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BRITISH AIRWAYS TRAVEL HEAT MAP

British Airways customers can now check the travel restrictions and entry requirements of any destination the airline flies to on a new interactive map on ba.com.

The new page is in partnership with global tech company Sherpa, who has developed an online tool that provides travellers with the latest travel rules for inbound and outbound destinations. This tool brings together the latest information for over 100 countries, providing thousands of sources, and using millions of data points to stay up to date. The map, that the airline plans to further integrate into ba.com, will also help customers understand what is needed for their return the UK.

Visitors to the page will be able to explore the globe to see what travel restrictions each country has in place before booking a trip, searching visually by traffic light colour or by typing in their choice of destination. There is also a tab which allows customers to indicate whether or not they are vaccinated, which will adjust the results.

Jack Smith, British Airways’ Head of Digital said, “We know that travel in this new Covid era can feel overwhelming for our customers, and our job is to make their lives as straightforward as possible. This new tool, which has been tried and is trusted by our joint business partner, American Airlines, will help people navigate the differing entry requirements, to allow for a smooth booking and travel experience.”


GIBEXIT

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar was at pains to praise UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab MP’s rejection of the European Union’s recently publicised position on Gibraltar.

It comes as the Foreign Secretary met his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Albare, for the first time.

Both tweeted positively after the meeting, although some of Snr Albares language was slightly ambiguous.

They committed to the New Year’s Eve Agreement and recognised the potential treaty between the UK and the EU in relation to Gibraltar would be beneficial. HMGoG stressed this would be not just for the Campo de Gibraltar, but also for Gibraltar itself.

They went on to comment that the Government and people of Gibraltar would never accept a treaty that in any way resembled the mandate issued by the EU.

The Chief Minister said, “The Government of Gibraltar and the United Kingdom are entirely at one on this issue. I am very grateful to the Foreign Secretary for having set out so clearly the position of the UK, which is wholly aligned with us.

“No one should believe that we would ever be prepared to accept the things set out in the EU’s draft negotiating mandate. We will not even be prepared to accept things that are close to that.

“Gibraltar remains fully committed to the New Year’s Eve Agreement. The United Kingdom has already said they remain fully committed also.

“But the notion that Spanish law enforcement officers might be present on our land, at our port or airport, is one that the Government or the people of Gibraltar will not accept. That is not something that can be finessed or negotiated. That is a non-negotiable red line.”


BUDGET NEWS

The headline announcement in this year’s budget for businesses was the news that the headline rate of corporation tax is to increase from 10% to 12.5%. This matches the rate currently in use in the Republic of Ireland, and is also closer to the minimum of 15% agreed by the world’s leading economies.

However, there were a number of capital allowances that were also introduced. The current limit of £30,000 for plant and machinery is to be raised to £60,000 or 50% of the expenditure incurred. Computer equipment also gets a bit of a leg up – up from the current limit of £50,000 to £100,000.

Also revealed was an increase in deductions for improvements to the EPC rating of a property and allowances for solar heating installations.

In addition, marketing has attracted an additional allowance for costs, where the Income Tax office has agreed validity of such costs. This amounts to 50%.

(This means there’s never been a better time to get in touch with Insight regarding marketing your business or service in the Rock’s longest running magazine:
 hello@gibraltarinsight.com or 222 51308).

Further information and how it could affect your own tax position is best sought from a tax professional.

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