As of 4am this morning, fully-vaccinated arrivals from the United States and the 27 EU countries were no longer required to quarantine, opening the door to leisure travel and long-awaited reunions.
Yet despite the emotional scenes at many airport terminals, reports of an “amber watchlist” for holiday destinations that could quickly turn some locations red have sparked a backlash.
Boris Johnson has pledged to create a “simple and user-friendly” system for overseas travel.
Read what he said, as Greg Dickinson sets out why it would write off holidays to Spain and Greece this summer.
Ross Clark outlines why the UK’s international travel policy is utterly illiberal – even with the latest exemptions.
Life after death threats: Collett’s road to Olympic glory
Great Britain’s eventing team won gold after producing a dominant display in the showjumping finale at Tokyo Equestrian Park. The victory for Oliver Townend, Tom McEwen and Laura Collett capped off a particularly astonishing rise to success for the latter of the trio, who received death threats after two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star died in a freak accident and she lost the sight in one eye after being left in a coma following a terrible fall. Elsewhere, Laurel Hubbard, the reluctant history-maker at the centre of sport’s transgender debate, failed in her bid for a controversial medal in the women’s weightlifting, as Team GB’s Emily Campbell became Britain’s first woman to win a medal in the sport. In cycling, the British men’s pursuit squad was handed a lifeline after an Australian rider’s handlebars fell apart, while the women set up a showdown with USA. Here is what happened. In women’s hockey, Great Britain won a tense penalty shoot-out.
PS: The parents of a Belarusian sprinter who has been granted asylum by Poland after refusing a forced expulsion from the Games have been told by Belarusian officials that their daughter has been recruited by foreign spies and that she must go back home. Read how the scandal developed.
Bungling goons: the strange kidnap of Frank Sinatra Jr
The hare-brained, bungled abduction of 19-year-old Frank Sinatra Jr – son of the great singer Frank, and younger brother of Nancy – was one of the most infamous kidnappings in American history. The full tale of this extraordinary crime is the subject of a new 10-part podcast called The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra, in which narrator John Stamos, star of the Disney+ sports comedy Big Shot, talks to the last surviving kidnapper, 81-year-old Barry Worthington Keenan. Martin Chilton reconstructs how the former real-estate agent, hearing divine voices, hired two men to commit the ‘lucrative’ crime – and how chaos ensued.
Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
Church desecrated | A Grade-II listed medieval church has been vandalised in a horrific attack just 10 days after reopening following restoration work. St Mary Magdalene Caldecote in Hertfordshire had been open for just over a week before vandals smashed windows, set off powder fire extinguishers and poured bleach on the altar and pews, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. See the damage.
Around the world: UK summons Iranian ambassador
Britain’s Middle East minister summoned the Iranian ambassador today as the UK drew up plans to retaliate over a drone strike that killed a British citizen on a tanker off the coast of Oman. James Cleverly told the Iranian ambassador, Mohsen Baharvand, that Iran must “immediately cease actions that risk international peace and security,” according to the Foreign Office. It came as UK investigators were dispatched to the Gulf to investigate the damaged Mercer Street vessel, which was struck by at least one drone in the Arabian Sea last week. Read on for details.
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