Travel News: June 4th 2021

UK ends quaratine-free return from portugal

Several weeks ago, UK introduced a new system for welcoming international travelers to the country. This new system is a traffic light system, which sees countries and territories divided into three categories based on their COVID-19 risk; green, amber or red. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have similar rules in place.

The system is reviewed by authorities every three weeks, with the categories dictating whether holidaymakers will need to quarantine when they return home, or if the destinations should not be visited except in urgent circumstances. According to Andrea Smith from Lonely Planet, on Thursday it was announced that Portugal has been removed from the quarantine-free green list and is now on the mid-risk amber list. Anyone coming from an amber destination must quarantine at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests. This can be reduced if a test after five days proves negative.

Some popular destinations for British travelers—like the US, France, Italy, Greece and Spain—remain on amber. No new countries have been given green status in the latest review.

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after UK, France also introduces traffic light system to welcome travelers

According to Sasha Brady from Lonely Planet, starting June 9, France will introduce a traffic light system for visitors; categorizing countries into red, amber and green, depending on the COVID-19 situation there.

In the new system, all EU countries are rated green, alongside Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Lebanon and Israel. This means that fully vaccinated visitors from these countries are allowed to travel to France without restrictions. Visitors from green countries who aren’t vaccinated must present a negative antigen or PCR result from a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure to France.

The US, the UK, Canada and Mexico are among the countries on the amber list, which means that fully vaccinated travelers can visit but they must also take a pre-travel antigen or PCR test and get a negative result before traveling to France. Without taking a test, vaccinated travelers from amber countries will have to quarantine for seven days upon arrival in France.

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As france re-opens to international travel, delta increasing flights

Just above this article you could read about France re-opening the country to international travelers. According to that, Delta Airlines alreade made some announcement. According to their website, for customers who wish to venture to the City of Light, Delta currently serves Paris-Charles de Gaulle twice daily from Atlanta, once daily from New York-JFK and three times per week from Detroit.

Service to Paris from Minneapolis/St. Paul three times per week will be added July 7, along with daily service from Boston beginning August 5. Additionally, three-times-weekly service from New York-JFK to Nice will begin July 8.Delta, along with its longstanding partner Air France, will offer nine times more flights between the U.S. and France in July than the next largest carriers. Service includes Air France’s newest route between Paris and Denver.

As the European Union takes steps toward reopening borders, it is up to individual member countries to decide when and how to lift their restrictions. Delta will continue to expand service as travel returns and keep customers up to date on which international destinations are open to visitors.

Customers are encouraged to…. for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Delta Airlines website.


belgium easing restrictions and allowing indoor drinking and dining

According to Reuters, Belgium started to ease restrictions and re-opened indoor dining and drinking next week as an acceleration of COVID-19 vaccinations reduced strain on hospitals and allowed a further easing of restrictions.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo told a news conference on Friday that from June 9, restaurants and bars can stay open later until 11:30 p.m. and serve customers in indoor spaces for the first time since closures late last year.

.The measures reflect the success of a vaccination campaign that has so far given one in every two adults a first dose. Gyms, cinemas and theatres can reopen for the first time in more than half a year, albeit with strict limits, and Belgians may return to work one day a week and have more people in homes.

De Croo also gave… for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Reuters.


United Airlines Resumes flights To South Africa From New York

According to Luke Bodell from Simple Flying, United Airlines has returned to South Africa with a direct service from New York to Johannesburg. Flight UAL188 from Newark (EWR) to Johannesburg (JNB) departed last night at 22:03 EDT and is set to land at around 18:00 SAST. The inaugural flight, operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, offers Polaris business class and Premium Plus cabins and will be a daily service.

United last flew direct to South Africa in December 2019 with a thrice-weekly service from Newark to Cape Town, but the route was suspended due to the COVID pandemic. However, United still plans to fly this route in the future, with a date of October 31st penned in. The airline had tried to resurrect the route in 2020 but without success, due to strict travel restrictions and concerns around the ‘South African’ B.1.351 COVID-19 variant.

When fares went on sale for Newark – Johannesburg, passengers could snag a return ticket for as little as $792 (around R11,000) in economy. The move by United will be welcomed in South Africa, where a large gap in the market was left by South African Airways.

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