easyJET AND BOOTS TESTING PARTNERSHIP
Anchor airline in Gibraltar easyJet has partnered with British high street chemist Boots to make it easier for people to book their pre and post-travel COVID-19 tests for their flights this summer. The new arrangement will enable customers to find information and book or order the necessary COVID-19 travel testing services required for their trip on the Boots COVID-19 testing hub, via easyJet.com while planning their trip.
Following the restart of international leisure travel in the UK, easyJet customers will be able to book all the required tests needed both before and after their holiday, through Boots. The service will be going live on easyJet.com in the coming days.
Boots offer a Day 2 & 8 Post-Travel COVID-19 Testing Service for international arrivals into the UK and is also accredited as a test provider for the UK Government’s Test to Release scheme, offering next day results for those wishing to reduce their home quarantine by taking a voluntary test on the fifth full day after arriving in England from a country on the ‘amber’ list.
Contingency for no agreement continues
The UK-Gibraltar Readiness NNO Board has met in Gibraltar for the first time. The role of the Board is to coordinate preparations between the UK and Gibraltar Governments in the event of a Non Negotiated Outcome.
The UK Minister for the European Neighbourhood and the Americas, Wendy Morton MP, opened the hybrid meeting which was chaired jointly with UK by the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia.
A team of officials from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, who were here on a familiarisation visit, participated together with officials from other UK departments who joined the meeting digitally.
On the Gibraltar side, the Board included the Civil Contingencies Coordinator, the CEO of the Department of the Environment, the Parliamentary Counsel, the Director of Gibraltar House in Brussels, the Commissioner of Police, the Collector of Customs, the CEO of the Borders and Coastguards Agency , the Captain of the Port as well as the Principal Secretary and PA of the Office of the Deputy Chief Minister.
The Deputy Chief Minister stressed that it was sensible and prudent, as had happened since 2016, to make plans for no agreement, even though the Government remained fully committed to an agreement on the future relationship of Gibraltar with the European Union.
UK Community renewal fund
As part of Gibraltar’s departure from the EU, the UK Government has set up a transitional fund to aid the move away from Structural Funds previously provided by Brussels.
An information seminar to promote this new UK Community Renewal Fund in Gibraltar was held by the Gibraltar Expansion and Development Secretariat. The event was hosted by the Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses at their base in Irish Town.
GFSB members were invited to make enquiries about the Fund and avail themselves of the Funds Officers present.
The bidding round for applications closes at midday on Friday 9 July 2021.
More information and application forms can be found on the www.geds.gi or by calling 20073255.