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England Scraps Travel Restrictions for 50 Nations, U.S. Arrivals Will Still Need to Quarantine

England Scraps Travel Restrictions for 50 Nations, U.S. Arrivals Will Still Need to Quarantine

Rosie Spinks, Skift

In a month, the UK's travel restrictions have gone from blanket quarantine, to air bridges, to a traffic light system. What will they think of next?

1 month ago

Hungary and Italy Among Member States to Opt Out of European Union’s Safe Travel List

Hungary and Italy Among Member States to Opt Out of European Union’s Safe Travel List

Gergely Szakacs, Reuters

It was inevitable that some EU member states would not be keen to comply with the bloc's decision to lift travel restrictions to some states. Hungary and Italy are among the first to object.

1 month ago

Paris Tourism Shortfall Taps the Brakes on Sightseeing Tours in Cute Vintage Citroens

Paris Tourism Shortfall Taps the Brakes on Sightseeing Tours in Cute Vintage Citroens

Yiming Woo and Richard Lough, Reuters

One sentence about an operator of sightseeing tours says it all: "Another six months of slow business may force him to quit."

1 month ago

Malta Reopens Hoping to Salvage Some of Its Summer Season — Without UK Tourists

Malta Reopens Hoping to Salvage Some of Its Summer Season — Without UK Tourists

Chris Scicluna, Reuters

Britons have had a special affinity for Malta, comprising in years past 30 percent of its tourist base. But UK residents daring to travel this year will just have to holiday somewhere else.

1 month ago

European Union Excludes U.S. From Its Final List of Countries Allowed to Travel to Bloc

European Union Excludes U.S. From Its Final List of Countries Allowed to Travel to Bloc

Rosie Spinks, Skift

It's official. As the European Union begins to open its borders, American travelers remain personae non gratae.

1 month ago

Coronavirus May Solve Overtourism in Europe But Will That Shift Leave Lasting Economic Scars?

Coronavirus May Solve Overtourism in Europe But Will That Shift Leave Lasting Economic Scars?

Cameron Sperance, Skift

European tourist organizations should use coronavirus as an opportunity to solve overtourism concerns. But going overboard may ultimately do away with the economic benefits of recent years that put much-needed funds into both local and national coffers.

1 month ago

German Covid-19 ‘Heroes’ on First Foreign Flight to Greek Island

German Covid-19 ‘Heroes’ on First Foreign Flight to Greek Island

Renee Maltezou, Reuters

The first foreign flight to reach a Greek regional airport since the start of coronavirus pandemic arrived on Monday. It carried German workers who helped fight the coronavirus.

1 month ago

UK Will Not Require Visitors From Low-Risk Countries to Quarantine

UK Will Not Require Visitors From Low-Risk Countries to Quarantine

William James, Reuters

As many people expected it would, the UK has balked on its highly controversial quarantine policy. The airline industry will be relieved.

1 month ago

European Union to Bar Most U.S. Travelers From Entry When It Reopens Borders

European Union to Bar Most U.S. Travelers From Entry When It Reopens Borders

Philip Blenkinsop, Reuters

The U.S. once aspired to be an example to the world in its organizational feats. But not in 2020. The country's chaotic response to the pandemic may cost the travel industry dearly as bans against U.S. visitors spread.

1 month ago

UK Tourism Sector Releases ‘Good to Go’ Campaign to Spur Staycations

UK Tourism Sector Releases ‘Good to Go’ Campaign to Spur Staycations

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The UK's reopening strategy has been fragmented across its four nations, but it's good to see the tourism boards working together to regain consumer confidence.

1 month ago

Hospitality Sector Will Have to Keep 21 Day Record of Customers Under UK Reopening Rules

Hospitality Sector Will Have to Keep 21 Day Record of Customers Under UK Reopening Rules

Paul Sandle, Reuters

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new rules are certainly idiosyncratic, but they will come as welcome news to a sector that is keen to get back to business.

2 months ago

UK Airports Warn 20,000 Jobs at Risk as Travel Slump Continues

UK Airports Warn 20,000 Jobs at Risk as Travel Slump Continues

Sarah Young, Reuters

This dire outlook could improve if the government agrees to several measures, including dropping the quarantine, but unfortunately it's not got a great track record in looking out for the aviation sector.

2 months ago