travel ban – Nomas Solo http://nomassolo.com/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 23:41:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://nomassolo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png travel ban – Nomas Solo http://nomassolo.com/ 32 32 NCAA, Trump Europe travel ban, MLB, stock market https://nomassolo.com/ncaa-trump-europe-travel-ban-mlb-stock-market/ Sun, 10 Oct 2021 06:55:27 +0000 https://nomassolo.com/?p=126 Correction & clarification: A previous version of a map below transposed the labels for Norway and Sweden. The March madness continues, but it’s not on the basketball floor. The historic coronavirus pandemic and the wave of containment measures it has fueled on Thursday triggered the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournaments, a stock market plunge, an outcry […]]]>



]]>
International tourists rush US for November date https://nomassolo.com/international-tourists-rush-us-for-november-date/ Tue, 28 Sep 2021 19:01:58 +0000 https://nomassolo.com/international-tourists-rush-us-for-november-date/ White House officials are silent on a date or even when a date will be announced to widely reopen U.S. borders to vaccinated international visitors. Austrian Ambassador to the United States Martin Weiss told a traveler who contacted via Twitter on Friday that the target date is November 1. If the date is not November […]]]>


  • White House officials are silent on a date or even when a date will be announced to widely reopen U.S. borders to vaccinated international visitors.
  • Austrian Ambassador to the United States Martin Weiss told a traveler who contacted via Twitter on Friday that the target date is November 1.
  • If the date is not November 1 or soon after, travelers who have already purchased tickets for those dates will scramble to book flights and change other travel plans, an expensive prospect.

“Beginning of November.” It’s as accurate as the White House was last week when it plans announced widely reopen US borders to vaccinated international visitors. It has been a week since and no date has been specified.

With just a month of November, travelers in Europe, the UK and other places covered by the travel ban are desperately looking for specific dates so they can prepare or adjust their travel plans and take time off work. .

â–ºWhat American travelers need to know:New COVID rules for international flights not only affect foreign tourists

â–ºCome and discover with us:Subscribe to our travel newsletter

Travelers request information on Twitter, regularly pointing fingers at government officials in the United States and abroad.

“Give us a date,” a woman from Cologne, Germany said in a tweet Monday calling President Joe Biden, press secretary Jen Psaki and the White House.

White House officials are silent on a date or even when a date will be announced, and airline and tourism officials say they have no details.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only says they expect to have an order requiring airlines to collect passenger information for COVID-19 contact tracing – a key part of the government’s border reopening plan – by mid-October, said spokesman Scott Pauley.

Government agencies give you the “round robin”

San Francisco photographer Elena Graham, whose partner lives in Norway, is frustrated at not being able to get answers.

“Everyone transfers you to another department,” she said. “The CDC says it’s the State Department. The State Department declares its health and social services. They say it’s homeland security. It’s like a round robin. ”

Graham and his partner, who have not been to the United States since 2019, began purchasing a plane ticket from Norway to San Francisco after the Announcement on September 20 of the reopening of the border.

They were hesitant to book at first, but decided to buy a ticket for November 9 when they saw prices skyrocket.

“We felt a certain urgency to book something,” she said.

They paid $ 1,000 for a one-way ticket with more flexibility and have been keeping their fingers crossed ever since. Graham’s partner has already taken time off in November and sublet his apartment. They had originally planned to bring him to the United States via another country after being quarantined there for two weeks, a so-called trip to a third country.

“It’s just hard to hope or believe you’ll be together when there’s nothing final,” Graham said.

â–º ‘Without our loved ones, we are lost’:Travelers relieved by US plans to reopen borders

The couple have already seen their travel plans dashed this year. Graham was able to visit Norway last year when the country reopened partner travel and had planned to return this year since. the American borders were still closed to his partner. But Norway tightened entry restrictions in January, laying out a detailed plan for when they would be lifted again.

“They would put a target date. It would happen on that date (and nothing has changed.) It has been that way throughout the year,” she said. “It’s a bit traumatic and very difficult to feel any confidence in something so vague.”

When will the travel ban to the United States be lifted? Online speculation centers on November 1

Travelers trying to reunite have become online sleuths, looking for any sign of a reopening date. At the end of last week, a blogger Tracking the UK-US reopening for travelers shared a screenshot of a direct message conversation with United Airlines that said the US plans to “lift restrictions on air travel. ‘geographically travel ban’ from 1 November.

United spokeswoman Nicole Carriere said there was no schedule update beyond the government’s announcement in early November.

However, Austrian Ambassador to the United States Martin Weiss told a traveler who contacted via Twitter on Friday that the target date is November 1.

Travel analyst Henry Harteveldt, co-founder of Atmosphere Research, said the longer the government goes without a date, the harder it will be for travelers and airlines.

“There is literally no time to waste,” he said. “The longer they wait, the more chaos and confusion there will be.”

If the date isn’t November 1, for example, some travelers who bought tickets in the first week of November will scramble to book flights and change other travel plans, an expensive prospect. And the airlines will be inundated with calls.

“It’s really disappointing for me to see how badly this has been managed and communicated,” said Harteveldt. “I appreciate that there are a lot of details that need to be factored into the process, but we should now know by what date in November international visitors will be allowed to travel to the United States.”

When the ban on travel to the United States is lifted, what will the entry requirements be?

  • Regardless of November, travelers will need to show full proof of vaccination before boarding planes bound for the United States.
  • A coronavirus test will also continue to be required within three days of departure and proof of negative results will need to be presented.
  • Improved contact tracing and masking will also be required, but there will be no quarantine warrant.
  • Airlines will ask to see proof of vaccination before boarding. The United States will will likely accept vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization.
  • U.S. citizens will not be required to show proof of vaccination to board international flights returning to the United States, but will still be required to show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than three days prior to departure.
  • Unvaccinated Americans will be required to take a coronavirus test one day before departure – instead of the three-day requirement today – and provide proof that they have a second test to take after arrival.

â–ºEntry requirements to the United States:US to lift travel ban for international travelers vaccinated from early November

â–º Unvaccinated Americans face new obstacles: What travelers need to know about reopening the U.S. border


]]>
US to maintain Europe travel ban as 2021 WSOP looms https://nomassolo.com/us-to-maintain-europe-travel-ban-as-2021-wsop-looms/ Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://nomassolo.com/us-to-maintain-europe-travel-ban-as-2021-wsop-looms/ With just over two months to go before the start of the 2021 WSOP, international travel could be a problem, especially after the U.S. government made it clear on Monday that it was not ready to lift a travel ban in Europe linked to a pandemic. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden […]]]>


With just over two months to go before the start of the 2021 WSOP, international travel could be a problem, especially after the U.S. government made it clear on Monday that it was not ready to lift a travel ban in Europe linked to a pandemic.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden talk to reporters about the lifting of a 16-month travel ban. (Image: Reuters)

The United States is currently experiencing a peak in COVID-19 cases as nearly half the population is fully vaccinated. Over the past seven days, the country has averaged more than 50,000 daily cases, nearly quadruple the July 4 weekend averages.

Efforts to quell the Delta variant

The total number of cases per day is not the only metric President Joe Biden’s staff are using to assess the situation. One troubling factor, which happens to be the main reason the United States is not ready to lift the ban on travelers from Europe, is that the newer, more contagious and potentially more dangerous Delta variant is in the pipeline. becoming the dominant COVID-19 strain. In Nevada alone, the Delta variant accounts for over 80% of all new COVID-19 cases.

“Given where we are today with the Delta variant, we will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a press conference Monday. “Driven by the Delta variant, cases are increasing in us, especially in those who are not vaccinated and seem to continue to increase in the coming weeks. “

Nationwide, cases have increased 170% in the past two weeks, the death rate is up 19%, and the Delta variant now accounts for 83% of all COVID-19 cases in the United States .

Shortly after taking office in January, Biden set a goal for 70% of the U.S. population to be fully immunized by July. We did not achieve this goal, in part thanks to political propaganda and the spread of anti-vax disinformation. As of last week, only 56% of the country is fully immunized, according to the CDC. In June, an Associated Press analysis found that 99.2% of all COVID-19-related deaths were among the unvaccinated.

The the national outlook has since deteriorated for the unvaccinated, with new cases per day quadruple compared to last month.

Jeff Madsen, a notorious 9/11 veteran who studied film theory in college before becoming a poker pro, uses his Twitter platform with over 18,000 followers to publicize his anti-vax medical opinions .

These are discredited opinions that experts say are hampering efforts to bring the virus under control.

Good news, bad news for the 2021 WSOP

The extension of the travel ban in Europe does not necessarily mean a condemnation for the next WSOP 2021, which is set to begin on September 30 at the Rio in Las Vegas. The Fall World Series of Poker has 88 bracelet events scheduled, including the $ 10,000 Main Event from November 4-23.

From now on, Europeans will find it difficult to make it to the United States in time for the series if they are not already in the country. The current travel ban does not prevent Europeans from entering the United States. Instead, those traveling from Europe (and Canada) must first travel to an unrestricted country for 14 days before flying to the United States.

You may have noticed that some European pros such as Stephen Chidwick, a Briton, have been competing in high rollers in the United States since COVID-19. These players were either in the United States before the start of the pandemic or spent 14 days in an unrestricted country, such as Mexico, before they arrived.

There will undoubtedly be international players at the 2021 WSOP, regardless of the Biden administration’s travel restrictions, and bracelet events could still attract massive fields. At the 2019 WSOP Main Event, 6,110 of the 8,569 entries were Americans, and nearly 80% of the participants were from countries that currently do not face travel restrictions. However, three players who reached the Main Event final table in 2019 came from countries currently affected by travel bans to the United States.

For now, the WSOP is moving forward with plans for a fall series in Nevada, which currently ranks 8th among states with the most cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days. While Las Vegas casinos have reinstated the wearing of masks for employees, regardless of their immunization status, the WSOP is actively recruiting dealers and floor staff, while running online satellites in Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware on WSOP.com. They have a countdown that goes off, reminding us that the expected start is only in 64 days.

But if the latest efforts to quell the burgeoning variant of the Delta coronavirus loses its battle against misinformation and vaccine reluctance, the 2021 WSOP could be a little less mundane than usual.

Written by

Jon sofen

Semi-pro poker player with 17 years of felt experience and over five years as a professional poker media.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Find out how your feedback data is handled.

Other interesting articles


Do you know our poker forum?

Discuss all the latest poker news on the CardsChat forum



]]>
Merkel urges Biden to lift European travel ban linked to Covid https://nomassolo.com/merkel-urges-biden-to-lift-european-travel-ban-linked-to-covid/ Thu, 15 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://nomassolo.com/merkel-urges-biden-to-lift-european-travel-ban-linked-to-covid/ Joe Biden said he would be ready “in the next few days” to say when the United States could lift its Covid-related travel ban on European countries after being pressed by Angela Merkel. “It’s underway now. And I can answer that question for you in the next few days, ”Biden said at a press conference […]]]>


Joe Biden said he would be ready “in the next few days” to say when the United States could lift its Covid-related travel ban on European countries after being pressed by Angela Merkel.

“It’s underway now. And I can answer that question for you in the next few days, ”Biden said at a press conference with Merkel, who is on her last visit to Washington as German Chancellor.

“I am awaiting news from our members of our Covid team as to when this should be done. And the Chancellor raised it.

The US president’s comments raised hopes for a timetable to end the pandemic-era restrictions on travel between America and European countries within the Schengen area, which have been in place since the United States. first weeks of the pandemic last year.

But US officials resisted lifting the travel ban, and Merkel acknowledged that the spread of the Delta variant was “a new challenge for both of us.”

“Before such a decision, you have to think, and it must be a lasting decision. It certainly doesn’t make sense to have to take it back after just a few days. So I . . . have every confidence in the US Covid team, ”Merkel said.

Biden and Merkel said they also discussed the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would transport Russian gas to Europe.

The near-completed German-backed pipeline would allow Russia to bypass Ukraine when sending gas to Europe. Critics say it will increase Europe’s dependence on Russian energy and make Ukraine more vulnerable to pressure from the Kremlin.

On Thursday, Merkel said that she and Biden came to “different assessments.” “Our idea is and remains that Ukraine remains a transit country for natural gas, and that Ukraine, like any other country in the world, has the right to territorial sovereignty.”

Biden said that “good friends may disagree” and that he and Merkel had discussed “practical steps” that Berlin and Washington could take together.

The leaders also spoke of a common approach to China, although there was a marked difference on the issue. While Biden lobbied for Europe to support a tougher approach to Beijing, the German political establishment feared they would be drawn into a new Cold War.

Although Merkel has consistently insisted on the need for a partnership with China, she said on Thursday that there was “a broad common understanding that China in many areas is our competitor, and trade with China must be based on on the assumption that we have a level playing field. for all of us. . . play by the same rules ”.


]]>
Business group urges Joe Biden to lift European travel ban https://nomassolo.com/business-group-urges-joe-biden-to-lift-european-travel-ban/ Sun, 27 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://nomassolo.com/business-group-urges-joe-biden-to-lift-european-travel-ban/ The Biden administration is under pressure from a large group of companies and diplomats to abolish the travel ban on Europeans, as mainland investment in the United States has plunged nearly a third of the world. last year. While the countries of the European Union have reopened their borders to Americans, vaccinated or tested negative […]]]>


The Biden administration is under pressure from a large group of companies and diplomats to abolish the travel ban on Europeans, as mainland investment in the United States has plunged nearly a third of the world. last year.

While the countries of the European Union have reopened their borders to Americans, vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19, the United States has not returned the favor, to the chagrin of the business world. The American Chamber of Commerce on Friday urged Washington to allow the return of European travelers “as soon as possible”.

“The resumption of safe transatlantic travel is of critical importance to our nation’s economic recovery, as face-to-face trade engagements and international tourism will help drive economic growth and job creation for Americans through the country, “said Marjorie Chorlins, senior chamber vice-president for Europe. business.

Travelers from the Schengen area, Great Britain and Ireland have been banned from entering the United States since March 2020. Travelers from South Africa, Brazil, China, China and South Africa are also prohibited from entering. ‘India and Iran. EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis said Brussels was “pushing” for reciprocity and underlined the positive impact such a move would have on both economies.

During Biden’s visit to Europe last week, the EU stressed that the bilateral economic relationship is the most important in the world, accounting for 42% of global GDP and global trade in goods and services. But beyond trade, huge investments are at stake.


]]>
Business group urges Biden to lift Europe travel ban, boost economies https://nomassolo.com/business-group-urges-biden-to-lift-europe-travel-ban-boost-economies/ Sat, 26 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://nomassolo.com/business-group-urges-biden-to-lift-europe-travel-ban-boost-economies/ Published on: 06/26/2021 – 05:16 Washington (AFP) The Biden administration is under pressure from a large group of companies and diplomats to abolish the travel ban on Europeans, as mainland investment in the United States has plunged nearly a third of the world. last year. While European Union countries have reopened their borders to Americans […]]]>


Published on:

Washington (AFP)

The Biden administration is under pressure from a large group of companies and diplomats to abolish the travel ban on Europeans, as mainland investment in the United States has plunged nearly a third of the world. last year.

While European Union countries have reopened their borders to Americans vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19, the United States has not returned the favor, much to the chagrin of business.

The American Chamber of Commerce on Friday urged Washington to allow the return of European travelers “as soon as possible”.

“The resumption of safe transatlantic travel is of critical importance to our nation’s economic recovery, as face-to-face trade engagements and international tourism will help drive economic growth and job creation for Americans through the country, “said Marjorie Chorlins, senior chamber vice-president for European affairs.

Travelers from the Schengen area, Great Britain and Ireland have been banned from entering the United States since March 2020.

Travelers from South Africa, Brazil, China, India and Iran are also prohibited from entering.

– ‘Interconnected’ –

EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis told AFP that Brussels “pushes” for reciprocity, and underlined the positive impact such a move would have on both economies.

# photo1

“Our economies and populations are deeply interconnected, and our vaccination rates are the highest in the world – it would be crucial to safely open this side of the Atlantic as well as we both start our economies,” he said. he declared.

During President Joe Biden’s visit to Europe last week, the EU stressed that the bilateral economic relationship is the most important in the world, accounting for 42% of global GDP and global trade in goods and services.

But beyond trade, huge investments are at stake.

– ‘Backbone’ –

“Mutual investment overshadows trade and is the real backbone of the transatlantic economy,” noted a 2021 joint report from the US Chamber, AmCham EU, Johns Hopkins University and the think tank Wilson Center.

Mutual investment “has become essential for jobs and prosperity in the United States and Europe,” he added.

Europe accounted for over 60% of foreign direct investment in the United States in the first three quarters of 2020.

But compared to the same period of the previous year, the continent’s investment plunged to $ 81 billion in 2020 from $ 120 billion in 2019, a decrease of 32.5%.

On Friday, during a visit to France, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed hope that Europeans will soon be able to visit the United States again.

“I hope it will happen quickly. We really want it. I hope it will be a matter of weeks rather than months,” he said on an online forum in fluent French.

But he pointed to the rise of the Delta variant, which first appeared in India and raised new concerns in Western countries.

“We are of course concerned about the Delta variant and are closely monitoring its movement,” noted Lambrinidis.

He stressed that vaccinated people are “well protected” against the variant. Instead of closing borders, he called for speeding up vaccination campaigns, masking and social distancing.

For their part, airlines insist that traveling by plane remains safe.

“Numerous scientific studies have validated that air travel poses a low risk of transmission,” said a United Airlines spokeswoman.

“As the vaccine becomes more widely available, now is the time to implement a reopening strategy to benefit both the economy and the traveling public,” she added.

A sign that United are optimistic about reopening US borders, it recently added flights to destinations in France, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Iceland and Portugal.


]]>
Summer vacation set to increase as COVID cases decline https://nomassolo.com/summer-vacation-set-to-increase-as-covid-cases-decline/ Sat, 29 May 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://nomassolo.com/summer-vacation-set-to-increase-as-covid-cases-decline/ ROME – When Italy won the Eurovision Song Contest with an outsized glam-rock performance, the victory marked more than just a psychological boost for one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19: Held in front of a live, indoor audience of 3,500, the annual Kitsch Festival confirmed that Europe is returning to a semblance of […]]]>


ROME – When Italy won the Eurovision Song Contest with an outsized glam-rock performance, the victory marked more than just a psychological boost for one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19: Held in front of a live, indoor audience of 3,500, the annual Kitsch Festival confirmed that Europe is returning to a semblance of normalcy that was unthinkable just a few weeks ago.

Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths are collapsing across the continent, after Europe dominated the world with new cases fall and last winter in waves that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, forced more progressive blockages and overwhelmed intensive care units.

Today, vaccination rates are accelerating across Europe, and with them, the promise of summer vacation on Ibiza, Crete or Corsica. There is hope for a rebirth of a tourism industry which, in Spain and Italy, alone accounts for 13% of gross domestic product but has been wiped out by the pandemic.

Having the COVID vaccine, will travel:These are the countries open to fully vaccinated Americans

“We are not talking about 2020. We are talking from today,” said Guglielmo Miani, president of Milan’s luxury shopping district Montenapoleone, where European and American tourists have started to return, in part seduced by face-to-face meetings with design teams. and free breakfasts at iconic cafes. The hope is that Asian tourists will follow next year.

Europe saw the biggest drop in new infections and deaths from COVID-19 this week compared to any other region, while also reporting that around 44% of adults had received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Prevention. and Control.

Europe’s seven-day moving average for new cases per 100,000 population had been higher than any other region from mid-October to early December, ceding the undesirable top spot to the Americas in the new year before to retrieve it from early February through April, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

No European country is now in the top 10 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. And only Georgia, Lithuania and Sweden are in the top 20.

But the virus is increasing in Southeast Asia and much of Latin America, hitting the Maldives and Seychelles particularly hard this week. Dr Michael Ryan, WHO’s chief of emergency, warned that with the global situation still “fragile and volatile”, Europe is by no means out of the woods.

“The premature easing measures have contributed to the surge we have experienced throughout 2020 and into the first quarter of 2021,” he warned. “We need to stay the course while striving to increase immunization coverage.

The biggest concern for Europe is the highly contagious variant first detected in India, which brought that country to its knees and found a growing place in Britain. The UK government warned on Thursday that the Indian variant accounted for 50% to 75% of all new infections and could delay plans to lift remaining social restrictions on June 21.

Coronavirus Updates:variant that first appeared in India arrives in the United States. Here is what you need to know.

“If we’ve learned anything about this virus, it’s that once it starts to spread beyond a few cases, it becomes very difficult to contain,” said Lawrence Young, a virologist at the University. from Warwick. “Only extremely strict local lockdowns shortly after a few cases are detected will prevent the virus from spreading. “

The rise in UK cases linked to the variant prompted Germany and France this week to force UK passengers to self-quarantine.

The vaccines still appear to be very effective against the variant detected in India, but it is important that people receive both doses to ensure full immunity, said Ravindra Gupta, professor of clinical microbiology at the University of Cambridge.

“In populations where there is partial immunity, either from a previous infection or from low levels of antibodies (from one shot), then the virus will have this sort of sweet spot. ‘an immune evasion benefit, plus greater transmission,’ he said.

But that hasn’t stopped countries from trying to bring tourists back, even from Britain.

Travel Restrictions Updates:Europe reopens to American vacationers after a travel ban in the event of a pandemic. Here is what we know.

At least 12,000 Britons started descending in Porto, Portugal on Friday for the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea. Visitors must show a negative COVID-19 test to enter the stadium for Saturday’s game, but no quarantine is required at either end of the trip.

“Fortunately, I had two shots,” said Casper Glyn, a 51-year-old London lawyer who came to Porto to cheer on Chelsea with his two young sons. “They are young and healthy so I feel good.”

Spain lifted entry requirements – including the need for a negative virus test – on Monday for visitors from 10 countries, including the UK. British travelers are highly sought after at Spanish beach resorts as they tend to spend the most.

Spain lifted the measures after its two-week contagion rate fell below 130 new infections per 100,000 people, from a record 900 at the end of January.

Fernando Simón, head of Spain’s health emergency coordination center, said he would prefer authorities “to cry out that Spain is open to tourism in 20 days, not now, when we still have to be careful.”

“I think we should tone down the euphoria a bit,” he said.

Greece has also been cautious even after recently allowing domestic travel and reopening most economic activities. About a third of the Greek population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, but new infections and deaths remain high.

May 14, 2021: A woman soaks up the sun on Plaka beach on the Aegean island of Naxos, Greece.

“Yes, hospitalizations are going down, yes, deaths and intubations are going down, (but) there are still people entering the hospital who could have been vaccinated and weren’t,” Premier said. Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, encouraging Greeks to get vaccinated.

“And some, unfortunately, lose their lives. It’s a tragedy, ”he said.

But elsewhere, the euphoria is real. There is a palpable sense of relief and hope as summer approaches in Poland, where the number of new daily infections has risen from over 35,000 at the end of March and early April to a few hundred. More than 19 million doses of vaccine have been administered in a country of 38 million people.

This week, North Macedonia closed all but one COVID-19 treatment centers and field hospitals after a dramatic 90% drop in confirmed cases. Italy and Cyprus are expected to let restaurants reopen for indoor dining on Tuesday with nightclubs – a big source of summer money for resorts in southern Europe – expected shortly thereafter.

The party was already underway in the Dutch city of Rotterdam last weekend when Maneskin – an Italian rock band who started singing in Rome’s central shopping street – won the Eurovision Song Contest.

“The whole event was a relief,” lead singer Damiano David said. “This Eurovision means a lot, I think, for all of Europe. It will be a beacon.

Jordans reported from Berlin and Barry from Milan. Associated Press journalists Aritz Parra in Madrid, Helena Alves in Porto, Portugal, Nicky Forster in New York and journalists from across Europe contributed.


]]>
Vaccinated U.S. travelers could go on vacation soon https://nomassolo.com/vaccinated-u-s-travelers-could-go-on-vacation-soon/ Wed, 19 May 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://nomassolo.com/vaccinated-u-s-travelers-could-go-on-vacation-soon/ Summer vacation in Europe is one more step towards reality after European Union officials agreed on Wednesday relax travel restrictions for vaccinated visitors and any traveler from countries where COVID-19 is under control. But don’t pack your bags right away. The timing of the reopening is unclear pending the final approval expected later this week […]]]>


Summer vacation in Europe is one more step towards reality after European Union officials agreed on Wednesday relax travel restrictions for vaccinated visitors and any traveler from countries where COVID-19 is under control.

But don’t pack your bags right away.

The timing of the reopening is unclear pending the final approval expected later this week by the Council of the European Union. EU officials have been saying for weeks that summer travel will be allowed, but no date has been released, and many details will belong to the 27 member countries.

Lifting travel restrictions is not mandatory and will not come with a schedule, meaning travelers could face a mishmash of European travel rules and restrictions until summer.

And keep in mind that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of State still recommend non-essential travel despite updated advice from the CDC that vaccinated Americans can safely resume travel at low risk to themselves.

Here’s what we know about trips to Europe for Americans as the summer vacation season approaches.

Can fully vaccinated Americans visit Europe immediately?

The European Union’s broad ban on non-essential travel for travelers from the US and other countries outside the EU remains in place until new travel guidelines are officially approved later this week.

Individual countries could reopen to vaccinated Americans soon after, officials say, but the timing and conditions will depend on each country, so travelers to Europe will likely still have to navigate a patchwork of rules. Entrance. Another factor is when a proof of vaccination system is put in place.

Some countries, including Greece, Croatia, Iceland, Italy, France and Germany, have already started to reopen or plan to reopen soon to vaccinated visitors and / or those who test negative for the coronavirus. Rules vary by country.

With Italy’s relaxed restrictions on vacationers, US airlines, Delta and United are each offering selected flights without quarantine from the east coast to Italy for passengers who test negative for the coronavirus before and after. the flight.

Start packing:Airlines add flights to European countries open to vaccinated Americans

Will unvaccinated children be allowed to travel with vaccinated family members?

Children who have not been able to get the COVID-19 vaccine should be able to travel with their vaccinated parents if they have a negative PCR coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival, according to the EU. Member States may require additional testing after arrival.

Will only vaccinated tourists be allowed in when the EU travel ban ends?

The EU’s relaxed travel restrictions apply to vaccinated tourists from the US and around the world who have received EU-approved vaccines.

Travelers who are not vaccinated can only visit for vacation and other non-essential reasons if they are from countries with low COVID-19 rates, a policy in place since last summer.

Currently, the EU considers only eight countries to be in a “good epidemiological situation”: Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Singapore, South Korea, Rwanda, Thailand and, subject to agreement. reciprocity, China.

Travelers from these countries are free to travel to the EU regardless of their vaccination status, but may be subject to coronavirus testing requirements, quarantine and other rules.

The good news is that the list should grow soon, given new criteria on COVID-19 case rate this was also approved by EU officials on Wednesday.

It’s unclear whether the United States will make the cut on this front, at least initially. But when and if the United States is on the list, American travelers will be able to enter the EU regardless of their vaccination status.

Will travelers still have to provide a negative coronavirus test to re-enter the United States?

The CDC requires that travelers boarding international flights to the United States – even those who are vaccinated – provide a negative coronavirus test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 90 days.

Take a test with you: COVID home testing now accepted for international flights to the United States

Which are the 27 countries of the EU?

There are 27 countries in the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Can Americans travel to UK and England?

The United Kingdom left the European Union early 2020. The US and UK are in talks for a travel corridor that would ease travel restrictions between the two regions. Americans who wish to visit now must typically self-quarantine for 10 days, among other restrictions.

Will airlines add flights to Europe after the EU travel ban ends?

Airlines, hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions are eagerly awaiting the reopening of European borders, although the EU schedule may not be early enough to save the critical summer travel season given traditional booking schemes for international getaways.

In a typical year, 60 to 65 percent of airline tickets to Europe have already been booked, according to Vasu Raja, chief revenue officer for American Airlines.

“A lot of customers who would have been there have already booked trips to Hawaii or Florida anyway,” he said in late April.

Still, airlines are reporting strong demand for flights to the small number of countries that have already reopened or will soon reopen to vaccinated Americans.

United Airlines saw a 19% increase in searches for flights to Europe at the end of April, the day of the the news broke that travel to Europe could be a possibility for Americans vaccinated this summer.

Thus, any new flight will depend on travel demand and the ability of airlines to restart their European operations.

American Airlines President Robert Isom said the airline was going to “be smart” about how many flights to add since the main window for ticket purchases has already passed.

The airline also needs time to set up planes and pilots and reopen cities that were put on the back burner when the travel crushed by pandemic.

Harris Poll Poll: Majority of Americans are not prepared to travel abroad

Is it risky to book a trip to Europe right now?

It depends on a number of factors including how quickly you hope to leave given the unclear timeline for each country to reopen.

In addition, the EU’s recommendations to member countries regarding the lifting of travel restrictions include an ’emergency brake’ given continuing concerns about coronavirus variants.

Countries will be able “quickly and temporarily” to limit travel from affected countries to limit the import of variants of the coronavirus if the need arises.

Travelers should therefore ensure that airline tickets, hotel and vacation rental reservations and activities have flexible policies.

More flexible airlines: American, United, Delta eliminate change fees on (most) international tickets


]]>
Malta open to American tourists, everyone – what you need to know https://nomassolo.com/malta-open-to-american-tourists-everyone-what-you-need-to-know/ Fri, 21 Aug 2020 07:00:00 +0000 https://nomassolo.com/malta-open-to-american-tourists-everyone-what-you-need-to-know/ While the European ban on non-essential travel is categorically tied to your country of residence, Malta … [+] enforce restrictions based on where a traveler has spent the last 14 days. Thus the American Joey Pham, who had been traveling for a few weeks in Europe, was able to travel from Turkey to Croatia and […]]]>


Thusday Joey pham, an American tourist, arrived in Malta. This after sending an email to the government to make sure it understood correctly: that Malta is open to US citizens, despite the travel ban in Europe. If so, they spend 14 days before arriving in a safe corridor country.

Like Malta airport clearly indicates.

In accordance with current public health regulations: “Travel is permitted for people who have resided in one of the countries listed below for at least 14 days prior to the date of their trip,” he said. . Otherwise, “Travel from a country not included in the list is not allowed …”

While most EU states implement the ban on holidaymakers from all countries not on the bloc’s ‘white list’, Malta is proceeding differently.

“I was quite shocked to hear this about Malta because it was about Schengen,” Pham said. “I learned that from a community of travelers. I went to Croatia too, it was relatively easy with my test in hand. But since there were no direct flights between Malta and Malta, I went through Italy. (Italy, to be clear, would not have accepted him in principle as an American tourist, although most EU countries allow transit).

US tourists can travel to Malta from corridor countries

This means that American and other tourists can arrive in Malta after a fortnight in any of the 50 travel corridor countries listed on Visit Malta website. If so, it’s the one that welcomes Americans, like Croatia or Turkey.

The Maltese Deputy Prime Minister website clearly states the rules:

“WHO CAN TRAVEL? WHAT ARE THE TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS? “

Every person, including a Maltese citizen or a person with a valid residence permit, residing in a corridor country for 14 days or more … there is no travel ban for these countries. ”

I received the same response as Pham from the government’s ‘COVID-19 response team’: travel to Malta, even by air, is permitted as long as all transit is also through a corridor country.

“Once this is achieved, you will then be free to travel to Malta without the need to quarantine or adhere to any other medical protocol. “

  • To travel to Malta, you must spend a minimum of 14 days in a Corridor country.
  • No transit through the airports of non-corridor countries is allowed.
  • Before traveling, check your immigration and visa status directly with visa.ima@gov.mt.
  • Systems are in place to verify the origin of passengers arriving in Malta.
  • Passengers must complete the Public health declaration form and passenger tracking form. Both should be handed over to the aircraft crew or left in safes at the exit of the temperature checkpoints at the terminals at Malta International Airport.

Road travel in the EU largely uncontrolled, but not air travel

Of course, with the EU’s internal borders open, traveling by road is easy for a US passport holder. Once they arrive in Europe, they do, and in the few countries that are open to them.

But the Malta approach is rare and means you can fly too. “There are no direct flights,” says James Debono of Malta today. “And my impression is that no travel is allowed between Malta and the United States.”

But countries in the travel corridor yes.

Tourists in the Covid Age

Pham, 30, and his Chinese girlfriend were due to go on a cruise in March from Florida. But the day they landed in Miami from New York, he said, “President Trump cut off all cruises.” Instead, they embarked on what has been a rather whirlwind trip from … global tourists in the age of Covid.

“We decided to go to Costa Rica. It closed its borders a few days after we arrived, so we sat there for a while. Then we tried to go to China, but on our flight from San Diego to Japan, China announced the border closures. So we stayed in Japan and then went back to America and spent time with families in Oklahoma and Texas.

In July, the couple flew to Turkey again. After staying there for a maximum of one month, they flew to Croatia. “Both are considered safe by the Maltese authorities,” says Pham, a former investment banker who currently invests in travel.

More EU countries can use the 14 day rule

Pham sees this trend grow, as he continues his fearless adventures. “More and more EU countries such as Malta are increasingly allowing American tourists to visit. Not coming directly – if you could catch a flight anyway – but from other safe travel lanes. ”

The irony being that Malta has the second highest Covid infection rate in the EU after Spain. The 14th day tendency is 114 cases per 100,000 people.

“It’s not sure,” Pham concedes.

As the gap widens, from Friday midnight one negative covid test result will be mandatory for passengers coming from Spain (Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Girona), Romania and Bulgaria.

It is a scenario that is playing out across Europe. Safe travel corridors could decline as Covid makes a strong comeback.



]]>
Europe travel ban for Americans continues as US COVID-19 cases rise https://nomassolo.com/europe-travel-ban-for-americans-continues-as-us-covid-19-cases-rise/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 07:00:00 +0000 https://nomassolo.com/europe-travel-ban-for-americans-continues-as-us-covid-19-cases-rise/ For the second time this month, the European Union on Thursday extended its travel ban for Americans due to COVID-19 infections continued to increase in the United States. The EU has started lift their travel restrictions outside the OR on July 1, welcoming visitors from 14 countries including Canada, South Korea and Australia. The United […]]]>


For the second time this month, the European Union on Thursday extended its travel ban for Americans due to COVID-19 infections continued to increase in the United States.

The EU has started lift their travel restrictions outside the OR on July 1, welcoming visitors from 14 countries including Canada, South Korea and Australia. The United States was excluded from this initial list, and the EU extended ban to Americans visit the block on July 16.

The announcement, by the European Council, came after EU officials conducted their bi-weekly review of travel restrictions, examining coronavirus trends and containment measures in each country to determine whether to add or reduce the list of authorized travelers.

The key measure: the pandemic epidemic in a given country must be contained in the same way – or better – than in the EU.

The United States had more than 4.4 million cases of COVID-19 from Thursday, and more than 151,000 deaths, more than any other nation, according to Johns Hopkins University.

European countries have made much more progress in containing the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. According to EU data, the bloc – which includes the European Economic Area (EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the United Kingdom – reported over 1.7 million cases from Thursday.

Three US states – California, Florida and New York – have more than 400,000 cases, while a fourth, Texas, has almost as many. No other EU country has more than 300,000 cases, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

Here are the dozen or so countries where citizens are allowed to visit the EU. The list has not changed for two weeks, when Montenegro and Serbia were removed:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay
  • China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity

Thursday’s decree does not apply to travel to Britain, which left the EU in January.

The US State Department advised Americans against international travel since march.


]]>