what happened in the travel industry during the last 2 weeks?
European union – travel changes
EU’s covid pass (EUDCC) introduced
Alrady sixteen countries have started using the EU’s ‘Digital COVID certificate’ (EUDCC) to enable their citizens to easily travel across the bloc. The European Commission says fifteen member states – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal and Spain – have connected to the gateway and started issuing the first certificates. They are joined by Iceland, which is the first of four European Economic Area countries to join the scheme.
Formerly referred to as the EU Digital Green Certificate, others will be expected to follow suit when its functions are deployed continent-wide by the 1st of July. The certificate is available in digital or paper form and is free of charge. The gateway allows for all certificates’ QR codes to be accessed.
Further details are available here.
Hungary Opens Borders With Its Neighbouring Countries – Air Travel Remains Unchanged
According to SchengenVisaInfo.com, Hungary will open borders do anyone coming from Croatia, Austria, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia or Slovenia. However, restrictions for air travelling remain unchanged, According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, national borders within the Schengen Area should reopen if the management of the pandemic continues improving in the current direction.
Only travellers coming from Ukraine are subject to entry restrictions when attempting to travel to Hungary, among all other neighbours of this country.
Furthermore, the Hungarian government has offered people who live in the neighbouring countries’ mutual borders to get vaccinated in Hungary starting from July, regardless of whether they are Hungarian or non-Hungarian citizens. However, those crossing the border for vaccination must be 18 or older, and individuals have to accept the vaccine offered, whichever it is.
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Croatia Ready to Welcome Vaccinated Travellers From EU/EEA & US
SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that one of the most popular European summer holiday destinations, Croatia is among the first European destinations to abolish most of its COVID-19 measures after the country decided to reopen its coastline to tourists from the European Union, European Economic Area countries, United States and beyond.All foreign travellers will be permitted entry to Croatia as long as they hold a vaccination certificate, provide a negative COVID-19 test result or prove that they have recovered from the virus.
“It is our duty to provide all the prerequisites for a safe and comfortable trip, as well as predictable vacation planning. In that sense, Croatia is among the first, if not the first, European destination that already applies broader criteria for tourist visits, the same ones that should soon be applied at the EU,” the Minister of Tourism Nikola Brnjac said.
Consequently, the officials of Croatian tourism expect an increase in arrivals from the United States, as direct flights from New York to Dubrovnik are anticipated to restart in July.
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US Doesn’t Plan on Removing Entry Restrictions for EU Citizens Yet
According to the statement of US government and European authorities, The White House does not intend to remove the entry restrictions on travellers from the European Union and Schengen Area countries, for now, a US official has confirmed.
On Friday, June 25, the US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken cut off the hopes of millions that the US could, within days, reciprocate the EU’s move to reopen the borders. Commenting on the existing entry ban on EU nationals at a news conference in Paris, Secretary Blinken said that it would be “premature”, and as such, the US is set to refrain from doing the same, at least for now.
“We are anxious to be able to restore travel as fully and quickly as possible. I can’t put a date on it, we have to be guided by the science, by medical expertise,” the Secretary said, who travelled to France this week to meet with French leaders, President Emmanuel Macron and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
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Denmark eases restrictions – Free Entry for Travellers From Most EU & Several Third Countries
The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that all European Union and Schengen Area countries that have been placed on the yellow list will now be moved to the green one, and at the same time, those that were placed on the orange list will now move to the yellow list.
The Ministry clarified that based on the new decision, the following countries will be included in Denmark’s green list:
EU/Schengen Area green countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Czechia, Germany, and Austria
EU/Schengen Area regions: Portugal: Madeira, and Spain: Aragonien, Asturien, Balearische, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Ceuta, Extremadura, Galicia, Madrid, Melilla, Murcia, and Valencia
All persons arriving in Denmark from one of the abovementioned countries/regions placed on the green list will be permitted entry into the country without being subject to the testing or quarantine requirements.
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ASIA & Australia – travel changes
Thailand announces new restrictions in Bangkok, other provinces
According to Reuters, Thailand on Sunday announced new restrictions centred around its capital in a bid to tackle the country’s worst coronavirus outbreak. The new measures, which will be implemented for 30 days from Monday, include a ban on restaurant dine-ins in Bangkok, the capital, and five surrounding provinces, according to a document published in the country’s royal gazette.
Shopping malls in Bangkok and the five provinces must be closed by 9 p.m., and parties or celebrations, or activities involving a gathering of more than 20 people will be banned for the same duration, the document said.
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New Zealand suspends travel bubble with Australia
According to Channelnewsasia.com, New Zealand announced a three-day suspension of its quarantine-free travel arrangement with Australia on Saturday (Jun 26), with Wellington citing “multiple” outbreaks of COVID-19 in the neighbouring country.
The announcement comes as a two-week lockdown begins in Sydney to contain a rapidly spreading outbreak of the Delta coronavirus variant.
More than 80 cases have been reported so far in Australia’s largest city, while a handful of community cases have also been recorded in the Northern Territory, Victoria and Queensland in recent days.
“But given the high level of transmissibility of what appears to be the Delta variant, and the fact that there are now multiple community clusters (in Australia), it is the right thing to do to keep COVID-19 out of New Zealand,” said New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins.
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South Korea allows some of the travellers to enter the country
According the latest press release published on Reuters, South Korea will exempt some travellers who have received their COVID-19 vaccine shots overseas from its mandatory two-week quarantine starting July 1, health authorities said on Sunday. As of May 5, the quarantine exemption was only applicable to people fully vaccinated in South Korea.
The new policy will apply only to certain people, such as citizens and foreign residents, as well as those coming to visit family, or for the purpose of business, academics or public interest, said Son Young-rae, an official with the Central Disaster Management Headquarters.
Exempt travellers will need to fill out an application, and still need to be tested before and after arriving in South Korea. Some travellers from countries with major outbreaks or variants will not be allowed to skip the quarantine, he added.
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bali prepares to open to tourists soon
According to Theodore Koumelis from Traveldailynews.asia,
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno has stated that “The plan to open Bali to tourists will continue but it must consider the latest situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In his weekly briefing online, Sandiaga Uno conveyed that preparations for the opening of Bali tourism were continuing, but were adjusted to the Covid-19 conditions at home and abroad.
And at this time, his party is making preparations in terms of the pre-defined conditions, but in the case of Covid conditions that are not possible, of course, it will be reviewed.
“We will adjust the announcement of when (to open Bali tourism for foreign tourists) with the more conducive Covid situation. The preparations are still at 90 percent level for the preparation of the travel corridor arrangements, and for the preparation of aircraft charters as a trial and the progress of these plans has been very significant,” said Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno. But pressing the button (when it is set to open) depends on the…for the full article, please click here and continue reading on Traveldailynews.asia
Thailand Plans Mid-October Tourism Reopening
Today we started and we will finish the Asia travel news with Thailand. According to USA today, Thailand plans to fully reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors by mid-October as the government seeks to restart the crucial coronavirus-devastated tourism industry, the prime minister announced Wednesday.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said fully inoculated foreign visitors and returning Thai citizens must be allowed entry “without quarantine or other inconvenient restrictions,” and that his goal is to open up the country within 120 days.
Prayuth acknowledged that the push to reopen might create problems.
“I know this decision comes with some risk because, when we open the country, there will be an increase in infections, no matter how good our precautions,” he said. “But I think when we take into consideration the economic needs of the people, the time has come for us to take that calculated risk.”
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america – travel changes
US extends COVID-19 travel restrictions at Canada, Mexico land borders
According to channelnewsasia.com, US land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Jul 21, the US Homeland Security Department said on Sunday (Jun 20).
The 30-day extension came after Canada announced its own extension on Friday of the requirements that were set to expire on Monday and have been in place since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The US government held working-group meetings with Canada and Mexico on the travel restrictions last week and plans to hold meetings about every two weeks, US officials told Reuters.
Homeland Security said in a statement it noted “positive developments in recent weeks and is participating with other US agencies in the White House’s expert working groups with Canada and Mexico to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably.”
Some U.S. lawmakers and border communities that have been… for the full article, please click here and continue reading on channelnewsasia.com
airplane and flight changes
Emirates boosts operations
According to the official press release from Emirates, the Dubai based national carrier will be ramping up operations to Jordan during the summer with the introduction of double daily A380 services during the months of July and August. The airline will operate a second daily A380 service to Amman, from 15-20 July 2021 ahead of the Eid Al Adha period. Emirates will also operate double daily A380 services from 10-31 August. The move to boost capacity by introducing a second A380 service between Dubai and Amman during these periods was driven by high forecasted passenger demand. The double daily A380 services to Amman also demonstrate the airline’s commitment to adapting its operations to better serve customers.Emirates will also increase flights between Dubai and Amman from 12 to 14 weekly, from 1 July.
Mohammad Lootah, Emirates’ Area Manager for Jordan said: “The introduction of a second A380 service to Amman during the Eid Al Adha period and in August means more of our customers will have the opportunity to experience our industry-leading products onboard, and will also enhance choice and travel preferences as they plan their journeys to and from Dubai, and beyond to popular destinations for Jordanian travellers. Jordan is an important destination for Emirates, and we will continue to look at ways to grow our operations in the market to serve our customers better.”
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qatar increases routes and add’s flights
According to the official press release from Qatar Airways, Zambia and Zimbabwe are being added to Qatar Airways expanding list of destinations in Africa from early August, bringing its award-winning service to two important southern African destinations.
The new service to Lusaka and onwards to Harare is scheduled to be operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It will connect passengers in Zambia and Zimbabwe with Qatar Airways’ global network of more than 140 destinations. With the addition of these two new routes the carrier will operate over 100 weekly flights to 27 destinations in Africa.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Africa continues to be an area of strong growth for Qatar Airways and launching this service will support the development of the economy and tourism sector in both countries.
The company will expand its U.S. services to more than 100 weekly flights across its 12 gateways. These increased services are in addition to the carrier also expanding flights to several of its key global leisure destinations including Cape Town, Maldives, Phuket, Seychelles and Zanzibar, providing more flexible summer holiday travel options via the Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport. Four U.S. gateways – Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. – will offer double daily flights, Dallas-Fort Worth increases to 12 flights per week with Boston, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle all growing to a daily service.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are proud to be the leading international airline providing safe and reliable connectivity to and from the United States via the only 5-Star COVID-19 Safety Rated Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport. Qatar Airways has remained committed to the United States throughout the pandemic, adding two new destinations with San Francisco and Seattle, while increasing flights across our 12 gateways to optimise connections with our growing network of over 140 destinations.
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delta increasing flights with Africa – restoring and adding new routes
According to the official press release from Delta Airlines, one of the biggest US carriers announced to return to South Africa with nonstop service between Atlanta and Johannesburg beginning Aug. 1, more than a year after pausing flights due to COVID-19. The return of the airline’s longest nonstop flight marks the milestone of Delta restoring service to all its pre-COVID markets in Africa, which include Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Lagos, Nigeria.“Delta has proudly served South Africa for more than 15 years, and we’re thrilled to return to a market so highly sought after by tourists,” said Joe Esposito, S.V.P. – Network Planning. “Two-thirds of Americans report making summer travel plans, and with demand growing rapidly alongside U.S. vaccination rates, we’re bringing back more flights and destinations to deliver on their anticipation to get back out in the world and reclaim the joy of travel.”
Whether customers are looking to explore historical sites, travel along the country’s stunning coastline or go on safari, Delta’s local interline partners also provide convenient connections to Cape Town. Delta’s flights to Johannesburg are operated in partnership with Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic. Customers can also reach South Africa via Delta’s European hubs in Paris and Amsterdam.
Together with Kenya Airways PLC they have expanded their codeshare agreement, increasing the choice of destinations offered by Delta in Africa and extending Kenya Airways’ reach in North America via the U.S. gateway of New York-JFK. The new agreement enhances the airlines’ already extensive codeshare network to offer seamless travel to a total of 39 cities across Africa, the U.S. and Canada.The enhanced agreement enables Delta customers flying nonstop on the airline’s services from New York-JFK to Accra, Ghana, to connect with Delta-marketed codeshare flights to Monrovia, Liberia, and Freetown, Sierra Leone, operated by Kenya Airways. Delta-marketed codeshare flights will also be available on Kenya Airways’ services from Nairobi to Cape Town, South Africa; Harare, Zimbabwe; and Kigali, Rwanda.
From New York-JFK, Kenya Airways has placed its code on Delta’s services to Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport, offering customers increased access to the U.S. capital, as well as to Indianapolis, Indiana. For the rest of the news, please click here and continue reading on Delta Airways.
KLM network in Asia and the Middle East as good as fully recovered this summer
According to the official press release from KLM, the network announced the most significant changes compared to 2019:
- There are 17 destinations planned for this summer, compared with 19 in 2019. Xiamen (China) is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic (although KLM partner Xiamen Airlines is currently flying to this destination). Service to Denpasar (Indonesia) will be offered as soon as Bali reopens, which will hopefully be later this summer.
- Phuket will be added as a destination in winter 2021. Flights to the Thai island will be offered four times a week.
- For the time being, flights to Hangzhou and Shanghai (China) will keep the current stopover in Seoul (South Korea) for the time being. Once the rules change, KLM will make further adjustments to the schedules.
- KLM flies to Chengdu once a week with passengers and cargo, after which the flight continues on to Beijing via a stopover in Seoul. From there, KLM transports passengers and cargo back to Amsterdam.
- Service to Bengalûru (India) has been suspended.
Specific travel restrictions and quarantine requirements remain in effect in many Asian countries. As this changes, scheduling within the network will need to be updated frequently throughout the winter season as well.
- Middle East
- In the summer of 2021, KLM will fly to seven destinations – the same number as in 2019.
- KLM offers Riyad (Saudi Arabia) as a new destination, with flights departing twice a week in the summer season and, starting this winter, three times a week.
- Service to Abu Dhabi has been suspended, although KLM offers this destination as a codeshare with Etihad Airways. The expectation is that Abu Dhabi will be reintroduced as a destination in winter 2021, thereby increasing the number of destinations to eight.
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wizzair ANNOUNCing THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ITS 6TH ITALIAN BASE IN NAPLES and new route
According to the official press release from Wizz Air, the Hungarian low cost carrier announced its 6 Italian base, in Naples together with 18 new international and domestic routes. The airline will base 2 Airbus A321 aircraft at Naples airport in August and September 2021. The 18 new services to 9 countries announced today, will complement the already operated 8 routes from Naples airport. Seats for the new routes can already be booked on wizzair.com or on the airline’s app from as low as EUR 9.99*
Wizz Air started flying to Italy in 2004, and since then has carried over 40 million passengers to and from Italy on its over 200 routes. Wizz Air is dedicated to continue developing its network and making affordable travel accessible to an ever increasing number of people. With the experience of providing low fare high quality services in the past 17 years. The establishment of Wizz Air’s newest, 44 base in Naples follows the opening of five bases (Milan Malpensa, Catania, Palermo, Bari and Rome Fiumicino) of the airline in Italy.
The company also announced the allocation of one Airbus A321 aircraft to its Tirana base and adding two new routes from Tirana to Barcelona in Spain and Cologne in Germany, which will be launched in July 2021. With this announcement, Wizz Air also increases flights frequency on ten already operated routes from Tirana.All travelers can already book tickets to these destinations on wizzair.com and via WIZZ mobile app, with fares starting from 29.99 EUR*.
This additional aircraft and the capacity it brings to the region represents a significant investment in Tirana International Airport and the local region by creating over 40 direct jobs and over 500 indirect jobs**, supporting industries such as aviation, transportation, hospitality and tourism. By increasing the annual capacity of Tirana Airport by over 574,000, Wizz Air provides local passengers with even more affordable and exciting travel opportunities on their doorstep. By connecting Tirana with Barcelona and Cologne, while offering attractive ticket fares, Wizz Air brings more opportunities to visit relatives and friends or to book long awaited holidays.
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