Travel News: May 29th 2021

Saudi Arabia ends travel ban on 11 countries

According to the, Saudi Arabia has lifted travel restrictions on 11 key countries, originally imposed to curb the spread of a variant strain of coronavirus. From 1 a.m. on Sunday, passengers from the UAE, Germany, the US, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, the UK, Sweden, Switzerland, France and Japan may enter the Kingdom with the implementation of quarantine regulations.

According to the Saudi Public Health Authority (PHA), these countries have shown stability in containing COVID-19. However, 13 countries remain on the Interior Ministry’s no-go flight “red list.”

They are Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Belarus, and India. Citizens wishing to travel to these countries need prior permission.

The General Authority of Civil Aviation has issued…for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on


Qatar Airways resumes Málaga route from 2 July

As Spain opens border more and more countries are resuming flights to the country, according to the official press release from Qatar Airways, the national carrier of Qatar did announce to return to Málaga. Málaga is a firm favourite with holidaymakers around the world, and fully vaccinated travellers will soon be able to visit once again whilst also enjoying Qatar Airways’ award-winning hospitality and service.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “As the world begins to open  up again, we at Qatar Airways stand ready to take the lead in supporting the global economic and social recovery as demonstrated by our support for tourism in Spain. Spain has always been a strategically important country for our airline, as reflected by our deep partnership with Iberia and steady rebuild of our Spain network.

“Our global network continues to rebuild and expand even in these challenging times.  Passengers booking with Qatar Airways can do so with complete confidence that they can make changes to their booking should factors outside their control disrupt their travel plans.”

Málaga became the third Spanish destination for Qatar Airways network in June 2018 and…for the rest of the press release, please click here and continue reading on Qatar airways.


Qatar Airways Expands U.S. network to 12 Destinations and Over 85 Weekly Flights

As the covid cases are decreasing world wide, one of the best airways in the World, Qatar airways decided to resume flights to United States too. After resuming flights to Spain, they will add four-weekly Atlanta flights on 1 June marks the full return of the airline’s pre-pandemic U.S. network increasing its gateways to 12, two more than it operated before COVID-19. The airline will also be increasing frequencies to Boston, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle offering more flexible travel options for its passengers with more than 85 weekly flights across the United States. These increased services will provide enhanced connectivity to several of the airline’s global leisure destinations including Cape Town, Maldives, Seychelles and Zanzibar, along with other key traffic flows in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Qatar Airways has remained committed to its passengers and trade partners in the United States, maintaining continuous services while rebuilding its U.S. network and launching two new destinations – San Francisco and Seattle. We have also strengthened our presence in the U.S. through strategic partnerships with Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue that have enabled us to connect to more points in the United States than any other airline, providing U.S. travellers the most convenient way to travel internationally this summer.

“As more of our passengers return to the skies, they can…for the rest of the press release, please click here and continue reading on Qatar Airways.


Alitalia Adds Rome-Tokyo Flights For Summer

According to Mark Finlay from Simple Flying, Italian national flag carrier Alitalia plans to introduce flights between Rome and Tokyo this summer. Following the successful trial of COVID-Tested flights between Rome and New York, Alitalia intends to introduce the scheme on flights between the capital of Italia and the Japanese capital.

Alitalia issued the following statement translated by Mark Finlay:

“All passengers, including the Italian athletes, will have to present at boarding a certification proving negativity to Covid 19. Upon arrival at the airport in Rome, a further antigen test. The negativity found in this second test will exempt passengers arriving in Rome from Japan from having to observe the fiduciary quarantine period in Italy, a modality that has reassured the market, in parallel with the progress of the vaccination campaign in our country.

“The resumption of Alitalia flights to Japan will also be characterized by the inauguration of services at the most convenient city airport of Tokyo Haneda, only 20 kilometers from the city.”

Passengers on “COVID-Tested” flights are required to:


India International Flight Suspension Extended Until June 30th

According to, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India has again extended its ban on scheduled international flights, this time until the 30th. Flights have been suspended since late March of last year and the government opted not to resume scheduled services. Instead, international operators can either form “travel bubbles” with India or only operate repatriation flights.

However, the aviation regulatory body added that on case-to-case basis, scheduled international flights may be permitted on specified routes. In March last year, India suspended international flights for the first time after the government imposed a countrywide lockdown during the first wave of the pandemic. In May 2020, the Indian government introduced the Vande Bharat Mission to bring back stranded Indians from abroad.

In a tweet, Indian Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said: “Vande Bharat Mission began during the first wave to repatriate our stranded & distressed citizens & has since then facilitated nearly 82.9 lakh (8 million) people. Despite personal risk, the corona warriors of civil aviation ensure that the mission continues ahead undaunted.”

According to Hindustan Times…for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on


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