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Covid woes, not new checks, weigh on post-Brexit passengers

Paris - Travellers braving trains between London and Paris on the first day after Britain's exit from the EU customs union experienced additional checks but were more worried by the extra rules required for travel in a pandemic-haunted world.

EU begins vaccinations to end Covid 'nightmare'

Paris - EU countries on Sunday embarked on a vaccination campaign to defeat the "nightmare" of Covid-19, with the first to be immunised expressing emotion after their jab and leaders hailing a milestone in the fight against the pandemic.

UK travel bans cause Christmas chaos

Rome - The abrupt cancellation of flights in and out of the UK following the detection of a mutant strain of coronavirus left many people -- Britons and other nationals -- stranded just days before Christmas.

India suspends flights from UK

New Delhi - India said Monday it was joining other countries in temporarily suspending all flights from Britain after the emergence of a new and more infectious strain of coronavirus there."Considering the prevailing situation in UK. Govt.

'Reconsider holiday travel', Japan PM warns, as virus spikes

Apo - Japan's prime minister on Monday urged citizens to reconsider their holiday travel plans and suspended a controversial domestic tourism campaign as the country battles record numbers of coronavirus infections.

New Zealand aims to open to Australians in early 2021

Wellington - New Zealand hopes to open a travel bubble with Australia by April next year and is working to finalise the necessary anti-coronavirus border measures, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

Libya 4WD road warriors on bumpy ride to revive tourism

Libya - A road trip through Libya's desert would long have sounded like a holiday in hell but, two months into a ceasefire, adventurous travellers are exploring the Sahara by four-wheel drive.

Ransomware attack cripples Vancouver public transportation agency Special

Vancouver - A ransomware attack has crippled the operations of TransLink, the public transportation agency for the city of Vancouver, Canada. The issue caused widespread disruption throughout the city.

New Zealand moves to reopen border but only with Cook Islands

Wellington - New Zealand took tentative steps Saturday towards reopening its borders for the first time in the Covid era, but only with the tiny Cook Islands in the South Pacific.

Australia eyes vaccination entry requirement

Sydney - Australia will likely require international arrivals to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face a prolonged quarantine, as officials sketch out what "new normal" virus restrictions may look like.

Hong Kong, Singapore travel and tourism bubble popped by virus spike

Fpo - A planned travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore was scrapped a day before its launch on Saturday after the southern Chinese city announced a sudden spike in coronavirus cases.

Hong Kong to Singapore travel bubble popped by virus spike

Fpo - A planned travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore was scrapped a day before its launch on Saturday after the southern Chinese city announced a sudden spike in coronavirus cases.

Hong Kong and Singapore to launch 'travel bubble' on Nov 22

Fpo - Hong Kong and Singapore will launch a "travel bubble" on November 22, their governments said Wednesday, in a rare piece of good news for the pandemic-battered airline and tourism industries.

Hong Kong-Singapore 'travel bubble' to launch on November 22

Fpo - The "travel bubble" agreed between Hong Kong and Singapore will be opened on November 22, their governments said Wednesday, in a rare piece of good news for the pandemic-battered tourism industry.

Digital now: Traditional airlines not ready for post-COVID travel

As the airline industry feels the turbulence of travel restrictions, many are now working toward digitization which will be key for travel from now and post pandemic.

Hong Kong, Singapore agree 'travel bubble'

Fpo - Hong Kong and Singapore on Thursday said they had agreed "in principle" to set up a bubble allowing residents to travel freely between the two financial hubs as long as they test negative for the coronavirus.

Millions on the move as China eyes holiday bounce

Bejing - Hundreds of millions in China hustled to enjoy their first major national holiday since the country beat its coronavirus outbreak, filling airports and train stations on Thursday.

Travel was a major factor with coronavirus spread

The extent to which coronavirus spread was based on the type and speed of the interventions taken. In many cases, such interventions were effective. However, key networks were also responsible for the viral spread.

Coronavirus epicentre Wuhan re-opens for international flights

Beijing - China's Wuhan, ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe, has re-opened for international flights, ending an eight-month moratorium since the deadly disease first emerged.

S. Africa to 'cautiously' reopen borders as lockdown eases

Johanesburg - South Africa will reopen its borders to most countries next month, the president said Wednesday, part of a wider easing of anti-coronavirus measures announced as figures continue to improve.

With travel limited, plane cafes take off in Thailand

Bangkok - With millions around the world stuck at home due to the pandemic, "plane cafes" in Thailand are offering customers the chance to pretend they are in the sky -- and the idea seems to have taken off.

Stranded by virus, Japan couple become Cape Verde envoys

Apo - A pair of Japanese honeymooners stranded in Cape Verde by the coronavirus pandemic have been named unlikely ambassadors for the tropical paradise's Olympic team at next year's Tokyo Games.

Albanians rush to enter Greece as virus rules change

Tirana - Thousands of Albanians formed an enormous queue of cars at the Greek border Friday as they rushed to re-enter the country for work ahead of new virus rules, police said.

US, Canada, Mexico COVID-19 travel ban extended

Washington - The US Department of Homeland Security said Friday that a COVID-19 ban on non-essential travel through border crossings with Canada and Mexico was being extended until September 21.

Chances of catching coronavirus on a train revealed

Returning to work in the COVID-19 era introduces an element of risk. This not only includes the workplace, but also the means of travelling to work. A new study considers issues relating to train travel, in terms of infection risk.

Taiwan airlines offer sight-seeing flights during pandemic

Taoyuan - Faced with the coronavirus collapse in travellers, Taiwanese airlines have begun offering sight-seeing "flights to nowhere" on their passenger jets -- including flight attendant lessons for children.

US lifts advice to avoid all foreign travel due to pandemic

Washington - The United States on Thursday lifted a warning to its citizens to avoid all foreign travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, pointing to improvements.The State Department said it would instead resume considering each country on a case-by-case basis.

Japan to lift virus ban on re-entry of foreign residents

Apo - Japan will from next week lift a ban on the re-entry of some foreign residents, imposed to limit the spread of coronavirus, the foreign ministry has announced.

US announces borders with Mexico, Canada to stay shut to August 20

Washington - US Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced Thursday that borders with Mexico and Canada would remained shut to most travel to stem to spread of the coronavirus for another month to August 20.

Germany readies tougher lockdowns to ward off second wave

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany's federal and regional governments on Thursday agreed on tougher, more targeted lockdown measures to contain local outbreaks and ward off the threat of a second coronavirus wave.
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