U.K. Travel Restrictions Lift: What It Was Like Flying From Heathrow to JFK

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When a family reunion coincided with the resumption of leisure travel from the U.K. after months of lockdown, I took the plunge.

After almost two years without seeing loved ones, the prospect of quarantine and costly Covid tests didn’t faze me. I booked a flight from London Heathrow to New York’s John F. Kennedy airport  for May 17, the first day it was legal to fly again.

The U.S. didn’t make the U.K.’s quarantine-free “green list,” but was instead coded amber, meaning I’d need negative rapid Covid tests before each flight and two negative PCR tests during a

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UAE is in talks with UK about ‘red list’ travel ban: Emirates CEO

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The chairman of Dubai’s flagship airline is optimistic about a return to travel between the United Arab Emirates and the U.K. — one of its top tourism and investment partners — even as a new Covid-19 variant threatens to complicate reopening plans.

The mostly-expatriate desert sheikhdom of roughly 10 million has been on the U.K.’s “red list” for travel since mid-January, requiring a mandatory hotel quarantine for anyone arriving from the UAE, which runs up a hefty price tag of £1,750 ($2,428) per person. 

The UAE’s removal from the U.K.’s “safe travel” corridor early this year was triggered by an

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United to add more than 400 daily flights in July as travel demand soars

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A United Airlines passenger jet takes off with New York City as a backdrop, at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, U.S. December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File Photo GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK AHEAD/File Photo

United Airlines (UAL.O) said on Monday it would add more than 400 daily flights to its July schedule and increase services to re-opened European destinations as easing pandemic restrictions spur summer travel demand.

Summer travel bookings rose 214% from 2020 levels, the airline said, adding that it planned to fly 80% of its U.S. schedule compared to July 2019.

Ratings agency Moody’s has predicted that steady vaccine

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BBC – Travel – The Sentiero dei Parchi: A new hiking trail uniting Italy

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On a recent evening, Elia Origoni stood at Sardinia’s south-eastern tip, watching the azure sky darken until it merged with the sea, and contemplating the most daunting leg of his ambitious trip. In two days, he would set off on a 405km paddle across the Tyrrhenian Sea in hopes of becoming the first person to traverse Sardinia, Sicily and the entire length of Italy using only his feet, a rowboat and his prodigious stamina.

His remarkable 7,000-plus km journey is helping to highlight a newly announced trail that will span the entire Italian peninsula

“It’s a combination of fantasy and

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Travel news: the new hotel hot list

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Baja California dreamin’

La Paz, at the southern end of the Baja California peninsula, is a storied place (see John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, in which it is an intriguing protagonist). It’s also on the up as a destination for Californians keen to trade Cabo’s glitz for something more contemporary. Brothers Jaime, Rafael and Moisés Micha and their friend Carlos Couturier – the men behind the Grupo Habita hotel collection, Mexico’s recognised anointers of The Next Big Thing – have long had their eyes on it. When they found the right site – an early-20th-century villa, gone a bit to

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Gov. Whitmer didn’t follow MDHHS travel guidelines to quarantine after Florida trip

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DETROIT – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s trip to Florida to see her father in March is raising some new questions.

This time it’s about whether the governor followed the travel guidelines her own health department published a couple of weeks prior to the controversial trip.

The governor spent considerable time pleading with Michiganders not to travel particularly to Florida.

She advised that if people did they would have to follow the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) travel guidelines.

Now those guidelines were not an executive order and merely a suggestion.

Still, the governor traveled to Florida in

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N.J. lifts travel advisory that required COVID quarantine, Murphy announces

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New Jersey will no longer require people returning to the state or visiting to quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday as the state’s numbers keep improving as vaccinations continue.

The new rule goes into effect immediately and after the governor had already dropped the quarantine period for people who are fully vaccinated.

“However, we do encourage everyone to continue to exercise common sense when traveling domestically and to follow all local health and safety protocols wherever you are traveling to,” Murphy said during his latest COVID-19 briefing in Trenton.

“And if your goal is

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Jet-Setting Images Of Celebrity Travel That Make Us Want To Catch A Flight

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Nobody works harder to play harder than a celebrity.

Whether it’s Ashanti making time to travel at least a handful of times a year, or Tracee Ellis Ross, who makes kicking back in the pool a must when she has time off, as outside opens up again, the stars are catching flights to some amazing destinations. We’ve noticed an uptick in the travels of famous folks, perhaps as more and more get vaccinated and summertime is just around the corner. So to get you inspired and thinking about where exactly you’ll go when the time and circumstances are right

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This rescheduled yoga vacation is a real stretch

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DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: In late 2019, I put a $500 deposit on a yoga retreat in Costa Rica. I paid the balance of $2,550 a few weeks later. These payments were made to International Yoga, a tour operator that specializes in yoga retreats.

Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter 

In March 2020, I received an email from International Yoga explaining that the retreat was being canceled and rescheduled to April 10 to 17, 2021.

I’m a public school teacher and can only take vacation time during scheduled school breaks. The company did not schedule the retreat for the same week as

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Experts give tips on traveling safely this summer

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In our week-long series, “Spring Into Summer,” we are looking at what to expect when you make your summer travel plans.


The CDC has lifted mask mandates just in time for the summer vacation season. “CBS This Morning” asked experts about what we should expect to find as we venture out, and how to do so safely.

Flying

Air travel is heating up; the TSA screened 1.8 million passengers yesterday, the most since the pandemic began. But Americans don’t want to trek too far, with top destinations including Hawaii, the Caribbean and Mexico. 

Masks are still required for fully-vaccinated passengers

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