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With effect from 6 August, the Green certificate for access to many places in Italy, including restaurants and indoor bars, cinemas, gyms, museums, and public events, will be mandatory. This certificate is already mandatory for access to homes for the elderly and for civil or religious ceremonies. This national certificate is obtainable after one will […]

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to take action to address the high cost of COVID-19 tests in many jurisdictions and urged flexibility in permitting the use of cost-effective antigen tests as an alternative to more expensive PCR tests. IATA also recommended governments adopt recent World Health Organization (WHO) guidance to consider […]

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Greece said on Thursday all unvaccinated restaurant and tourism workers nationwide must undergo regular COVID-19 tests, extending an obligation that previously applied only on some popular holiday islands as case numbers have continued to climb. After a disastrous year in 2020 where global travel evaporated, Greece lifted most restrictions and has been hoping for at […]

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THE BALEARIC Islands government has reinstated its rule specifying face masks must be worn outside. It comes just one month after the regulation was initially scrapped. Covid cases are on the rise in the Balearic Islands, with the number of active cases now higher than during January’s “third wave”. As a result, the Spanish archipelago’s […]

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Greece is opening its gates to more non-EU citizens, according to the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA). A revised aviation directive (NOTAM) of the HCAA on Thursday showed that four non-EU destinations – Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican – were added to the “safe list” of countries and territories whose residents are eligible […]

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Like many other resort towns on Turkey’s coastal provinces, Bodrum has become overcrowded with holidaymakers during the Eid al-Adha holiday this year. The population of the town, which is around 400,000 during off season, in the province of Muğla on the Aegean coast has soared to 1 million. Over the past week, more than 140,000 […]

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The biggest crisis in the history of tourism continues into a second year. Between January and May, international tourist arrivals were 85% below 2019 levels (or a 65% drop on 2020), UNWTO data shows. Despite a small uptick in May, the emergence of COVID-19 variants and the continued imposition of restrictions are weighing on the […]

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In a gastronomic first for Corinthia, the luxury hotel Corinthia Palace announces new home for renowned restaurant Bahia. Corinthia Palace has announced its exciting partnership with gastronomic award-winner, Bahia, as it continues to set standards for luxury hospitality in Malta. As part of that partnership, the popular Michelin-starred restaurant will move from its historic, converted […]


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