
  • Curacao (Caribbean)
  • Slovakia

Iceland still has a very low number of cases, but with a population of around 360,000 even 40 cases, a day has pushed it into the red zone. 

Tomorrow I will look at where we can currently visit on the travel corridor list with no test or restrictions and where you can also visit if you are willing to do a test or two.


EU proposes new traffic light system for country’s borders

As many countries in Europe face rising COVID cases, travel restrictions are becoming more and more diverse across Europe. The EU had originally hoped to keep countries following similar border policies but as the COVID situation has diverged, the rules have become far more disparate. 

The EU are now proposing a similar traffic light system to the UK and many other countries to be adopted by the whole of Europe. This could be good news for those of us wishing to travel and we can only hope that the UK chose to participate as well.

Under the proposal, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control would produce a weekly map with every region or country coloured green, orange or red. This is very similar to what the UK does every Thursday. The fact that this could be done regionally would be extremely useful in assessing your risk when visiting a country. 

The outline plan would be for visitors from green countries to face no restrictions and those from amber to be recommended to have a COVID test at the most or have no restrictions. 

For the red zone, there would be restrictions, in the form of either quarantine or a test or a combination of the two. Countries would be free to determine what measures to take.

Here is how it would look currently thanks to Paul Charles (well worth following on Twitter to keep up to date with the current situation for UK travel corridors).


It is very interesting to note what the EU would regard as red compared to the UK. The UK works on 20 COVID cases per 100,000 over 7 days as the limit for where countries move into the red zone. There are other criteria such as the rate of growth, level of testing and geographical spread. Given that the UK is currently 47.3 per 100,000 with many areas well above that, it is quite ironic. 

The EU proposed a higher limit with no restrictions for people from areas with 50 or fewer COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people in 14 days, or where the percentage of positive tests is below 3%, unless the number of cases exceeds 150/100,000. Red zones denote regions or countries with over 150 cases per 100,000 or over 50 cases/100,000 if at least 3% of COVID-19 tests are positive. (UK is roughly less than 2% positive tests). 

There are also proposals to standardise the length of quarantine to 10 days rather than the 14 currently recommended.