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Two chairs are placed next to a fire pit and wood is stacked under a Slow Cabin awaiting a visitor in Zandbergen, Belgium, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. These Slow Cabins, set up the Belgian countryside, are the new way to vacation in pandemic times: in complete solitude and in the middle of nowhere. The wooden cabins are fully sustainable, provided you don't stay in the shower too long and you can live without Wi-Fi. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) 8

Photos: Looking for solitude in pandemic times

PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2021 01:19 PM IST
Guy De Deyn and his partner Kim Devos enjoy a wood fire as they read a book together in a Slow Cabin in Elewijt, Belgium, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. (AP)
Guy De Deyn and his partner Kim Devos enjoy a wood fire as they read a book together in a Slow Cabin in Elewijt, Belgium, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. (AP)

The Slow Cabin: Looking for solitude in coronavirus pandemic times

AP |
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2021 01:20 PM IST
The Slow Cabin, a concept of Antwerp entrepreneur Xavier Leclair, offers short showers, no WiFi and even less: Little chance of catching the coronavirus in the fully sustainable tiny eco homes.
France to close schools, ban domestic travel as virus surges(Pexels)
France to close schools, ban domestic travel as virus surges(Pexels)

France halts all domestic travel, closes schools due to increase in Covid cases

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2021 07:24 AM IST
On Wednesday, the President of France Emmanuel Macron announced that there will be a month-long ban on domestic travel and schools will be closed for three weeks. All these measures are being taken due to the increase in coronavirus cases.
All airports have been asked to strengthen their surveillance against the spread of Covid-19 and impose penalties on passengers whenever necessary.(AP Photo)
All airports have been asked to strengthen their surveillance against the spread of Covid-19 and impose penalties on passengers whenever necessary.(AP Photo)

Are you taking a flight in April? Here are the new rules you should know

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2021 06:47 PM IST
If you are travelling to Bengaluru, a negative RT-PCR report will be mandatory, irrespective of whether you are coming from a Covid-19 hotspot state or not. This rule is not applicable to people travelling to the rest of Karnataka.
Maldives(Unsplash)
Maldives(Unsplash)

The Taste by Vir Sanghvi: Why I am not travelling abroad

PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2021 04:32 PM IST
  • In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi shares, "I fear being stuck in a strange country with Covid and recent stories from the Maldives are not reassuring."
Madhuri Dixit sets fans craving for exotic Maldives vacay with latest travel picture(Instagram/madhuridixitnene)
Madhuri Dixit sets fans craving for exotic Maldives vacay with latest travel picture(Instagram/madhuridixitnene)

Madhuri Dixit sets fans craving for exotic Maldives vacay with latest travel pic

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2021 02:44 PM IST
  • In printed top and pastel blue shorts, Madhuri Dixit Nene camouflages with the picture-perfect private villas extending to the alabaster white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters of Maldives as she gives fans a glimpse into Day 1 of her island vacation
Ireland to restart local travel, reopen schools, ease gatherings from April 12(Photo by Jaleel Akbash on Unsplash)
Ireland to restart local travel, reopen schools, ease gatherings from April 12(Photo by Jaleel Akbash on Unsplash)

Ireland to restart local travel, reopen schools, ease gatherings from April 12

AFP |
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2021 08:19 AM IST
  • Starting from April 12, Ireland will allow people to travel freely within their county. Two households will be permitted to meet outdoors and some paused construction work will restart while schools are expected to be fully opened by April 12
South Africa lifts Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings ahead of Easter(Twitter/MiniTrueArchive)
South Africa lifts Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings ahead of Easter(Twitter/MiniTrueArchive)

South Africa eases Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings ahead of Easter

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2021 08:02 AM IST
As many as 250 people can now attend indoor activities and 500 outdoors, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said in an address to the nation on Tuesday night. The raised limit will be reviewed in 15 days, allowing festivals such as Easter and Passover to come and go under eased restrictions.
A medic collects a swab sample from a traveller at a booth at the COVID-19 coronavirus rapid testing centre in Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, on January 19, 2021. (Representational)(AFP)
A medic collects a swab sample from a traveller at a booth at the COVID-19 coronavirus rapid testing centre in Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, on January 19, 2021. (Representational)(AFP)

New research backs rapid testing for safe, efficient restart of air travel: IATA

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 08:38 PM IST
IATA said the best antigen tests provide broadly comparable results to PCR tests in accurately identifying infected travellers.
Madrid, Spain(Unsplash)
Madrid, Spain(Unsplash)

Coronavirus: Spanish resorts languish while Madrid hosts Europe's parties

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 08:30 PM IST
  • With its policy of open bars and restaurants — indoors and outdoors — and by keeping museums and theaters running even when outbreaks have strained hospitals, Madrid has built a reputation as an oasis of fun in Europe’s desert of restrictions.
American Airlines see high surge in domestic, short-haul international travel(Photo by Miguel Ángel Sanz on Unsplash)
American Airlines see high surge in domestic, short-haul international travel(Photo by Miguel Ángel Sanz on Unsplash)

American Airlines see high surge in domestic, short-haul international travel

AP |
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2021 08:00 AM IST
  • Bank of America says that recovery in leisure travel is now 'in full swing' even as parts of Europe impose new Covid-19 restrictions and the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control tells people not to travel, American Airlines find flight bookings are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels
Domestic business travel back to 90% of pre-pandemic levels: Air New Zealand(Photo by Sébastien Goldberg on Unsplash)
Domestic business travel back to 90% of pre-pandemic levels: Air New Zealand(Photo by Sébastien Goldberg on Unsplash)

Domestic business travel back to 90% of pre-pandemic levels: Air New Zealand

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2021 07:45 AM IST
Initially hoping to return to 70% of pre-pandemic levels in 2022, Air New Zealand Ltd is 'blown away' by the new data which suggests that domestic business travel has returned to 90% of pre-pandemic levels courtesy more seats, more business-timed flights, more crew and reduced top fares
La Sagrada Família - Barcelona, Spain (Unsplash)
La Sagrada Família - Barcelona, Spain (Unsplash)

Coronavirus: Tourists are jangling Spanish nerves this Easter

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2021 05:33 PM IST
Spain has avoided a lockdown this year and kept bars and restaurants open. It’s a policy that’s about to face its biggest test.
Good intra-city transportation should boost tourism in Puducherry, say tourists(Photo by nullvoid on Unsplash)
Good intra-city transportation should boost tourism in Puducherry, say tourists(Photo by nullvoid on Unsplash)

Good intra-city transportation should boost tourism in Puducherry, say tourists

ANI |
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2021 11:08 AM IST
Courtesy its unique style of historical buildings, pristine beaches and landscape, Puducherry emerges as a favourite tourist destination in the southern part of India but availability of good local transport to explore the tourist spots can turn it into a tourism hub
Philippines sends these provinces in lockdown amid Easter holiday travel season(Photo by Mara Rivera on Unsplash)
Philippines sends these provinces in lockdown amid Easter holiday travel season(Photo by Mara Rivera on Unsplash)

Philippines sends these provinces in lockdown amid Easter holiday travel season

AP |
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2021 10:47 AM IST
  • To curb the alarming surge in coronavirus infections, Philippines places lockdown on these provinces and prohibits leisure trips and religious gatherings which forced the dominant Roman Catholic church to shift all its Holy Week and Easter activities online
Lighthouse tourism will add new dimensions to tourism sector(ANI and Unsplash)
Lighthouse tourism will add new dimensions to tourism sector(ANI and Unsplash)

Guruprasad from PM's Mann Ki Baat: Lighthouses will add new dimension to tourism

ANI |
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2021 07:39 AM IST
R Guruprasad, a resident of Chennai, who was also mentioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Mann Ki Baat on Sunday feels that the lighthouses are potential tourist attractions and that they can add a new dimension to the tourism sector in India.
Kashmir's 6-day Tulip Festival to celebrate Spring arrival, promote tourism(Twitter/DRASIF_HUSSAIN)
Kashmir's 6-day Tulip Festival to celebrate Spring arrival, promote tourism(Twitter/DRASIF_HUSSAIN)

Kashmir's 6-day Tulip Festival to celebrate Spring arrival, promote tourism

PTI |
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2021 07:31 PM IST
Tulip Festival to be inaugurated next month in Kashmir to familiarise visitors with the valley's rich culture and tradition during the six days of Spring celebrations while also boosting the tourism sector in the valley amid Covid-19
Europe's summer tourist season expects a boost amid EU's Covid-19 vaccine push(Photo by Vlad Sabila on Unsplash)
Europe's summer tourist season expects a boost amid EU's Covid-19 vaccine push(Photo by Vlad Sabila on Unsplash)

Europe's summer tourist season expects a boost amid EU's Covid-19 vaccine push

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2021 07:14 PM IST
European Union to deliver 420 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines by mid-July, enough to allow the bloc to reach collective immunity that can boost Europe's summer tourist season this year
Air India is the only airline in the country that accepts a wide variety of pets on board, both as carry-on and checked baggage.
Air India is the only airline in the country that accepts a wide variety of pets on board, both as carry-on and checked baggage.

Doggo, kitty or birds – all are welcome aboard on the flight of pet lovers’ fancy!

By Naina Arora
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2021 12:29 PM IST
Air India has carried over 4,000 pets on domestic flights since May 2020, when domestic flights resumed in India after the lockdown in 2020.
5,000 music fans have Covid tests before non-distanced concert in Barcelona(Unsplash)
5,000 music fans have Covid tests before non-distanced concert in Barcelona(Unsplash)

5,000 people attend concert with no social distancing, get Covid tests first

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2021 07:35 AM IST
Barcelona, on Saturday, organised a live music festival for 5,000 people with no social distancing required. The attendees however got a rapid Covid test before the entry and were asked to wear masks.
People line up outside a club to be screened for the coronavirus ahead of a music concert in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, March 27, 2021. Five thousand music lovers are set to attend a rock concert in Barcelona on Saturday after passing a same-day COVID-19 screening to test its effectiveness in preventing outbreaks of the virus at large cultural events. The show by Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian has the special permission of Spanish health authorities. While the rest of the country is limited to gatherings of no more than four people in closed spaces, the concertgoers will be able to mix freely while wearing face masks. (AP)
People line up outside a club to be screened for the coronavirus ahead of a music concert in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, March 27, 2021. Five thousand music lovers are set to attend a rock concert in Barcelona on Saturday after passing a same-day COVID-19 screening to test its effectiveness in preventing outbreaks of the virus at large cultural events. The show by Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian has the special permission of Spanish health authorities. While the rest of the country is limited to gatherings of no more than four people in closed spaces, the concertgoers will be able to mix freely while wearing face masks. (AP)

5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after COVID-19 screen

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2021 08:48 PM IST
5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after COVID-19 screen
US lawmakers ask Biden for smooth facility to make travel easier from Taiwan(Photo by Miguel Ángel Sanz on Unsplash)
US lawmakers ask Biden for smooth facility to make travel easier from Taiwan(Photo by Miguel Ángel Sanz on Unsplash)

US lawmakers ask Biden for smooth facility to make travel easier from Taiwan

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2021 02:54 PM IST
US lawmakers write a letter to Biden administration, stating that a pre-clearance facility at Taoyuan International Airport 'would improve the ease of travel between the United States and Taiwan and reinforce the importance of our relationship with Taiwan'
Britain faces biggest Covid-19 test to reopen economy this summer(Photo by Heidi Fin on Unsplash)
Britain faces biggest Covid-19 test to reopen economy this summer(Photo by Heidi Fin on Unsplash)

Britain faces biggest Covid-19 test to reopen economy this summer

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2021 02:41 PM IST
An official warned that if Britons were allowed to go overseas this summer, it would be 'madness' since Covid-19 deaths and hospitalisations are plateauing nationwide amid a potential shortage of coronavirus vaccine shots that are raising concerns of undermining the UK’s progress
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant(ANI)
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant(ANI)

No Shigmo festival in Goa this year as coronavirus cases surge

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2021 07:50 AM IST
On Friday, the Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant announced that the famous Shigmo festival parade will not be held this year due to the rise in Covid-19 cases.
Phuket(Unsplash)
Phuket(Unsplash)

Coronavirus: Thailand to reopen Phuket to vaccinated tourists from July

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 01:30 PM IST
The government plans to test the reopening plan in Phuket before expanding to other key tourist hotspots including Koh Samui to help restart the tourism industry battered by a year without its millions of tourists, who contributed to one-fifth of the economy before the pandemic.
Greece lifts week-long quarantine for vaccinated Israeli tourists(Unsplash)
Greece lifts week-long quarantine for vaccinated Israeli tourists(Unsplash)

Vaccinated Israeli tourists won't have to do week-long quarantine in Greece

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 07:44 AM IST
On Thursday, Greece lifted the one-week quarantine rule for those Israeli travellers who have received the Covid-19 vaccine. However, they will still have to submit a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to travel.
Representational image. (AP)
Representational image. (AP)

2021 likely to be more about leisure travel: Survey

By Neha LM Tripathi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2021 09:16 AM IST
The survey found that though business and corporate travel was anticipated to be one of the first segments to recover, it is the third on the list of traveller priorities
UK may need tougher border rules very soon(Unsplash)
UK may need tougher border rules very soon(Unsplash)

United Kingdom might need tougher border rules very soon, says Boris Johnson

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2021 07:31 AM IST
To prevent the arrival of Covid-19 positive travellers from continental Europe that risk undermining the country’s vaccine roll-out, UK will have to make the border rules stricter said Boris Johnson recently.
A London Underground sign at Westminster station with the Queen Elizabeth Tower in the background that holds the bell known as Big Ben in London, Monday, March 15, 2021. Even as many of its famous institutions closed during the coronavirus pandemic for most of the past 12 months, London's Underground kept running through three successive lockdowns. Nicknamed the Tube, its staff from cleaners to train drivers take pride in maintaining a system that keeps London's heart beating. (AP)
A London Underground sign at Westminster station with the Queen Elizabeth Tower in the background that holds the bell known as Big Ben in London, Monday, March 15, 2021. Even as many of its famous institutions closed during the coronavirus pandemic for most of the past 12 months, London's Underground kept running through three successive lockdowns. Nicknamed the Tube, its staff from cleaners to train drivers take pride in maintaining a system that keeps London's heart beating. (AP)

Beyond the coronavirus pandemic: London's Tube battles to stay on track

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2021 08:43 PM IST
Plagues, fires, war — London has survived them all. But it has never had a year like this. The coronavirus has killed more than 15,000 Londoners and shaken the foundations of one of the world’s great cities.
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