Germany To Drop COVID Mask Requirement On Flights

PARIS, France – Germany will soon drop mask requirements on commercial flights introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said on Tuesday, after flagship airline Lufthansa complained that the rule was no longer enforceable. Authorities will focus instead on making sure people wear face – and – mouth coverings on public transport in … More Germany To Drop COVID Mask Requirement On Flights

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Egypt Suspends Hot Air Ballooning Over Luxor After Two Injured

PARIS, France – Egyptian authorities suspended hot air ballooning over the ancient city of Luxor after two tourists were lightly injured during a ride early on Monday. According to a statement from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, a hot air balloon with 28 tourists drifted off course but eventually landed. The two injured tourists were … More Egypt Suspends Hot Air Ballooning Over Luxor After Two Injured

Greece Lifts COVID Curbs For Travellers Ahead Of Key Summer Season

ATHENS, Greece – Greece lifted COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday for foreign and domestic flights, its civil aviation authority said, ahead of the summer tourism season that officials hope will see revenues bouncing back from the pandemic slump. To fly in or out of the country, travellers were previously required to show either a vaccination certificate, … More Greece Lifts COVID Curbs For Travellers Ahead Of Key Summer Season

Russia Imposes Visa Restrictions On Citizens Of ‘Unfriendly Countries’

PARIS, France – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday introducing visa restrictions for citizens of countries that Moscow deems ‘unfriendly’ in response to sanctions over Ukraine. The decree, which comes into force on Monday, suspends Russia’s simplified visa issuance regime with some European Union countries as well as Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and … More Russia Imposes Visa Restrictions On Citizens Of ‘Unfriendly Countries’

KLM Orders Two Flights To Russia To Turn Around Due To Sanctions

AMSTERDAM – KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France, said on Saturday it had instructed two flights en route to Russia to turn around due to European sanctions against the country. A spokesperson for the company said the reason was that, under the sanctions, reserve parts can no longer be sent to Russia, even for … More KLM Orders Two Flights To Russia To Turn Around Due To Sanctions

Britain To Set Out Plans To Scrap COVID Self – Isolation Laws

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to set out plans next week to remove self – isolation requirements for people infected with COVID-19, his office said on Saturday. Britain would become the first major European country to allow people who know they are infected with COVID-19 to freely use shops, public transport and … More Britain To Set Out Plans To Scrap COVID Self – Isolation Laws

Lufthansa To Suspend Flights To Kyiv, Odessa From Monday

PARIS, France – Germany’s Lufthansa group is suspending flights to and from the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv and Odessa, a spokesperson said on Saturday amid growing fears of a possible Russian invasion. The company, which owns Germany’s flagship carrier as well as Eurowings, Swiss, Brussels and Austrian Airlines, will conduct some last flights to those … More Lufthansa To Suspend Flights To Kyiv, Odessa From Monday

Swiss Government Lifts Nearly All COVID-19 Restrictions

ZURICH – Switzerland will lift almost all its coronavirus pandemic restrictions from midnight, the government said on Wednesday, as fears waned that a spike in infections fuelled by Omicron variant would overwhelm the health care system. The government said only the requirement to wear masks on public transport and while visiting healthcare facilities would remain … More Swiss Government Lifts Nearly All COVID-19 Restrictions

UAE Lifts Travel Ban To 12 African Countries For Vaccinated Citizens

DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates announced that it will lift a travel ban to 12 African countries for citizens who are fully vaccinated, state news agency WAM said on Friday. The countries include Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, the Republic of Congo, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. Fully vaccinated citizens who had … More UAE Lifts Travel Ban To 12 African Countries For Vaccinated Citizens