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Georgia will lift a ban on international flights, imposed last March as an anti-pandemic measure, in 10 days' time, authorities said on Friday.(Unsplash)

Georgia to lift ban on international flights on February 1

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 05:08 PM IST
Georgia will lift a ban on international flights, imposed last March as an anti-pandemic measure, in 10 days' time, authorities said on Friday.
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European Union leaders agreed that borders should remain open and assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during a video summit as the bloc's top disease control official said urgent action was needed to stave off a new wave of hospitalisations and deaths.(Yahoo)
European Union leaders agreed that borders should remain open and assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during a video summit as the bloc's top disease control official said urgent action was needed to stave off a new wave of hospitalisations and deaths.(Yahoo)

EU leaders agree to keep borders open, want to limit travels

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:26 PM IST
European Union leaders agreed that borders should remain open and assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during a video summit as the bloc's top disease control official said urgent action was needed to stave off a new wave of hospitalisations and deaths.
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Denmark halts all flights from UAE for five days(Unsplash)
Denmark halts all flights from UAE for five days(Unsplash)

Denmark bans flights from UAE for five days due to unreliable coronavirus tests

Reuters, Copenhagen
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:23 PM IST
  • On Friday, Denmark's Transport Ministry announced that they will be halting all flights from United Arab Emirates for five days.
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While the government has said there is no evidence that its "Go To" travel campaign spread the coronavirus, Suga suspended it in December to contain mounting Covid-19 cases. (Unsplash)
While the government has said there is no evidence that its "Go To" travel campaign spread the coronavirus, Suga suspended it in December to contain mounting Covid-19 cases. (Unsplash)

Japan tourism push linked to surge in Covid-19 infections

Reuters, Tokyo
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 03:06 PM IST
A domestic tourism campaign promoted by Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga may have contributed to a sharp increase in coronavirus infection cases in the country.
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To boost rural, religious and adventure tourism in Sikkim, the state government has decided to open the Ramam checkpost for entry of foreign tourists from March 1, an official said.(Yahoo)
To boost rural, religious and adventure tourism in Sikkim, the state government has decided to open the Ramam checkpost for entry of foreign tourists from March 1, an official said.(Yahoo)

Sikkim govt decides to open Ramam border checkpost for entry of foreigners

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 02:35 PM IST
To boost rural, religious and adventure tourism in Sikkim, the state government has decided to open the Ramam checkpost for entry of foreign tourists from March 1, an official said.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said before the meeting that European countries needed to take the new mutation found in Britain seriously to avoid a third wave.(Unsplash)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said before the meeting that European countries needed to take the new mutation found in Britain seriously to avoid a third wave.(Unsplash)

EU to tighten travel curbs for virus hot spots as third wave fears mount

Reuters, Brussels
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 09:30 AM IST
The European Commission proposed to EU leaders on Thursday identifying "dark red" coronavirus hot spots from which all but essential travel would be discouraged.
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France to make PCR tests compulsory for travellers from EU countries(Unsplash)
France to make PCR tests compulsory for travellers from EU countries(Unsplash)

You will now need a negative PCR test to enter France

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:22 AM IST
Emmanuel Macron said that travellers coming into France will now need a negative PCR test which cannot be more than 72 hours old.
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The travel industry and travellers, both expects 2021 to be better than 2020. (Photo: Deepak Sansta / HT)
The travel industry and travellers, both expects 2021 to be better than 2020. (Photo: Deepak Sansta / HT)

Wanderlust reignited: Republic Day weekend attract tourists

By Ruchika Garg, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 04:21 PM IST
According to a leading travelling company, there has been a 30% increase in bookings for the upcoming Republic Day weekend.
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Dubai has suspended non-essential surgery for a month and live entertainment in hotels and restaurants until further notice as coronavirus infections surge in the Middle East trade hub.(Unsplash)
Dubai has suspended non-essential surgery for a month and live entertainment in hotels and restaurants until further notice as coronavirus infections surge in the Middle East trade hub.(Unsplash)

Dubai cancels non-essential surgery, live entertainment as Covid-19 cases surge

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 03:50 PM IST
Dubai has suspended non-essential surgery for a month and live entertainment in hotels and restaurants until further notice as coronavirus infections surge in the Middle East trade hub.
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The resumption of tourism follows a pilot project that began December 26 in which 1,500 tourists from Ukraine visited Sri Lanka in such a travel bubble.(Unsplash)
The resumption of tourism follows a pilot project that began December 26 in which 1,500 tourists from Ukraine visited Sri Lanka in such a travel bubble.(Unsplash)

Sri Lanka reopens to tourists after 10 months

AP, Colombo, Sri Lanka
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 03:44 PM IST
Sri Lanka reopened to foreign tourists Thursday after a nearly 10-month pandemic closure that cut deeply into the Indian Ocean island nation's lucrative travel industry.
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Representational Image(Unsplash)

Private jets are handy in a pandemic

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 03:35 PM IST
The convenience and perceived health benefits of flying private are attracting converts. The companies that service the planes may be even bigger winners.
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Sri Lanka(Unsplash)
Sri Lanka(Unsplash)

Sri Lanka reopens to tourists 10 months after closure due to Covid-19 pandemic

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 03:17 PM IST
Full operations also resumed Thursday at the island's two international airports, accommodating the commercial flights.
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The members of the committee will also hold a meeting with the officials of the Department of Culture and Tourism and Archaeological Survey of India, along with representatives of the UT government, with focus on, 'promotion and preservation of archaeological sites and artefacts here.(Pixabay)
The members of the committee will also hold a meeting with the officials of the Department of Culture and Tourism and Archaeological Survey of India, along with representatives of the UT government, with focus on, 'promotion and preservation of archaeological sites and artefacts here.(Pixabay)

House panel arrives in Kashmir to assess road, travel and hospitality sectors

ANI, Srinagar (jammu And Kashmir) [india]
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 01:26 PM IST
The parliamentary standing committee on transport, tourism and culture arrived in Kashmir on Wednesday on a three-day visit to make an assessment of road, travel and hospitality sectors.
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Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Wednesday that his government also will ban flights from the U.K., South Africa and South America beginning Saturday for a month.(Yahoo)
Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Wednesday that his government also will ban flights from the U.K., South Africa and South America beginning Saturday for a month.(Yahoo)

Dutch propose curfew to rein in virus, will ban more flights

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 12:54 PM IST
The Dutch government wants to impose a curfew as part of beefed-up restrictions to rein in the spread of a new more contagious virus variant that already accounts for at least one in 10 Dutch infections.
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Authorities are asking people to stay home during the Lunar New Year holidays in February as part of the efforts to prevent another debilitating outbreak.(Unsplash)
Authorities are asking people to stay home during the Lunar New Year holidays in February as part of the efforts to prevent another debilitating outbreak.(Unsplash)

China to impose virus testing on Lunar New Year travellers as cases rise

Reuters, Shanghai/beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:01 AM IST
China plans to impose strict Covid testing requirements during the Lunar New Year holiday season, when tens of millions of people are expected to travel, as it battles the worst wave of new infections since March 2020.
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Alabama museum to restore full-sized mockup of space shuttle(AP)
Alabama museum to restore full-sized mockup of space shuttle(AP)

Space shuttle mockup in Alabama museum to get a multimillion dollar revamp

AP, Huntsville
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 09:48 AM IST
The US Space & Rocket Center in Alabama will be restoring the space shuttle mockup that has been standing outside the museum for over three decades. The restoration process will be a multimillion dollar project and will take up several years.
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Thailand targets tourism boost with marijuana meals, cosmetics(Pexels)
Thailand targets tourism boost with marijuana meals, cosmetics(Pexels)

Thailand targets tourism boost with marijuana meals, cosmetics

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:29 AM IST
The health and education ministries of Thailand, on Wednesday, announced that proper trainings will be given to people to make meals and cosmetics out of marijuana. The ministries are hoping to lure the foreign tourists with these products.
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The Seychelles government has opened the country for tourism for those who have taken both the doses of Covid-19 vaccine and have a negative report from a RT-PCR test done 72 hours prior to the journey, said an official statement on Wednesday.(Unsplash)
The Seychelles government has opened the country for tourism for those who have taken both the doses of Covid-19 vaccine and have a negative report from a RT-PCR test done 72 hours prior to the journey, said an official statement on Wednesday.(Unsplash)

Seychelles opens up for tourism for vaccinated travellers

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 05:46 PM IST
The Seychelles government has opened the country for tourism for those who have taken both the doses of Covid-19 vaccine and have a negative report from a RT-PCR test done 72 hours prior to the journey, said an official statement on Wednesday.
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The Dutch government is set to add the first nationwide curfew since World War II to its already broad lockdown on Wednesday in a bid to limit the spread of new coronavirus mutations in the Netherlands.(Reuters)
The Dutch government is set to add the first nationwide curfew since World War II to its already broad lockdown on Wednesday in a bid to limit the spread of new coronavirus mutations in the Netherlands.(Reuters)

Dutch government to introduce first curfew since World War II

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 05:05 PM IST
The Dutch government is set to add the first nationwide curfew since World War II to its already broad lockdown on Wednesday in a bid to limit the spread of new coronavirus mutations in the Netherlands, broadcaster RTL said.
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Singapore Airline sets up pre-departure Covid-19 tests to Revive Travel(Twitter/hellofinstra)
Singapore Airline sets up pre-departure Covid-19 tests to Revive Travel(Twitter/hellofinstra)

Singapore Airline sets up pre-departure Covid-19 tests to Revive Travel

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 10:28 AM IST
In order to revive travel demand destroyed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore Airlines has now started a trail of pre-departure coronavirus tests for people flying from Singapore as well as those travelling to the city-state from Jakarta and Medan in Indonesia
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National Mall lights up for Americans unable to attend Biden's inauguration(Twitter/kyle_teamjoe)
National Mall lights up for Americans unable to attend Biden's inauguration(Twitter/kyle_teamjoe)

National Mall lights up for Americans unable to attend Biden's inauguration

ANI
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 10:11 AM IST
A display of 'Field of Flags' (made up of 191,500 US flags) and 56 pillars of light (representing the 50 states and US territories) illuminate the National Mall in honour of Americans who can't attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20
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Snow fills Kashmir resort with tourists again(AP)
Snow fills Kashmir resort with tourists again(AP)

Tourists make way to the snow filled Kashmir resorts again

AP, Gulmarg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 08:22 AM IST
  • Gulmarg is once again filled with domestic tourists who are having a gala time skiing, sledging and trekking. That is not all, the resorts are sold out until February end.
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With its cavernous malls, frenetic construction and legions of foreign workers, Dubai was built on the promise of globalization, drawing largely from the aviation, hospitality and retail sectors — all hard hit by the virus.(Unsplash)
With its cavernous malls, frenetic construction and legions of foreign workers, Dubai was built on the promise of globalization, drawing largely from the aviation, hospitality and retail sectors — all hard hit by the virus.(Unsplash)

Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge

AP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:16 PM IST
Since becoming one of the world's first destinations to open up for tourism, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, has promoted itself as the ideal pandemic vacation spot.
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The travel pass will keep passengers in control of their data and facilitate sharing their test results with airlines and authorities for travel. (Pixabay)
The travel pass will keep passengers in control of their data and facilitate sharing their test results with airlines and authorities for travel. (Pixabay)

UAE’s Emirates and Etihad Airways to introduce Covid-19 travel pass

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:46 PM IST
Dubai’s Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways have partnered with the International Air Transport Association to introduce a travel pass for passengers who have been inoculated against Covid-19 or have tested negative.
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Due to the prevailing conditions in Europe, Disneyland Paris will not reopen on February 13 as initially planned.(Unsplash)
Due to the prevailing conditions in Europe, Disneyland Paris will not reopen on February 13 as initially planned.(Unsplash)

Disneyland Paris postpones re-opening to April 2 amid surge in Covid-19 cases

ANI, Paris [france]
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 01:04 PM IST
Amid the continuous surge in coronavirus cases in Europe, Disneyland Paris has announced its decision to postpone its re-opening from February 13 to April 2.
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In an executive order, Trump said he is removing the restrictions applicable to the European Union, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Brazil. (Pixabay)
In an executive order, Trump said he is removing the restrictions applicable to the European Union, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Brazil. (Pixabay)

Not the right time to lift restrictions on international travel: Jen Psaki

PTI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 12:11 PM IST
The incoming Biden Administration Monday opposed the move of the outgoing President Donald Trump to lift travel restrictions on Europe and Brazil arguing that this is not the right time to do so in the midst of worsening of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Even as Covid cases spike, Trump lifts travel restrictions on Europe and Brazil(Twitter/Complex/ATLairport)
Even as Covid cases spike, Trump lifts travel restrictions on Europe and Brazil(Twitter/Complex/ATLairport)

Even as Covid cases spike, Trump lifts travel restrictions on Europe and Brazil

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:32 AM IST
Despite US surpassing 24 million Covid-19 cases, Donald Trump has issued an executive order that will lift the travel restrictions on European Union, Britain, Ireland and Brazil but not China and Iran. This will be brought into effect a week after he leaves office
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Finland not yet going to open borders for tourists(Pexels)
Finland not yet going to open borders for tourists(Pexels)

Finland to not open borders for tourists any time soon, says Interior Ministry

ANI, Helsinki
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 08:00 PM IST
  • On Friday, the Finnish Ministry of the Interior announced that they will not open borders for tourists, in fact, they are ready to introduce new coronavirus-related restrictions on travel.
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Craving for a beach vacation? These 5 places should be on your must-visit list(Pexels)
Craving for a beach vacation? These 5 places should be on your must-visit list(Pexels)

Craving for a beach vacation? These 5 places should be on your must-visit list

By Nishtha Grover, Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 07:24 PM IST
  • A vacation on a beach can solve every problem, at least for the time being. Goa has become the celebrity-favourite vacation spot as after Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor ringing in their New Year, Mira Rajput and Shahid Kapoor are also taking a quick vacation there. Here are 5 places that should be on your must-visit list if you are craving for some beach time.
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Health authorities quarantined two hotels and closed ski schools in the posh Swiss resort of St Moritz on Monday to try to curb an outbreak of the highly infectious new coronavirus variant.(Unsplash)
Health authorities quarantined two hotels and closed ski schools in the posh Swiss resort of St Moritz on Monday to try to curb an outbreak of the highly infectious new coronavirus variant.(Unsplash)

A Swiss ski resort quarantines hotels, shuts schools to contain Covid variant

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:47 PM IST
Health authorities quarantined two hotels and closed ski schools in the posh Swiss resort of St Moritz on Monday to try to curb an outbreak of the highly infectious new coronavirus variant.
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