Australia – singapore travel bubble might start soon
According to Leon Spencer ( from Channel Asia), on 10 June 2021 in Singapore in Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hosted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for the sixth Australia-Singapore Annual Leaders’ Meeting.
As usual many important topics were discussed starting to strenghten ecnomical cooperation, health, transport and other important topics, however they also touched upon the possibility of opening travel again between the two countries. As you might red here on treska.blog, there is already a travel bubble in place between Australia and New Zealnd.
Therefore a discussion started about this possibility between the countries.
“The Prime Ministers acknowledged the importance of open borders to the post-pandemic recovery and committed to resuming two-way cross-border travel when the public health situation in both countries permits,” a joint statement from the two leaders said.
“They welcomed the ongoing discussions between border, health, transport and other officials to identify detailed operational requirements for COVID-19-safe travel, including discussions on health and vaccination certificates.
For the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Channel Asia.
american airlines increasing flights: add’s 14 more routes from Austin, texas
According to the official press release from American Airlines, one of the 4 biggest US carriers decided to increase the routes again. They have chosen Austin, Texas (AUS), where they entered exactly 40 years ago this week, The company decided to add 14 new routes beginning this fall, including four new international destinations, further connecting Austin to the carrier’s global network.
“Earlier this year we added more flights from Austin, and customers have spoken: they want more,” said Brian Znotins, American’s Vice President of Network Planning. “We’re eager to offer our customers even more opportunities to reconnect with family, friends and colleagues. Together with our partners, we’re making it easier than ever to connect Austin with the world.”
Customers will be able to purchase these new flights starting June 14 on aa.com.
“For the past 40 years, American Airlines has connected Austin and Central Texas with the world,” said Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin. “We couldn’t be happier with today’s announcement of new and expanded service in AUS. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with American for many more years to come.”
For the rest of the press release please click here and continue reading on American Airlines.
european union is introducting digital covid-19 travel certificate
The European Union recently announced finishing the digital covid pass. This certificate tracks EU citizens’ COVID-19 status; indicating if the holder has been vaccinated or has tested negative for the virus, or has recovered from infection. This certificate will be accepted in each EU country, however there are already some certificated in place released by some of the country. Also agreements have been signed between some of the countries about accepting each other’s certificate.
What do you need to know about the common one? Andrea Smith from Lonely Planet did collect all the information needed. According to Lonely Planet, this digital certificate is stored on a mobile device as an application, however citizens can also request a paper version. Both will have a QR code that contains essential information, as well as a digital seal to ensure the certificate is authentic. Once they hold the certificate, every EU citizen or third-country national legally staying or residing in the EU should be exempt from free movement restrictions, including quarantine and additional testing “unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health”.
The system is currently being tested for citizens and visitors in Spain, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Lithuania and Poland before its formal launch in July, when it’s expected to be taken up by the rest of the EU member states. These countries have up to six weeks to implement the digital cert after the regulation governing it comes into effect on July 1. The certificate also applies to non-EU members of the European Schengen zone, including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The certificate is for free, and …for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Lonely Planet.
Puerto Rico loosens restrictions to vaccinated travelers from US
According to Andrea Smith from Lonely Planet, Puerto Rico recently removed its testing requirements for fully vaccinated American travelers, aiming to boost travel to the Caribbean island. Now it’s reducing also its local restrictions, allowing more freedom to visit restaurants, bars and attractions.
The majority of the bars have reopened at half of their capacity, while outdoor bars and chinchorros – outdoor food and drink kiosks — have no capacity limit. However, a physical distance of six feet must be kept between people who are not from the same family unit. Restaurants, malls, casinos, theatres, museums and hotel pools have all increased capacity to 75%.
Public beaches and natural reserves are also open, though visitors must follow social distancing guidelines. However, fully vaccinated people are not required to wear masks at beaches, parks and outdoor public areas.
Puerto Rico is also offering… for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Lonely Planet.
The UK and US plans to re-launch transatlantic travel
According to Alex Butler from Lonely Planet, US president Joe Biden who is currently in the UK and meeting in-person with Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the first time on Thursday, ahead of the G7 summit. The announcement of the task force came from the UK’s transport minister, Grant Schapps, who tweeted that the creation of the task force would “help facilitate the reopening of transatlantic travel”.
According to a UK government statement, the countries aim to “open up travel between the UK and US as soon as possible”. However, no timeline about opening the travel between the 2 counties has been given. Before the pandemic, more than 5 million Brits traveled to the US and 4.5 million Americans visited the UK each year – more than any other country.
The new travel working group will “make recommendations on safely reopening international travel” and explore options for ensuring “that the UK and US closely share thinking and expertise on international travel policy going forward”.
For further details, please click here and continue reading on Lonely Planet.