Travel News: July 1st 2021

etihad airways re-opens flights to phuket

According to the official press release from Etihad Airways, the national carrier of UAE was the first company to land international flight to Phuket today, to mark the reopening of tourism to Thailand. To celebrate the occasion the aircraft was greeted with the customary water cannon salute on arrival.

Etihad flight EY430 from Abu Dhabi to Phuket arrived at Phuket International Airport at 11am on 1 July, and is the first Etihad flight to return to Thailand since the start of the pandemic.

The airline will operate three weekly flights to the island of Phuket, helping to support the recovery and bring tourism back to Thailand.

Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales and Cargo, said: “Etihad’s return to Phuket is a fantastic step forward as we reopen a very popular holiday destination for travellers from the UAE, and we’re proud to be the first international flight to arrive since the pandemic halted travel last year. Holiday makers from Europe and further afield can also easily connect through Abu Dhabi and on to Phuket, and can enjoy the benefits of flying in safety and comfort on Etihad’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.”

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Wizz Air Opens new Base in Rome

According to the official website of Wizz Air and to, the hungarian low-cost carrier did open its base at Rome Fiumicino airport. Wizz Air is planning with the newly opened base to strengthens it’s presence in Italy, and is a strong testimony to its commitment to developing the Italian network. With 4 Airbus A321 aircraft at the country’s capital and biggest aviation market, at Rome Fiumicino airport and with the launch of 32 new services, Europe’s fastest-growing airline continues to grow and offers tickets on a very good price.

Wizz Air’s history in Italy dates back to 2004 when the very first flight departed from Bergamo to Katowice, Poland. Since then, the airline has carried over 40 million passengers to and from the country. In little over 12 months, Wizz Air has also deployed 19 aircraft across Italy and operates a total of 261 routes to 91 destinations in 33 countries. This dynamic growth represents a +80% increase in capacity since the announcement of the establishment of the airline’s first base in Italy in the spring of 2020.

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Netherlands opens borders for Vaccinated Non-EU Travellers

According to the, the Dutch Government has announced that with the introduction of the Digital COVID Passpor, will ease the travel restrictions to EU travellers reaching the country from high-risk areas as well as to immunised non-EU travellers. Such easing of restrictions has become effective from the July 1st,

Consequently, EU and non-EU travellers entering the Netherlands from a COVID-19 low-risk country will no longer be required to present a negative test result or stay self-isolated upon their arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.

Nonetheless, they are still obliged to fill in a health declaration form if travelling through air transport.

“If you are coming from a country where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low (a safe country), you do not need to show a negative test result. You are also not required to self-quarantine when you arrive in the Netherlands,” Government’s statement reads.

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tourism to boost thanks to the EU Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Passport

In June after several months of discussion and agreements, the European Union finally release the digital Covid-19 vaccination passports. According to, it was warmly welcomed by the World Travel and Tourism (WTTC) agency.

According to WTTC’s Senior Vice President, Virginia Messina, this document should help return safe international travel, recover lost jobs and gradually revive the tourism sector, which will be critical for the economic recovery across the world.

Messina also asked the EU Commission and institutions to quickly adopt the document and noted that the EU Member States should align their approach by harmonising policies in order to avoid fragmentation and confusion for travellers, who need a simple guideline of rules and regulations to ease travelling during this difficult time.

The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global Travel & Tourism sector has wiped out millions of jobs and seen its contribution to GDP plummet. The lives of the millions of people who rely on the sector have also been turned upside down by the pandemic, causing huge stress and concern,” Messina stated.

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Portugal Extends Ban on Flights from Brazil, South Africa & Nepal

According to the official government statement of Portugal, reported also on, the country continues to ban non-essential travelling such as tourism from South Africa, Brazil and Nepal, and travellers coming from these flights can only visit the country for essential purposes.

In a press release published on the government’s official site, travellers from South Africa, Brazil and Nepal must undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, either at home or in a place designated by the Portuguese health authorities.

“The Government determined that passengers from flights originating in South Africa, Brazil, India and Nepal are still only able to carry out essential journeys,” the press release reads.

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