Search alerts

UNITED KINGDOM: NHS app to be used as COVID-19 'passport' for travel from 17 May 2021

The UK transport secretary has confirmed that an NHS mobile app will from 17 May be used to allow Britons to demonstrate whether they have had a COVID-19 vaccination, or tested negative for the virus, before travelling internationally; the country is hoping to re-open international borders to leisure travel from this date, with confirmation expected in the coming days. Officials are planning to launch a ‘traffic light’ system, with safe countries rated ‘green’, while travel to ‘red’ countries will be prohibited.
United Kingdom
Borders
Business
Leisure

EMIRATES: Airline introduces COVID-19 digital health verification for UAE passengers

The Dubai-based airline and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) have said that they have started to implement full digital verification of COVID-19 medical records connected to testing and vaccination for travellers based in the UAE; the new streamlined verification procedures will enable secure and faster processing times for customers departing from Dubai International Airport.
Middle East
Airline
Emirates
Business
Leisure

VUELING: Airline to offer flights from Barcelona to Newcastle, UK from July 2021

The Spanish low-cost airline has said that it's set to offer twice-weekly flights between the UK's Newcastle International Airport and Barcelona this summer; the services will operate to and from Barcelona-El Prat Airport on Wednesdays and Sundays between July and October.
Spain
United Kingdom
Airline
Vueling
Business
Leisure

BRITISH AIRWAYS: Airline to add four eastern-Europe destinations for summer 2021

The airline has announced four new short-haul routes to Wroclaw and Gdansk in Poland, Riga in Latvia and Cluj-Napoca in Romania; all are due to start from the beginning of July and operate throughout the summer season. All flights will be served from London Heathrow Airport, with those to Wroclaw operating twice per week, and those to Gdansk, Riga and Cluj-Napoca operating three times per week.
Latvia
Poland
Romania
United Kingdom
Airline
British Airways
Business
Leisure

UNITED KINGDOM: London Luton Airport adds additional COVID-19 testing capacity

London Luton Airport has announced that in preparation for the expected restart of UK international travel from 17 May, it has opened a new in-terminal COVID-19 testing facility with its partner, Collinson. The expansion adds to the existing drive-through facility located in the mid-term car park, which launched in December. Across both facilities, the full range of UK government-approved COVID-19 test options will be on offer.
United Kingdom
Borders
Event
Business
Leisure

NEW ZEALAND: Quarantine-free travel with Western Australia resumed from 28 April 2021

The government of New Zealand has confirmed that quarantine-free travel between the country and the region of Western Australia will begin again at 12 midday (local time) on 28 April, for passengers who are not close contacts of known COVID-19 cases. The same arrangement had previously been paused after the announcement of a three-day lockdown in Perth, Western Australia which ended at 00.01 (local time) on 27 April.
Australia
New Zealand
Borders
Business
Leisure

MALTA: Country's government lifts COVID-19 quarantine rule for British passengers

The government of Malta has announced that it has placed the UK on its 'amber' travel list, meaning that non-vaccinated travellers will not need to quarantine on arrival if they have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result; the test should be carried out within the previous 72 hours prior to boarding a plane to Malta.
Malta
United Kingdom
Borders
Business
Leisure

TURKEY: Country's government announces COVID-19 'lockdown' from 29 April 2021

The country's president has announced that people will be required to stay mostly at home under a nationwide 'full lockdown' beginning on 29 April and lasting until at least 17 May; the measures are being introduced in order to curb a surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths. Among the restrictions will be the requirement for official approval for all inter-city travel, the closing of all schools, caps on public transport capacity, and permission to leave home to be limited to the reasons of essential shopping and urgent medical treatment only.
Turkey
Borders
Business
Leisure

HONG KONG: Region to start long-delayed COVID-19 travel bubble with Singapore from 26 May 2021

Government officials from the two regions have confirmed that Hong Kong and Singapore will finally establish a long-awaited COVID-19 travel bubble from 26 May, as they move to re-establish travel links and lift the hurdle of quarantine requirements for visiting passengers. The scheme will start with one flight per day into each city, with up to 200 passengers on each flight; those wanting to travel from either city must test negative for COVID-19 before departure and on arrival. Hong Kong residents can also only fly to Singapore at least 14 days after they have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Hong Kong
Singapore
Borders
Business
Leisure

BRUSSELS AIRLINES: Airline to resume flights to 43 destinations in Europe, Africa and the U.S.

The national carrier of Belgium has said that it will start of resume flight services to 43 destinations throughout the spring and summer, including its first flights across the North Atlantic in more than a year; once added, the airline will serve a total of 79 destinations.
Belgium
United States of America
Airline
Brussels Airlines
Business
Leisure

AUSTRALIA: Country's government suspends flights from COVID-19 'hotspot' India

The prime minister of Australia has today, 27 April, announced in a televised news conference that the country has suspended direct flights from India in response to a surge of COVID-19 cases in India. The suspension is currently due to be in force until at least 15 May, and primarily impacts two passenger services from India into Sydney, plus two repatriation flights from India to Darwin, totalling around 500 arrivals.
Australia
India
Borders
Business
Leisure

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS: Territory to reduce COVID-19 quarantine requirement for some visitors from 15 May 2021

The government of the territory has announced that the British Virgin Islands will from 15 May reduce its quarantine requirement to one day for passengers fully vaccinated against COVID-19, pending a negative PCR test undertaken upon arrival. All passengers, including those who are vaccinated, will still be required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained within five days of travel and will then be subjected to the additional PCR test upon arrival. Otherwise, entry protocols will remain the same for un-vaccinated arrivals.
Borders
Business
Leisure

UNITED AIRLINES: Airline to add over 480 domestic U.S. flights in June 2021

The U.S. airline has announced that it will add more than 480 daily flights to its domestic schedule in June, bringing its total number of daily domestic departures to more than 3,100. The increase will put the Chicago-based carrier at 67% of its June 2019 domestic schedule and 60% of its total June 2019 flying. Among the new routes the airline will introduce in June are Hawaii services from Chicago O'Hare to Kona, and from Newark to Maui.
United States of America
Airline
Business
Leisure

SPAIN: Country to permit international visitors from June 2021

The country's tourism ministry has outlined plans for Spain to begin welcoming visitors from June, following a pilot trial of COVID-19 digital health certificates at all 46 Spanish airports in May. The nation's government has been reportedly planning for vaccine certification since February due to the importance of tourism to the Spanish economy.
Spain
Borders
Leisure

AUSTRIA: City of Vienna to ease some COVID-19 restrictions from 3 May 2021

The major of the Austrian capital has announced that the city will cautiously loosen its current COVID-19 'lockdown' measures from 3 May, a month after they were introduced; thus far nationally, Austria has undergone three such periods, the last of which was eased in February. Vienna, however, reintroduced a full 'lockdown' on 1 April to help hospitals facing rising cases of the virus.
Austria
Borders
Business
Leisure

INDIA: City of Bengaluru to enter COVID-19 'lockdown' from 27 April 2021

Government officials in India have announced that from today, 27 April, the city of Bengaluru will enter a 14-day COVID-19 'lockdown' as both it and the country nationally battles a sharp surge in infections; Karnataka state, of which Bengaluru is capital, will also face the same measures during this time frame.
India
Borders
Business
Leisure

GERMANY: Country's government likely to impose COVID-19 'lockdown' measures until June 2021

The country's finance minister has warned that Germany's government does not expect moves to be made to ease current COVID-19 restrictions until the end of May, following a further rise in COVID-19 infections in the past week, despite stricter measures. New laws passed by Germany's parliament last week also give the federal government more power to impose overnight curfews in areas where COVID-19 cases exceed 100 per 100,000 population on three consecutive days.
Germany
Borders
Business
Leisure

GRENADA: Country's government outlines updated COVID-19 protocols from 1 May 2021

The government of the Caribbean island of Grenada has announced that fully COVID-19 vaccinated passengers entering from 1 May will only be required to quarantine for 48 hours, pending the result of a PCR test administered at point of entry; they must also book approved accommodation for a minimum of two nights. Arrivals who are not fully vaccinated or are unable to provide proof of their vaccination will be required to quarantine for up to seven days in approved accommodations, with a COVID-19 PCR test administered on day five.
Grenada
Borders
Business
Leisure

GREECE: Country's government to lift COVID-19 quarantine rule for more inbound passengers from 3 May 2021

The country's government has announced that Greece will lift current quarantine restrictions on COVID-19-free visitors from more countries including Australia and Russia from 3 May, as it extends exemptions prior to formally re-opening to tourism on 15 May. Visitors from these countries are to be allowed into Greece without spending a week in quarantine as long as they are vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19; As well as Australia and Russia, Greece will lift restrictions on visitors from New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda and Singapore.
Greece
Borders
Leisure

THAILAND: Capital of Bangkok to close many public facilities from 26 April 2021

The country's government has ordered its capital of Bangkok to close public venues and sporting facilities from 26 April until at least 9 May, after Thailand reported a record daily rise in COVID-19 infections and deaths. The closures apply to venues including public parks, gyms, swimming pools, meeting halls, internet shops, daycare centres, sports fields, museums and libraries; Bangkok and 40 provinces have also made the wearing of face masks in public mandatory.
Thailand
Borders
Business
Leisure