Travel News: July 6th 2021

Belgium plas to Impose Stricter Entry Measures For Portugal visitors

As the delta variant of the Covid-19 virus spreads accross Europe and specially in Portugal, several western European countries are considering to introduce more strict measures to stop the spreading. One of those measures is related to traveling. According to, Belgium might require those planning to enter the country after a stay in Portugal to undergo obligatory COVID-19 testing.

“The decision is not yet final, but of course, we want to keep the delta variant out of Belgium. That is why we are in consultation with the core of the government and the federal states to see what additional measures we can impose on people returning from Portugal,” Belgium’s Minister of Home Affairs Annelies Verlinden said.

In regards to the possible restrictions against arrivals from Portugal, European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has said that it is reasonable to require travellers returning from areas with a virus variant risk to present a negative COVID-19 test result. Nonetheless, he noted that imposing quarantine requirements or travel bans would go “too far”.

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Air Canada decided to Resume 17 International Routes

According to the official website of Air Canada, the national carrier of Canada unveiled additional details of its planned international schedule for this summer, which includes the resumption of 17 routes and 11 destinations across the world from its hubs. The airline is resuming its service between Calgary and Frankfurt, as of August 1, up to four times weekly, and is also offering for the first time a unique non-stop service from Montreal to Cairo, Egypt, three times weekly.

“As travel restrictions ease across the globe, we are committed to rebuild our international network and continue as a global carrier to connect Canada to the world, while also developing additional markets and targeting new opportunities. Canadians are eager to travel again, and we are ready to reunite customers with their families and friends. With vaccination rates globally increasing and our industry-leading CleanCare+ bio-safety protocols, Air Canada has your health and safety as its top priority,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“We are pleased to restart our non-stop service between Calgary and Frankfurt, a key European market for our customers in Western Canada. This route will operate all year long, connecting Calgary to the world via the global hub of our trans Atlantic joint venture partner, Lufthansa, in Frankfurt. We are also considering additional routes as restrictions continue to loosen,” Mr. Galardo added.

International flight schedule for Summer 2021 – for the exact details, please click here and continue reading on Air Canada.


29% Of All Destinations Continue to Keep The Borders Closed for tourism published a very interesting article about the latest Travel Restrictions Report published by United Nations. The report shows that starting June 1, approximately 29 per cent of destinations all over the world have their borders entirely closed for international tourism. Of these destinations, more than half of them have been completely closed to tourist arrivals since May 2020 or longer, with the majority of countries belonging to the Small Island Development States of Asia and the Pacific.

In contrast, only three destinations, Albania, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic, are completely open to tourist arrivals, without any restrictions in place.

“The data confirms the trend towards destinations adopting more nuanced, evidence-and-risk-based approaches to restrictions on travel, particularly in light of the evolving epidemiological situation and the emergence of new variants of the virus,” the World Tourism Organization statement reads.

In addition, 42 per cent of all destinations have introduced distinct restrictions for travellers arriving from countries where the COVID-19 variants have widely spread by suspending flights, closing the borders, or imposing compulsory quarantine requirements.

Further details are published on here on


Airport Ease and Airport Ease + packages introduced by emirates

Customer who choose to visit Dubai via Emirates and Dubai residents seeking to expedite their return journey for stress-free travel can now upgrade their airport experience and have their arrivals and departures taken care of with newly introduced packages.

With Airport Ease, Emirates Holidays customers can take advantage of an introductory package offer that ensures they are well-looked after starting from AED 499* for a complete arrivals experience. The package, valid for two people and up to four bags, includes an effortless end-to-end experience with Meet & Greet prior to reaching immigration, fast-track and a personalised escort through the arrivals hall, and Emirates’ signature Chauffer Drive service in a BMW 5 Series for onwards transport to their hotel or home. Emirates Holidays will also do the legwork on baggage handling and collection, in addition to a convenient baggage delivery option to any address in Dubai.

With Airport Ease +, convenience and efficiency are taken to the next level for the whole arrivals and departures experience, starting from AED 1,199**. The tailor made airport experience, valid for two people and up to four bags, includes dedicated Meet & Greet at the customer’s arrival gate, one-to-one escort and dedicated fast-track at immigration and security, Emirates’ BMW Series 5 Chauffeur Drive service to and from the airport and baggage collection and convenient delivery (upon request) to the customer’s address in Dubai.

Upon departure with Airport Ease +, Emirates Holidays customers can take advantage of… for further details, please click here and continue reading on Emirates.


American Airlines Adds New Routes From Miami This Winter

According to Patrick Clarke from Travel Pulse, American Airlines is expanding its footprint at Miami International Airport, adding two new international destinations and six new domestic routes this winter.

Beginning this December, American will connect Miami with Chetumal, Mexico and San Andres Island, Colombia, marking its 28th destination in Mexico and seventh in Colombia. The new routes will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting December 1 and December 4, respectively.

American is also adding daily seasonal service between MIA and Salt Lake City and seasonal Saturday service to Albany, New York; Burlington, Vermont; Madison, Wisconsin; Syracuse, New York and Tulsa, Oklahoma. MIA-SLC will operate from December 16 through April 4, 2022, while the other five routes will begin November 6, continuing through April 2, 2022, with the exception of year-round service between Miami and Tulsa.

The carrier also announced that its current daily seasonal service between Miami and Oklahoma City will become year-round, while daily seasonal service between Miami and Des Moines, Iowa and Milwaukee will operate between November 2 and April 4, 2022. Lastly, year-round Saturday service from Miami to Fayetteville, Arkansas is scheduled to begin on November 6.

“With more than 30 years of service… for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Travel Pulse.


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