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IATA Announces Key Features Of New Travel Pass App

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently outlined the steps for travelers to create an E-Passport on their soon to be released app, Travel Pass, using facial recognition features to match biometrics data contained in passport chips.  They also shared key priorities in the Travel Pass, which include data privacy and security, global standards to …

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Canadian Provinces Begin Lockdowns: What Travelers Need To Know

Canadians hoping to travel across the country to visit friends and family over Christmas have been dealt a blow from the news that the two largest provinces, Ontario and Quebec, will tighten lockdown rules over the holiday period. With just a few days to go until Christmas, the two provincial governments have decided to use …

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Cancun Hotels Increase Occupancy To 80% To Keep Up With Holiday Demand

The Ministry of Tourism for Quintana Roo has authorized resorts and hotels in Cancun to increase their occupancy to 80% in order to keep up with holiday demand. The announcement came despite the rise of COVID-19 cases in the state and a new decree by the Governor that makes the use of masks mandatory by …

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‘New Normal’ in Travel & Airport Hospitality According To Travelers

Though 2020 was a catastrophic year for travel, the world is getting closer to returning to some form of normalcy in the year ahead.  While the exact timetable of a full return to unrestricted travel is still up in the air, one thing that’s certain is that travel will never return to how it was …

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Thailand Could Face More Lockdowns: What Travelers Need To Know

A recent outbreak of cases of Covid-19 in Thailand in a province near to the capital has prompted discussions of potential lockdowns in the future. With the epicentre of the most recent cluster just 45km from Bangkok, it’s thought that the city will be one of the surrounding areas affected should emergency measures come to …

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More Countries Ban UK Due To New Virus Strain

The emergence of a new strain of COVID-19 in England has prompted several European countries to ban flights arriving from the UK, causing travel chaos as the Christmas holiday period begins. The flight cancellations and travel restrictions come as Europe prepares for a Christmas in lockdown, with most countries discouraging travel over the holiday period …

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Netherlands Blocks UK Flights As More Infectious Strain of Virus Spreads

As more than a third of the UK were told that they were to be under the newly-created “Tier 4” stage of lockdown with just a few hours’ notice, the Netherlands banned flights from the UK to stop the spread of a more infectious strain of Covid-19 that has been devastating large parts of southern …

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Thailand Confirms Borders Now Open For Visa-Free Tourism

Following the news that Thailand was potentially considering allowing travelers from certain countries to enter without the need for a visa, it was confirmed yesterday that this plan has been given the go-ahead. Timed just before Thailand’s peak travel season, it’s hoped that more travelers take advantage of this incentive and provide a much-needed boost …

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British Airways Permanently Cancels These International Routes

Travelers have been left disappointed by the news that British Airways (BA) will be axing flights to a number of long-haul destinations in 2021 as the airline deals with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision represents another sign that travelers will see less freedom of choice in flight options next year even as …

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Brazil Adds PCR Testing Requirement For All Travelers

Brazil, a country that has been open with virtually no restrictions since July 29th, will now demand a negative PCR test from all arrivals starting on December 30, 2020. The PCR test isn’t just for tourists either. All arrivals, both foreigners and citizens, will be obliged to show proof of a negative PCR test, taken …

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Latest US Airlines Testing Options Travelers Need To Know

In a bid to provide a higher quality of service and enhance appeal to passengers, many US airline carriers are offering testing programs to make travel easier. With the absence of a vaccine being widely rolled out, testing for COVID-19 has practically become the rule of thumb for travel. Many states and countries are opening …

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Skiers Now Require Negative COVID Test To Visit Aspen

Winter sports enthusiasts hoping to visit Aspen’s world-famous ski resorts this winter will now have to plan for taking a COVID-19 test before traveling. Authorities in Pitkin Country, Colorado, where Aspen’s four ski resorts are located, will require all overnight visitors from outside the county to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The new …

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