Travel update: Which countries are on the green list?

It has been announced that the former “traffic light” lists of destinations will be scrapped from 4 October in favour of just two lists.From that date, the green list will be replaced by a list of countries that are deemed safe for travel by the UK government, the amber list will no longer exist, and the red list will remain of destinations deemed unsafe for travel.The changes were announced by the UK government in the latest travel update on 17 September, and will take effect from Monday 4 October.The new look “safe list” - described by the Department for...
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I was optimistic about summer travel. As delta surges, I am worried about fall

We’ve been living through the COVID-19 pandemic for almost two years now, but the most optimistic I felt came in the spring of 2021. There was a sort of electricity in the air — not just in New York City, where the virus ravaged the five boroughs in the early days of the pandemic — but around the United States. Positive cases, hospitalizations and even deaths from the coronavirus were down.
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When are your negative test results checked when flying back to the US?

If you’ve flown during the pandemic, especially internationally, you know that traveling these days isn’t as easy as simply showing your passport and boarding pass. In early July, I flew to Thailand to cover the island’s reopening as part of the Phuket Sandbox program. Before traveling back to the United States, all passengers had to get a viral test within three days before departure. Knowing the rule, my hotel arranged a PCR test for me to take the day before leaving. The flight (including a long connection in the Middle East) is well over a day’s worth of travel, so I wanted to ensure the test I took didn’t fall out of the three-day time frame.

Sandals Resorts Executive Chair Awarded Young Leaders in Travel Pacesetter Award

Adam Stewart, Executive Chairman of Sandals Resorts International (SRI), parent company of the Caribbean’s leading luxury all-inclusive resort brands Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, accepted the 2021 “Pacesetter” Award on Friday, at the annual Young Leaders in Travel Council in Jamaica. Travel A.L.L.I.E.S Society, host of the event, presents this distinguished award each year to young trailblazers who prioritize integrity and dedication to the people they lead and serve, while guiding others to do the same.

One year on since Nagorno-Karabakh war as Azerbaijan prepares for new combat

September 27, in a few days’ time, will mark the first-year anniversary of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War, a war that saw over 100,000 Armenians displaced from their historical homeland, with a final ethnic cleansing only prevented because of the November 10 ceasefire agreement enforced by Moscow that was furious after two of their military personnel were killed when Azerbaijan downed a Russian helicopter the day before. Following this ceasefire, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev portrayed the ceasefire agreement as “the end of the conflict” and the “restoration of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.”

Memories of Greece: The Athens Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation

On a pre-covid 19 summer day, I explored the deserted streets of the center of Athens. I passed though a typical urban center. Suddenly I came across an immaculate square with a statue of the last emperor of the Byzantine empire Constantine XI Dragases Palaiologos. This was the only statue I saw of the last Byzantine emperor in a major Greek city. The architects and monarchy remembered their Byzantine roots. The second is a statue of Archbishop Damaskinos who was Archbishop of Athens during World War II and was Regent for King George II and Prime Minister of Greece in 1946. I was at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation (Theotokou). The Cathedral was closed. But the statues. icons over the entrances and architecture gave an insight of the national importance.

Turkey plays its "Islam" card in Africa

Worshippers gather outside the Accra mosque in Ghana on July 20. (Photo by CHRISTIAN THOMPSON/ANADOLU AGENCY VIA AFP) — The foundation stone of Ghana's national mosque was laid almost a decade ago in the capital Accra. And on July 16, amidst great fanfare, it was finally inaugurated. — With its...

Hospitality of a Turkish Family Home

Travel professional Rick Steves recalls the warm hospitality of a Turkish family home, with the Laz people in northeastern Turkey. He and his American friends enjoyed a generous feast, conversed with no worries of language barriers, and soaked in the warmth of family ties. As we’ve had to postpone our...
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Thousands enjoy Turks Head Music Festival in West Chester

WEST CHESTER—Thousands enjoyed the traditional Turks Head Music Festival Sunday at Everhart Park in West Chester. The concert featured eight popular regional bands performing on two stages, with a park full of vendors and artisan booths. The concert lasted for eight hours under sunny skies.

Ed Perkins on Travel: State of travel: September

Presumably, like most folks, you're antsy to get back on the road — somewhere — this fall. And whether you seek the beach, year-end holidays with family, fall foliage, or just relaxation, you can certainly find places to go and ways to get there. But that process is more complicated than in those happy pre-pandemic days of yore. Do go — but cautiously.

Canadians Fly South to Turks & Caicos!

#TurksandCaicos, September 21, 2021 – Air Canada is back to the Turks and Caicos Islands with direct flights from Toronto to the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) and when the airline returned on Sunday September 12, it came nearly full with 169 passengers aboard. Floyd Ingham, Acting CEO of the TCI...

Turkey’s President Declares War on Crypto, Readies Lira

Recep Erdogan declares the Turkish Government is at war with crypto. Erdogan reaffirmed that Turkey and her citizens will be sticking to their own currency. The President is gearing up to assert financial control in Turkey ahead of launching the digital Lira. Turkish President — Recep Tayyib Erdogan, has no...