Travel & transport from BBC stories
as at 11:35 18 May 2021. Holidaying Brits touch down in Portugal: 'It feels unreal'
[16 hours old]: Leisure travel from England, Scotland and Wales, to a select number of countries, is now allowed.. Covid: What's the roadmap for lifting lockdown?
[25 hours old]: Lockdown restrictions have eased in England, Scotland and Wales. Which countries are on the green list for travel?
[20 hours old]: Foreign holidays are possible from 17 May, but there are still rules in place.. India variant: Why was India not put on the red list sooner?
[17 hours old]: India was put on the travel ban list two weeks after Pakistan and Bangladesh.. Covid: Which areas are being mass tested for variants?
[95 hours old]: People who live, work or travel through two south London boroughs are being urged to take a Covid-19 test.. What is a Covid passport and what are the plans for the NHS app?
[145 hours old]: People travelling abroad from England will be able to use the NHS app to prove their Covid vaccination status.. 'Talk to me': A train driver asking men to open up
[153 hours old]: A tragedy inspired Scotland's only woman freight train driver to get men talking about mental health.. Ryanair: Signs of summer travel rebound
[27 hours old]: Europe's largest budget carrier says pent-up demand has sparked a surge in booking.. No alternative to vaccine passports, says Dubai airport boss
[59 hours old]: Dubai is the world's busiest airport and its boss says vaccine passports will get us flying again.. HS2 high-speed rail project begins underground tunnel
[131 hours old]: At 170m long, "Florence" is the largest ever tunnelling machine to be used on a UK rail project.. Can New Zealand's tourism industry make a sustainable return?
[131 hours old]: Tourist operators consider a more sustainable approach to their industry as travellers start to return.
and in other news ...
- Coronavirus: Ministers to step up vaccine take-up calls amid variant fears
[1 hours old]: Matt Hancock is urging anyone who is unsure about having a Covid jab to "look at the situation in Bolton".
- Climate change: Ban all gas boilers from 2025 to reach net-zero
[5 hours old]: A ban on new gas boilers from 2025 is one step to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, say energy experts.* Kiyan Prince to become virtual Fifa player
[0 hours old]: Former QPR youth player Kiyan Prince is added to Fifa 21 to mark the 15th anniversary of his death.
- Zoe Ball leaves Strictly: It Takes Two
[1 hours old]: The presenter has hosted BBC Two's Strictly Come Dancing spin-off since 2011.* Fred West: Police to excavate cafe toilet in missing girl search
[0 hours old]: Police searching for Mary Bastholm will examine six areas of a Gloucester cafe she worked at.* Over a million needed hospital care for obesity
[0 hours old]: The record number provides the clearest indication yet of the scale of the problem in 2020.* UK job vacancies highest for a year as lockdown eases
[0 hours old]: The jobs market is showing "early signs of recovery" as unemployment rate falls, official figures show.
- Just 20 firms behind more than half of single-use plastic waste - study
[5 hours old]: The study looked at approximately 1,000 factories that make the raw materials for single-use products.
- Four men bailed in anti-Semitism video investigation
[1 hours old]: Police arrested four men in connection with a video appearing to show anti-Semitic abuse shouted from a car.
- Long Covid pay decision for key workers could take a year
[10 hours old]: There is increasing concern about financial support if people can't return to work.
- Universities keeping lectures online into autumn term
[5 hours old]: A student petition calls it "ridiculous" as some UK universities keep lectures online for next term.
- Powerful portraits of girls on the cusp of adolescence
[11 hours old]: Carolyn Mendelsohn spent six years photographing dozens of girls aged between 10 and 12.
- 'Nervous, but excited' - US adolescents start getting Covid jab
[14 hours old]: The first children aged 12 to 15 have begun getting Covid vaccines after the US widened eligibility.
- Newspaper headlines: Fears over variant spread as millions reunited
[6 hours old]: Many papers report fears that the Indian variant could delay the planned end of lockdown in June.
- Russia spy chief suggests West behind SolarWinds cyber-attack
[11 hours old]: Sergei Naryshkin speaks to the BBC in a rare interview about 2020's SolarWinds cyber-attack in the US.
- Working from home: 'Why not work in the car?'
[11 hours old]: A support worker who relocated her office to her car during lockdown says she plans to stay put.
- 'Are you crying?' First mum-daughter hug in a year
[12 hours old]: Front-line NHS worker Viv Hudson hasn't hugged her daughter for over a year – until now.
- In pictures: Lockdown eases in parts of the UK
[12 hours old]: Images from the day, as coronavirus rules are eased in England, Scotland and Wales.
- Mental health and pregnancy: 'I couldn't hold my baby for more than a minute'
[11 hours old]: A mental health crisis during pregnancy 'broke my brain' and left Seaneen unable to hold baby Jack.
- India coronavirus: Tracing a family’s journey to save a life
[11 hours old]: A family's heartbreaking journey between two cities to find a bed for a gasping Covid-19 patient.
- Medical cannabis 'saved my life'
[11 hours old]: A student tells how medical cannabis means she is no longer living in pain.
- How US police training compares with the rest of the world
[10 hours old]: Amid calls to improve training in the US, we examine how it compares with other developed countries.
- Job Maseko: The South African WW2 hero who didn't get a Victoria Cross
[10 hours old]: Job Maseko blew up a German ship but his bravery was not properly recognised because he was black, campaigners say.
- UK foreign aid cut: Where does it go and what is it used for?
[10 hours old]: The UK's foreign aid spend will come down from 0.7% of national income to 0.5%.
- Should encryption be curbed to combat child abuse?
[11 hours old]: Cyber-security experts, tech firms and lawyers weigh in on the end-to-end encryption debate.
- Fury ordered to fight Wilder again, placing proposed August bout with Joshua in doubt
[2 hours old]: Tyson Fury is ordered to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time, casting doubt over a proposed August fight with Anthony Joshua.
- Harry Kane: Tottenham left reeling by reports England striker wants to leave the club
[1 hours old]: Tottenham are left reeling by reports Harry Kane wants to leave the London club but insist their focus is on finishing the season.
- 'I have to be cold' - Guardiola won't let sentiment cloud judgement on Aguero
[12 hours old]: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Sergio Aguero is not guaranteed a Champions League final farewell because his selection will be "cold".
- 'Returning fans were our 12th man' - sport reopens its doors to spectators
[11 hours old]: Bournemouth boss Jonathan Woodgate says returning fans were the "12th man" in their Championship semi-final first leg win over Brentford.
- ‘He can do things even Foden can't’ - who is on my Man City summer wishlist?
[3 hours old]: BBC pundit Micah Richards says there are three players he would sign to make Manchester City even better, and one of them is a former team-mate who can do things even Phil Foden can't.* Watch: Lebron James, Kevin Durant & Luka Doncic star in NBA plays of the season
[0 hours old]: Watch the best plays of the season from the NBA, including shots from LeBron James, Luka Doncic and a flashy Brooklyn Nets' play finished by Kevin Durant.* Covid: When will I get the vaccine?
[1 hours old]: People aged 38 and 39 in England are now being offered a Covid vaccine as the rollout continues.* UK farmers face lowering of tariffs on imports
[0 hours old]: The move could be part of securing a free trade deal with Australia and countries in Asia.
- Amazon in talks to buy MGM Studios for bn - reports
[3 hours old]: The deal would give the e-commerce giant's streaming service a vast library of content.
and in other older news ...
. 'Really moving' to perform first post-lockdown comedy show
[21 hours old]: Comedian Barry Ferns put on a show as soon as lockdown rules were eased at one minute past midnight.
. Lockdown easing: How to socialise without breaking the bank
[35 hours old]: If your bank balance is looking anything but healthy right now, this might help.
. 'My exhausting smear test battle'
[35 hours old]: Transgender men, such as Laurie, are not automatically contacted for potentially life-saving smear tests.
. Why is Huawei still in the UK?
[17 hours old]: Huawei defends its links with British universities, says it admires UK innovation
. Lockdown rules: What are the restrictions in your area?
[23 hours old]: Use our search tool to find out about coronavirus rules and restrictions where you live.
. Coronavirus: When can we stop wearing face masks or face coverings?
[19 hours old]: Rules are relaxing, but masks are still needed in some settings - here's where and why.
. What are the India, Brazil, South Africa and UK variants?
[40 hours old]: In some parts of the UK coronavirus cases are rising due to a variant from India that spreads more easily.
. Covid: What refund rights are there for holidays abroad?
[21 hours old]: Quarantine-free overseas holidays will be possible after 17 May, but what rights do you have if plans or rules change?
. Covid: How should I protect myself now?
[35 hours old]: What are the actions we can take to reduce our risk of catching the virus?
. Covid-19: Five ways to make hugging safer, from the experts
[105 hours old]: Millions of people will be able to hug loved ones again from Monday. But can you minimise the risk?
. Restaurants and pubs are reopening inside, but what are the rules?
[25 hours old]: People in England, Scotland and Wales will soon be able to drink inside a pub.
. UK holidays: When and where can I go.... and who with?
[90 hours old]: The rules on having a holiday in the UK have been relaxed - but restrictions remain.
. Indian variant: What's causing the spike in Bolton?
[106 hours old]: The town has seen a sharp spike in Covid cases - driven by the emergence of the Indian variant.
. Covid: Should I be working from home or going back to the office?
[306 hours old]: As lockdown restrictions ease gradually across the UK, what are the rules about returning to work?
. Covid vaccine: How many people in the UK have been vaccinated so far?
[22 hours old]: The logistics of vaccinating millions of people across the country, as more than 36 million people receive at least one dose.
. Covid inquiry: What is it and how will it work?
[139 hours old]: An independent public inquiry has been announced, but how will it work?
. Covid: How do I get a lateral flow or PCR test?
[456 hours old]: Everyone in England and Scotland is being encouraged to take rapid coronavirus tests regularly.
. Covid: What are the social distancing rules and the rule of six?
[146 hours old]: Guidance on hugging close friends and family is being relaxed in England and Scotland from 17 May.
. Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in your area?
[18 hours old]: Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.
. Why we are doing this
[35 hours old]: The experts behind our project explain why the BBC is looking at the impact of climate change on sport.
. A World Cup like no other?
[35 hours old]: Games lasting an hour and fans around the world watching in virtual reality? BBC Sport imagines what a 2050 World Cup in China might look like in the face of climate change.
. Quiz: How are sports battling climate change?
[35 hours old]: See how much you know about the environmental "good guys" of sport.
. A weather forecast from the future
[35 hours old]: What do conditions look like in 2050 for major sporting venues? BBC weather forecaster Simon King explains...
. Cricket beneath the dome
[35 hours old]: Is a bio-dome the saviour of summer cricket? BBC Sport imagines a new world of indoor cricket - and how players and fans might react.
. Uyghur imams targeted in China's Xinjiang crackdown
[131 hours old]: China has targeted Muslim religious leaders, according to a new report, charging many with extremism.
. Chinese dreams on Native American land: A tale of cannabis boom and bust
[227 hours old]: How the pandemic cannabis boom led to chaos on the Navajo Nation, pitting two minorities against each other.
. The 'smart and cheeky' Aboriginal boy teaching Australia a lesson
[250 hours old]: A film about an Aboriginal boy's experience of school shines a light on Australia's failure to give all children a fair start.
. Joe Ligon: America's 'longest juvenile lifer' on 68 years in prison
[225 hours old]: After waiting seven decades for freedom, Joe Ligon tells the BBC how he intends to spend the rest of his days.
. UK hit by Cadbury 99 Flake shortage
[17 hours old]: A surge in demand at ice cream van windows has led to a shortage of the crumbly chocolate treats.
. Bill Gates left Microsoft amid affair investigation
[18 hours old]: Microsoft has said that it investigated Mr Gates' attempt in 2000 "to initiate an intimate relationship".
. Lockdown easing fails to lure back shoppers
[16 hours old]: Despite UK hospitality venues trading more freely, fewer people have been visiting shops than last week.
. AT&T and Discovery to create new streaming giant
[21 hours old]: The deal will see Harry Potter-maker Warner Bros. and Discovery take on Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon.
. Covid-19: Thousands head overseas on holiday as rules ease
[18 hours old]: Holidaymakers from England, Scotland and Wales are now able to jet off for some early summer sun.
. Long working hours killing 745,000 people a year, study finds
[20 hours old]: The World Health Organization says the trend may worsen due to the coronavirus pandemic.
. Firms call for more help after 'haemorrhaging cash'
[27 hours old]: Despite lockdown easing, businesses say they need more support to manage the impact of the last year.
. Covid: A tenth of Britain's restaurants lost during pandemic
[59 hours old]: As bars, pubs and restaurants prepare to welcome customers back indoors, some will not reopen at all.
. Covid: Cinemas prepare for filmgoers' return
[35 hours old]: The boss of Odeon on how her cinemas are adapting with extra Covid safety measures in order to reopen.
. Santander banking services working again after day of technical problems
[61 hours old]: The bank says all of its services are now working as normal and promises "no one will be out of pocket".
. Last Debenhams stores close their doors
[85 hours old]: After 240 years of trading, Debenhams's remaining stores are welcoming customers for the last time.
. The app that lets you pay to control another person's life
[35 hours old]: NewNew aims to connect artists with their fans who can vote on aspects of their work and daily life.
. Debenhams: 'It's only fixtures and fittings, we'll still be friends'
[85 hours old]: Staff reminisce about the Mansfield branch of Debenhams, which closed this week, after five decades.
. Building's hard problem - making concrete green
[107 hours old]: Concrete accounts for 8% of carbon dioxide emissions, but some firms are hoping to cut that down.
. Jeff Bezos and the secretive world of superyachts
[106 hours old]: The world's richest man will reportedly set sail next month on one of the largest superyachts ever built.
. I love being a mogul: The Hollywood stars going into business
[131 hours old]: With the pandemic shutting down Hollywood over the past year, actors have been starting companies.
. Arthur Beale: Sailing goods business closes shop after 500 years
[136 hours old]: The Arthur Beale store, which sells specialist marine supplies, says the pandemic has forced its closure.
. CEO Secrets: 'Master every aspect of your business'
[155 hours old]: Windfarm CEO Sarah Merrick says being involved in all areas of her business has paid dividends.
. No sofa, bed, table - people who have to live without furniture
[155 hours old]: In the UK more than two million people experience furniture poverty yet it’s rarely spoken about.
. Mind-boggling magnets could unlock plentiful power
[179 hours old]: Powerful magnets are bringing abundant, pollution-free electricity a step closer.
. President Biden's claims on the US economy fact-checked
[163 hours old]: The president is hailing his economic progress since he came to office. We look at some of his claims.
. 'I was injured but the rescue boat found me in seconds'
[201 hours old]: How technology has helped emergency responders save lives during the pandemic.
. Taking an invention from idea to the marketplace
[275 hours old]: Lockdown spurred many people to invent new products, but how did they get to market?