Travel News: May 18th 2021

Kuwait ends quarantine for vaccinated travellers

According to Aarti Nagraj from Gulf Business Kuwait is easing Covid-19 restrictions in the country, including ending quarantine requirements for all vaccinated travellers, the Cabinet announced on Tuesday.

All travellers who are fully vaccinated with the approved vaccines by Kuwait and those who have recovered from Covid-19 not more than 90 days prior to travel will no longer require to undergo mandatory quarantine. They will however need to provide a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours after their arrival in Kuwait, the official Kuwait news agency KUNA reported.

The Cabinet also decided to offer exemptions from a travel ban imposed on non-vaccinated citizens, in effect from Saturday, saying those who cannot get the jab for health reasons will be allowed to travel with health ministry consent, while non-inoculated pregnant women with valid certificates can also journey abroad.

The decision comes after the government… for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Gulf Business.


Russian airlines stops most Turkey flights in summer

According to Gleb Stolyarov and Gabrielle Tétrault-farber from Reuters, Russia’s S7 Airlines on Tuesday joined Aeroflot in its decision to cancel flights to Turkey this summer as they await a government decision to lift flight restrictions introduced over COVID-19.

Turkey is one of the most favourite destinations for millions of Russian tourists each year, and Moscow’s decision to halt flights until June 1 because of a growing number of COVID-19 cases is a big hit for the Turkish tourism industry. But uncertainty over whether the government will extend the period prompted the airlines’ decision to suspend flights beyond June 1.

“We have stopped sales and cancelled all flights to Turkey for June, with the exception of two flights per week permitted by the (coronavirus) taskforce so as not to inconvenience passengers due to possible cancellations,” Aeroflot said in a statement on Monday.

A day later, S7 Airlines…for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Reuters.


borders between U.S. and Mexico might open partially for tourists

According to Reuters, Mexico and the United States are having discussions about relaxing curbs on non-essential land border crossings from June 22, depending on the spread of COVID-19 and how many people in both countries have been vaccinated. The statement was given by Mexico’s foreign ministry on Tuesday.

The two countries have agreed to extend for another month restrictions on non-essential travel across their shared border until just before midnight on June 21. Mexico has also decided to extend curbs on non-essential travel on its southern border with Guatemala over the same period.

Mexico, which has a population of 126 million, has so far administered nearly 24 million vaccine doses against COVID-19, the health ministry said on Tuesday. For the rest of the press release, please click here and continue reading on Reuters.


KLM Begins Preparing Its Network For Summer Re-opening

According to Joanna Bailey from Simple Flying, Dutch flag carrier KLM has announced today that it is preparing for slow but steady summer re-opening with new travel possibilities. The airline says it will fly wherever it can, as long as the economics are viable, and wants to ensure its passengers stay as well connected as possible.

The airline states that is has already completely prepared its network to its pre-pandemic status, bringing back all 92 destinations previously served in time for summer 2021. As well as this, it will add four totally new destinations to its schedules, to give its passengers the biggest choice of routes it can.

The 4 new destination are:

  • Belgrade – Service began on May 13th, and will operate at up to seven flights a week at its peak.
  • Verona – Service begins on June 26th, with frequencies up to seven times per week.
  • Palma de Mallorca – Service begins on June 26th, with frequencies up to seven times per week.
  • Dubrovnik – Service begins on June 26th, with frequencies up to seven times per week.

For the rest of the article with further details, please click here and continue reading on Simple Flying.


New Icelandic airways ‘PLAY’ Launches Ticket Sales With Free Seats

According to Joanna Bailey from Simple Flying, Iceland’s newest airline company called PLAY has officially launched its ticket sales today for seven destinations across Europe. Its inaugural flight will be London Stansted on June 24th. PLAY is giving away 1,000 free tickets to lucky travelers ready to book today.

It’s brilliant to be able to open up Iceland to UK travellers and offer competitive fares now that international travel has resumed. While the UK market knows Iceland well, the destination has changed a little recently with the (minor) volcanic eruptions in the Reykjanes Peninsula. Certainly, a must-experience for UK travellers.”

PLAY is launching with four times a week flights from Stansted to Iceland taking place on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. As more aircraft arrive, the airline will look to increase this to daily flights. Departures are timed at a convenient 16:10 in the afternoon, arriving into Keflavik airport at 18:20. Return flights depart Iceland at 15:15, arriving at Stansted at 19:25.

For the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Simple Flying.


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