Travel rules: Latest restrictions in France, Ireland, Italy and US

This week has seen another round of travel restrictions imposed on travellers to the UK. Pre-departure tests are now required – in addition to self-isolation until a negative post-arrival PCR result is received. The new rules apply to fully vaccinated passengers.The moves place the UK as an outlier among European countries in terms of onerous rules for vaccinated travellers. But other nations have also tightened restrictions in response to concerns about the omicron variant of coronavirus.These are the key changes.ItalyThe government has introduced a new “super green” pass, requiring the holder to be fully vaccinated or with proof of recent...
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100 people referred to Gardai for dodging new travel rules since Sunday

One hundred passengers have entered Ireland without a negative Covid-19 test since new rules were introduced on Sunday, an Oireachtas committee has heard.Fears over the Omicron variant brought about the introduction of fresh restrictions on travel, requiring all travellers to Ireland from overseas to have a negative PCR or antigen test.The Oireachtas Committee on Transport heard on Wednesday that since the rules came into effect, 100 passengers arriving at Dublin Airport have been referred to Gardai for failure to comply.Those arriving without tests were required to undergo a Covid-19 test and self-isolate.Despite the arrival of passengers without negative tests, the...
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IATA Plea: Follow WHO Advice & Rescind Travel Bans

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling on governments around the world to follow World Health Organization (WHO) advice and immediately rescind travel bans introduced in response to the Omicron variant. The airline organization notes that public health organizations, including the WHO, have advised against travel curbs to contain...

Omicron: Sanwo-Olu threatens to deport travellers

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has threatened to deport travellers who violate the COVID-19 safety protocols released by the Presidential Steering Committee. “All foreigners that flout the rules would be subjected to possible deportation,” warned Mr Sanwo-Olu. “Therefore, I implore all intending inbound passengers to perform their required tests at any of the private laboratories within the Lagos State Private Laboratory Consortium as and when due.”

Shiba Inu ($SHIB) Now Accepted by Binance-Backed Travel Booking Platform

A leading blockchain-based Travel booking platform, which is backed by Binance, has added support for highly popular meme-based cryptocurrency Shiba Inu ($SHIB). ($AVA), which currently “offers 2,200,000+ properties covering 90,124 destinations in 230 countries and territories”, was founded in 2017. On 20 May 2020, announced “its strategic merger” with the leading crypto-friendly flight booking portal TravelbyBit (which was being backed by Binance). Following a full integration between the two startups,’s native token $AVA would “power the merged platform with the added utility of flight bookings”.
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Flying To Malaysia? KKM Sets Up New Protocols For Travellers Coming Into The Country

Subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest stories and updates. Malaysia has updated new protocols for Malaysian and international travellers arriving in the country as of 8 December 2021. Protocol for travellers from temporarily restricted countries. To recap, the current temporarily restricted countries are:. South Africa. Botswana. Eswatini. Lesotho.
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Travel PCR testing market branded ‘a scandal’

Travel PCR tests have been slammed as a “scandal” by the former chairman of the Competition and Markets Authority. Lord Tyrie, who criticised the government and the CMA in August for their management of the market, warned then that the government must take advantage of the gap between the summer and the busy winter travel period “to sort this out once and for all”.

Will travel rules change under new Covid restrictions? How UK Omicron measures could affect Christmas holidays

Ministers are poised to announce extra Covid-19 restrictions in an effort to slow the spread of the Omicron variant – which scientists say is doubling every three days. The Government’s “Plan B” measures, which are designed to kick in if the NHS is at risk of coming under unsustainable pressure, include no mention of restricting travel, either foreign or domestic.
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Meon Valley Travel recruits technology director

Velichko Ganchev has been named technology director in the second major appointment made by Meon Valley Travel this year. Ganchev (pictured centre) joins from business travel firm Ventur, formerly Traveleads, having transferred to the business with the Sterling Travel Management acquisition in 2019. He has held the position of business...

Breaking Travel News interview: Bayram Annakov, chief executive, App in the Air

When Breaking Travel News spoke to Bayram Annakov earlier in the year, he was excited about the future of travel. Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, technology was rapidly improving the experience of travellers as they move around the world. Indeed, in hindsight, the pandemic might come to be seen...

Canada introduces new requirement for all air travellersTravel And Tour World

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, issued an Interim Order formalizing new COVID-19 testing requirements for all air travellers coming to Canada and providing additional guidance to airline operators and the travelling public regarding the new pre-departure testing requirement that was announced on December 31. This Interim Order...

The US Enforces Stricter Covid Testing Rules for Travellers

According to federal health officers, the US government is planning to enforce stricter covid testing rules for travellers entering the States. The measure is to be taken to protect the States from the spread of the new and more deadly variant of the Corona Virus, Omicron. The Enhanced Strategy. Officials...

Keep Your Kids Safe While Travelling

Traveling as a family can be a real blessing, and it is one of the most exciting and important aspects of bonding as a family. Being able to go abroad and experience new cultures and customs is an important learning experience for kids. There are lots of epic travel opportunities available for your family — making the right choices plays a big part as well as helping to keep your kids safe.

Travel rules for 32 more countries scrapped – including some from the red list

The government has scrapped a piece of Covid-19 travel guidance which blocked people from getting insurance for destinations around the world. It comes as ministers prepare to whittle down the red list even further and return international travel to as close to normal than at any point since the pandemic began.

Global airlines say nations over-reacted to Omicron variant

PARIS (Reuters) – The head of global airlines body IATA criticised governments for worsening the Omicron scare through snap border measures or “rip-off” testing regimes and urged politicians to let travellers make their own decisions based on scientific data. Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air...