ask: Can I go on a Caribbean cruise if I’m not vaccinated against Covid?
A: It all depends. Sorry if this doesn’t help, but the rules vary by cruise line and destination along the way. P&O Cruises “All guests aged 18 and over are required to be fully vaccinated,” said . This means at least two weeks before travel, and if the first course is more than 270 days before the last day of the cruise, they must be at least one week before departure There are boosters.
However, P&O’s sister company Carnival promises: “Vaccinations and testing are no longer required on most cruise ships. Unvaccinated guests are free to disembark and enjoy their time ashore. However, certain destinations have imposed certain restrictions and we cannot guarantee that they will not be More will be added.”
On Carnival voyages to destinations with travel restrictions, you will be allowed to board – but you must remain on board at the port of call in accordance with mandatory vaccination rules. Currently in the Caribbean you need to be vaccinated to disembark in Grand Turk (part of the Turks and Caicos Islands, north of Hispaniola) and the port of Cartagena in Colombia – which would be a very A major loss, as this is the loveliest Spanish city in the Americas.
Royal Caribbean Says that all people 12 or older on cruise ships departing from the U.S. and the Caribbean with stops in Colombia, Haiti, or Honduras need to be tested.
Meanwhile, Norwegian Cruise Line said: “As government regulations evolve, our health and safety protocols will evolve as needed to ensure compliance. This may mean different protocols per ship depending on local requirements. “
at last, Fred Olson There are some strict rules: “All guests 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated to join our ship. All guests are required to bring proof of a negative test result within 24 hours of cruise departure in order to check in show when.
“If you have been in contact with anyone who has contracted Covid-19 in the 7 days prior to sailing, we are concerned that you will not be able to sail with us.”
Given the scope of the policy and the ongoing uncertainty, I would not recommend that anyone classified as unvaccinated book a cruise – especially one involving multiple different countries, as is often the case with Caribbean sailings.
ask: We flew from Dublin to Orlando. We took United and changed to another United flight in Washington. We had to pay for checked luggage in Dublin at check-in. Is there a way to have our bags go directly through Orlando without having to be collected and rechecked in Washington?
A: As someone who only carries hand luggage, I’m not so sure – but I believe the situation is as follows. Usually upon arrival in the US, you have to pick up all your luggage and drag them through customs, then recheck them on the connecting flight.
But Ireland is different. I like to travel to the US via Dublin because you go through Customs and Border Protection at the first point of entry. “You just pick up your bags at the airport where you arrive in the U.S. and go on with your day,” says Aer Lingus.
However, I believe that checked luggage is not possible. With hand luggage, it’s not a problem: once you arrive in Washington, you are considered a domestic arrival and can go directly to your connecting flight. But the Aer Lingus limit is a minimum of 7kg.
ask: Our flight home from Seattle was cancelled after sitting on the tarmac for six hours. We were told the earliest flight they could offer was four days later. I needed to go home for work, so we booked an Aer Lingus flight ourselves via Dublin. Cost: £2,800! I have lodged a claim with the airline for Aer Lingus charges. I haven’t heard any decision yet. Reading on forums etc I don’t think I’ll get my £2,800 back. Do you have any suggestions?
A: Many airlines appear to be in no rush to reimburse tens of thousands of out-of-pocket passengers at all. The airlines were told at the start of the peak summer season what they had to do when flights were cancelled, especially to find alternatives as soon as possible. But they flouted CAA regulations with impunity.
I wrote to former Transport Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan to ask what she would do. When she was sacked by new prime minister Rishi Sunak, she had yet to reply. I would ask her replacement Mark Harper, but I found no will to enforce consumer protections.
The only problem I can see in getting your £2,800 back is: if it’s a figure for the two of you, it looks very expensive and you may be faced with a request to explain why you have to pay so much. In this case, you should always try to provide a screen grab showing that there is no other option.
If you think you have a legal claim against any company, you can usually bring it to their attention by writing a letter before taking action, and then, if there is no response, visit Money Claim Online.
ask: Know what the turnaround time is for a current (renewing) passport?
A: At the risk of this meeting turning into a barrage of pointing out the inadequacies of the government and its agencies, it won’t be as bad as applicants are led to believe.
His Majesty’s Passport Office warned: “It may take up to 10 weeks to receive your passport.”
But it seems like an exercise in bottom covering. For the vast majority of direct renewals, with an online application, two weeks are more likely – many say they get their passports much faster than that.
ask: What’s new in technology solutions to the challenges posed by le Shuttle and x-channel car ferry passenger application immigration systems?
A: Sadly, no, but if your MPs support Brexit, then I suggest you ask them what solutions they have in mind when they vote on the EU Withdrawal Agreement.
The Brexit treaty makes the UK a “third country” with strict control over entry and exit. In Dover, border control is “side-by-side” with checks by French officials on British soil.
Tighter border checks that Britain helped enact while in EU membership will apply to British passport holders next summer.under Immigration system, every time a third-country national crosses the EU’s external borders, the system records the date and place of entry and exit. Fingerprints and facial biometrics will also be checked.
“We haven’t seen what the process is, we don’t know what the technology is,” Port Dover chief executive Doug Bannister told MPs last month.
The new transport secretary, Mark Harper, presumably knows the solution for ferries and the Eurotunnel. In 2019, he voted against a soft (-ish) Brexit proposed by then-Prime Minister Theresa May. It may have avoided the need for everyone to be photographed and fingerprinted on the hard borders the UK has since adhered to – something Mr Harper supports.
“The government’s main task is to ensure that our future relationship with the EU is the one that best serves the British people, our goals and our interests.”
He called Brexit “an opportunity for our country to spread its wings”.
ask: On Sunday, my daughter returned to university with a booked GWR ticket from London Paddington to Plymouth. Where would she stand if her train was cancelled? She has to come back to class on Monday, so she really needs to travel on Sunday.
A: As a reminder: RMT, the main rail union, has launched another strike in a battle with Network Rail and 14 train operators over pay, jobs and working conditions. Network Rail employees will be off work tomorrow (November 5), Monday (November 7) and Wednesday (November 9).
Train operators, including GWR, will stop working tomorrow and Wednesday.
The day after the strike, there was chaos on the morning trains – the morning rush hour usually disappeared until the signalman clocked in and the rolling stock was back where it was needed. However, the only GWR train I can see on Sunday morning from London Paddington to Plymouth leaves at 7.52am. If she has booked this and needs to get back in a hurry, she can take the Elizabeth line from Paddington to Reading earlier (7.18am) and take the GWR from there.
All subsequent journeys were unaffected – making it all the more bizarre that GWR was keen to stop passengers in the days following the strike. Train operators say: “Avoid travel and find other ways to complete your journey.” Other rail companies take a similar view.
A spokesman for Rail Transport Group told me: “No one in the industry wants to see passengers being thrown off trains, but as the RMT continues to call these disruptive strikes, it is the rail company’s responsibility to keep as many trains running as possible and to pay attention to the situation. The extent to which very limited services may be disrupted remains realistic so that rail can operate safely and our passengers can make informed decisions about their journeys.”
I hope and expect your daughter to have a smooth and easy trip – her train may be empty if people notice GWR.
ask: Our recent flight from Rhodes was delayed by 24 hours, and although BA put us in a hotel and paid for our meals, we didn’t receive any additional parking fees at Heathrow Terminal 5 other compensation. BA rejected our claim for compensation as they said the inbound aircraft had to make a forced landing due to “technical reasons” and we were led to understand that a bird strike jeopardised the safety of the aircraft.
Does this seem reasonable given the EU scheme we have signed up to regarding flight delays?
A: Sorry to hear it. British Airways Has performed its duty of care in accordance with the European Air Passenger Rights Rules. The BA’s responsibility is to pay compensation (£350 in this case) unless it can fully explain why it shouldn’t. So ask.
ask: Is there any update or progress on the Indian visa farce? Booked a trip for December and had my visa processed 150 miles from where I live later this month. Glad to think a solution isn’t far away!
A: Sadly, nothing has changed: British travellers are still barred from obtaining e-visas to facilitate entry into India and must attend an interview.more background here.
B Cleeve added: “If it’s of any use, attended VFS Birmingham last Wednesday. Absolutely chaotic, but got an email this morning saying my passport and visa are back for courier mailing/collection.”