Travel News: June 28th 2021

singapore airlines opens bookings for Manchester flight

According to, Singapore Airlines resumes three weekly nonstop flights to Manchester in northern England effective 16 July using an A350-900 aircraft. The airline’s website is open for bookings with the lowest oneway Economy Lite fare starting at SGD654. The service will operate every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Manchester Airport’s managing director, Karen Smart, said at the time: “We are pleased to hear Singapore Airlines will be resuming its direct service from Manchester next month. Singapore Airlines is one of our longest-serving airlines, and we know its routes have been extremely popular with passengers from across the North over the years, both in terms of leisure and business travel. We look forward to working with our colleagues at Singapore Airlines to make this returning service a success, especially given the destination’s inclusion on the UK Government’s green list. Together, we hope to be able to relaunch the popular Houston service as soon as possible once travel to and from the United States is opened up.”

It announced it was returning to Manchester on 8 June as the airline celebrated its 50th anniversary of flying to the UK. For the rest of the article continue reading here on


Spain tightens COVID rules for travelers from united kingdom

According to Reuters, Spain will demand a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination from British tourists coming to the country after letting them in freely for more than a month, Foreign Minister Arancha GonzalezLaya said on Monday.

“British citizen will require a certification of full vaccination or a negative PCR (72hrs) to enter Spain,” she said on Twitter.

The new rules will be published in the official gazette on Tuesday and come into force 72 hours later, she added in another message. Since May 20, Spain had decided to lift the requirement for Britons to present a negative PCR test, which is enforced for travellers from within the European Union. Gonzalez Laya’s comments came after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said earlier on Monday that Britons would have to present a PCR rest or vaccine certificate only to come to the Balearic Islands.

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


portugal joins spain with tightening covid rules for UK citizens

Similar to Spain, Portugal also decided to tighten covid rules for UK citizens. British visitors to Portugal must quarantine for 14 days from Monday if they are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Portuguese government said.

The new rule will be in place until at least July 11, follows a surge in cases in Portugal to levels last seen in February, when it was under a strict lockdown. Positive cases have also risen in Britain but its vaccination roll-out has been faster. Travelers arriving by air, land or sea must show proof they are fully vaccinated or self-isolate for 14 days at home or at a place indicated by health authorities, the government said in a statement late on Sunday. A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second vaccine dose or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Passengers from Britain who have recovered from COVID-19 and received one dose will also be allowed in.

Britain is one of Portugal’s biggest sources of foreign tourists but it removed Portugal from its own quarantine-free travel list earlier this month. This means British holidaymakers must self-isolate for 10 days when they return home and also take expensive COVID-19 tests.

For the rest of the article please click here and continue reading on Reuters.


Americans can now travel to the Netherlands

Although Europeans still can’t travel to United States for vacation, European countries started to allow US citizens to enter their countries. After Italy, Croatia and Spain, now Netherlands will allow US citizens to enter the country.

According to Sasha Brady from Lonely Planet, the US is now among the countries considered to be “safe”, where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low, according to the Netherlands. Travelers from so-called safe countries are permitted to enter the Netherlands without quarantine or proof of vaccination. Australia, Serbia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Rwanda are among the other destinations deemed safe by the Netherlands, as well as most European countries.

As the Netherlands opens up, tourists from high-risk countries still face restrictions. They’re required to present a negative COVID test result and quarantine for 10 days, even if they have been fully vaccinated. The UK is currently considered high-risk due to the spread of the Delta variant there. Additional measures may apply so always check the latest measures before planning any travel.

For the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Lonely Planet.


Qatar airwys started to promote new business class seat

According to, Qatar Airways announced that they will launch its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring a new Business Class Suite, on key routes to Europe and Asia. The launch started 25 June on the  Doha – Milan route, followed by services from Doha to Athens, Barcelona, Dammam, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid and Milan. The brand new aircraft has a passenger capacity of 311 seats – 30 Business Class Suites and 281 seats in Economy Class.

Seating in a herringbone pattern, 1-2-1 configuration, suites have direct aisle access with a sliding door to ensure privacy and comfort. The Business Class Suite transforms into a 79″ fully-flat bed. 

In economy class, each seat is equipped with a 13-inch Panasonic IFE touch screen in addition to a personal electronic device holder for both mobile and iPad devices. The seat features a rotatable armrest that can be stowed away in the backrest, providing a more comfortable and spacious experience.

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