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Chile travel update – Easter Island reopens to tourism 2022

Easter Island

Chile travel update – Easter Island reopens to tourism 2022

August 9, 2022, 

A group of more than 230 tourists have arrived on Rapa Nui Easter Island after 868 days of border closures, marking the official return of visitors to the island. This arrival was possible thanks to an agreement between the Government and the island’s communities and authorities to ensure a safe reopening, considering aspects such as health, administration, connectivity and supply, among others.

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“We are very happy that the easter island reaopens  is starting this new stage of reopening. Most tourist services are ready to welcome visitors, maintaining appropriate hygiene protocols and with the hope of reactivating their businesses. We would also like to reiterate our invitation to all of them to apply to the Chile Apoya programmes, especially Sercotec’s Recupera Turismo (Tourism Recovery), which has extended the application deadline,” said the Undersecretary of Tourism, Verónica Kunze.

Among the main measures adopted, the local Health SEREMI team was strengthened to increase testing, traceability and isolation capacity, increasing by 500% the staff allocated to these tasks. Hanga Roa Hospital staff was expanded by 40% and a new oxygen plant was installed that will allow adequate medical care in terms of Covid-19.

“Expectations are high, people are happy and pleased to finally have their bridge open, not only to welcome guests, which is necessary for the economy, but also to have that sense of freedom to be able to leave and return from the island”, said Pedro Edmunds, Mayor of Rapa Nui, easter island.

Reaopens  From now on, tourists who want to visit the island must present a negative PCR, taken no later than 24 hours before boarding, and for children under 6 years of age, an antigen test from a health centre will suffice. In addition, they must have their Mobility Pass (complete vaccination schedule for Chileans and vaccination standardisation for foreigners) and for those arriving directly from abroad, they must take an antigen test upon arrival to Rapa Nui. Easter Island reopens to tourism.

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Removal Thailand Pass registration scheme from 1 July 2022

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Thailand’s Centre of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today approved the removal Thailand Pass registration scheme and an US$10,000 health insurance requirement for foreign visitors, effective 1 July, 2022. Both requirements were initially removed for Thai nationals from 1 June, 2022.

Removal Thailand Pass

From 1 July, 2022, foreign nationals are only required to show proof of either a certificate of vaccination or a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test result within 72 hours of travel. These can be in a print or digital format. Random checks will be made on arrivals at Thailand’s international airports or land border checkpoints (in 22 provinces). Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers who are random checked and who are unable to show proof of a pre-arrival negative test will be required to undergo a professional ATK test at the point of entry.

Meanwhile, the CCSA also approved the designation of Bangkok and 76 provinces as the Surveillance or green zone, thus allowing resumption of new normal businesses and activities nationwide. And while maintaining the safety and health measures under the universal prevention, the Royal Thai Government is preparing to announce a new set of guidelines as the nation is stepping into post-pandemic.

TAT Newsroom will be providing updates in detail via www.tatnews.org once the official directives have been announced in the Royal Thai Government Gazette.

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Japan entry requirements eased from June 1 onwards

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Japan entry requirements eased

May 25, 2022 -The Japanese government on Friday announced a decision to substantially relax its COVID-19 border control measures from June 1.

People entering Japan from countries and regions with a lower risk of bringing the novel coronavirus into the Asian nation will be exempted from COVID-19 testing upon arrival and will not be asked to quarantine at home.

Before restarting to accept foreign tourists, Japan will raise the daily limit on the number of people allowed to enter the country to around 20,000 from the current 10,000.

Japan entry requirements eased

Japan’s tight entry restrictions for non-resident foreign tourists are to be eased from as early as this summer! This big announcement was made by the Japanese government early this month.

Japan entry requirements – Also, the government plans to raise the cap on arrivals from the current 10,000 people daily to 20,000, further details is to be announced.

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Hong Kong travel update

Hong Kong travel update – tourism revival plan

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Hong Kong travel update – tourism revival plan

May 11, 2022,

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced a revival plan that highlights Hong Kong’s vibrant developments and new experiences, aiming to generate a positive ambience and make the city a top-of-mind destination for worldwide travelers when travel resumes.

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“The fifth wave of the pandemic is subsiding. Hong Kong’s daily life and economic activities are now gradually returning to normal, allowing us to stage large-scale events and prepare to welcome back visitors”

With the theme “Together Towards New Horizons”, Tourism Update 2022 attracted 3,200 trade representatives from travel agencies, attractions, hotels, airlines, retailers, restaurants, and meeting and exhibition organisers from Hong Kong, Mainland China, and overseas markets. The HKTB shared insights into the latest tourism trends and its work plan for the coming year.

In his opening remarks, HKTB Chairman Dr. Y K Pang highlighted Hong Kong’s return to normality. “The fifth wave of the pandemic is subsiding. Hong Kong’s daily life and economic activities are now gradually returning to normal, allowing us to stage large-scale events and prepare to welcome back visitors,” said Dr. Pang.

“Throughout the pandemic, Hong Kong travel update never stopped building and upgrading its tourism infrastructure. We will see the grand opening of the Hong Kong Palace Museum this summer, while the third runway at Hong Kong International Airport is expected to go into service within the next couple of years. With these new infrastructure elements and the support of the Central and Hong Kong SAR Governments, Hong Kong’s competitive edge has held firm and we can head towards new horizons with confidence.”

In his presentation of the work plan for the coming year, HKTB Executive Director Dane Cheng described how the HKTB will focus first on generating a positive ambience in the city, stimulating consumption, and maintaining Hong Kong’s profile globally by launching “Hong Kong Summer Treats”. The campaign will provide a wide range of discounts and promotional offerings, and will begin with “Arts in Hong Kong” – a campaign that supports international art and cultural events, such as Art Basel, which will return in a physical format.

When social distancing measures are further relaxed, the HKTB will arrange more world-class events in phases, including the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival and Hong Kong WinterFest, and give its support to other high-profile events such as the Hong Kong Sevens.

Mr. Cheng stressed the importance of ensuring a recovery at home in the run-up to the return of worldwide visitors. “These promotions will generate a positive ambience in Hong Kong and demonstrate how we have returned to normal. The HKTB will then launch extensive promotions, including the tactical ‘Open House Hong Kong’ campaign, to welcome back visitors when the time is right. To better respond to market needs, we will also strive to enhance the visitor journey into a seamless experience through a comprehensive digital transformation,” said Mr. Cheng.

“The HKTB has conducted extensive research in 16 markets and found Hong Kong is still well-loved by travelers worldwide. They have specifically identified some major driving factors to visit Hong Kong, including cleanliness, local culture, in-depth experiences, unique cuisine, high accessibility, and ease of communications. These factors are not only core strengths of Hong Kong but also match the trends and tastes of the post-COVID travel era.”

Mr. Cheng added, “With our solid tourism foundations, our status as an East-meets-West center for international cultural exchange, our position at the heart of the dynamic Greater Bay Area, and our wealth of new tourism assets and infrastructure, Hong Kong’s tourism future is full of potential.”

Guest speakers from major organisations also outlined new developments to further enhance Hong Kong’s world-class tourism infrastructure.

The West Kowloon Cultural District is one of Hong Kong’s major arts and cultural projects. Its contemporary art museum M+ opened last year and the Hong Kong Palace Museum will welcome its first visitors this summer. Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer of the West Kowloon Cultural District Mrs. Betty Fung said, “As a unique cultural hub with unrivaled connectivity in Hong Kong and Asia, WKCD presents the best of the eastern and western culture to visitors, from Chinese arts and antiquities to contemporary visual culture, and offers visitors a holistic experience blending arts and culture with retail, dining and entertainment.”

Hong Kong travel update – Hong Kong International Airport plays a pivotal role in maintaining the city’s status as a leading international aviation hub. Airport Authority Hong Kong Executive Director (Airport Operations) Mrs. Vivian Cheung said, “In addition to maintaining our aviation hub status, our strategy is to transform Hong Kong International Airport from a city airport into an Airport City, developing ourselves into a destination in itself for visitors. The Airport City aims to attract global visitors through its wide range of offerings in retail, dining, entertainment and leisure, while providing a business platform through its convention and exhibition facilities. In parallel, we are further enhancing the airport’s sea and land connectivity with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, with a view to facilitating a seamless journey for the 70 million people in the region to visit the Airport City.”

The integration of culture, sports, and tourism is a key development direction. General Director (Commercial) of Kai Tak Sports Park Mr. James Irvine said, “As one of the most significant sports infrastructures in Hong Kong, Kai Tak Sports Park will add vibrancy to the city’s dynamic tourism landscape with its world-class sports, leisure and entertainment experiences. A first-of-its-kind destination set in the heart of the city will bring the global community to Hong Kong.”

Hong Kong is nominated as the World’s Leading City Break Destination 2021 by World Travel Awards.

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Japan travel updated – border reopening for vaccinated travellers in May

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Japan travel updated – border reopening for vaccinated travellers in May

May 10, 2022,

Japan is set to experiment with opening its borders to small groups of vaccinated foreign tourists as soon as this month in a potential lifeline for the country’s ailing travel industry.

Japan travel updated

Those wishing to visit must have undergone three Covid-19 vaccination shots and be part of a package tour with a fixed itinerary, FNN said, citing multiple government officials. The limited resumption of inbound tourism will be treated as an experiment and, if infections do not spread, the programme would be expanded, it said.

The report came a day after Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a speech in London that he planned to relax pandemic-related border restrictions in line with other wealthy democracies from June. He later added a note of caution, telling reporters he needed to look at the state of infections after a series of public holidays in late April and early May known as Golden Week. Japan travel updated

“As soon as June, based on the opinions of experts, we will review coronavirus regulations, including border policies, in stages,” Kishida said. “We are still in a period of transition back to normal life.”

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New Zealand reopens to tourists after two years

New Zealand reopens

New Zealand reopens to tourists after two years

May 3, 2022,

New Zealand has welcomed its first international tourists since March 2020 as part of the government’s phased reopening. Visitors from 60 visa-waiver nations, including the US and UK, can now enter for the first time since the closure of borders and the ensuing implementation of some of the world’s toughest contra pandemic measures.

New Zealand reopens

In emotional scenes at Auckland airport, the first flights landed from Los Angeles and San Francisco, and arrivals handed popular locally made chocolate bars.

Vaccinated travellers are required to have a negative pre-departure Covid test. On arrival, they must self-test for coronavirus. Non-vaccinated visitors will be allowed to enter from October, unless the government decides to lift restrictions earlier.

New Zealand implemented some of the toughest measures in the world during the pandemic. It has started to easy the increasinly unpopularity of the measures with the aim to boost tourism and ease labour shortages.

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Entry requirements Greece

Entry requirements Greece – latest update

Entry requirements Greece

Entry requirements Greece – latest update

May 3, 2022,

All travellers can now enter Greece restriction-free as the authorities have decided to drop all of their COVID-19 entry rules. The Ministry said that from now on, all incoming travellers would no longer have to follow any rules.

Entry requirements Greece

This means that all travellers, regardless of their country of origin, can enter Greece without having to provide COVID-19 proof – a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate – upon their arrival. Apart from dropping the entry rules, the Greek authorities have revealed that the country has also decided to lift the remaining of its domestic COVID-19 measures. Therefore, while in Greece, all travellers can access cafes, bars, restaurants, and other public places and venues without being required to hold one of the certificates mentioned above.

Greece has already dropped the requirement to fill in the Passenger Locator Form too. Previously, this requirement applied to all travellers who entered Greece. However, since March 15, travellers from all countries have been permitted entry even if they did not hold such a form.

However, the Greek Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris, has highlighted that Greece might reintroduce its entry restrictions again in September, once the summer season is over.

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Entry requirements Bolivia – latest update

Entry requirements Bolivia

Entry requirements Bolivia – latest update

May 2, 2022,

NEW AND MORE FLEXIBLE REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER BOLIVIA
 

For travelers coming from abroad to the Plurinational State of Bolivia, only one of the following requirements will be required:

Entry requirements Bolivia

A) Vaccination certificate against COVID-19 in a physical or digital format with a two-dose or single-dose schedule, at least fourteen (14) days before the date of admission.

B) Certified negative RT-PCR test for persons over five (5) years of age:

  1. By air, up to seventy-two (72) hours before the departure from the country of origin.
  2. By land, river, or lake, up to seventy-two (72) hours before the entry to the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

C) Certified nasal antigen test for persons over five (5) years of age:

  1. By air, up to forty-eight (48) hours before the departure from the country of origin.
  2. By land, river, or lake, up to forty-eight (48) hours before the entry to the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

Travelers must comply with the biosafety measures established in the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

 

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Malaysia entry requirements

Updated Malaysia entry requirements

Malaysia entry requirements

Updated Malaysia entry requirements

Malaysia is relaxing virus restrictions including testing at airports and mask mandates, as infection rates flatten and the nation adjusts to living with Covid.

The country is scrapping mandatory testing on incoming vaccinated travellers and children under 12 from 1 May. Wearing masks outdoors will be made optional and social distancing measures dropped. Some entry restrictions will remain in place for unvaccinated travellers.

Malaysia entry requirements

Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, welcomes the news. The airline is currently flying its MH1 and MH3 routes 11x weekly from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (LHR-KUL) until 29 June and will return to its full double daily service from 30 June onwards.

Daniel Bainbridge, Regional Director UK & Europe, commented: “I am delighted to see that the Malaysian Government is removing all pre-entry and arrival testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers. Malaysia Airlines is the only airline offering direct flights from the UK to Malaysia and international arrivals have increased dramatically since the border officially opened on 1 April. This further removal of entry requirements is an even clearer sign that Malaysia is fully open to the world, and Malaysia Airlines cannot wait to welcome more passengers onboard with our warm Malaysian hospitality.”

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Hong Kong to allow international traveller

Hong Kong to allow international travellers for first time since 2020

Hong Kong to allow international traveller

Hong Kong to allow international travellers for first time since 2020

Hong Kong will allow non-residents to enter the financial hub from May for the first time in more than two years, a small step in unwinding stringent coronavirus restrictions which have turned the city into one of the world’s most isolated places.

Hong Kong to allow international traveller

Hong Kong’s rules for airlines that carry infected COVID-19 patients will also be eased slightly, the government said in a statement on Friday (Apr 22), with the threshold for suspending incoming flights rising to five infected passengers from three currently. A ban on individual airline routes will be shortened to five days from seven.

Foreign travellers will be subjected to the same procedure as residents, the government said. The announcement comes with daily infections less than 1000 for more than a week from a peak of more than 70,000 on March 3.

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Switzerland entry restrictions

Switzerland entry restrictions lifted for all travellers

Switzerland entry restrictions

Switzerland entry restrictions lifted for travellers 

Travellers from all countries will soon be able to enter Switzerland without having to follow any COVID-19 rules as the latter will drop all of its measures on May 2. Starting from May 2, all travellers, regardless of their country of origin, will be permitted restriction-free entry to Switzerland.

Switzerland entry restrictions

“The entry restrictions currently in place will be lifted from May 2. As of that date, the usual rules for entering Switzerland will apply,” the statement of the State Secretariat for Migration said. Currently, all travellers are required to hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate in order to be permitted restriction-free entry to Switzerland.

However, as soon as the new entry rules start applying, travellers will no longer be required to hold a valid vaccination or recovery certificate. The Swiss authorities have explained that from May 2, travellers will only be required to follow the other rules, such as holding a valid passport or visa, if such a requirement applies to them.

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Thailand lifts RT-PCR testing requirement for international arrivals from 1 May 2022

Thailand lifts RT-PCR testing requirement

Thailand lifts RT-PCR testing

April 25, 2022, Thailand lifts RT-PCR testing requirement for international arrivals from 1 May 2022

Travellers will be allowed to enter the kingdom without the pre-arrival nor arrival tests.

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today approved the lifting of the RT-PCR testing requirement for international arrivals beginning 1 May, 2022, and introduced two new entry schemes specifically customised for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.

TAT Newsroom will be providing updates in detail via www.tatnews.org once the official directives have been announced in the Royal Thai Government Gazette.

Thailand lifts RT-PCR testing requirement

New entry rules for vaccinated travellers:

International travellers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test nor undergo an arrival test.

They are still required to register for a Thailand Pass (via https://tp.consular.go.th/) with a Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination and an insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000 (reduced from US$20,000).

Once arriving in Thailand, they will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere  in the kingdom.

New entry rules for unvaccinated travellers:

International travellers who are unvaccinated or are not fully vaccinated will also no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test nor undergo an arrival test.

They are required to register for a Thailand Pass with a 5-day hotel booking and an insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000 (reduced from US$20,000).

Once arriving in Thailand, they must proceed to undergo the quarantine for 5 days and undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 5.

Exception is made for unvaccinated travellers who are able to upload proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system, they – like those fully vaccinated – will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.

While in Thailand, both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers are advised to strictly follow health and safety standards. Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If testing positive, they must get the appropriate medical treatment.

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Time to Travel: Malta entry requirements

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Time to Travel: Malta entry requirements

Malta’s deputy prime minister and minister for health Chris Fearne, announced that the Health Authorities will be proceeding with their COVID-19 exit roadmap as planned. Malta will be further relaxing COVID-19 measures, including easing of restrictions relating to incoming travel.

Malta’s deputy prime minister also announced that as planned, as from now on, a vaccine certificate is no longer needed for persons to attend standing outdoor events, or seated indoor events.

Malta entry requirements

“The decision to ease further COVID-19 restrictions related to travel continues to be a turning point in the government’s efforts to drive the Maltese Islands back to normality. We are committed that the coming months will generate excellent results in terms of tourism inflows as well as ascertain our ultimate goal of making Malta a hub of tourism excellence for the years to come,” outlined Clayton Bartolo, minister for Tourism.

 

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Czech Republic travel restrictions

Czech Republic travel restrictions eased for travellers

Czech Republic travel restrictions

Czech Republic travel restrictions eased for travellers

Travellers will no longer need to fill in an arrival form or submit proof of vaccination or a previous infection when returning from abroad. However, it is still recommended travellers to verify the conditions of transport (including proof of infectivity, i.e. test, vaccination, illness) directly with the agreed public transport carrier (plane, bus, train).

Czech Republic travel restrictions

Jan Herget, director at CzechTourism, said: “The Czech Republic has maintained its place in the world’s top ten – between Ireland and Canada. This topic is important in the marketing communication of the destination across segments, both towards the tourists themselves and especially at the level of B2B marketing, when it is necessary to assure our partners from large travel agencies or conference organisers that the Czech Republic is an objectively safe place for their clients.”

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No more masks on airplanes, trains after court ruling in the USA

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No more masks on airplanes and trains in the USA

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO, April 18 (Reuters) – The Biden administration will no longer enforce a U.S. mask mandate on public transportation, after a federal judge in Florida on Monday ruled that the 14-month-old directive was unlawful, overturning a key White House effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Soon after the announcement, all major carriers including American Airlines (AAL.O), United Airlines (UAL.O) and Delta Air Lines (DAL.N), as well as national train line Amtrak relaxed the restrictions effective immediately. read more

 

Last week, U.S. health officials had extended the mandate to May 3 requiring travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains, and in taxis, ride-share vehicles or transit hubs, saying they needed time to assess the impact of a recent rise in COVID-19 cases caused by the airborne coronavirus. read more

Industry groups and Republican lawmakers balked and wanted the administration to end the 14-month-old mask mandate permanently.

 

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, an appointee of President Donald Trump, came in a lawsuit filed last year in Tampa, Florida, by a group called the Health Freedom Defense Fund. It follows a string of rulings against Biden administration directives to fight the infectious disease that has killed nearly one million Americans, including vaccine or test mandates for employers.

 

Judge Mizelle said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had exceeded its authority with the mandate, had not sought public comment and did not adequately explain its decisions.

A U.S. administration official said while the agencies were assessing potential next steps, the court’s decision meant CDC’s public transportation masking order was no longer in effect. The administration could still opt to appeal the order or seek an emergency delay in the order’s enforcement.

“Therefore, TSA will not enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs at this time,” the official said in a statement.

“CDC recommends that people continue to wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.”

The Transportation Security Administration said it will rescind the new Security Directives that were scheduled to take effect on Tuesday.

No more masks on airplanes and trains in the USA:

The ruling comes as COVID-19 infections rise again in the United States, with 36,251 new infections reported on average each day, and 460 daily deaths, based on a seven-day average – the highest number of reported total COVID-19 deaths in the world.

The White House called the ruling “disappointing.”

The CDC first issued a public health order requiring masks in interstate transportation in February 2021. The TSA issued a security directive to enforce the CDC order.

The CDC and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declined to comment.

United Airlines, American, Delta, Southwest Airlines (LUV.N), JetBlue (JBLU.O) and Alaska Airlines (ALK.N) said masks are now optional on their planes.

“We are relieved to see the U.S. mask mandate lift to facilitate global travel as COVID-19 has transitioned to an ordinary seasonal virus,” Delta said. The World Health Organization warned against comparing the virus to an endemic illness like the flu earlier this year, noting it is evolving too quickly.

No more masks on airplanes and trains in the USA

The move could impact travel demand, which has roared back after a blip caused by the Omicron coronavirus variant. U.S. passenger traffic has been averaging about 89% of the pre-pandemic levels since mid-February, according to TSA data.

With the COVID-19 case count rising again, lifting the mandate could make some passengers wary, while prompting others to fly again.

Only 36% of Americans think it’s time for people to stop using masks and quarantines so that life can get back to normal after COVID-19, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted between Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. However, while a mere 16% of Democrats hold this view, a whopping 60% of Republicans do, according to the poll.

Delta Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian last week acknowledged the risk, but said the airline still expected its flights to be full.

“It’s a question of individual accountability, personal accountability, making your own decisions rather than the government making decisions for people as to how to stay well,” Bastian told Reuters in an interview.

On Monday, Delta asked its employees to show “understanding and patience” as the unexpected nature of the announcement could result in “inconsistent” enforcement.

Since January 2021, there have been a record 7,060 unruly passenger incidents reported, 70% involving masking rules, according to the FAA. Thousands of passengers have been put on “no-fly” lists for refusing to comply with masking requirements.

Alaska said some passengers will remain banned, even after the mask policy is rescinded.

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Greece travel restrictions

Greece travel restrictions – To remove all remaining travel restrictions

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April 13, 2022 – Greece travel restrictions 

Greece is to remove all remaining Covid-related travel restrictions on 2 May, in time for its peak summer tourist season. The nation joins a list of 15 other European countries, including Sweden, Madeira and Cyprus, which have dropped entry rules as infection rates stabilise.

Greece travel restrictions – To remove all remaining travel restrictions

The Mediterranean country is expecting high numbers of visitors this year, with officials predicting revenues reaching 80% of 2019 levels, a record year before the pandemic brought travel to a halt.

Measures to be removed include vaccine certificates, recovery certificates and the requirement to wear masks in indoor public places from next month.

Greece’s Minister for Health, Thanos Plevris said that Covid had stabilised in Greece, allowing the country to proceed with the suspension of the protection measures, but he emphasised that the measure were being suspended, not abolished, and that the rules would be reviewed in September.

Travellers will no longer be required to take a pre-travel test, quarantine or provide proof of vaccination to enter the country. On the ground, vistors will no longer have to wear a mask in indoor spaces such as hotel lobbies, or show vaccine certificates to gain entry to certain venues.

 
Greece travel restrictions 

Covid infections in the country have fallen in recent weeks, with authorities recording 15,000 infections and 64 deaths on 12 April. Out of a population of 11 million, some 72% are fully vaccinated.

Greece’s summer tourism season typically begins after the Orthodox Easter, which this year falls on 24 April.

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removal of the Travel Health Notice for cruises in April 2022

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removal of the Travel Health Notice for cruises

April 5, 2022 – removal of the Travel Health Notice for cruises

The World Travel & Tourism Council welcomes the removal of the Travel Health Notice for cruises

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO said: “The decision by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to remove the Travel Health Notice for cruising is well-deserved recognition that the industry has been sailing millions of travelers for
many months with highly effective protocols that make cruising among the world’s safest forms of socializing and travel.

removal of the Travel Health Notice for cruises

“The cruise industry has gained strong momentum in recent months, with many travelers anxious to again begin enjoying holidays with family and friends, and the CDC’s decision begins to help level the playing field between cruise and land-based vacation options.
“This is also welcome news to the extensive network of suppliers, many of whom are small businesses, that depend on cruise for their success, which will continue to help provide significant positive impacts for economies and employment in countries and
regions around the world

 

 

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UAE Reopen – drops negative PCR tests for arrivals

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UAE Reopen

March 28, 2022 – UAE Reopen

People arriving in the UAE through land points, and regardless of their vaccination status, will no longer have to present a negative pre-arrival PCR test under new rulesHowever, the rules, to be applied starting March 29, require them to undertake the rapid Exponential Deep Examination (EDE) and wait for the result before they are allowed entry into the country.

UAE Reopen – drops negative PCR tests for arrivals

All the vehicle occupants have to perform the EDE as a precondition to enter the country, the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security announced, WAM news agency reported.

The two authorities also stressed the need to adhere to the Green Pass protocol upon entering various events, tourist and cultural sites, and other places that require the presentation of Green Pass as a precondition for entry.

 

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Singapore reopens – updated travel requirements

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Singapore reopen

March 25, 2022 – Singapore Reopen –

Singapore has unveiled plans for the Vaccinated Travel Framework (VTF) for all travellers.

Singapore reopen – updated travel requirements

The new regulations, which replace the current Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme, will come into effect on April 1st.

From next Friday, all countries will be classified either under the General Travel or the Restricted Category and border measures would be accorded by individual travellers’ vaccination status.

All countries will come under the general category to begin with, with no destination in the restricted category.

Travellers will no longer be required to undergo an unsupervised self-administered rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival in Singapore.

The departure test can be a polymerase chain reaction test, a professional-administered rapid antigen test or a self-administered antigen that is remotely supervised by a provider in Singapore.

Further, it is no longer necessary to travel on a designated VTL flight, and short-term visitors will no longer need to apply for a travel pass .

They are not required to present their VTP at boarding and arrival immigration.

All vaccination certificates, regardless of country of issuance and whether digitally verifiable or not, will be accepted as proof of vaccination.

Children aged 12 years and below are exempt from the vaccination requirement.

All travellers must submit their SGAC at within three days before entering Singapore.

Michael Rodriguez, area director northern and south-western Europe at Singapore Tourism Board, commented: “The latest easing of travel restrictions is a really positive step towards Singapore’s tourism recovery.

“As the entry process into Singapore becomes even more seamless, we look forward to welcoming more visitors from the UK to safely enjoy reimagined experiences.”

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Maldives entry requirements for all travellers

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Maldives entry requirements

March 22, 2022 – Maldives entry requirements – The Maldives has eased its entry requirements, announcing that travellers will no longer have to present a negative Covid-19 test on arrival.

Maldives entry requirements for all travellers

Valid from March 14, pre-flight and post-arrival tests are no longer a prerequisite of travelling to the Maldives and all travel-related quarantine is no longer required. The easing of restrictions is valid for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers and there is no proof of vaccination needed for entry. Furthermore, there are no restrictions imposed on specific countries due to variants or case levels. Wearing a protective facemask is still mandatory in all health facilities and in outbreak areas. Masks are recommended in crowded areas and on public transport.

Maldives entry requirements – The news is a huge boost for the Maldives’ hotels and resorts, making holidaying on the islands far easier for visitors. Emilio Fortini, GM at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa says, “We are really pleased with the easing of travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers. As international travel continues to return to normal, the team at Sheraton Maldives is very much looking forward to more visitors arriving.”

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