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Greece to lift quarantine rule for more travelers from next week: official

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FILE PHOTO: People make their way on Monastiraki square, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Athens, Greece, March 10, 2021. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece plans to lift quarantine restrictions from next week for travelers from the European Union and five other countries who have been vaccinated or......

Heathrow Airport CEO sees patchy international travel this summer

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LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – The chief executive of Heathrow Airport, Britain’s busiest airport, said that international travel this summer would be “patchy” as countries worry about the risk of importing COVID-19 variants and their impact on the vaccine. “I think over the summer, we’re going to see quite a......

WHO does not back vaccination passports for now: spokeswoman

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FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) does not back requiring vaccination passports for entry......

EasyJet CEO criticises testing requirements in Britain’s travel restart plan

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FILE PHOTO: EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren gestures as he talks to media at Gatwick Airport, Britain, June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra LONDON (Reuters) – The chief executive of British airline easyJet criticised some of the government’s plans to restart travel, saying COVID-19 tests should not be required for passengers travelling......

UPDATE 1-Kenya Airways suspends flights to United Kingdom

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(Adds detail, background) NAIROBI, April 5 (Reuters) – Kenya Airways will suspend flights to the United Kingdom effective April 9, the airline said in a statement. The announcement comes days after Britain said it would add Kenya to its travel “red list”. Those arriving in the United Kingdom from countries......

Portugal extends restrictions on Spanish border until April 15

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FILE PHOTO: Portuguese police officers check a car at the border between Portugal and Spain, following an order from the Spanish government to set up controls at its land borders over coronavirus, in Vilar Formoso, Portugal, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File Photo LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal on Sunday extended restrictions......

Portugal extends restrictions on Spanish border until April 15

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FILE PHOTO: Portuguese police officers check a car at the border between Portugal and Spain, following an order from the Spanish government to set up controls at its land borders over coronavirus, in Vilar Formoso, Portugal, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File Photo LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal on Sunday extended restrictions......

Australia’s COVID-19 weary tourism operators count cost of floods

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PORT MACQUARIE, Australia (Reuters) – For Carol Curry, manager of the Marina Holiday Park, 330 km (205 miles) north of Sydney, the Easter long weekend and school holidays were to be a big finish to the tourist season after a year battered by COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, she’s sloshing through mud......

EU’s Breton hopes vaccine push can boost Europe’s summer tourist season

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FILE PHOTO: Tourists are seen at the Caffe Quadri at St. Mark’s Square a day before Italy and neighbouring EU countries open up borders for the first time since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak hit the country, in Venice, Italy June 14, 2020. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri PARIS (Reuters) – European Internal......

Japan to issue digital vaccine passport: Nikkei

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FILE PHOTO: A visitor and an airline company staff member wearing protective face masks are seen at the arrival gate of the international flight terminal at Tokyo International Airport, commonly know as Haneda airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan December 28, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato (Reuters) –......

Germany issues COVID travel warning for France, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark

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FILE PHOTO: People queue at a COVID-19 testing centre, after controls were tightened due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Czech-German border in Folmava, Czech Republic January 25, 2021. REUTERS/David Cerny/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany warned its citizens on Friday not to make unnecessary trips to neighbouring......

Sprawling redevelopment along Athens “riviera” moves step forward

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FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of the former airport complex of Hellenikon, in Athens, Greece, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek lawmakers on Tuesday approved a contract transfering partial ownership of a sprawling former airport site to Greek developer Lamda, bringing one of the country’s biggest urban......

Mexico tells Latin American countries its airport immigration facilities are safe

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FILE PHOTO: People wear protective face masks at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, Mexico February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico assured other Latin American countries on Monday that immigration facilities at Mexico City’s international airport were safe and hygienic, as it prepares a wider......

Bavaria’s Soeder says we are in most dangerous phase of pandemic

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FILE PHOTO: Bavarian State Premier Markus Soeder attends a cabinet meeting in Munich, Germany, March 4, 2021, one day after Chancellor Merkel met with state leaders to discuss lockdown options the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. Peter Kneffel/Pool via REUTERS BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is likely living through......

German tourist industry warns of job losses from tighter pandemic lockdowns

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FILE PHOTO: People queue to reach the summit cross on top of the highest German mountain, the Zugspitze, in Grainau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (Reuters) – The German tourist industry has warned of layoffs and bankruptices if authorities further tighten lockdowns meant to curb the......

Ravers feel the music at socially distanced silent disco in Barcelona

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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona ravers have found a way to get round COVID-19 curbs on clubs by holding outdoor silent discos in some of the city’s best-known locations. On Sunday, people welcomed the first day of spring by putting on their headphones and busting some moves at Mar Bella beach......

In a time of pandemic, love is in the air on Canada-U.S. border

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VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Christina Kelly did not picture marrying her American sweetheart in the Peace Arch Park – a 42-acre (17-hectare) stretch of manicured lawns and neatly trimmed garden beds at an otherwise unremarkable border crossing in the Pacific Northwest. American citizen Regan Steele and her Canadian boyfriend Rod Greenwood......

We can get most Germans vaccinated by summer’s end: BioNTech founder

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BERLIN (Reuters) – The founder of BioNTech, partner with Pfizer in making one of the first coronavirus vaccines to be approved for use, is optimistic that the virus will be under control in most European countries by the end of the summer despite a faltering vaccine roll-out. In Germany, owners......

Portugal to quarantine travellers from South Africa via other countries

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LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal said on Saturday that passengers arriving from South Africa via a stopover in another country must also quarantine for 14 days and present a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before arrival, the interior ministry said on Saturday. Direct flights from South Africa have already been......

International spectators to be barred from entering Japan for Olympics

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TOKYO (Reuters) – The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organising Committee said on Saturday that international spectators will not be allowed to enter Japan during the Olympic Games which are scheduled for this summer. Olympic and Paralympic tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded, it said in a statement. The Tokyo......

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