Greece prolongs the suspension of flights from 3rd countries
According to schengenvisainfo.com, the government of Greece have once again decided to extend restrictions imposed against international flights in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 and its variants, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced. Following the announcement from the CAA, the suspension of flights from third countries affected by the Coronavirus will be effective until July 15.
Exempt from this measure are citizens of EU/Schengen Area countries as well as those from the following 32 third countries that have recently registered low infection rates:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
not vaccinted? Forget to enter canada as a tourists soon
According to CNBC.com, foreign tourists who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada for quite some time because the government is unwilling to jeopardize progress made on containing the virus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.
“I can tell you right now that’s not going to happen for quite a while,” said Trudeau, when asked by reporters when Canada would allow unvaccinated tourists to enter the country.
“The next step we’ll be looking at what measures we can allow for international travelers who are fully vaccinated,” he said. “We will have more to say in the coming weeks.”
Canada, as of this week, has waived quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated citizens. But non-essential foreign travelers are still not allowed to enter despite pressure from the country’s hurting tourism sector.
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Finland to Open Borders for Vaccinated Travellers From EU & Schengen
According to schengenvisainfo.com, Finland will open its borders for travellers who are fully vaccinated, have recovered from Coronavirus, those 15 years and younger, coming from the EU and Schengen Area countries, starting from July 12. The new rule applies only to people coming from the EU and Schengen countries with low infection rates of Coronavirus, based on the categorisation of the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
For those travellers that have received only the first shot of the vaccine, the Finnish authorities request a COVID-19 test taken at least 72 hours after arrival to the country, whereas those that haven’t received any vaccine must undergo a test before departure or after the arrival to Finland,
Following this move, the countries national Finnair, will stop requiring the EU COVID-19 Vaccination Passports before boarding flights to the country. The Finnair Chief Operating Officer, Jaakko Schildt, confirmed the news, saying that the requirements for entry are checked on arrival.
“We continue to check the documents for those transiting to an international flight at Helsinki, per authority requirements,” Schildt said.
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The United States Has Banned Travel to Belarus
According to the Lacey Pfalz from Travel Pulse, the United States has imposed a ban on all air travel between Belarus and United States. This was followed the forced landing of Ryanair flight 4978 that held Belrusian journalist Raman Pratasevich in Belarus, leading to the journalist’s arrest within the country back in May,
According to The Associated Press, the Department of Transportation issued the ban yesterday, Tuesday July 6th, after having requested it the week before. The order bans airlines from selling tickets between the two countries and prohibits almost all travel, besides travel for humanitarian and national security reasons.
Ryanair flight 4978 flew from Athens heading towards Vilnius, Lithuania, but it was forced to land in Minsk when Belarusian officials learned that journalist Raman Pratasevich was aboard. He was arrested and faces up to 15 years in prison for what the country claims were actions that incited riots.
President Biden and other global leaders have called for an international investigation into the incident. It is unclear when the United States will cease the ban on travel into Belarus.
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Slovakia is introducing more strict measures: increasing border controls
According to the Slovak Spectator (SME.sk) and Schengenvisainfo.com, the recently announced strict police checks at Slovak borders will be further assisted by the Financial Administration and the Prison and Judicial Guard Corps, in joint patrols with the Police Force, Slovak authorities have announced it.
The move follows the government’s approved reinforcement of police to daily deploy up to 500 financial administration members and 200 guards in a bid to ensure public order regarding the Coronavirus situation.
The Interior Minister, Roman Mikulec, noted that strengthening personnel capacities will enable police to eventually open small border crossings gradually.
“We have 33 small border crossings that have been closed, we will try to gradually make as many of them as possible,” Minister Roman Mikulec said after the government meeting.
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