Travel News: July 5th 2021

AirAsia Indonesia to stop flights for a month from July 6

According to, the Indonesian unit of AirAsia Group Bhd will temporarily stop all flights for a month from July 6 to support the government’s effort to limit a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The following statement was released by the AirAsia Group subsidiary,

“AirAsia remains committed to serving charter and cargo flights to support repatriation missions, delivery of goods and other essential interests by implementing strict health and safety protocols.” – AirAsia Indonesia

To avoid any issues and complains from the customers who already bought tickets for the flights during that month, the company is taking a flexible approach. For bookings on flights during the suspension period, passengers can convert tickets into a credit account which is valid for up to 730 days (two years). They can also change their flight schedule to another date until 31 October 2021, which can be done an unlimited number of times at no additional cost.

For further details, please visit AirAsia Indonesia or continue reading on


Slovakia will introduce Strict Internal & External Border Controls

According to the Minister of Health and the government of Slovakia, the country will introduce much strict internal and external border controls. Such measures that aim to halt the further spread of the COVID Delta variant have entered into force from today, July 5, and include intensified and strict controls for persons who enter the the country through internal and external borders, including air travel.

To ensure a smooth flow of traffic through the borders, the police authorities recommend that all arrivals prepare the necessary documentation, including certificates or digital form passes, before arriving at the checkpoints. All certificates must be also in English langauge.

“The police force is ready to check EU digital COVID cards via mobile reading devices. The Police Force will carry out inspections at internal borders with the support of members of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic and, if necessary, also with the support of the Financial Administration,” the Ministry’s statement reads.

Simultaneously, the same Ministry has announced that from July 9, the country will no longer impose restrictions based on the COVID-19 risk of the country the travellers are entering from, but instead will focus on whether the travellers have been vaccinated or not.

For further details and press release, please continue reading on


Vueling Targets Northern Ireland With New Route

According to Mark Finlay from Simple Flying, Spanish low-cost airline Vueling has returned to George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) for the first time since 2015. Vueling flight number VY 8780 took off from Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN) at 11:50 and arrived in Belfast at 13:11.

In addition of the twice-weekly flight further strengthens the International Airlines Group (IAG) presence in Belfast, with Aer Lingus and British Airways already offering flights from BHD. When speaking about the Spanish carriers return to Belfast in an airport statement Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, Katy Best, said:

“The addition of Vueling Airlines to Belfast City Airport will provide passengers with more choice this summer, bringing the total number of UK and European destinations served from the airport to 26.

“Vueling offers convenient flight times with a twice-weekly service to the popular Spanish city, and we are sure that passengers will take advantage of its competitive prices and great customer service to enjoy a relaxing break.”

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


Virgin Atlantic And Delta airlines will return to heathrow, london

According to Linnea Ahlgren from Simple Flying, Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines have confirmed in a joint statement that they are returning to London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 from July 15th. The airlines said they are looking forward to welcoming customers back onto their ‘home turf’, while calling on the UK and US governments to ease restrictions for non-essential transatlantic travel.

“We’re delighted to finally be back on our home turf, and I know our teams can’t wait to warmly welcome our customers to Terminal 3, as they return to the skies in style, as they fly safe and well with Virgin Atlantic,” Corneel Koster, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Customer and Operating Officer, commented on the news.

Meanwhile, Koster took the opportunity to once more urge the UK government to place the United States on its list of ‘green’ countries, citing the millions of pounds in economic value lost every single day. Furthermore, he called on the Biden administration to again let UK travelers in the country.

“Moving back to our home in Terminal 3 will allow our customers to once again enjoy the award-winning experience they have missed during the pandemic,” said Nadia Clinton, Delta Air Lines’ regional sales manager.

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


Phuket opens only to those who are willing to follow its many rules

As you could read earlier here and, starting July 1, tourists can visit Phuket without quarantining for the first time since March 2020. Many airlines already re-started flights to Phuket.

In Thailand’s much-discussed “sandbox” pilot scheme, its largest island has reopened to vaccinated travelers who are willing to abide by a laundry list of rules designed to safely restart tourism amid the pandemic. The “sandbox” plan turns Phuket into a testing ground for protocols that, if successful, will likely be introduced to other parts of Thailand — and potentially other destinations in Southeast Asia — this year.   

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), to avoid quarantining in Phuket, visitors must show:

  • A vaccination certificate with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization, or Thai health authorities, administered no fewer than 14 days before arriving; accompanying children are allowed
  • A negative RT-PCR test (taken within 72 hours of departure)
  • A medical insurance policy of no less than $100,000 that covers the stay
  • An approval called a Certificate of Entry to enter
  • Proof of payment for a 14-night stay and necessary Covid tests, or if staying less than two weeks, travelers must also show confirmed departure flights out of Thailand
  • Proof that travelers spent the preceding 21 days in a low-risk or medium-risk country outlined on a list that is mostly in Thai on the website of Thailand’s Department of Disease Control

For further details, please click here and continue reading on


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