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UNITED KINGDOM: US and EU travellers can avoid UK quarantine

People who were fully vaccinated in the EU or US will not need to isolate when coming to England, Scotland and Wales from an amber list country. After a meeting of senior UK government ministers yesterday 28 July, the go-ahead was given to treat fully inoculated travellers from the US and Europe the same as British residents, from Monday 2 August at 04:00 am. Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, confirmed the changes would apply to people who are fully inoculated with a vaccine approved by the US and EU medicines regulators. Travellers will still need to take either a lateral flow or PCR test pre-departure and a PCR test on the second day after they arrive.
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CANADA: Restrictions lifted for fully vaccinated citizens

As of July 5, fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents can cross the U.S.-Canada border and return to Canada without having to quarantine. However, this does not apply to fully vaccinated Americans.
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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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AUSTRIA: Austria reopens to Americans

Austria has lifted its travel restrictions and reopened its borders to US visitors. Since Thursday 24 June, American citizens and residents have been allowed to enter Austria without the need to quarantine, provided they meet the requirements of Austria’s COVID-19 travel protocols. Travellers must meet any of the following three criteria to enter Austria: Proof of vaccination (vaccination certificate), proof of recovery from COVID-19 (from a doctor or public authority in the past six months), and a negative COVID-19 test result (either a PCR or rapid antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival).
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CANADA:Relaxed Travel Measures for Fully Vaccinated Canadians

Relaxed travel rules for fully vaccinated Canadians may make visiting the United States easier for some, but uncertainly around travelling with unvaccinated children is already causing frustration for others, travel experts say.
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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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UNITED STATES: State of New York lifts all mandated COVID-19 restrictions

The governor of the U.S. state of New York announced yesterday, 15 June, that he had lifted all state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions after reporting that 70% of the state's adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Among many others, industry-specific measures which were immediately lifted included capacity limits of 50% for retailers, 33% for gyms and the lesser of 33% or 100 people for movie theatres.
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PORTUGAL: Country's government re-opens borders to U.S. leisure passengers

The government of Portugal has announced in a press release that effective immediately, its borders are open to all U.S. passengers who can present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to departure, or a negative antigen test result obtained within 24 hours of departure.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Country's government announces intentions to re-open transatlantic U.S. travel

The UK government released a statement late on 9 June stating in conjunction with the U.S. government, it is expecting to agree to work to open up travel between the two countries 'as soon as possible'. However, U.S. and UK airline officials say that they do not expect Washington to lift restrictions until around 4 July at the earliest.
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UNITED STATES: Country's government eases travel warnings for 110 countries including Japan

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased travel recommendations for more than 110 countries and territories, including Japan; the new ratings include 61 nations that were lowered from its highest 'Level 4' rating that discouraged all travel, to recommending travel for fully COVID-19 vaccinated passengers. An additional 50 countries and territories have also been lowered to 'Level 2' or 'Level 1'.
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CANADA: Country's government expected to lift COVID-19 border restrictions gradually from July 2021

The country's government has set out a timeline for its cautious first step toward easing COVID-19 border restrictions, announcing that it is prepared to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens returning home starting in early July. Canada’s air and land borders have allowed for only essential travel since March of last year, and people returning home are required to quarantine for 14 days. If they arrive by air, they also must stay in a designated hotel until they receive a negative COVID-19 test.
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PUERTO RICO: Country's government eases COVID-19 related local restrictions

The government of the U.S. territory has eased local COVID-19 restrictions for the first time since the start of the pandemic; among the easing of measures, bars have reopened at 50% capacity, along with game rooms. Outdoor bars have no capacity limits, but patrons must maintain a six-foot distance between people who are not in the same family unit. Restaurant capacity increased to 75%, as did capacity in pool facilities and places like museums, casinos and theatres. Social activities, including corporate or business events, can also take place at 75% capacity; attendees must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test or proof of full vaccination.
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ETIHAD: Airline reportedly confirms that it will not resume flight services to Los Angeles

The Abu Dhabi-based airline has reportedly dropped its flight route to Los Angeles permanently from its online route map; Etihad's decision not to resume Los Angeles flights as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to winds down leaves the airline with just three U.S. destinations - New York JFK, Washington Dulles and Chicago O'Hare. Prior to the pandemic, Etihad operated flights to Los Angeles five times per week, but the route has been suspended since March 2020.
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AMERICAN AIRLINES: Airline to offer additional COVID-19 testing options to passengers

The U.S. airline has said that it is expanding its pre-flight COVID-19 testing program with new self-administered and more in-person testing options; customers can now order an Abbott BinaxNOW home test through telehealth provider eMed. These 15-minute, self-administered tests are supervised virtually by an eMed certified guide 72 hours before a customer’s return to the U.S.
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ISRAEL: U.S. airlines resume flights to country's capital of Tel Aviv following cease-fire

U.S. carriers United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have resumed flights to Tel Aviv, after Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire in unrest that had included rockets fired in the vicinity of Ben Gurion International Airport. Delta Air Lines operated its first flight from New York to Tel Aviv since early last week on the evening of 21 May; United Airlines also resumed service on 21 May, and American Airlines plans to restart flights from New York to Tel Aviv on 24 May.
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JETBLUE: U.S. airline to launch flights from New York to London from Summer 2021

The low-cost U.S. airline has said that it will enter the transatlantic market later this year, offering flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and both London Gatwick and London Heathrow airports in the UK. Flights to London Heathrow will start on 11 August, followed by those to London Gatwick on 29 September. Meanwhile, a London service from Boston is expected to start in the Summer of 2022.
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UNITED STATES: U.S. government warns citizens against all travel to Japan from 24 May 2021

The U.S. government and its health officials have as of 24 May warned its citizens against travel to Japan due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, which is preparing to host the Olympics in just two months. The twin alerts don’t prevent U.S. citizens from visiting the country, but could have an impact on insurance rates for passengers, and may factor into decisions by Olympic athletes and spectators on whether to compete in or attend the games, which are due to start in July.
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