Day: July 15, 2021

France

France: Demonstrations against new COVID-19 rules

On Bastille Day, an estimated 20,000 people gathered in towns throughout the nation to protest a new law that would mandate healthcare professionals to be vaccinated – or risk losing their jobs – and make Covid-19 “health permits” a necessity in many public locations.   Only individuals who have been vaccinated or have had a […]

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Turkey

Turkey: Arab visitors attracted by cheap lira

Arab tourists drawn by quarantine-free travel and a low lira are helping Turkey‘s tourism industry revive, even as the nation battles to fill the vacuum left by Britons who are still barred from visiting.   The tourist sector in Turkey accounts for up to 12% of the GDP and is a major source of foreign […]

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Greece

Greece: Coast Guard officers check ferries travelers documents

As of Thursday, July 15, officers of the Hellenic Coast Guard will be in charge of checking travelers documents at ports before they board boats to the Greek islands.   According to the Greek Shipping Ministry, coast guard officials will oversee the boarding procedure to ensure that tourists’ proper documentation are properly verified and that […]

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Cyprus

EasyJet Holidays adds more capacity in Cyprus

  Following the relaxation of travel restrictions, EasyJet Holidays has increased capacity in Spain, Greece, and Cyprus. From July 19, fully vaccinated and under-18s will no longer be required to self-isolate when returning to England or Scotland from amber list countries, and FCDO guidance for all three countries has altered, leading the operator to ramp […]

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Malta

Malta: New requirements to enter the country

Malta‘s new travel limits went into effect on Wednesday, as health officials battle an escalating number of COVID-19 cases every day.   The most significant change is the necessity of a vaccination certificate for admission onto the island without quarantine from nations on the’red list,’ as well as the introduction of obligatory quarantine for unvaccinated […]

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Portugal

Portugal will reach pre-pandemic travel level in 2023

Luís Araújo, head of Portugal’s tourist board, said at a presentation of the “Reactivate tourism. Build the Future” initiative in Ponta Delgada that tourism in Portugal could approach 2019 levels by 2023.   According to Luís Araújo, this objective is completely achievable, albeit it is highly dependent on the connection and transportation circumstances of the […]

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Italy

Italy will ban large cruise ships from Venice lagoon

  Italy has proclaimed Venice‘s canals a “national monument,” prohibiting huge cruise ships from entering the lagoon city, which faces being designated as an endangered World Heritage Site by the UN later this month.   The restriction was agreed hastily during a Cabinet meeting on July 13 and will take effect on August 1st, according […]

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London

London: Masks are still mandatory on public transport

  After July 19, masks will remain required on London‘s public transportation system, according to the city’s mayor, despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s government’s intentions to abolish most Covid-19 regulations on the so-called “freedom day.” From next week, the public will be urged to wear masks in indoor confined areas across the nation, rather than […]

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