Fears of new COVID variants lead to lengthier travel quarantines

Quarantines continue to frustrate travelers and strangle airlines a year into the pandemic, with the threat from highly infectious coronavirus variants meaning enforced isolations are mostly getting longer and stricter rather than easing up. Even as vaccines embolden countries like Israel and the U.K. to plot paths to reopening, authorities around the world are tightening […]

US hits Belarusian officials with travel bans for crackdown

US secretary of state announces sanctions on 43 Belarusian nationals hours after two journalists are sentenced. The United States on Thursday imposed travel restrictions on 43 Belarusian nationals identified as taking part in President Alexander Lukashenko’s “crackdown” on protesters and journalists. The US action was announced by Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement […]

Air Canada ‘encouraged’ by government aid talks amid travel slump

The airline said it’s going to burn more cash this quarter after reporting 4Q revenue that trailed analysts’ estimates. Air Canada’s top executive sounded more optimistic on the chances of a government aid package, as a prolonged travel slump forces it to further cut capacity. Canada’s biggest airline said it’s going to burn more cash […]

This Lunar New Year: Good for China’s factories, bad for travel

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Across many parts of Asia, and among Asian diaspora beyond the region, families are normally busy around this time of year repainting and spring cleaning their homes to prepare for visits by family members or buying oranges and festive cookies, all to get set for the Lunar New Year celebrations. But […]

Australia reopens ‘travel bubble’ with New Zealand

Decision marks the resumption of the only international arrivals into Australia who do not require 14 days in hotel quarantine. Australia has reopened its “travel bubble” with New Zealand after the neighbouring country reported no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases for four days. The decision on Sunday marks the resumption of the only international arrivals […]

Singapore suspends ‘travel bubble’ with Malaysia, South Korea

Germany is also affected by the temporary travel restriction beginning on February 1 until the end of April. Singapore announced it will temporarily suspend its reciprocal “travel bubble” arrangement with neighbouring Malaysia as well as South Korea and Germany, amid the resurgence of coronavirus cases worldwide and its reported new variants. Starting on Monday, the […]

Germany to restrict travel to curb COVID variants: Live news

Germany prepares entry bans for travellers from the UK, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa to limit spread of variants. Germany is preparing entry bans for travellers from the United Kingdom, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa to limit the spread of the more contagious variants of the coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) said one-third of […]

How Travel Restrictions Work

Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up. Good morning. Travel restrictions have been one of the most effective pandemic responses — if they’re strict. One of the biggest lessons of the pandemic has been the success of travel restrictions at reducing its spread. And this is a moment when they have the […]

Testing Requirement Is the Latest Curveball for the Travel Industry

Ms. Flynn showed her test results on her phone at the Turkish Airlines check-in counter at Istanbul Airport and kept a printed copy in case it was required when she landed. “No one asked to see the results again, so it really was minimal hassle for the extra peace of mind,” she said. “ It’s […]

Biden reinstates US COVID travel restrictions, adds South Africa

The new US president is taking a more aggressive approach to COVID-19 with more than 25 million Americans now confirmed with the virus. US President Joe Biden will reinstate a ban on most non-US citizens entering the country, including people from Brazil and the United Kingdom where new, more transmissible variants of the coronavirus have […]

Israel ‘closes skies’ to air travel as COVID variants found

Flights will be banned for a week, as government tries to curb spread of variants, protect vaccination campaign. Israel on Sunday announced a week-long ban on most incoming and outgoing flights in a bid to slow the spread of new variants of the novel coronavirus. The measure will begin at midnight (22:00 GMT) from Monday […]

Travel industry groups opposes quarantine for US-bound passengers

President Joe Biden directs federal agencies to require international travellers to quarantine upon arrival in the US, a move airline industry groups oppose. Groups representing the US travel industry and airlines voiced opposition on Friday to mandatory quarantines for air passengers arriving in the United States from overseas a day after President Joe Biden signed […]

EU leaders ‘discourage’ travel, eye stricter curbs

European Union leaders have “strongly discouraged” Europeans from non-essential travel and warned tougher restrictions on trips could come within days if efforts to curb the coronavirus fell short after a meeting to discuss the mounting challenge from more infectious virus variants. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a news conference on Thursday that […]

Russia mulls ‘Covid passports’ to let people with some immunity travel more easily.

The Russian government is considering issuing coronavirus health certificates that could ease travel and commerce for people who have been vaccinated or who have antibodies from surviving the disease, while sharply limiting the liberties of others — an idea that has also been floated in the European Union and by private companies. Proponents say that such […]

Will Biden’s repeal of Trump’s travel ban reverse its impact?

Joe Biden takes office on Wednesday with a promise to overturn on “day one” the so-called Muslim Ban – the executive order that outgoing President Donald Trump put in place restricting citizens from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The ban, which fulfilled a central Trump campaign promise, had immediate and far-reaching consequences. […]

Biden team says US won’t lift COVID travel ban after Trump order

Spokeswoman for president-elect who takes office on January 20 says controls on Europe, Brazil arrivals will remain in place. US President-elect Joe Biden’s spokeswoman quickly dismissed Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday that a COVID-19 ban on travellers arriving from much of Europe and Brazil would be lifted next week, stressing the incoming administration was listening […]

China urges people to avoid holiday travel as COVID cases jump

China reported the most daily cases of COVID-19 in more than 10 months on Friday, as local governments and factory owners began in offering incentives to the country’s millions of migrant workers not to return to their home provinces for the Lunar New Year holidays in February. A total of 144 new COVID-19 cases were […]

National carriers announce resumption of Qatar-Saudi air travel

Announcements coincide with Qatar and Saudi Arabia reopening their land border crossing following landmark deal to end the years-long Gulf crisis. The national carriers of Qatar and Saudi Arabia have announced the resumption of air travel between the two countries starting next week, just days after a deal was reached to end a years-long regional […]

UAE says travel, trade with Qatar may resume within a week

Abu Dhabi says restoring diplomatic ties with Doha requires more time as parties work to rebuild trust. Arab states boycotting Qatar could resume travel and trade links with Doha within a week under a United States-backed deal, but restoring diplomatic ties requires more time as parties work to rebuild trust, a United Arab Emirates official […]

Brexit, immigration, travel: What you should know, in 500 words

Freedom of movement between the UK and the EU will come to an end on December 31, ushering in huge changes for how Britons and Europeans live, work and travel. The UK’s upcoming departure from the European Union’s orbit will see the rules governing how Britons and Europeans live, work and travel between the country […]

U.K. Increasingly Isolated as U.S. Restricts Travel

LONDON — It was one more reminder, delivered before dawn on Christmas morning, that Britain is not only an island nation, but one that finds itself increasingly alone. A decision by the United States to require all airline passengers arriving from Britain to test negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours of their departure, starting […]

Video: Frustration at Britain’s Ports Over Travel Restrictions

new video loaded: Frustration at Britain’s Ports Over Travel Restrictions transcript Back transcript Frustration at Britain’s Ports Over Travel Restrictions In Britain, about 4,000 truck drivers were stuck along roads near the southeastern English port in Dover after a 48-hour shutdown to prevent the spread of a variation of the coronavirus. In order to travel […]

COVID travel ban: UK Sikhs feed stranded truck drivers

Thousands of Europe-bound trucks are held up in southeastern England amid fears over a new COVID strain. British Sikhs have delivered chickpea curries and pasta meals for free to hundreds of France-bound truck drivers stranded in the United Kingdom, a widely praised gesture that is rooted in tradition. Much of Europe, including France, this week […]