22 December 2021

China may not reopen its borders before 2023

China, which maintains a strict policy of zero Covid within its territory and keeps its borders almost completely closed, has recorded its first two cases of […]
22 December 2021

European Commission to accept EU vaccine certificates for 9 months

1. Extension of validity for vaccine certificates As of 1 February 2022, EU vaccine certificates intended for intra-EU travel will be valid during 9 months, the […]
20 December 2021

Germany introduces new restrictions for UK travelers

Due to the increase in Omicron infections, Germany has classified the United Kingdom as an area of variant of concern, putting the UK into the highest […]
20 December 2021

Omicron: WHO says cases double every 3 days

Omicron was designated a variant of concern on November 26, soon after it was detected in South Africa. Despite being around for almost one month, much […]
20 December 2021

Travel and tourism industry calls on EU governments to avoid holiday travel chaos

Travel and tourism stakeholders have reacted to the reintroduction of travel restrictions by several Member States in response to the new variant Omicron. Countries such as […]
20 December 2021

Netherlands back to lockdown over Omicron fears

The Netherlands ordered a new lockdown, hoping to curb the rising numbers of Omicron cases, the government announced on Saturday, following an emergency meeting of ministers […]
17 December 2021

No rest for European hospitality: Businesses in the sector again seriously affected by Covid-19 restrictions ahead of the holiday season

Almost two years after the pandemic upended our lives and shook our industry in its foundation, European hospitality is still the hardest hit. After a short-lived […]
14 December 2021

Omicron variant to soon outpace Delta, WHO has warned

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that, based on limited preliminary data, the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus could outpace the Delta variant where […]
10 December 2021

Rescind travel bans urges IATA and WHO

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments to follow World Health Organization (WHO) advice and immediately rescind travel bans that were introduced in response […]
9 December 2021

UNWTO calls against blanket travel restrictions

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) of the United Nations calls out against the introduction of blanket restrictions on travel, as witnessed in recent days. This call echoes […]
7 December 2021

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro have been canceled

Rio de Janeiro’s mayor, Eduardo Paes, announced on social media that due to the current epidemiological situation the New Year’s Eve celebrations have been canceled in […]
7 December 2021

Fiji resumes international travel after nearly 2 years of closed borders

As of 1 December, the dreamlike island of Fiji is resuming international travel, following nearly two years of closed borders. The Pacific Island shut its borders […]
6 December 2021

People over 60 years old ought to reconsider travel amid omicron spread, WHO advises

On Tuesday November 30th, the World Health Organization (WHO) advised people 60 and over not to travel amid the emergence of the Omicron variant. The warning […]
5 December 2021

Belgium tightens measures for third week in a row amid new wave of Covid-19 cases

Belgium is implementing additional restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus, announced Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo during a press conference on Friday December […]
2 December 2021

European Tourism Manifesto Alliance calls on the EU to keep protecting and ensuring the freedom of movement

70 travel and tourism organizations have expressed their support to any effort, based on scientific evidence, to keep protecting and ensuring the freedom of movement and […]
2 December 2021

UK tightens its travel rules amid Omicron contagion fears

On Saturday November 27th, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new restrictions to try to combat the new Omicron variant. The new rules include wearing masks […]
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