Travel News: March 6th 2021

Latest travel restrictions by country – introduced by kayak

Kayak.com did collect and they are regularely updating the Covid restrictions by country. For the latest restrictions with entry possibilities please click here and access their database. However let me post some of the latest restrictions:

jamaica

Jamaica has reopened its borders to international travelers. Effective on March 4 until March 10, travelers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test result test result issued within 10 days prior to departure, are subject to medical screening and could be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Entry restrictions

Jamaica has reopened its borders to international travelers. Jamaica has extended the travel ban on flights from the UK until at least March 22. Travelers residing in Jamaica for a minimum of six continuous months in a calendar year must complete a travel authorization before departure. Travelers not residing in Jamaica must present a travel authorization before departure obtained at https://www.visitjamaica.com.

mauritius

Mauritius has lifted the entry ban for travelers from the UK. Travelers must present a certificate of a negative PCR test issued within 7 days prior to departure and are subject to mandatory 14-day in-room quarantine.

Entry restrictions

From March 1, Mauritius has lifted the entry ban for travelers from the UK. All travelers who come from or have been in transit in South Africa, Japan or Brazil in the last 15 days will not be allowed to enter the Mauritian territory.Entry requirements

Book airline travel and accommodation via the official Mauritian Tourism Promotion Agency website. Travelers must present a certificate of a negative PCR test issued within 7 days prior to departure. Travelers must have a proof of purchase of a travel package including accommodation, on a full board basis, at a designated hotel for mandatory 14-day in-room quarantine.

Source: HolidayMe


Portugal to quarantine passengers on indirect flights from UK, Brazil

According to Reuters, passengers flying indirectly to Portugal from Britain or Brazil must present a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before departure and quarantine for two weeks upon arrival from Sunday onwards, the interior ministry said on Saturday.

The move is designed to close a loophole which allowed travelers from Britain and Brazil to reach Portugal by stopping over in a country from which travel was authorized. Direct commercial or private flights to and from Britain and Brazil have been banned since January to limit the spread of COVID-19 variants.

Direct humanitarian and repatriation flights will still be authorized but passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before departure and quarantine for 14 days. The measures are due to be reviewed on March 16.

Portugal’s tourism minister told the BBC on Friday the country hoped to allow British tourists who could prove they had tested negative or were immune to COVID-19 into the country from May 17, when England lifts its ban on international travel. For further details, please click here and continue reading on Reuters.

Source: Helios7.com


Bulgaria’s GullivAir Receives Permission To Operate A330 Flights To The US

According to Jakov Fabinger from Simple Flying, Bulgarian startup airline GullivAir was this week awarded permission to fly scheduled and chartered flights to the United States by the US Department of Transportation. The Derpartment of Transportation (DOT) documentation reveals that the carrier intends to fly three weekly flights out of the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, to New York’s JFK airport. The airline already has two Airbus A330 aircraft that it acquired for this exact purpose, and a third one is coming next month.

Since Tuesday 2nd March, GullivAir has been the holder of a valid US Department of Transportation air carrier permit. The DOT announced the issuance of the permit two days ago in a regulatory notice seen by Simple Flying. This means that GullivAir is now authorized to operate scheduled and charter flights transporting passengers, property, and mail between the United States and the European Union.

The issuance of the DOT permit has been GullivAir’s goal from the moment the airline was set up. The first aircraft that GullivAir ever acquired, in July 2020, was an Airbus A330 registered as LZ-ONE. GullivAir has always made it clear that it wants to fly to North America with it. The Bulgarian airline has already acquired a second A330 too, delivered last month. Next month, it will receive its third A330.

For further details, please click here and read the full text on Simple Flying.

Source: Boardingpass.ro


Travel bubbles should extend to leisure trips

According to ttrweekly.com, as vaccine programmes roll out and domestic air travel look set to resume soon, AirAsia joins aviation and tourism experts in calling for a standardised approach to travel protocols to help kickstart international air travel revival.

AirAsia Group president airlines, Bo Lingam says: “Covid-19 has left a severe impact on everyone and particularly on the travel and hospitality industries. A mutually agreed global framework approach is needed to resume cross border travel activity. He claims travel requirements in the region are currently complex and uncoordinated, and travel bubbles are limited or unused.

“The travel and tourism industry must work together with one consistent set of protocols and procedures for guests such as testing and vaccination requirements, coupled with a mutually agreed common digital health pass and with the expansion of travel bubbles to include the leisure sector.”

His comments follow a recent AirAsia review of Covid-19 procedures and protocols in regional countries such as  Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, China and Australia. It confirmed that existing travel requirements vary across ASEAN countries, making it challenging and difficult for travellers to understand and follow. For furher details, please continue reading on ttrweekly.com

Source: Airbus.com


Hong Kong-Singapore air travel bubble can be launched when…

According to Zhaki Abdullah from Channel News Asia, the launch of an air travel bubble with Hong Kong can be launched “when conditions are right”, said Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung on Friday (Mar 5). 

The much-anticipated air travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore was originally scheduled to begin on Nov 22 last year but was later suspended due to a spike in cases in Hong Kong.  

The arrangement would have allowed residents to travel between the two cities subject only to COVID-19 tests, without the need for quarantine or isolation. 

“We will not give up on the idea,” said Mr Ong, speaking during the Committee of Supply debate for the Transport Ministry. 

nother idea is to recognise that travellers from certain places that have successfully controlled the virus are safe, he said. 

“That is why we unilaterally opened our borders to places such as Australia, New Zealand, Brunei and China,” he said, noting that this has not led to an increase in local transmission. 

“If other places reciprocate what we do, we have an air travel bubble (ATB),” he added. 

For further details, please click here and continue reading on Channel News Asia.

Source: The Economist

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