Singapore launches vaccinated travel lanes with Thailand, Cambodia, Fiji, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Turkey


RECOGNITION OF EU DIGITAL VACCINE CERTIFICATE

From Dec 7, Singapore will accept vaccination certificates issued in the European Union Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) format as valid proof for VTL travel, said CAAS.

This comes after the European Commission announced on Wednesday that it would recognise the Singapore HealthCerts as equivalent to the EU DCC, connecting Singapore to this “trust framework”, said the authority.

With this, travellers from VTL countries with EU DCC certificates – even if those were issued in a non-VTL country – will be able to travel to Singapore on VTL, said CAAS.

These travellers must still meet other VTL conditions, it added.

RESTRICTIONS TIGHTENED FOR SOME COUNTRIES

Separately, Singapore will tighten border measures for six European countries, following the “worsening situation” in those locations.

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Liechtenstein and Slovakia will be classified as Category III countries from 11.59pm on Dec 1, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a separate news release.

Travellers from Category III countries are required to serve a 10-day stay-home notice at their place of accommodation, in addition to COVID-19 testing.

Belize, Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Panama, Peru and Uruguay will also be classified as Category III countries from 11.59pm on Dec 1.

MOH said it will also classify Thailand, Argentina, Kuwait, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan and Romania as Category II countries from the same date.

Those arriving from Category II countries must serve a seven-day stay-home notice at their place of accommodation and be tested for COVID-19.

UPDATE ON VTL TRAVELLERS

As of 11.59pm on Thursday, 79,335 vaccinated travel passes have been issued for entry into Singapore between Sep 8 and Jan 27, 2022, said CAAS.

This number does not include Singaporeans, permanent residents and children aged 12 and below travelling under the VTL, who do not need to apply for a vaccinated travel pass.

Just over 37,000 VTL travellers have entered Singapore as of Thursday, added CAAS.

More than 20,000 of these are short-term visitors or long-term pass holders. About 15,000 are Singaporeans or permanent residents, and about 1,700 are children.



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5 cool SoCal turkey trots, but no stuffing (yourself)


If you sat out last year’s Thanksgiving race because of COVID-19 cancelations, take heart. In-person turkey trots are back for 2021, and they are a great way to kick off the holiday and raise money for community charities. Just don’t brag about all the calories you burned while loading up your dinner plate.

Runners who finish a 5K in 30 minutes burn about 342 to 517 calories, depending on how much they weigh. (Those numbers come from the American Council on Exercise, which compared the number of calories burned per minute during different physical activities.) The harder numbers: Americans consume more than 3,000 calories and 159 grams of fat when they eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal, according to the Calorie Control Council. Ouch.

Runners World magazine says you should stop linking the two numbers. “The idea that if you run more, you can eat more, or if you run less, you should eat less is totally false,” this 2020 story reports. “That twisted thought pattern implies that you have to earn your food, or that running is punishment for eating. Nope. We run because we love to run, and we eat in a way that fuels our runs — it’s as simple as that.”

Bottom line: Enjoy running or walking your turkey trot and enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner (maybe lightening up on the fat in preparing some dishes) without overdoing it.

There are lots of road races planned for Nov. 25. Here are five that get you moving and give back.

Turkey Trot Los Angeles: This is the classic 5K or 10K downtown run that starts at L.A. City Hall. The race supports the Midnight Mission and its services for the homeless. Entry costs $48 to $52. Kids Widdle Wobble for 12 and younger; .5 to 1-mile run/walk. $28.

Ventura Turkey Trot 5K & Kids 1K: The flat and fast course asks participants to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s food drive. Entry costs $35 (plus fees) for the 5K and $15 for the Kids 1K (14 and younger).

Turkey Trot Long Beach: There’s nothing like a beach run to kick off Thanksgiving Day. The Long Beach trot starts at the Granada boat launch east of Belmont Pier and continues to Shoreline Village. Runners and walkers are asked to bring nonperishable food items (there’s a list of needed goods on the website). Proceeds benefit the Community Action Team, which runs community programs and events year-round. Entry costs $40 for the 5K/10K and $30 for the Kids Half-Mile Wingding.

Drumstick Dash LA: Routes for the 5K and 10K take runners through the NoHo Arts District along Lankershim and Magnolia boulevards in North Hollywood. Proceeds benefit Hope of the Valley, which provides meals for homeless people. Sign up before midnight tonight and pay $38 for each race. The half-mile Lil Gobbler Kids Run costs $10. (Prices increase Friday.)

Dana Point Turkey Trot: Dana Point Harbor in Orange County provides the setting for 5K, 10K and 15K combo routes. Proceeds benefit two charities: the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley and the Music Preserves Foundation. Entry costs $43 to $58, depending on the route. Also $20 for the Kids 1-Mile Gobble Wobble (ages 2 to 12).

3 things to do this week

People in hard hats gather on a trail.

Learn to rock scramble with the Wilderness Travel Course.

(Matthew Hengst)

1. How to stay safe in the outdoors? Take this 10-week Sierra Club course. Going into the outdoors can be scary — and it should be. Confidence on the trail comes from experience and skill-building, both of which are covered in the 10-week Wilderness Travel Course developed by the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. The course teaches navigation, rock scrambling, snow travel, mountain safety and other skills you’ll need to safely explore the mountains and deserts of Southern California and beyond. Students can sign up for the course held at four locations: West L.A., Orange County, San Gabriel Valley and Long Beach. Classes and field trips cost $380 to $415 (if you sign up before Dec. 15) and run January through March. Check out the schedule of classes and other course info here.

People gathered for a hike.

Hike for charity in Cherry Canyon.

(Thomas Lenz)

2. Join a charity hike that explores this La Cañada-Flintridge canyon. Have you never set foot in the San Rafael Hills, a gentle range south of the San Gabriel Mountains and east of the Verdugo Mountains? Here’s your chance to change that. The annual Will Hike for Food trek asks hikers to bring nonperishable food items before taking off on a 3-mile hike in Cherry Canyon. Expect good views of the San Gabriel Valley to the east and the mountains to the north (unless it’s foggy). Food gathered at the hike benefits the Pasadena-based Friends in Deed nonprofit organization. The event, organized by NobodyHikesInLA.com with WalkingPasadena.com and WeekendSherpa.com, takes place at 9 a.m. Nov. 27. Meet at the Cherry Canyon trailhead (near 4168 Hampstead Road in La Cañada-Flintridge). More details here.

A skier leaps above the snow in "Winter Starts Now."

Amie Engerbretson in “Winter Starts Now.”

(Warren Miller Entertainment)

3. It’s Warren Miller time! The 2021 ski movie comes to SoCal. Nothing stokes winter sports like a Miller film. Even if you aren’t a skier or snowboarder, these movies ignite wonder and awe about all that pros and amateurs do in the snowy outdoors. “Winter Starts Now,” the 72nd in the long-running series, follows big mountain skiers Marcus Caston and Connery Lundin in Alaska, a community of skiers and boarders on Maine’s Sugarloaf Mountain and pros on the mountains at big resorts. Miller was passionate about skiing when he made his first film in 1950. Though he died in 2018, the annual films timed to kick off the winter season continue. “Winter Starts Now” shows Nov. 23 at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, Nov. 24 at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, Dec. 7 at Regency Theatres in Santa Ana, Dec. 8 at the Art Theatre of Long Beach, Dec. 9 at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles, Dec. 10 at Hermosa Beach Community Theatre and Dec. 11 at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas. (It also streams on Outside+.) Tickets are available here.

Wild things

Sea otters in a shallow Morro Bay cove.

Sea otters hanging out in a shallow Morro Bay cove.

(Mary Forgione; photo illustration by Micah Fluellen; Getty Images)

I got a great tip about where to see sea otters up close — not from a naturalist but from a server at an Italian restaurant in Morro Bay. She sent me out at night to look for otters in the town’s coastal waters. I couldn’t see a thing in the dark. However, the next morning, all was revealed. The otters anchored themselves in a shallow cove on the Embarcadero walking path that leads to Morro Rock. I didn’t need binoculars to watch the furry creatures flipping, twisting and scratching their heads. Sometimes they cuddle with their babies too. It’s an easy spot to find; ask the locals if you need help. Other good otter viewing sites: Elkhorn Slough (between Santa Cruz and Monterey) and Monterey Bay. By the way, sea otters, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1977, have been hailed as ecosystem superheroes by at least one organization. The reason: They eat sea urchins, which feed on kelp. Too many sea urchins and there go the kelp beds. Sea otters keep the urchin population in check and, in turn, contribute to a healthy coastal habitat.

The must-read

Woman before a fan in her home putting water on her face.

Felisa Benitez, 86, wipes the sweat from her brow outside her home at the San Fernando Gardens Public Housing in Pacoima, where temperatures reached 99 degrees in August.

(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Government agencies provide air quality rankings every day to warn people about pollution risks. What about heat waves? California may become the first state in the nation to start a ranking system for heat waves, according to this L.A. Times story. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, who will sponsor a bill to develop the ranking system, told The Times: “Without a way to rank heat waves, we treat extreme heat more like a weather story when it’s really a public health crisis.” The move comes after a Times investigation found that heat kills more Californians than the state previously reported and that heat waves disproportionately affect the poor as well as communities of color. Read The Times heat wave stories here.

P.S.

Visitors enjoy the grand view at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.

Visitors enjoy the grand view at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.

(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times; photo illustration by Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times)

It’s worth noting that Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park currently is open. Snow may soon shut the road to the point, which has commanding views of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley. When the road is closed, cross-country skiers and snowshoers tackle the 10-plus-mile, one-way route. By the way, Glacier Point Road will be closed in 2022 while workers repave and improve it. It isn’t slated to reopen until spring 2023. That means the only way to get there will be by hiking the Four Mile, Panorama or Pohono trails.

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Turkey travel: Which Thanksgiving foods can you take on a plane?


CLEVELAND (WJW) – Thanksgiving weekend travel is famous for clogging airports. And to keep things running smoothly at security checkpoints, the Transportation Security Administration has announced which holiday foods travelers are allowed to take with them on the plane.

Coming from afar won’t squelch peoples’ desire to bring their famous pumpkin pie or classic yams and marshmallows along for the ride to share with family and friends, so TSA has made it simple with some “food for thought.”

“If it’s a solid item, then it can go through a checkpoint,” TSA said in a press release. “However, if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it, and it’s larger than 3.4 ounces, then it should go in a checked bag.”

These carry-on Thanksgiving foods are good to go:

  • Baked goods: Yes, that includes pumpkin pie
  • Meat: Frozen, cooked or otherwise, all meat is allowed, but please remember to package correctly.
  • Stuffing in all forms
  • Casseroles
  • Mac ‘n Cheese: Fully cooked or not
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Candy
  • Spices

Food items allowed to be taken through security should still be placed in a plastic bag to make TSA screeners’ jobs easier, especially since food often needs additional security screening.

Thanksgiving foods that need to be placed in checked baggage:

  • Cranberry sauce
  • Gravy
  • Wine, champagne, sparking apple cider
  • Canned fruit or vegetables
  • Preserves, jams and jellies
  • Maple syrup
  • Anything else that has liquid or could be considered “spreadable”

Find full TSA travel guidelines right here.



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Turkey travel: Which Thanksgiving foods can you take on a plane?


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is reminding travelers of the Thanksgiving foods they can and can’t bring in carry-on bags. (Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images)

CLEVELAND (WJW) – Thanksgiving weekend travel is famous for clogging airports. And to keep things running smoothly at security checkpoints, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced which holiday foods travelers are allowed to take with them on the plane.

Coming from afar won’t squelch peoples’ desire to bring their famous pumpkin pie or classic yams and marshmallows along for the ride to share with family and friends, so TSA has made it simple with some “food for thought.”

“If it’s a solid item, then it can go through a checkpoint,” TSA said in a press release. “However, if you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it, and it’s larger than 3.4 ounces, then it should go in a checked bag.”

These carry-on Thanksgiving foods are good to go:

  • Baked goods: Yes, that includes pumpkin pie
  • Meat: Frozen, cooked or otherwise, all meat is allowed, but please remember to package correctly.
  • Stuffing in all forms
  • Casseroles: Midwesterners, rejoice!
  • Mac ‘n Cheese: Fully cooked or not
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Candy: But do keep this in your carry-on, as otherwise, you may be asked to share
  • Spices

Food items allowed to be taken through security should still be placed in a plastic bag to make TSA screeners’ jobs easier, especially since food often needs additional security screening.

Thanksgiving foods that need to be placed in checked baggage:

  • Cranberry sauce
  • Gravy
  • Wine, champagne, sparking apple cider
  • Canned fruit or vegetables
  • Preserves, jams and jellies
  • Maple syrup
  • Anything else that has liquid or could be considered “spreadable”

Find full TSA travel guidelines right here.

**Related video below: Now is time to get vaccinated before Thanksgiving, Ohio’s top doctor says.



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Turkey celebrates UAE partnership at Expo 2020 | News


Tugay Tuncer, ambassador of Turkey to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), toured the Turkey pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai earlier, taking in the visitor experience and highlighting the trade and investment opportunities the mega-event will offer.

Speaking to the Expo News Service, Tuncer explained that Turkey’s participation in Expo 2020 signifies “a new era of cooperation and a strengthening relationship with the
UAE”.

Commissioner general of Turkey, Mukerrem Aksoy, stressed the strength of the country’s food and agriculture sectors when the world is faced with food security issues: “Turkey produces organic foods for the whole world.

“And we are ready to supply the world.”

Discussing the growing trade between the two nations, the ambassador stated: “Our trade with the UAE is at US$8.5 billion and the numbers are increasing – in the first six months we saw close to a one hundred per cent increase, and Expo 2020 will contribute to [this growth].

“It will show that we can export processed food, fruit and vegetables and construction materials, which this region needs, and which Turkey has in abundance.

“Our construction sector is the second biggest in the world.”

Expo 2020 is also expected to contribute to Turkey’s tourism sector.

The diplomat, who once worked as a tourist guide, said: “Many people earn their income from tourism, whether guides, hotel employees, or in food production or processing – the industry has many sub-products and sub-industries.

“We welcomed approximately 30 million tourists annually before Covid-19, across coastal, cultural, health and winter tourism.

“This year, we reached high numbers, despite opening to the market quite late, and it was clear that people are hungry for travel.”

Located in the Sustainability District, the Turkey pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, under the theme ‘Creating the Future from the Origin of Civilizations’, was designed to reflect the unique history of Anatolia – the cradle of civilisations, as well as to showcase nature the country’s sustainability goals.





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Travel to Turkey during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go


CNN Staff

If you’re planning to travel to Turkey, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Having endured a major spike in cases in the first half of 2021, which led to a 17-day lockdown at the end of April, Turkey has begun to ease restrictions. Many places are now open as normal, but gaining access to venues and transportation requires proof of vaccination or a negative test.

What’s on offer

With thriving cities, spectacular ancient ruins and monuments and landscapes ripe for exploration — plus spectacular beaches — Turkey has long been a favorite among tourists looking for an idyllic summer getaway.

Who can go

Anyone can travel to Turkey, though some are subject to restrictions. Those who have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the 14 days prior to travel will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival.

Passengers from Afghanistan and Pakistan are subject to a 10-day quarantine, while arrivals from the UK, Egypt, Iran and Singapore must undergo mandatory testing before entering the country. See below for details.

What are the restrictions?

All arrivals must submit a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure unless they have a certificate showing they were vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Visitors from some countries may also be able show proof of a negative rapid antigen test.

Those who have been in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka in the 14 days prior to travel will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival in a government-listed hotel at their own expense. They must have a confirmed hotel reservation before departure.

All Turkish airports are operating random testing. Passengers can proceed to their destination after they have been tested, but anyone who receives a positive test must quarantine for 14 days at their specified address, along with their close contacts. This can be terminated if a negative result is returned on day 10 — the local authorities will handle it on site.

All passengers must complete a Turkey Entry Form at least 72 hours before departure. Paper or mobile copies can be shown on arrival.

Children under six are not required to submit testing or vaccine information, while passengers transiting are also exempt.

What’s the Covid situation?

Turkey’s death toll stands at 65,000, with more than seven million cases registered. After a tough first year, the situation has improved markedly following a number of strict lockdowns and restrictions on socializing, although numbers rose again in July. It has fully vaccinated over 54% of the population as of October 6.

What can visitors expect?

After enduring lockdowns and curfews, Turkey is returning to a relative normality. Shops are now , as are cafes and restaurants, with no restrictions. Entry into more crowded venues like theaters, cinemas or concerts will will require proof of vaccination, or a negative PCR test taken 48 hours prior to the event. In most cases, for non-residents, a printed copy of a vaccination certificate should suffice.

Smoking remains banned in open public areas.

Nightly curfews and Sunday lockdowns have now been removed and cafes and restaurants can serve unlimited numbers

Museums have reopened, although mask wearing, social distancing and hygiene measures remain in place.

Use of public transport, including buses, trains, and airplanes will also require proof of vaccination or negative test taken within 48 hours of travel. Capacity may be reduced on some services and passengers required to wear a mask.

Useful links

Turkey Entry Form

Ministry of Health

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Get set for your post Covid-19 Turkish adventure by exploring Cappadocia and its fascinating underground cities and learning about the country’s 23 best dishes, all before working out which beach is best on the beautiful Turquoise Coast.

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From Kenya, Sri Lanka to Turkey, Indians Can Travel to These Countries on Tourist Visa


International Travel News: As many countries have now opened their borders for travellers from India, owing to the improving Covid-19 situation in the country, people have already started to make their travel plans.Also Read – International Flights: Tourism Secretary Makes Big Announcement, Says Scheduled Flight Services From India May Start Soon

Post the deadly second wave of coronavirus, as things are now slowly going back to normalcy, people are now taking to revenge tourism. What is revenge tourism? Well, it is a phenomenon of revenge travel, which refers to the desire of going on a vacation after an extended period of lockdown, as people were cooped up inside their houses. This new trend has, in fact, led to most popular tourist hubs being crammed with visitors. However, many of them are taking to offbeat destinations to beat the pandemic blues. Also Read – Planning to Fly to Canada From India? Here’s All You Need to Know

Here, we have compiled a list of countries allowing flyers from India holding tourist visa. Check them out :- Also Read – International Flights: Air India Resumes Flight Services to Canada, Vancouver | Check Full Schedule Here

If You Have Indian Passport, You Can Travel to These Countries on Tourist Visa

Kenya

Recently, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) had announced to reopen its borders for travellers from India on tourist visa. Earlier in May this year, Kenya closed its borders owing to the deadly second wave of Covid-19. However, now the temporary ban of passenger flights from India has been revoked after a brief period of suspension, KTB said in a statement. Good news is that the Indian travellers are exempted from quarantine provided they produce a negative PCR-based Covid-19 test results conducted 96 hours before travel, the statement added.

UAE

Second on the list is UAE (United Arab Emirates) as it recently announced that it is lifting Covid-induced travel restrictions on entry for residents who have been fully vaccinated flyers from September 12, provided that the Covid vaccine is approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). It had also allowed residents from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, Nigeria and Afghanistan as well to fly into the UAE from September 12 onwards.

Meanwhile from October 1st onwards, Dubai will open the Expo 2020 World Fair after a year-long delay due to the Covid-19 global health scare. The event, which will span for months, is expected to gain huge traction.

Sri Lanka

In a piece of good news, Sri Lanka has allowed entry of travellers from across the places. Fully vaccinated international travellers from India can move freely around the island nation, after an on-arrival test as the country reopens borders to India after a long anticipated wait. Only fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the recommended vaccine doses will be considered (after 2 weeks from their final vaccination), with no minimum stay period requirements.

Mauritius

For the uninitiated, Mauritius opened its borders for international travellers from July 15 onwards in phases. In the first phase, i.e., from July 15 to September 30, it will enable vaccinated travellers to enjoy a resort holiday on the island. Holidaymakers will be able to enjoy facilities within their chosen resort premises, including the swimming pool and beach.

Notably, if guests stay over two weeks and have negative PCR test report during their stay in the resort, they will also be able to explore the island’s other attractions. Note that travellers to Mauritius aged 18 years or above must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. They must undergo a PCR test between 5 and 7 days before departure and a negative result is required to travel to the island. Travellers will also have a PCR test on arrival at the airport in Mauritius and on day 7 and 14 of their resort holiday, as applicable.

For Phase 2, i.e., from October 1st, vaccinated travellers will be allowed entry without restrictions upon presentation of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. For those who are not vaccinated, they will be subject to 14 days in-room quarantine for both Phases 1 and 2 until further notice. Keep this in mind before making your travel plan.

Turkey

A popular travel destination among tourists from India, Turkey is now allowing entry to international travellers. However, you have to undergo mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine. A test will be performed on the 14th day of arrival, and only if you are tested negative, you will be allowed to leave the quarantine facility. The ticket prices are at least two times more the regular airfare and flights are being operated by carriers such as Air India, Emirates and KLM Royal Dutch.

Egypt

As per the reports, to enter Egypt, travellers, arriving from the countries where Delta COVID-19 variants have appeared, including India, will have to take a rapid test upon arrival. The passengers will have to take the 15-minute DNA test, called ID NOW to enter the country, if arriving from any COVID-19 strain country.

Earlier Egypt had announced that visitors will no longer have to produce any negative COVID-19 test report to enter the country. The announcement was made over the fears that tourists would cancel their plans. However recently, the cases of COVID-19 in Egypt have been rising and the government has decided to get stringent and test people coming from COVID-19 variant countries at the time of arrival.

Russia

Even though you can now travel to Russia from India, travellers will have to go through a cumbersome process. To enter Russia, as per the reports, you have to have an invitation from a government mandated tourist agency and remember, merely providing hotel reservations won’t suffice. Also, you can apply for a tourist visa that is valid for up to 30 days for single entry or double entry.

Notably, travellers need to produce RT-PCR test done within 72 hours prior to arrival and will also undergo an on-the-spot test at the arrival. Only if you are found negative you will be permitted to enter the country and a person who tests positive will be transferred to a COVID treatment facility. Currently there are only few flights from India to Russia so the ticket prices are at least two and a half times more the regular airfare.

Serbia

Good news is that Serbia, like Russia, is also open to travellers from India; however, with certain restrictions. You need to provide a negative RT-PCR test taken 48 hours before the time of departure and there are only limited flights being operated by Lufthansa and KLM Royal Dutch from Mumbai to Belgrade. The prices are not exponentially high as compared to the Russia. Check them out before making your travel plan!

Iceland

Iceland has also opened its borders for travellers from India. However, travellers need to be fully-vaccinated with the approved vaccinations by EU including Covishield by AstraZeneca. You will also have to present a valid vaccination certificate and a negative PCR test upon arrival. Notably, Icelandic authorities will also make you undergo one screening test for COVID-19 at the border and you will be exempted from quarantine if the test is negative. Go, pack your bags!

United Kingdom

You can visit UK from India however, quarantine is mandatory. UK earlier wasn’t allowing Indian travellers to enter its borders stating Covishield is not a valid vaccine under the government’s travel policy. However, Covishield is essentially Astra Zeneca being developed by Oxford and is produced in India by SII. Following India’s strong criticism over the UK’s refusal to recognise Covishield, London has included the vaccine in its updated international travel advisory. As the country has a problem with COWIN certification, travellers from India will have to undergo mandatory 10 days quarantine.

Uzbekistan

Any Indian citizen holding a valid visa for CIS countries (excluding Russia) is eligible to travel to Uzbekistan. Period. Note that, Uzbekistan is providing e-visa facility to travellers from India at a minimal fees and they must present a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in the country. In much relief to the travellers, there’s no quarantine and hence, one can explore the central Asian country to their heart’s content.

Italy

Interestingly, Italy too has recognized the Serum Institute of India’s COVID-19 vaccine Covishield. Now, fully vaccinated Indian tourists can travel to the European nation and are also eligible for a green pass, said the Embassy of India in Italy.

Do not forget to check latest Covid-related guidelines on government websites before making your travel plans as they are subject to change as per the prevailing Covid situation.





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Jet2.com returns to Turkey for late summer trips | News


Jet2.com is relaunching flights and holidays to Antalya and Dalaman today, as the airline and tour operator responds quickly to demand for holidays.

The move follows the easing of international travel restrictions and the removal of Turkey from the red list.

Flights are scheduled to depart from Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle Airports, as customers make the most of being able to enjoy some Turkish sunshine for the first time in a year.

In further news, Jet2holidays will launch services to the two popular Turkish destinations from their new base, Bristol Airport, tomorrow.

Overall, the carrier will be offering over 70 weekly flights to Dalaman and Antalya available for the summer.

The addition of Turkey to the flying programme means that the company are operating to more than 40 destinations.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com, said: “The resumption of our award-winning flights and package holidays to Turkey is fantastic news for holidaymakers.

“We are delighted to be recommencing flights and holidays to Antalya and Dalaman and to be taking customers once again to these much-loved destinations.

“Customers have missed being able to visit Turkey this summer, so the reopening of the country has resulted in huge demand and comes just in time for holidaymakers to enjoy some late summer sun.

“We continue to look towards the future with real confidence, as customers make the most of being able to get away and enjoy some much-needed sunshine.”





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Turkey removed from red list as part of wider travel reopening | News


Turkey has been removed from the red list for travellers from the UK in the latest update to restrictions.

In what will be the last set of changes before a new system is introduced in October, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya were also moved to the amber list.

Changes will come into effect at 04:00 on Wednesday.

Passengers who are not recognised as being fully vaccinated with authorised vaccines and certificates under international travel rules, will still have to take a pre-departure test, a day two and day eight PCR test and self-isolate for ten days upon their return from a non-red list country under the new two-tiered travel programme.

Test to Release will remain an option for unvaccinated passengers who wish to shorten their isolation period.

Sajid Javid, health and social care secretary, said: “We have simplified the travel rules to make them easier to understand and follow, opening up tourism and reducing the costs to go abroad.

“As global vaccination efforts continue to accelerate and more people gain protection from this dreadful disease, it is right that our rules and regulations keep pace.

“From late October, we will also be making changes to allow passengers who change flights or international trains during their journey to follow the measures associated to their country of departure, rather than any countries they have transited through as part of their journey.”





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Travel news live: Turkey and South Africa ‘should leave red list’


As UK travellers wait to see what changes the government will make to the “traffic light” system, The Independent’s travel correspondent Simon Calder has made his predictions.

“The UK’s travel restrictions make us a laughing stock abroad – but they are also crippling airlines and holiday firms.

“Assuming the leaks are correct and the whole ludicrous system is to be dismantled, the industry will naturally be relieved – but will also demand to know why the government made going abroad so difficult for so long.

“The current restrictions aren’t just making holidaymakers jumpy about booking – they are also destroying inbound tourism to the UK, and hundreds of thousands of jobs with it.

“The red list is way too long. Travel to almost a third of the world’s countries requires thousands of pounds spent on 11 nights in a hotel room on arrival.

Expert analysts concur that Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Dominican Republic, the Maldives, South Africa and Turkey should be taken off the red list. But as the government has shown many times, it can deliver wildly different conclusions.”

In other news, Qantas has scheduled flights between London and Sydney and London and Melbourne from 18 December.

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Scrap amber list and testing for the double jabbed, says Heathrow boss

Heathrow Airport has called on the government to scrap all testing for double vaccinated travellers as it struggles to recover from business lost to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UK’s largest airport has also urged authorities to remove the amber list and instead create a “safe but simple two-tier system” comprised of just a green and a red list.

Under these proposals, fully vaccinated arrivals from green list locations would no longer be required to take a test, whereas those who are not fully vaccinated would need to take lateral flow tests pre-departure and post-arrival.

Only those who test positive would need to take a more expensive PCR test.

Lucy Thackray15 September 2021 10:36

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Two out of five former rail passengers stay away from trains

Rail use in the UK is still well below pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT).

In the week from 7 September, passenger numbers averaged 60.3 per cent of weekly numbers prior to the Covid crisis.

While some train operators report a rebound in leisure travellers to pre-pandemic levels, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) says only one-third of commuter journeys are currently being made.

The rail industry has launched a marketing campaign to try to persuade passengers back on board – assuring them that public transport is safe. But some train operators, as well as the London Underground, are still cordoning off parts of carriages as a Covid precaution.

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What time is the travel ‘traffic light’ update expected today?

Three weeks after the last update to the UK’s “traffic light” travel lists, the government is expected to announce the latest changes to the green, amber and red lists today or tomorrow, 15 or 16 September.

There is no clarity on the exact timing of the announcement by the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, but it is expected to be on either Wednesday afternoon or Thursday.

However, past experience – coupled with the health secretary and Prime Minister both hinting at larger changes to the UK’s travel system in the past 24 hours – suggests we cannot be sure there will be significant changes to the lists.

Lucy Thackray15 September 2021 09:26

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Qantas will restart Lon-Aus flights – but only if quarantine is eased, says exec

Direct flights between the UK and Australia will be restored only if Australia’s quarantine rules are eased by the government in Canberra, a Qantas executive has said.

The airline has put its first flights from London to Sydney, Perth and Melbourne on sale from 19 December. A return from Heathrow to Sydney via Singapore, departing on the first date and returning early in the New Year, costs almost £2,000.

But Stephanie Tully, the airline’s chief customer officer, warned that if a two-week hotel quarantine for vaccinated arrivals to Australia was still required, “we will not get the demand we need to operate”. She said that testing should be sufficient.

She also said that only Sydney and Melbourne may appear on the international route network initially if the governments in Queensland and Western Australia keep their state borders closed.

Lucy Thackray15 September 2021 09:02

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Anyone getting on a plane ‘should be vaccinated’ says Fauci

The chief medical adviser to the US president, Dr Anthony Fauci, has said in an interview that he would advise all travellers to get vaccinated before flying.

“I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated,” Fauci told US digital news outlet The Skimm.

US authorities have stopped short of implementing a vaccine mandate for flyers, though all travellers must wear masks in airports and on planes or risk a $500-minimum fine.

Fauci also responded to rapper Nicki Minaj’s tweet suggesting that the Covid-19 vaccines could cause impotence in men.

“The answer to that, Jake, is a resounding no. There’s no evidence that it happens,” Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Lucy Thackray15 September 2021 08:03

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New airline promises customers a ‘hefty dose of love’

A new Canadian airline has revealed an extraordinary business plan – with touches of philosophy – as it launches flights from Montreal to Mexico.

OWG, whose name stands for Off We Go, promises to “offer its travellers an experience that is the complete opposite of low-cost flights”.

The carrier says: “Our vision is to give you a hefty dose of love.”

It involves “gathering travellers into three specific aircraft zones to provide a customised experience”.

“Singles will have the chance to travel in the High Zone, couples will be pampered in the Love Zone and families will be able to meet in the Heart Zone,” OWG says.

The only clue about what happens in any of these is that the Heart Zone is “located at the rear of the aircraft closer the lavatories and flight attendants”.

Other airlines champion their reliability or route network. OWG promises philosophy on the flight path to Mexico.

“Through this journey, you will not only discover a place, a different way of life and new faces, but you will also discover yourself.”

Simon Calder15 September 2021 07:39

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Good morning

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s travel liveblog, where we’ll be sharing all the latest updates.

Lucy Thackray15 September 2021 07:37



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