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(CNN) — New year, new perspectives, new travel plans.

Now is the time when many people usually plan their year’s getaways around school calendars and family events, good weather, major festivals, exhibitions and concerts. Again, Covid-19 didn’t get the memo.

Entering the third year of the global pandemic as Omicron spreads around the world, there are STILL a bunch of variables to consider.

Can we even make travel plans right now?

Yes, definitely, says CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen.

Biggest ticket for smoother journeys

In fact, those with some additional immunity to Covid could be in a very good position to see the world.

“Those who are vaccinated and have recently received Omicron are unlikely to be re-infected so soon. It would be entirely reasonable for someone in this situation to plan a trip,” Wen said, with a reminder to be careful upon returning and to quarantine and test beforehand. see any medically vulnerable person.

No, you shouldn’t try to get infected. Here’s why.

Fortunately, those who are vaccinated and strengthened are also well positioned to travel, said Wen, who is an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been advising people for some time to delay travel until they are fully vaccinated. Although the agency did not add the booster to its definition of “fully vaccinated”, it recommend one if you are eligible.

The same goes for travel consultant Dave Hershberger, for another reason. More and more destinations are incorporating boosters into their travel rules.

In Austria, for example, visitors need proof of recall or a negative PCR test in addition to proof of vaccination. The Czech Republic allows boosted travelers to circumvent a test requirement for vaccinated arrivals.

Getting your photos is “the first checkbox if you’re traveling right now,” said Hershberger, owner of Prestige Travel in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Despite the ongoing travel disruptions and complications at the moment, the outlook is completely different than it was a year ago when vaccines were just rolling out.

“Traveling now, if you’re vaccinated, is probably not going to put you in the hospital,” Hershberger said.

Travelers who have had booster shots can bypass testing to enter the Czech Republic, where Prague is one of the best.

Michal Cizek/AFP via Getty Images

Essentials: research and testing

Travel restrictions change, change again, then change again. Using a travel consultant can save you a lot of time.

It takes advisors two to three times longer than before the pandemic to arrange the same trips, Hershberger said.

Whether you hire an advisor or do it yourself, patience is key.

“It’s not a trip to 2019. It’s different, and it’s probably here to stay for a while, and so you have to be flexible, you have to do your research.”

“And if you check a month, you have to check again two weeks, and you have to check again a week before you go,” Hershberger said.

Even before Omicron, Ashley Les, a travel consultant at Protravel International, directed cautious travelers to direct flights to places that required pre-trip testing.

That way almost everyone on the flight had recently tested negative for Covid-19, she told CNN Travel ahead of the holiday. You won’t get that domestic flight in the United States, she noted.

Now she suggests even more testing.

“Even if your destination doesn’t require testing, TEST!” Les said this week via email. “That way you know you’re traveling Covid-free.”

Les also suggests minimizing interactions with other people a week before your trip.

Packing a few quick tests in your suitcase for “peace of mind” if you start to feel sick is also a good idea, Hershberger said.

What you do when you arrive at your destination is as important as the precautions you take during transport.

What you do when you arrive at your destination is as important as the precautions you take during transport.

Bijou Samad/AFP via Getty Images

The other safeguard: insurance

For travelers from the United States and many other countries, testing to return home after international travel has become the norm. And it got pretty easy in a lot of places, Hershberger said.

“It’s not a horribly difficult thing to do. If you’re in a resort type area, it’s very easy to do. If you’re cruising, they do it for you,” he said . Here are all CDC details on acceptable testing for entry into the United States.

The real challenge comes if you test positive, which is not uncommon with Omicron in vaccinated people.

Then you’ll need to extend your trip and quarantine for a while – often at your own expense, unless you have travel insurance.

“I wouldn’t think of traveling without some sort of third-party travel insurance that will get me through something like this,” Hershberger said, particularly of international travel.

Hershberger was recently in Argentina, where visitors who test positive must quarantine for seven to 10 days in a state-approved hotel “to the tune of $400 a day, plus you paid for a doctor come”.

Thus, travelers could spend an additional $4,000 or more to extend their trip. The right insurance policy from a provider such as Travel Guard, Allianz or Travel Insured International would cover this.

SquareMouth.com allows users to compare travel insurance quotes from different providers.

Les agrees that “travel insurance is always a must”.

Choose a destination

But we do know that people regularly travel to and from countries that constantly increase and decrease the level of risk based on their number of Covid cases. Wen calls the CDC classifications “a useful tool.”

“Transmission rates are a benchmark,” Wen said. “Another is what precautions are needed and followed where you are going, and then the third is what you plan to do once you get there.

“Are you planning on visiting a lot of attractions and going to indoor bars? It’s very different from going somewhere where you plan to lay on the beach all day and not interact with anyone outside. “other. It’s very different. It’s very different levels of risk.”

And precautions in the places you go are also important. A location that requires proof of vaccination for restaurants or sports venues makes those types of activities safer for you.

At the end of the line

Of course, standard safety precautions still apply – wear a high quality N95, KN95 or KF94 for air travel and when in crowded indoor environments and follow the rules at your destination.

Riding with the unexpected is the pandemic way of life, and travel is no exception.

“If you’re the type of person who can’t handle change, last-minute change, I would suggest you stay home for a little while,” Hershberger said. “You have to be able to go with the flow.”

Top image: General view of Mount Fitz Roy, near El Chalten, Argentina, August 29, 2021. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images)

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Air France will serve Quebec, its 4th destination in Canada in the summer of 2022 https://corfulinastravel.com/air-france-will-serve-quebec-its-4th-destination-in-canada-in-the-summer-of-2022/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 17:15:48 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/air-france-will-serve-quebec-its-4th-destination-in-canada-in-the-summer-of-2022/ Up to 3 weekly flights operated by Airbus A330-200 from May 17, 2022 Present in Canada for 71 years, Air France will also increase service to its other Canadian destinations: Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Air France is expanding its services to Canada, the airline’s second largest long-haul market in seats offered. From May 17, 2022, […]]]>
  • Up to 3 weekly flights operated by Airbus A330-200 from May 17, 2022
  • Present in Canada for 71 years, Air France will also increase service to its other Canadian destinations: Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Air France is expanding its services to Canada, the airline’s second largest long-haul market in seats offered.

From May 17, 2022, Air France will connect Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) in Quebec City, with three weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The flights will be operated by Airbus A330-200 equipped with the new travel cabins, with a capacity of 224 seats (36 in Business, 21 in Premium Economy and 167 in Economy).

Flight times (in local time):

AF0352: Departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 1:10 p.m., arrival in Quebec at 2:40 p.m.

AF0353: Departure from Quebec at 5:00 p.m., arrival at Paris-Charles de Gaulle the next day at 5:45 a.m.

This new non-stop line adds to Air France’s daily bus service linking Montreal’s Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau airport to Quebec City, offered free of charge to all connecting customers from an Air France flight. .

This flight schedule is subject to change depending on travel restrictions.

Quebec, a fortified treasure on the St. Lawrence River

Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, its historic center – Old Québec – is the only fortified city in North America.

Formerly the gateway to New France, Quebec is today a dynamic city where festivals and major cultural events take place throughout the year. The exceptional natural parks in its region and in the eastern part of the province are ideal opportunities to discover the beauty of Quebec’s great outdoors.

Air France in Canada

Present in Canada since 1950, Air France connects Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Montreal (Air France’s second international destination with up to 4 daily flights), Toronto (up to 2 daily flights) and Vancouver (up to 1 daily) all year round.

This summer, Air France’s capacity to and from Canada will be 25% higher than it was before the pandemic. Air France will thus become the leading European airline in terms of service between Europe and Canada.

On board the Air France A330-200

Air France’s Airbus A330-200 cabins have recently been completely refurbished to offer all customers the highest level of comfort. Equipped with a Wi-Fi connection available throughout the flight, this aircraft offers:

  • In the Business cabin: a seat that can be converted into an entirely flat bed, 2 meters long.
  • In the Premium Economy cabin: a seat with a fixed shell that reclines to 130° and offers one of the widest seats on the market, as well as lumbar support.
  • In Economy: a 118° reclining seat with ergonomic seat foam.

All seats are equipped with Air France’s latest generation entertainment system, offering more than 1,000 hours of films, TV series and other programs on large HD touch screens. Individual USB sockets are also available to allow everyone to recharge their electronic devices.

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This state is at the top of the list of favorite destinations for Indians, according to a survey https://corfulinastravel.com/this-state-is-at-the-top-of-the-list-of-favorite-destinations-for-indians-according-to-a-survey/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 09:38:09 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/this-state-is-at-the-top-of-the-list-of-favorite-destinations-for-indians-according-to-a-survey/ According to OYO Travelopedia, a majority of Indians would prefer to go locally and explore domestic destinations over international ones this year with Goa topping the list followed by Manali. According to the survey, 61% of Indians would prefer to get out there and explore domestic destinations, while 25% would like to try international and […]]]>

According to OYO Travelopedia, a majority of Indians would prefer to go locally and explore domestic destinations over international ones this year with Goa topping the list followed by Manali.

According to the survey, 61% of Indians would prefer to get out there and explore domestic destinations, while 25% would like to try international and domestic trips this year.

Despite the excitement of travelling, 80% of those surveyed said safety remained a major concern amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and that the arrival of a booster shot would give them confidence to travel .

As for the preferred destination concerned, Goa tops a third of respondents’ 2022 bucket lists, he said.

“Following Manali, Dubai, Shimla and Kerala,” said the hotel chain OYO, adding other international destinations on the list of Indian travelers, including the Maldives, Paris, Bali and Switzerland.

When it comes to travel partners, 37% of respondents said they would like to travel with their spouse or partner. On the other hand, 19% said they would “love to take that long-awaited vacation with close friends”, while 16% opted for a family vacation and 12% preferred hiking alone.

“A good 16% of respondents said they would love everything!” the poll reads. According to OYO Travelopedia, in Indonesia, Bali emerged as the preferred destination for 2022, while in Europe, a majority of respondents opted for Bornholm, the Danish island in the Baltic Sea.

A large majority of Dutch people said they would like to travel to Austria this year.

OYO Travelopedia, the annual consumer survey conducted by OYO to study the travel intentions and expectations of its user base in some of its major markets, including India, Indonesia and Europe, collected the responses of about 3,000 people in December last year.

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Winter storm slows Friday travel; times bounce back after a cool saturday https://corfulinastravel.com/winter-storm-slows-friday-travel-times-bounce-back-after-a-cool-saturday/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 15:40:07 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/winter-storm-slows-friday-travel-times-bounce-back-after-a-cool-saturday/ Allow extra time to get to your destination until Friday evening. The snow will make roads slippery and reduce visibility across much of Minnesota and parts of west-central and southwestern Wisconsin. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential rainfall pattern from Friday 10 a.m. through Friday 11 […]]]>

Allow extra time to get to your destination until Friday evening. The snow will make roads slippery and reduce visibility across much of Minnesota and parts of west-central and southwestern Wisconsin.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s North American Mesoscale (NAM) forecast model shows the potential rainfall pattern from Friday 10 a.m. through Friday 11 p.m.:

NAM simulated radar Friday and Friday night

NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

NOAA’s high-resolution fast refresh model shows a similar precipitation pattern:

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Simulated radar HRRR Friday and Friday evening

NOAA, via Tropicaltidbits.com

Note that the Twin Cities metropolitan area overlaps the eastern edge of the snow, so the northeastern part of the metropolitan area will see lower snow totals than the southwestern half of the metro.

How much snow?

Parts of southwestern Minnesota could see 6 to 10 inches of snow by Friday night, with lower totals to the east. The area shaded in red has the best chance of 6 inches or more of additional snow:

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Snowfall forecast Friday and Friday evening

National Weather Service

As of Friday night, it looks like snow totals in the Twin Cities metro area could range from 1-2 inches in eastern Anoka County and northern Washington County to 4-5 inches in Carver Counties. , Scott, Hennepin and West Dakota.

You can see an NWS plot of snow reports here. You can hover over any data point on the linked NWS snowfall map to see the location and time of the snow measurement.

Minnesota’s updated road conditions can be found here. Wisconsin road conditions can be found here.

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on Minnesota Public Radio News network, and you can see updated weather information on the MPR News live weather blog.

Warnings, Watches and Advisories

Winter storm warnings (shaded pink in the graphic below) continue through Friday evening across most of west-central, south-west and south-central Minnesota and out to the western boundary of the metropolitan area of ​​the twin cities:

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Alerts and notices Friday and Friday evening

National Weather Service

The southwestern half of the Twin Cities metropolitan area is in a winter weather advisory until 9 p.m. this Friday, for 3 to 5 inches of snow:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN 954 AM CST Fri Jan 14, 2022 … HEAVY SNOW CONTINUES OVER SOUTHWESTERN MINNESOTA WITH LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW OVER CENTRAL SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA… . , will spread southeastward throughout the afternoon. Snowfall rates of one inch per hour are possible along the Minnesota River Valley, west of Mankato and on Buffalo Ridge. The snow will cease from north to south late this afternoon into the evening. A winter storm warning remains in effect until early Friday evening west of a line from Glenwood to Albert Lea. A winter weather advisory remains in effect east of the warning area to the Mississippi River. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are expected in the warning zone with 3 to 5 inches in the advisory zone. Quantities will drop rapidly east of the Mississippi River. MNZ059-060-068>070-076>078-085-150000- /O.CON.KMPX.WW.Y.0004.000000T0000Z-220115T0300Z/ Wright-Hennepin-Carver-Scott-Dakota-Le Sueur-Rice-Goodhue-Steele – Including the cities of Monticello, Minneapolis, Chanhassen, Chaska, Victoria, Shakopee, Hastings, Le Sueur, Faribault, Red Wing and Owatonna. EVENING… * WHAT… Snow forecast. Total snow accumulation 3 to 5 inches. * WHERE… Portions of central, east-central, south-central and southeastern Minnesota. * WHEN… Until 9:00 p.m. CST tonight. * IMPACTS… Expect slippery road conditions. Hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES/PREPARATION… Slow down and use caution when traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. Road conditions can also be found at 511mn.org for Minnesota or 511wi.gov for Wisconsin.

Here are the details of the winter storm warning for southwestern Minnesota:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD 325 AM CST Fri January 14, 2022 MNZ071-072-080-081-089-090-097-098-SDZ039-040-056-141730- /O.CON.KFSD.WS .W.0001.000000T0000Z-220115T0600Z/ Lincoln-Lyon-Murray-Cottonwood-Nobles-Jackson-Pipestone-Rock- Kingsbury-Brookings-Moody- 325 AM CST Fri Jan 14 2022 … WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL ‘AT MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT… * WHAT…Heavy snowfall. Additional snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches. Winds blowing up to 35 mph. * WHERE…Portions of east-central South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota. This includes the tribal lands of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Nation. * WHEN… Until midnight CST tonight. * IMPACTS… Travel could be very difficult. Scattered blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Hazardous conditions could impact morning or evening commutes. PRECAUTION/PREPARATION… If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are also in effect until midnight Friday evening for parts of northwestern Minnesota:

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Alerts and notices Friday and Friday evening

National Weather Service

Winter weather advisories continue Friday and Friday evening in parts of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, due to improved snow totals by the lake:

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Winter weather advisories Friday and Friday evening

National Weather Service

Here are the details :

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Duluth MN 629 AM CST Fri Jan 14 2022 MNZ020-037-150030- /O.NEW.KDLH.WW.Y.0003.220114T1229Z-220115T1200Z/ Southern Lake-Carlton and South St. Louis- Y including the cities of Two Harbors, Silver Bay and Duluth 629 AM CST Fri Jan 14, 2022 … WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST SATURDAY… *WHAT… Snow with 1 to 7 total accumulations inches. * WHERE…Southern Lake and Carlton and South St. Louis counties. This includes the Fond du Lac Band Tribal Lands. * WHEN… Until 6:00 a.m. CST Saturday. * IMPACTS… Expect slippery road conditions. Hazardous conditions could impact morning or evening commutes. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS… The highest snow totals of 4-7 inches are expected from the Fond du Lac Band Tribal Lands in the Cloquet, Twig, Fredenberg area, in Duluth, Two Harbors and Silver Bay. Regions further inland will receive less snow. Isolated snowfall amounts of 7 to 10 inches are possible. PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES/PREPARATION… Slow down and use caution when traveling. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. Road conditions can also be found at 511mn.org for Minnesota or 511wi.gov for Wisconsin.

Thursday snow card

Northeast Minnesota already has plenty of snow cover, but much of southwestern and south-central Minnesota had little to no snow cover according to Thursday’s report from the Minnesota State Climatology Office:

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Snow depths in Minnesota on Thursday

Minnesota State Bureau of Climatology / Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

I imagine many cross-country skiers, snowboarders and kids with sleds will be out this weekend to enjoy the snow that is falling today.

Saturday highs will be mostly in the teens:

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Highs expected on Saturday

National Weather Service

Saturday’s winds will be light in most areas, but gusts of 18-25 mph are expected in northwest Minnesota Saturday afternoon:

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Gusts of wind expected Saturday noon

National Weather Service

Forecast gusts of wind are in knots, with 20 knots equaling 23 mph.

Back to temperatures, Sunday highs are expected to reach 30 in many areas, with 20 in northeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin:

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Highs expected on Sunday

National Weather Service

The Twin Cities metro area highs are expected to be around 30 on Sunday, followed by a high 20 on Monday, which is Martin Luther King Day.

After highs in the lower 30s on Tuesday, it is much colder on Wednesday and Thursday, with highs in the single digits. We will have a chance of light snow Sunday and Tuesday.

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UW Oshkosh Athletics: Latest Updates on Event Cancellations, Schedule Changes https://corfulinastravel.com/uw-oshkosh-athletics-latest-updates-on-event-cancellations-schedule-changes/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 21:11:56 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/uw-oshkosh-athletics-latest-updates-on-event-cancellations-schedule-changes/ The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh athletic schedules in recent days. Here are the latest updates: Gymnasts find replacement for canceled home fixture on Friday Due to COVID-19 protocols, Friday’s Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) women’s gymnastics meeting at Kolf Sports Center between UW Oshkosh and UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater has been […]]]>

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh athletic schedules in recent days. Here are the latest updates:

Gymnasts find replacement for canceled home fixture on Friday

Due to COVID-19 protocols, Friday’s Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) women’s gymnastics meeting at Kolf Sports Center between UW Oshkosh and UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater has been canceled.

The UWO has found a replacement for the canceled competition and will now open its 2022 season on Friday in a quadrangular hosted by Hamline University (Minnesota). The schools of Minnesota Gustavus Adolphus College and Winona State University join UWO and St. Paul’s Hamline University for the 6:30 pm meeting. All three programs in Minnesota are associate members of WIAC.

The UWO had previously had its meeting at the University of California, Davis, on January 9, also canceled due to protocols related to COVID-19.

Wednesday’s men’s basketball game against UW-Stevens Point canceled

Due to COVID-19 protocols, Wednesday’s WIAC men’s basketball game between the Titans and UW-Stevens Point’s visit to Kolf Sports Center has been canceled.

According to WIAC COVID-19 procedures, the game is considered a “no contest”. The game will not count towards either team’s overall record or NCAA Division III playoff selection. Teams may attempt to reschedule the game later in the season as a non-conference competition.

UWO (13-2, 3-1 WIAC), ranked sixth in Division III by D3hoops.com, are expected to play UW-Stout in their next game on Saturday. Tipoff is set at 3 p.m. at Menomonie.

Saturday’s women’s basketball game against UW-Stout canceled

Due to COVID-19 protocols, Saturday’s women’s basketball game between UWO and visiting UW-Stout at Kolf Sports Center has been canceled.

According to WIAC COVID-19 procedures, the game is considered a “no contest”. The game will not count towards either team’s overall record or NCAA Division III playoff selection. Teams may attempt to reschedule the game later in the season as a non-conference competition.

UWO (11-3, 1-2 WIAC), ranked 21st in Division III by D3hoops.com, is scheduled to host UW-Platteville on Wednesday in its next game. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Kolf Sports Center.

UWO previously canceled games against UW-River Falls on January 8 and UW-Stevens Point on January 12 due to COVID-19 protocols.

The wrestling team changes the upcoming schedule

The UWO wrestling team has adjusted their competition schedule for the remainder of January due to COVID-19 protocols.

UWO, ranked 13th in NCAA Division III by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, has canceled its participation in Saturday’s Manchester University Spartan Classic in North Manchester, Indiana.

The Titans (11-1, 2-1 WIAC) have also changed their travel destination to January 22. Instead of competing at the Harper College Open in Palatine, Illinois, UWO will now compete at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Midwest Duals in Kearney, Nebraska.

UWO’s double WIAC meet at UW-La Crosse (6-1, 0-0 WIAC) on January 28 remains as scheduled.

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COVID-19: Top Holiday Destinations Revealed As UK Travel Restrictions Relaxed Sparks Increase in Bookings | UK News https://corfulinastravel.com/covid-19-top-holiday-destinations-revealed-as-uk-travel-restrictions-relaxed-sparks-increase-in-bookings-uk-news/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 00:58:20 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/covid-19-top-holiday-destinations-revealed-as-uk-travel-restrictions-relaxed-sparks-increase-in-bookings-uk-news/ Demand for overseas vacations is rebounding following the relaxation of coronavirus travel rules and could reach pre-pandemic levels within months, travel agencies say. An increase in bookings came after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday announced that testing and quarantine requirements for arrivals would be relaxed. Fully vaccinated travelers and under 18s arriving in […]]]>

Demand for overseas vacations is rebounding following the relaxation of coronavirus travel rules and could reach pre-pandemic levels within months, travel agencies say.

An increase in bookings came after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday announced that testing and quarantine requirements for arrivals would be relaxed.

Fully vaccinated travelers and under 18s arriving in the UK at 4 a.m. on Friday no need to have passed a lateral flow test before departure.

Instead, they can take a lateral flow test rather than the more expensive PCR version for their post-arrival test from 4 a.m. on Sunday, with the changes saving a family of four around £ 300 .

Spain leads the most popular overseas destinations people plan to visit this year, followed by the United States, France, Italy and Greece, according to a survey of 2,000 UK consumers through the Abta travel organization.

But what are the COVID situations in these popular hotspots?

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People line up to receive a free side-flow COVID test in Madrid, Spain

Spain

Under current rules, only travelers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel to Spain without having to follow additional entry rules, even if their country of origin is on the country’s risk list.

COVID infections continue to rise across Spain as the country grapples with a sixth wave of the virus from the highly transmissible strain Omicron.

Starting on Christmas Eve, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez introduced the wearing of face masks outdoors in an attempt to contain tension – meaning tourists visiting the country may need to mask themselves during most days. their vacation.

However, face covering is not mandatory while exercising, on the beach, or at the pool as long as the 1.5 meter social distancing is maintained.

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People line up in Times Square, New York, for COVID-19 test

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The United States eased its travel restrictions in early November before the Omicron variant hit.

It has since suspended entry for non-nationals who were in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe during the 14 days prior to their entry or attempt. entry into the country.

However, most fully immunized foreign citizens can enter the United States.

Before boarding a flight to the United States, most passengers will need to test negative for COVID-19 taken no more than one day before travel.

Currently, anyone two years of age and older who is not fully vaccinated should wear a mask in indoor public places, however, this does not apply in outdoor places.

People are expected to wear face coverings on planes, buses, trains, and other public transportation to, within or outside the United States, as well. only inside transport hubs such as airports and train stations.

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Masked residents and tourists walk along the Champs Elysees in Paris

France

People wishing to travel from the UK to France, regardless of their vaccination status, can only do so for essential reasons.

Since Thursday, people can now travel between the United Kingdom and France for professional reasons requiring an on-site presence, which cannot be postponed, as travelers must provide proof from their employer.

France had previously relaxed its travel measures during the holiday season following an outcry from British nationals unable to return home via the Eurotunnel.

Wearing masks even outdoors was made mandatory in Paris last month as the country struggles to cope with a wave of Omicron.

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A visitor shows his green pass at the entrance to the Roman Forum in Rome, Italy

Italy

Regardless of vaccine status, arriving in Italy by air, land or sea may be subject to a random COVID test on arrival until January 31.

If you are traveling from the UK and can show that you are fully vaccinated with a negative PCR test, you can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate.

Travelers are required to wear a mask at all times when using public transport in Italy, but this rule does not apply outdoors.

Everyone is also required to keep a distance of at least one meter, with only high-speed trains having no social distancing rules.

Since October, cultural venues have been allowed to operate at full capacity, including theaters, cinemas and concert halls.

A store worker checks customers' coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination certificates, as the government imposes new measures for unvaccinated citizens, in Athens, Greece, November 22, 2021. REUTERS / Louiza Vradi
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A store worker checks customers’ vaccination certificates in Athens, Greece

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Those traveling to Greece will need to complete a Passenger Tracking Form (PLF) and proof of a negative PCR test or rapid antigenic COVID test.

In response to the Omicron wave, the country’s government last month reintroduced the mandatory wearing of masks outdoors.

Double-masking or wearing a high-protection face cover is also mandatory on public transport and in supermarkets.

All travelers, regardless of their immunization status, were asked to have a lateral flow test or PCR on the second and fourth day after arriving in the country.

Return to pre-COVID levels “by spring”

Steve Heapy, managing director of Jet2holidays and leisure airline Jet2.com, revealed that the company has reported enormous popularity for travel to mainland Spain, the Canaries, the Balearic Islands, Turkey and Greece. .

He said: “The easing of travel restrictions is good news for the travel industry and vacationers and comes during a traditionally very busy time for vacation bookings.

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“We have seen an immediate and dramatic increase in bookings, with volumes since the government announcement heading to pre-pandemic levels, showing just how much demand there is among those looking to get away on vacation. well deserved. “

Tui also saw the biggest spikes in bookings for Mexico and the Canaries.

A spokeswoman for the tour operator said Mr Johnson’s announcement “gave Britons confidence that travel will again be easier and more affordable”.

She continued: “We have already seen an immediate and strong increase in bookings and we now expect bookings for the summer of 2022 to be normalized.

“January has traditionally been the busiest month for vacation bookings and demand has yet to reach pre-COVID levels, so we need to see continued confidence in travel so the industry can fully recover. “

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Meanwhile, luxury travel company Kuoni predicts travel will reach pre-pandemic levels by spring.

Its chief executive, Derek Jones, said the easing of testing rules “should be the beginning of the end of COVID as a blocker of international travel.”

He added, “I predict that travel will be down to 90% to 2019 levels by the end of spring.

“We are already seeing an increase in call volumes and travel inquiries for the coming year as confidence builds. “

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10 Travel Habits You Should Resolve To Break This Year https://corfulinastravel.com/10-travel-habits-you-should-resolve-to-break-this-year/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/10-travel-habits-you-should-resolve-to-break-this-year/ The joy of a new year is all there in this crucial three letter first word. New. A new calendar page always looks like a signal to start over. Do things differently. To spread wings and look towards intriguing horizons. This is certainly the case in terms of travel – at the end of a […]]]>

The joy of a new year is all there in this crucial three letter first word. New.

A new calendar page always looks like a signal to start over. Do things differently. To spread wings and look towards intriguing horizons. This is certainly the case in terms of travel – at the end of a week which saw the removal of pre-departure testing for vaccinated passengers coming or returning to England.

After a few difficult weeks, the planet seems to be reopening, offering a world of possibilities. It might only be a week or two, but 2022 already looks like a better year for vacation than 2021. But the question is, what kind of vacation? Luxury escapes? Distant explorations? Multigenerational family vacations? Beach hotel indolence? All the foregoing?

Whatever your travel tastes, now is the time to start thinking ahead and planning a getaway, whether it’s for the months to come or later in the year. Of course, “new” can mean a lot of things. Last week, we did a reader survey that showed 66% of you visiting a country for the first time is your top New Year’s travel resolution.

While that sounds like a great plan, this feature has a few suggestions, as well as ideas on how to get away from some of the vacation habits we all rely on too much.

No more old and new, as the saying goes – whether it’s a grand odyssey of personal discovery, the easy fun of the winter sun in Spain, or an ultra-extravagant, cashless vacation. that blow up the lingering shadows of the past two years.

The usual: you always travel from Saturday to Saturday

This is a completely natural travel habit – neat, tidy, a guarantee of only eating a specific week of precious annual vacation. But if you have the option of flying outside of the weekend, you might find that reduced demand has a happy effect on the cost of your stay.

The change: choose a midweek getaway

How about a getaway to the Algarve in August? Portugal’s sunniest region has long been a favorite with British holidaymakers, but think carefully about your dates. A seven night stay at the five star Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites in Albufeira costs from £ 1,456 per person when traveling from Gatwick (to Faro) on Saturday August 6th via British Airways Holidays (0344 493 0787; ba.com/vacances). But push back an otherwise identical package to Wednesday August 10 and that price drops to £ 1,354 per head – a saving of £ 204 per couple.


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Thailand adds three more destinations to its Sandbox program for tourists https://corfulinastravel.com/thailand-adds-three-more-destinations-to-its-sandbox-program-for-tourists/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 12:18:23 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/thailand-adds-three-more-destinations-to-its-sandbox-program-for-tourists/ Thailand has added three more destinations to its so-called Sandbox tourism program, but authorities said on Friday that its Test-and-Go program without quarantine would be suspended indefinitely. The changes come as Thailand increases its COVID-19 alert from three to four as the rapidly spreading Omicron variant takes hold in the country. From January 11, in […]]]>

Thailand has added three more destinations to its so-called Sandbox tourism program, but authorities said on Friday that its Test-and-Go program without quarantine would be suspended indefinitely. The changes come as Thailand increases its COVID-19 alert from three to four as the rapidly spreading Omicron variant takes hold in the country.

From January 11, in addition to Phuket, vaccinated travelers can visit three other destinations in Thailand as part of the Sandbox program, including Krabi and Phang-nga provinces, as well as Surat Thani Island (but only seaside resorts of Ko Samui, Ko Pha -ngan and Ko Tao). However, according to the Thailand Tourism Authority, the Test-and-Go program without quarantine, which was halted on December 21, has now been suspended indefinitely.

According to the Bangkok Post, about 200,000 visitors had requested to visit Thailand through the Test-and-Go and Sandbox programs nationwide, and about 110,000 of those had already arrived before the two programs were cut back in December. The other 90,000 are still allowed to travel to Thailand without quarantine. However, anyone new to visiting Thailand without will need to do so through the Sandbox program at all four approved destinations or undergo a mandatory hotel quarantine of around seven or 10 days.

If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, here’s what you need to know about your options.

Ko Tao is one of the approved Sandbox destinations in Surat Thani. © LMspencer / Shutterstock

What is the Sandbox program?

the Sandbox program allows vaccinated foreign travelers from any country to visit Thailand via Phuket, Krabi, Phang-nga and the resorts of Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao in Surat Thani. To be eligible for the program, travelers must have proof of vaccination, take a PCR test before traveling to Thailand, purchase COVID-19 insurance with coverage of at least $ 50,000 (£ 36,600) and apply for a Thailand Pass via the Thai Embassy. Sandbox program travelers are required to stay in a SHA + hotel in their destination Sandbox (that is, a government-approved hotel that meets enhanced health and safety standards) and prepay for seven nights’ accommodation. If travelers spend at least seven days in their destination, then they are free to move around the rest of Thailand.

Travelers will not be confined to their hotel rooms, they will be free to move around their resort and visit beaches, restaurants and other amenities, but they will not be allowed to leave their Sandbox destination until they have completed their seven-day stay.

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Once travelers have completed their quarantine period, they are free to move around Thailand © sangkhom sangkakam / Getty Images

Alternative quarantine program

International visitors from any country can also visit Thailand from January 11 under the Alternative quarantine program, regardless of vaccination status. However, they must apply for a Thailand Pass and travelers over the age of six must take a negative COVID-19 test before departure no more than 72 hours before travel. They will also need to have an insurance policy with at least US $ 50,000 coverage and pay for their quarantine accommodation before traveling to Thailand, along with their PCR tests.

Travelers fully vaccinated with an approved dose (or at least one dose for travelers under 18) are required to self-quarantine for seven days and pass two PCR tests. Travelers who are not fully vaccinated should self-quarantine for 10 days and take three PCR tests. Once the quarantine period ends, travelers will be free to move around Thailand.

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The state of emergency in Thailand is in effect until January 31 © Getty Images

Test and departure program

In November, the Thai government approved (almost) quarantine entry for tourists from 63 countries as part of the Test and departure program. This program was suspended on December 21 as Omicron cases increased, before being suspended indefinitely on January 7. However, applicants who signed up for the program and received their Thailand Pass QR code before December 22 is still allowed to travel to Thailand until January 15. The Test-and-Go plan requires fully vaccinated arrivals to have COVID-19 insurance coverage of at least US $ 50,000, and present proof of a COVID-19 PCR Test before leaving for Thailand.

Tourists must also undergo a second COVID-19 test upon arrival and must spend their first night in Thailand in quarantine at a government-approved facility while awaiting their results (COVID-19 test results can take around 24 hours to be completed. treated). But once the result is negative, tourists will be free to move around and travel in Thailand just like any Thai citizen.

State of emergency in Thailand

A nationwide state of emergency remains in effect until January 31, 2022 amid the arrival of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Thailand continues to classify provinces into dark red, red and orange zones based on their COVID-19 risk, with various restrictions in place in each zone. On January 7, the government increased its COVID-19 alert to four, which will allow the government to close high-risk areas or impose restrictions on domestic travel and public gatherings, according to Reuters. Face masks are mandatory throughout Thailand and should be worn in indoor and outdoor public places and on public transport.

This article was first published on October 20, 2021 and updated on January 7, 2022


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This Hong Kong bus ride is designed for people to sleep https://corfulinastravel.com/this-hong-kong-bus-ride-is-designed-for-people-to-sleep/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 08:47:49 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/this-hong-kong-bus-ride-is-designed-for-people-to-sleep/ New Delhi: A travel agency in Hong Kong operates a bus service designed to allow customers to sleep as long as they want. Launched last year, the bus service is gaining popularity with people who appreciate the idea of ​​being able to sleep undisturbed during a five-hour journey, albeit for a price. The “Bus Sleeping […]]]>

New Delhi: A travel agency in Hong Kong operates a bus service designed to allow customers to sleep as long as they want. Launched last year, the bus service is gaining popularity with people who appreciate the idea of ​​being able to sleep undisturbed during a five-hour journey, albeit for a price.

The “Bus Sleeping Tour” is organized by Ulu Travel.

According to an NBC News report, the bus runs on Hong Kong’s “longest route” – 83 kilometers on a highway along the South China Sea coast. The ride includes a few stops at scenic spots, and bus passengers are accompanied by a guide who speaks Cantonese.

“Everyone in Hong Kong has done it at least once,” the report said, citing passenger Charles Chung. “… I probably sleep better on the bus than at home.” “

Tickets for the ride cost between $ 13 and $ 51 for one person, depending on the seat on the upper or lower deck, according to an AP report. Passengers are given sleep aids – a gift bag containing an eye mask and earplugs for better sleep.

These local adventures are possible in part because border closures and mandatory quarantine – up to 21 days, among the longest periods in the world – have kept Hong Kong virtually Covid-free. The city of 7 million people has recorded fewer than 13,000 cases and 213 deaths.

“Really worth it”

Kenneth Kong, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Ulu Travel, shared with AP what inspired them to start this tour. He said he saw a friend’s social media post complaining about how stressed he was about being able to sleep at night and how he could sleep well while traveling on a bus. “Her post inspired us to create this tour that allows passengers to sleep on the bus,” Kong said.

“We had to try only once. We can watch people’s reactions to see if it’s really worth it, and it was, ”he told NBC News.

Citing a telephone survey conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong last year, the NBC report said nearly 70 percent of Hong Kong people have trouble sleeping. According to Professor Wing Yun-kwok, director of the university’s sleep assessment unit, Hong Kong’s people are among the most sleep deprived people in the world.

He said residents of Hong Kong mostly sleep after midnight or 1 a.m., but wake up very early.


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Kharsawan Shaheel Sthal will be developed as a tourist destination: Jharkhand CM https://corfulinastravel.com/kharsawan-shaheel-sthal-will-be-developed-as-a-tourist-destination-jharkhand-cm/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 16:45:36 +0000 https://corfulinastravel.com/kharsawan-shaheel-sthal-will-be-developed-as-a-tourist-destination-jharkhand-cm/ Government allocates Rs 16 Cr for beautification, martyrs to get job reservation Seraikela, January 1: Chief Minister Hemant Soren has announced that he will make Kharsawan shaheed sthal a world-class tourist destination with an estimated budget of Rs 16 crore. Hemant Soren arrived in Kharsawan on Saturday and paid homage in a traditional way to […]]]>

Government allocates Rs 16 Cr for beautification, martyrs to get job reservation

Seraikela, January 1: Chief Minister Hemant Soren has announced that he will make Kharsawan shaheed sthal a world-class tourist destination with an estimated budget of Rs 16 crore.
Hemant Soren arrived in Kharsawan on Saturday and paid homage in a traditional way to the program held in memory of the martyrs of the Kharsawan shooting of January 1, 1948.
Speaking to the media after paying tribute, Hemant Soren said that in the coming days, initiatives will be taken to make Kharsawan Shaheed Sthal a world-class tourist destination.

Under which many infrastructures and facilities will be increased. A high-tech display system will be installed to display the history of Kharsawan Shaheed Sthal for the information of people coming here, as well as a multi-purpose building on lines similar to Jallianwala Bagh and other martyr places. There will also be a lot of development work.

Much work has been done by the district administration for beautification and convenience inside Kharsawan Shaheed Park with corporate social responsibility funds. But this Shaheed Park is often closed after the January 1 program. This happens in the absence of a maintenance committee and in the absence of an allocation of money for maintenance. But now a committee has been formed for the management of this Shaheed Park which includes MPs, MPs, members of various political parties, martyr’s family members and priests who worship here as Pahan have been kept in the committee. .
Shaheed Park will now be maintained by this management committee and will be open to the public after the January 1, 2022 program. throughout the year. And will be able to know the story of the martyr. For this, a certain amount will also be charged to the public as an entrance fee. However, the amount to be withdrawn has not yet been decided.

Between 73 years after the Kharsawan shooting incident on January 1, 1948, work has been done to restore the facilities and beautification of Shaheed Park, but so far only two martyrs have achieved respect. So far, the government has not been able to identify most of the martyrs. One lakh rupee was given to Bitturam Soy, dependent of martyr Dole Soy and Nandu Bodra, dependent of martyr Singrai Bodra.
Asked about it, Hemant Soren said that for 20 years after Jharkhand’s formation, cheating was done in the name of marking the martyrs. But now his government has made the commission more effective in identifying martyrs and agitators. Under which the work of honoring martyrs and agitators will be done. He said his government has started work to give 5 percent horizontal employment reserve to martyred families.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Minister of Tribal Welfare Champai Soren, Minister of Health Banna Gupta, Minister of Welfare Joba Manjhi and all JMM MPs from Kolhan, as well as MP from Singhbhum Geeta Koda and her husband, former Chief Minister Madhu Koda.


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