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The measure will go into effect on Saturday and last through April 30(Unsplash)

Guatemala blocks travel from Brazil, UK and South Africa in new Covid measure

Reuters | , Guatemala City
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 09:37 AM IST
Guatemala will restrict entry to visitors who have recently been to Brazil, the United Kingdom and South Africa in an effort to control a jump in coronavirus cases.
Despite a US boom in vaccinations, many countries are battling a resurgent coronavirus.(Unsplash)
Despite a US boom in vaccinations, many countries are battling a resurgent coronavirus.(Unsplash)

Global air travel is stuck way behind 2019 levels

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2021 06:35 PM IST
As airlines try to rebound, the bright spots may not be where you think.
Denmark will be open to vaccinated citizens from European countries as of May 1. (Unsplash)
Denmark will be open to vaccinated citizens from European countries as of May 1. (Unsplash)

Denmark to gradually reopen borders for some countries in May

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2021 05:06 PM IST
Denmark will gradually reopen its borders to some countries next month when older Danes are expected to have gotten at least one Covid vaccination shot, the government said on Tuesday evening.
Officials fear that an uncontrolled surge in Covid-19 infections could see a wave of hotel cancellations at the beginning of the holiday period(Unsplash)
Officials fear that an uncontrolled surge in Covid-19 infections could see a wave of hotel cancellations at the beginning of the holiday period(Unsplash)

Turkey imposes new virus curbs to save summer tourist season

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2021 10:16 AM IST
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed new restrictions to fight record-high coronavirus cases in an effort to save this summer’s crucial vacation season.
Although France has seen comparatively few known cases of the P.1 variant striking Brazil, the ravages it is causing in Latin America’s largest nation are increasingly raising alarm bells in France.(Pixabay)
Although France has seen comparatively few known cases of the P.1 variant striking Brazil, the ravages it is causing in Latin America’s largest nation are increasingly raising alarm bells in France.(Pixabay)

France suspends all Brazil flights due to virus variants

AP | , Paris
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2021 10:30 AM IST
France suspended all flights from Brazil on Tuesday amid mounting fears over the particularly contagious coronavirus variant that has been sweeping the South American country.
Russia was the biggest source of tourists to Turkey last year, with 2.13 million people visiting despite coronavirus restrictions.(Unsplash)
Russia was the biggest source of tourists to Turkey last year, with 2.13 million people visiting despite coronavirus restrictions.(Unsplash)

Russia suspends most air travel with Turkey over Covid outbreak

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 09:53 AM IST
Russia suspended most air travel with Turkey, citing rising coronavirus infections, cutting off a key source of tourism revenue to the country amid tensions over Ankara’s support for Ukraine.
The country saw daily infections surge to 967, bringing its total tally to over 32,600 cases, according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.(Unsplash)
The country saw daily infections surge to 967, bringing its total tally to over 32,600 cases, according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.(Unsplash)

Growing Thai outbreak could threaten tourism re-opening plan

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2021 01:39 PM IST
A growing outbreak in Thailand, where local Covid-19 cases hit a new daily record on Sunday, threatens to undermine the nation’s plan to welcome back tourists.
France was the most visited country in the world before the pandemic struck, with nearly 90 million foreign tourists visiting in 2018. Tourism accounts for about 7% of GDP.(Unsplash)
France was the most visited country in the world before the pandemic struck, with nearly 90 million foreign tourists visiting in 2018. Tourism accounts for about 7% of GDP.(Unsplash)

Summer holiday abroad? Too soon to guarantee that, says French minister

Reuters | , Paris
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2021 10:27 AM IST
France said on Sunday it was too soon to say whether holidays abroad would be possible this summer as a third wave of coronavirus infections continues to spread through Europe.
Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo announced the scheme on Friday, saying that with most Covid restrictions expected to be lifted by June 1, tourists booking summer holidays directly through local hotels would receive the handout.(Unsplash)
Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo announced the scheme on Friday, saying that with most Covid restrictions expected to be lifted by June 1, tourists booking summer holidays directly through local hotels would receive the handout.(Unsplash)

Battered Malta to pay tourists who visit this summer

Reuters | , Valletta
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2021 12:20 PM IST
Aiming to revive its tourism industry and get ahead of rival destinations, Malta plans to offer foreign visitors a handout of up to 200 euros each if they stay at least three days on the Mediterranean island this summer.
Ireland will also require passengers from all countries to have booked a Covid-19 test for five days post-arrival. (Unsplash)
Ireland will also require passengers from all countries to have booked a Covid-19 test for five days post-arrival. (Unsplash)

Ireland adds US, France, Italy, Canada to hotel quarantine regime

Reuters | , Dublin
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2021 09:31 AM IST
Ireland added the United States, Canada, Belgium, France and Italy to its list of countries where arrivals will be subject to mandatory hotel quarantine.
Travelers and businesses alike had been hoping that this year's Songkran holiday could go forward without a spike in infections.(Pixabay)
Travelers and businesses alike had been hoping that this year's Songkran holiday could go forward without a spike in infections.(Pixabay)

Thailand faces growing outbreak ahead of New Year travel

AP | , Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 09:13 PM IST
Thai authorities struggled Friday to contain a growing coronavirus outbreak just days before the country's traditional Songkran New Year’s holiday, when millions of people travel.
Jet2, the UK's third largest carrier by passenger numbers, said it had no choice but to cancel flights and holidays to June 23. (Unsplash)
Jet2, the UK's third largest carrier by passenger numbers, said it had no choice but to cancel flights and holidays to June 23. (Unsplash)

Airlines blast Britain's travel restart plan, Jet2 cancels holidays until June

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 06:51 PM IST
British travel company Jet2 said it was cancelling holidays until late June, blaming uncertainty in UK government plans for restarting international travel, which were condemned by airlines.
The deputy commissioner said mass vaccination of hotel staff, drivers, houseboat staff and others shall be started across all tourist destinations.(Unsplash)
The deputy commissioner said mass vaccination of hotel staff, drivers, houseboat staff and others shall be started across all tourist destinations.(Unsplash)

Tourists coming to Kashmir by road will undergo Covid tests

PTI | , Srinagar
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 11:38 AM IST
All travellers coming to Kashmir by road shall undergo coronavirus tests in Kulgam district, an official said on Thursday.
Britain is gradually emerging from a strict winter lockdown prompted by a huge surge in Covid-19 infections and deaths.(Unsplash)
Britain is gradually emerging from a strict winter lockdown prompted by a huge surge in Covid-19 infections and deaths.(Unsplash)

Green, amber or red: UK to classify travel destinations in May

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 10:07 AM IST
Britain will confirm in early May whether it will allow international travel to resume from May 17 and which countries will fall into the red, amber or green categories in a new traffic light system based on Covid-19 risks.
The usual surge in bookings for summer has given way to caution, as passengers wait for clarity on vaccinations and travel restrictions.(Pixabay)
The usual surge in bookings for summer has given way to caution, as passengers wait for clarity on vaccinations and travel restrictions.(Pixabay)

Airlines cling to hopes of summer bounce even as bookings wane

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2021 12:33 PM IST
The global airline industry’s top lobbyist expressed cautious optimism that travel will bounce back in the second half of 2021, despite a dismal start to the year.
The temporary hold would also help reduce the risk that travellers themselves faced, the Prime Minister added.(Unsplash)
The temporary hold would also help reduce the risk that travellers themselves faced, the Prime Minister added.(Unsplash)

New Zealand suspends entry for travellers from India amid Covid-19 spike

ANI | , Wellington [new Zealand]
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2021 09:52 AM IST
New Zealand on Thursday temporarily suspended entry for all travellers from India following a surge in Covid-19 cases arriving from there.
But the pandemic has raised the bar on family travel.(Unsplash)
But the pandemic has raised the bar on family travel.(Unsplash)

The complicated calculus of traveling with kids during Covid

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2021 04:04 PM IST
High-end travel outfitters are building families new levels of luxury and creativity. But without vaccine access for kids, is any of it feasible?
Johnson told a news conference he was hopeful that non-essential international travel would restart from May 17, but that he did not want to underestimate the growing number of Covid-19 cases elsewhere.(Unsplash)
Johnson told a news conference he was hopeful that non-essential international travel would restart from May 17, but that he did not want to underestimate the growing number of Covid-19 cases elsewhere.(Unsplash)

Too soon to say if Britons can take summer holiday abroad, says UK's PM Johnson

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2021 10:02 AM IST
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday it was too soon to say whether international summer holidays can go ahead this year, a remark suggesting a planned reopening of outbound travel could be pushed back beyond May 17.
Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can safely enjoy again, according to new US guidance issued Friday.(Pixabay)
Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can safely enjoy again, according to new US guidance issued Friday.(Pixabay)

Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says

AP | , New York
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2021 12:46 PM IST
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting tested for the coronavirus or going into quarantine afterward.
Under the terms of the travel bans, international visitors who have departed from or traveled through red-list countries in the preceding 10 days are refused entry into England.(Pixabay)
Under the terms of the travel bans, international visitors who have departed from or traveled through red-list countries in the preceding 10 days are refused entry into England.(Pixabay)

UK bans travel from 4 more nations over coronavirus spread

AP | , London
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2021 10:01 AM IST
The British government is gearing up to ban international arrivals from four more countries — Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines — amid concerns over new virus variants but opted against including European nations that are facing a resurgence of the virus.
Airlines are lobbying for flights to resume in time for them to cash in on a substantial portion of the summer season.(Pixabay)
Airlines are lobbying for flights to resume in time for them to cash in on a substantial portion of the summer season.(Pixabay)

Britain’s slow return to travel at risk in Europe’s Covid surge

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 10:42 AM IST
British officials are drawing up plans for the tentative return of international travel, allowing families to book holidays and offering a desperately needed lifeline to the aviation industry.
The airline plans to start by hiring pilots who received conditional job offers or had a class for new hires canceled last year, when the industry was slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.(Pixabay)
The airline plans to start by hiring pilots who received conditional job offers or had a class for new hires canceled last year, when the industry was slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.(Pixabay)

Travel rebound: United plans to hire about 300 new pilots

AP | , Chicago
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 09:50 AM IST
United Airlines said Thursday it plans to hire about 300 pilots, another sign that airlines feel more confident that a recent increase in travel will continue.
The Foreign Relations Department did not explain why the measure was announced now, more than a year after the start of the pandemic.(Unsplash)
The Foreign Relations Department did not explain why the measure was announced now, more than a year after the start of the pandemic.(Unsplash)

Mexico limits nonessential travel on southern border

AP | , Mexico City
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2021 09:26 AM IST
Mexico announced restrictions Thursday on nonessential travel across its southern border with Guatemala and Belize “to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”
The EU's executive European Commission will propose creating a bloc-wide "green digital certificate" that would combine information on vaccination, Covid-19 tests and recovery from the disease to allow people to take flights and cross borders.(Pixabay)
The EU's executive European Commission will propose creating a bloc-wide "green digital certificate" that would combine information on vaccination, Covid-19 tests and recovery from the disease to allow people to take flights and cross borders.(Pixabay)

Europe seeks to restart travel with Covid 'pass' despite vaccine squeeze

Reuters | , Brussels
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 12:47 PM IST
The European Union will on Wednesday unveil a Covid-19 pass to allow free travel this summer and support the struggling tourism sector despite the bloc's sluggish vaccination campaign and the risks posed by new coronavirus variants.
Public health officials generally have cautioned against commercial travel.(Unsplash)
Public health officials generally have cautioned against commercial travel.(Unsplash)

US air travel on the rebound despite pandemic

PTI | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2021 11:05 AM IST
Commercial air travel appears to be on the upswing despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The Southeast Asian island nation has largely banned leisure travel, but has put in place some business and official travel programmes.(Unsplash)
The Southeast Asian island nation has largely banned leisure travel, but has put in place some business and official travel programmes.(Unsplash)

Singapore PM says may reopen borders for leisure and business travel by year-end

Reuters | , Singapore
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2021 09:48 AM IST
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a TV interview he hoped Singapore would start re-opening its borders by the end of the year as more countries ramp up vaccination drives against Covid-19 infections.
The ministry said in a statement that travellers to or from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Britain and Singapore would no longer need a compelling reason to travel.(Unsplash)
The ministry said in a statement that travellers to or from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Britain and Singapore would no longer need a compelling reason to travel.(Unsplash)

France eases Covid-19 restrictions on international travel

Reuters | , Paris
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 11:16 AM IST
France will ease some Covid-19 restrictions on international travel outside Europe, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.
Faced with a pandemic that has killed more than 900,000 people in Europe and thrust the continent into its deepest recession(Unsplash)
Faced with a pandemic that has killed more than 900,000 people in Europe and thrust the continent into its deepest recession(Unsplash)

Spain's Tourism minister says vaccine passport could start in May

Reuters | , Madrid
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 06:51 PM IST
Spain's Tourism minister Reyes Maroto said on Wednesday that the country could start using the vaccine passport in May, when the international tourism fair FITUR is due to take place in Madrid.
Safeguarding summer travel with vaccine passports has been floated in the E.U., batted down, and floated again(Pixabay)
Safeguarding summer travel with vaccine passports has been floated in the E.U., batted down, and floated again(Pixabay)

How to think about booking summer travel in Europe

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 04:35 PM IST
Many travelers are optimistically hedging their bets for summer in Europe. At worst, they’ll push back their plans. At best, they’ll be the first ones in the door when borders eventually reopen.
The certificate issued by China would have details about the holder's Covid-19 vaccination information and coronavirus test results, the Department of Consular Affairs under China's foreign ministry said on its website.(Pixabay)
The certificate issued by China would have details about the holder's Covid-19 vaccination information and coronavirus test results, the Department of Consular Affairs under China's foreign ministry said on its website.(Pixabay)

China launches Covid-19 vaccination certificates for cross-border travel

Reuters | , Beijing
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 03:47 PM IST
China has launched a digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate for its citizens planning cross-border travels, joining other countries issuing similar documents as they seek ways to reopen their economies.
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