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Thailand continues tourism reopening despite spiking Covid-19 cases

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has confirmed a further extension to its reopening plans with the Phuket Sandbox 7+7 programme. The new system will provide fully-vaccinated international travellers with even more options to visit multiple Thai destinations bringing back the opportunity to enjoy multicentre, island-hopping itineraries, without the need to quarantine.The decision, however, comes against a backdrop of Thailand being added to the red list in the UK.
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UNITED STATES: Ireland to lift quarantine for Americans

As of July 19, U.S. visitors who have been vaccinated, have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival or have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months will be able to visit Ireland and they will not have to quarantine.
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UNITED STATES: European Travel Beginning to Open Up

Europe is opening up to Americans and other visitors after more than a year of COVID-induced restrictions. But travelers will need patience to figure out who’s allowed into which country, how and when.
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ROCKY MOUNTAINEER: Luxury train operator delays restart of departures until 5 July 2021

The Canadian luxury rail-tour company has announced that it has delayed the start of its travel season in the country until at least 5 July 2021; the operator had previously hoped to begin offering services in June.
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CUBA: Country's government mandates five-day COVID-19 quarantine for arriving passengers

The UK's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has published updated information for Cuba to reflect that since 6 February, the country has been requiring most international arrivals to quarantine for five days upon arrival, with the exception of those that are part of an organised tour group; business travellers are not exempt from this measure, which also includes COVID-19 testing on day three with results by day five. The Cuban government has created a list of approved quarantine hotels for tourists arriving in the country, with costing up to $846 (USD) per person with airport transfers and three meals a day. All passengers are also required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result on arrival, obtained no more than no 72 hours prior to arrival.
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BACK-ROADS TOURING: Operator launches new category of trips for first-time travellers

Active-travel company Backroads has said that it is launching a category of trips designed for first-time adventure travelers or those seeking easier options; the operator's new Dolce Tempo segment offers 29 'easygoing' itineraries of e-bike, walking and multi-adventure trips. In addition, Back-Roads has said that it is expanding its roster of weekend getaways in North America, including new itineraries in the Texas Hill Country and Whistler, British Columbia.
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SANPARKS: South Africa's Kruger National Park to open some camps from 14 August 2020

Following the announcement by the country's minister of tourism that intra-provincial travel will now be open to South African nationals, South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that Kruger National Park (KNP) will partially open some of its camps for accommodation from 14 August. Further information on the camps to be re-opened in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces can be found on the SANParks website.
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G ADVENTURES: Suspension of most tours extended until 30 September 2020

The global tour operator has announced that most tours are now suspended until at least 30 September, as is a Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica G Expedition trip due to depart on 21 October. Tours exempt from the extended suspension are 21 select tours in Europe, which will operate under G Adventures' new Travel with Confidence Policy. An updated FAQ has also been released to provide extra information to any affected passengers.
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TRAFALGAR: Tour operator to offer private group trips to ease COVID-19 concerns

Guided tour operator Trafalgar have announced that they will now offer private trips for groups of 12 or more, to help ease customer concerns over travelling with others outside of their friend and family circles during the COVID-19 pandemic. The option is available for most of the company’s winter and spring itineraries throughout Europe and North America.
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G ADVENTURES: Launch of new Travel with Confidence Plus tour collection

The tour operator has launched a collection of 37 small group tours that include all of the new health and safety measures they're taking as part of their Travel with Confidence policy, Including are added steps that they say go that extra, socially distanced mile - including smaller group numbers, private transportation, reduced prices for solo room occupancy and less shared facilities within tour accommodation.
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G ADVENTURES: Tours to resume to seven European countries in September 2020

The tour operator has announced they are set to resume tours shortly, with 21 departures planned across European destinations for September. The collection includes tours to seven countries including Greece, Spain, Iceland, Croatia and Italy. Passengers will be offered a range of itineraries from across G Adventures’ travel styles, and all trips are suitable for those looking to create a ‘bubble’ holiday, with friends and family, or with a small group of like-minded travellers.
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G ADVENTURES: Tours suspension extended until 31 August 2020

The tour operator has taken the decision to extend the suspension of all departing tours by one month, until 31 August. A series of updated FAQ's has been released in order to assist affected customers.
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G ADVENTURES: Launch of 'Travel with Confidence' tour collection

The global tour operator has introduced a new collection of trips, the ‘Travel with Confidence Plus Collection’, for people looking to travel in smaller groups of 8-10 with less shared space. The range consists of 37 trips in 27 countries which are designed with a number of features to enhance physical distancing. and increase customer confidence in travelling post-COVID-19.
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INTREPID: Launch of Intrepid Retreat tour experiences

Intrepid have today launched a range of tours designed to navigate the difficulties currently faced by travellers, by providing them with a way to explore and support communities that are a little closer to home. Intrepid Retreats are typically shorter getaways and range from escapes to the Scottish Highlands to short breaks in Morocco's High Atlas foothills.
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TOPDECK: All Topdeck trips suspended globally until 31 August 2020

As a result of COVID-19 impacts worldwide, we have reached the heart-breaking decision to suspend all Topdeck trips globally until 31 August. This global crisis has impacted us all, and it’s made us more committed than ever to ensure our customers get to enjoy their Topdeck experience as soon as possible. For now, the adventures are on pause, but as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted and it’s safe to do so, we’ll be back on the road exploring the best of what the world has to offer with you.
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ON THE GO TOURS: Global tours suspended until 31 July 2020

On The Go Tours has released updated information on booking conditions following their decision to suspend all tours globally until 31 July. They have also made the option available for customers travelling from 1 August onwards to postpone their trip using travel credit.
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CONTIKI: Global tours suspended until 31 August 2020

The operator has announced that all Contiki trips due to depart on or before 31 August have now been suspended globally. In light of this, they have also published some updated information for affected customers.
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COSTSAVER: Guided holidays suspended until 31 August 2020

Costsaver has temporarily suspended all guided holidays across the globe for trips departing up and until 31 August 2020. Affected customers are able to suspend their trips using automatically issues future travel credits for use before 31 December 2022.
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