Travel News: July 4th 2021

Iberia introducing new route: Welcome to the Maldives

According to Iuliia Tore from Rus Tourism News, Spanish national carrier Iberia starting on the beginning of July will make three weekly flights to Malé, the capital of the Maldives. Using Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 that carry up to 288-292 passengers, respectively. On its Airbus A330/300, Iberia offers Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.

“Nothing makes the crew more excited than to share with all of you this maiden flight to the Maldivas. Keep your eyes on the windows because the Velana International airport will welcome us with a fantastic water arch”, with this words the captain announced to the passengers the arrivall to Maldives.

From July until 30 August 2021, the Spanish airline will make three weekly flights to the islands’ capital, Malé, departing from Madrid on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and returning on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Both outgoing and incoming flights are timed for easy connections in Madrid to other Iberia destinations in Spain and the rest of Europe. For further details, please continue reading on Rus Tourism News.


Avianca starting Ontario – San Salvador Operations

According to Mark Finlay from Simple Flying, Colombian national flag carrier Avianca has recently introduced its first flight between Ontario International Airport (ONT) in California and El Salvador International Airport Saint Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (SAL) in San Salvador, El Salvador. In a statement from Ontario International Airport, it claims that last week’s flight was the first passenger air service between the southern Californian airport and El Salvador.

So far, Avianca plans to offer three flights per week on a Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from ONT to SAL, departing from ONT at 01:15 and arriving at SAL at 07:05. The flights from El Salvador to California will depart SAL at 19:10 and arrive at ONT at 23:30.

Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Ontario and President of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners, Alan D. Wapner said:

“We have waited with great anticipation to welcome Avianca Airlines, its passengers, and crew members to Ontario International.”Adding, “We are confident that our modern, low-cost international gateway, vibrant local economy, and intensely loyal customer base will create tremendous value for Avianca.”

For the rest of the article please continue reading on Simple Flying.


Norway Lifts Quarantine Requirements for 23 European Countries

According to, travellers from 23 European countries will be eligible to enter Norway without being obliged to follow quarantine requirements upon their arrival, Norway’s government has announced.

According to a statement published by Norway’s Ministry of Health and Care Services, the decision will come into effect on July 5 and will include the following countries; Bulgaria, Belgium, France, the Faroe Islands, Estonia, Greece, Croatia, Italy,  Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, San Marino, Poland,  Slovakia, Switzerland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany,  the Vatican City and Austria.

However, travellers must fill in the entry registration form and undergo a testing process upon their arrival in Norway.

Minister of Health and Care Services, Bent Høie said that even though many European countries are now turning green and more people can enter the country without being obliged to follow quarantine rules, they will be required to undergo testing at the country’s border while stressing that the government “will still apply the rules on entry registration.”“The rules will protect us against import infections, provide us with an overview and protect us against new virus variants,” Høie pointed out.

The same Ministry announced that Ireland, Latvia, Cyprus, Monaco, the Netherlands and Portugal would continue to be orange, meaning that they are considered medium-risk countries.

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Portugal’s Madeira allows visitors to enter with not approved vaccines

According to Reuters, the famous Portuguese islands of Madeira will allow entry to visitors with any of the COVID-19 vacinnes being administered worldwide and not only with those approved by Europe’s Medical Agency, was said by the regional government on Sunday. The European Union, which launched its digital COVID certificate last week, has so far authorised only four vaccines – those of Pfizer/ BioNTech, Moderna Inc , AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

The certificate allows citizens to travel more freely across the Europe if they have been fully vaccinated with one of the four approved shots, received a recent negative test result or have immunity due to recent recovery.

European Union member states can decide to extend the certificate to European travellers vaccinated with other shots. However the mainland of Portugal only accepts the four vaccines, but Madeira, an autonomous region popular for its wine and green landscape, said those who received other shots, such as those of China’s Sinovac or India’s Covaxin, could visit the Atlantic islands.

Pedro Ramos, Madeira’s health secretary, said all would be accepted “because if millions have been vaccinated with these vaccines (not approved by the EU), their level of protection is similar to others”.

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


denmark is starting to open the country again, allows free entry for 4 countries

According to the official statement of Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs published on, arrivals from the Netherlands, Latvia, Estonia, and Hungary will now be permitted entry into Denmark without being subject to the testing obligation or the quarantine requirement as the countries have been moved to the green list. Except of those 4 countries, the Spanish regions of Navarre and the Basque Country are now part of the green list, meaning that arrivals from the two regions can enter Denmark restriction-free.

However the rest of European/Schengen countries and regions is still in the red zone, which means that mandatory testing/quarantine is required.

There is also a yellow zone, where currently Cyprus, Spanish regions of Catalonia, Melilla, and Valencia and some of the Non-European/Schengen countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan, Kosovo, Moldova, and Montenegro are included. Previously Albania, Lebanon, Northern Macedonia, Rwanda, and Serbia were also moved to the yellow list.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel guidelines for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan, Kosovo, Moldova and Montenegro will change from orange to yellow for these countries and territories. However, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Canada and Qatar have continued to have significant entry restrictions for travellers from Denmark, so these will continue to be shaded orange in the travel guide,” the Ministry’s statement reads.

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