Travel News: July 2nd 2021

EU COVID-19 Vaccine Passport What You Need to Know

As you could read in the news on, the European Union created a COVID-19 travel certificate to restore the freedom of travel, which has been put at a halt for over a year now, since the pandemic spread all over the block. Through the certificate, the Commission intends to remove travel restrictions as entry bans, quarantine obligation, and testing.

What do you need to know?

The EU COVID-19 Vaccine Passport/Certificate is a one-piece document that can be issued to a traveller in both a paper and digital format.

Depending on the traveller’s status, there are three types of EU’s COVID-19 passport launched.

  • Vaccination passport
  • Test certificate
  • Recovery certificate

Those holding such a document will be able to travel throughout Europe without the need to quarantine or test for COVID-19 (though the Member States may impose such restrictions on particular countries with a higher COVID-19 rate).

The EU COVID Vaccination Passport will be issued to all those who have been fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus, with one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicine Agency, which are:

  • Comirnaty (BioNTech, Pfizer)
  • Moderna
  • Vaxzevria (previously COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, Oxford)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

For further details, please click here and continue reading on


Qatar Airways Introducing: ‘Digital Passport’ Mobile App

According to the official press release published on Qatar Airways, the Qatar based national carrier introduced the trial of a new mobile app, The trial will enable travellers to Doha to share their Qatar issued vaccination certificate via their mobile with the airline and authorities in a more safe, seamless and secure wayTrial will be rolled out in phases, beginning with cabin crew travelling from Kuwait, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris  and Sydney.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker said: “Despite the significant challenges the pandemic has caused international aviation, our industry has continued to be a leader in adopting new technologies and innovations to ensure a safe, secure and seamless travel experience for our passengers. Qatar Airways is proud to lead the way by becoming the first airline to trial COVID-19 vaccine authentication through the IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ Mobile App. I want to especially thank Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Interior, Primary Health Care Corporation and Hamad Medical Corporation, whom without their ongoing support, this trial would not be possible.

“We know as more people begin making plans to return to their favourite holiday destinations, they will inevitably face the challenge of ensuring they have the right paperwork. Through trialling and supporting the development of new technologies, we aim to provide travellers with a tool that will support them to seamlessly travel across borders with greater confidence.”

Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General said: … for the rest of the article, please continue reading here on Qatar Airways.


restrictions free travel to iceland for vaccinated travelers

According to, tThe Icelandic Directorate of Health has announced that the country will allow restriction-free entry to persons who present proof they have been vaccinated with any of the eight vaccines approved by the country’s authorities.This means that everyone who presents one of the following vaccination certificates authorised by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be permitted entry to the country without having to present a negative COVID-19 test result or having to undergo the self-isolation requirement:

  • Comirnaty – Pfizer/BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH.
  • Vaxzevria – AstraZeneca
  • AstraZeneca/SK Bio, SK Bioscience CO. Ltd,
  • Vaccine AstraZeneca (Covishield™), Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Janssen – Cilag International NV.
  • Spikevax; mRNA – 1273, Moderna Biotech
  • Vero Cell – Sinopharm/Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co., Ltd.
  • Sinovac-CoronaVac (Vero Cell), Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd.

In order for a vaccination certificate to be considered valid, the authorities noted that the document should be provided either in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English or French. Documents in other languages can be valid as well as long as they are accompanied by a certified translation in one of the required languages.

For the vaccination certificates to be fully recognised in Iceland, they should include the following information on the holder: … for the rest of the article, please continue reading here on


JetBlue Begins Service to Kalispell, Montana, the Gateway to Glacier

According to the official press release from JetBlue, the New York based company completed its first flight Thursday to Glacier Park International Airport (FCA), located in Kalispell, Montana. Kalispell, situated in the Flathead Valley, serves as a gateway to the world-renowned Glacier National Park and is surrounded by endless outdoor activities facilitated by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, numerous lakes, hiking and biking trails, and the rest of wide open Big Sky country. As New York’s Hometown Airline, JetBlue will operate flights between Glacier Park International and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) three times weekly with seasonal service through September 7.

“As we identify new markets in our network, we continue to see great interest and demand for destinations where travelers can experience the scenic outdoors and wide open spaces, especially our famed national parks,” said Andrea Lusso, vice president network planning, JetBlue. “Connecting our customers to the gateway to Glacier National Park and the rest of the Flathead Valley shows we are listening to current travel trends and responding by connecting these destinations to our focus cities.”

“We are excited to add JetBlue to the GPIA family,” said Rob Ratkowski, director, Glacier Park International Airport. “As interest in the Flathead Valley continues to grow, we are pleased that JetBlue is providing increased opportunity for visitors to enjoy this beautiful area.”

For the rest of the article, please continue reading here on JetBlue Airlines.


emirates resumes freedom flights to mexico city

According to Daniel Martínez Garbuno from Simple Flying, The Dubai-based UAE flag carrier Emirates resumed today its flights to Mexico City after more than one year due to the COVID-19 crisis. This route was one of the last Emirates inaugurated before the pandemic started in March 2020.

“The resumed service will serve Emirates’ customers in Mexico and offer more choice to travelers heading from Europe, India, South East Asia, and the Middle East via Dubai or Barcelona. The service will also provide additional connectivity to global markets for Mexican exports such as avocados, berries, mangoes, automotive parts, and medical supplies.”

As a response to Emirates’ plans, Aeromexico launched its Mexico City-Barcelona flights. The Mexican carrier launched 3 flights a week on this route while scrapping its operation to Shanghai. Nevertheless, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Aeromexico is currently not flying to Barcelona.

The success of both flights is still uncertain; the pandemic forced Aeromexico and Emirates to stop flying to Barcelona. Currently, the Europe-Mexico market is still shaky but slowly coming back. Spain recently dropped some of its travel restrictions, meaning vaccinated Mexicans can visit.

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


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