Are flights to and from the UK still affected by snow?

Heavy snow blanketed parts of the UK over the weekend causing major travel disruption at airports and on public transport. Runways at Manchester Airport were shut down on Saturday, followed by closures and flight cancellations at London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports on Sunday night. Are flights to and from the UK still affected by… Continue reading Are flights to and from the UK still affected by snow?

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The new Swiss mountain train that can jump tracks and grow taller

A train that can jump tracks and grow taller has launched in the Swiss mountains, 150 years after engineers first dreamed it up. The new Golden Pass Express (GPX) took its first journey yesterday (11 December) from Montreux on Lake Geneva to Interlaken in central Switzerland. Passengers no longer need to change at Zweisimmen, but… Continue reading The new Swiss mountain train that can jump tracks and grow taller

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How to get a refund if your flight is cancelled due to snow or strikes

As Christmas airport strikes threaten further travel chaos, another festive flight grounder has descended: snow. From London to Manchester, UK runways have faced closures after a weekend of Arctic weather conditions. Passengers faced with hours-long delays are left wondering, ‘Am I entitled to compensation due to snow?’ With snow and strikes forecast across the continent in… Continue reading How to get a refund if your flight is cancelled due to snow or strikes

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Pre-marital sex ban sends shockwaves among Bali digital nomads

Indonesia’s new ban on extramarital sex has sent shockwaves through its digital nomad community. On Tuesday, Indonesia’s parliament approved a new criminal code banning sex outside of marriage, prohibiting unmarried couples from living together, and criminalising adultery. The laws – which take effect in three years – will apply to locals and tourists alike, with… Continue reading Pre-marital sex ban sends shockwaves among Bali digital nomads

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Spanish airport to remove need to separate liquids and electronics

Palma de Mallorca airport plans to end the requirement for passengers to remove liquids and electronics devices from their hand luggage when passing through security. The move is part of a four-year, €559 million project, which began in November, to redevelop and modernise the Son Sant Joan airport. Safety will be maintained thanks to security… Continue reading Spanish airport to remove need to separate liquids and electronics

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Schengen: Bulgaria and Romania likely to be denied membership

Europe’s passport-free travel zone looks set to welcome Croatia but bar Romania and Bulgaria.  EU countries will today vote on whether or not to admit the three nations to the so-called Schengen zone – a pact between countries to abolish border checks for those travelling between their territories. Croatia is likely to receive unanimous support… Continue reading Schengen: Bulgaria and Romania likely to be denied membership

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Brits face Christmas travel chaos after Border Force vote to strike

Brits will face ‘significant disruption’ to their Christmas travel plans, after UK Border Force officers voted to strike over the holiday period. The industrial action will see Border Force officials walk out on eight days during the busy festive season, from 23 December to Boxing Day, and from 28 December to New Year’s Eve. This mass… Continue reading Brits face Christmas travel chaos after Border Force vote to strike

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How will Indonesia’s ban on sex outside marriage impact tourists?

On Tuesday (6 December) Indonesia’s parliament approved a new criminal code that bans sex outside of marriage. Passed with the support of all political parties, it will apply to Indonesians and tourists alike with a punishment of up to one year in prison. New laws also prohibit unmarried couples from living together. Currently, adultery but… Continue reading How will Indonesia’s ban on sex outside marriage impact tourists?

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Passports got more powerful in 2022, here’s why

Not all passports are created equal. United Arab Emirates passport holders can travel visa-free – or ‘visa-on-arrival’ – to 180 countries. Citizens of Afghanistan can do so to just 38. But despite this mobility gap, the passports of nearly every single country became more powerful this year, new research suggests. According to Passport Index’s latest… Continue reading Passports got more powerful in 2022, here’s why

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Global travel summit wraps up in Saudi Arabia

The World Travel and Tourism Council has concluded in Saudi Arabia, with speakers from the CEO of Hilton Hotels & Resorts to former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussing issues from supply and demand to sustainability and the rising cost of travel. American actor Edward Norton made a guest appearance. He spoke to Euronews exclusively about trying to make a… Continue reading Global travel summit wraps up in Saudi Arabia

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China rolls back zero COVID policy after national protests

China has relaxed its pandemic restrictions after nationwide protests against its harsh COVID zero policy. The changes – outlined by China’s national health commission on Wednesday – follow a slight loosening of COVID measures for international travellers last month. People with Covid who have mild or no symptoms can now isolate at home, rather than… Continue reading China rolls back zero COVID policy after national protests

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Qatar’s only off licence requires a permit and appointment to enter

World Cup revellers heading to the off licence face prison-style security measures in Qatar. The country’s only liquor store is located in a dusty neighbourhood on the outskirts of the capital, Doha. Here, guards stand duty at a gated compound ringed with razor wire, carefully checking passports and permits before allowing anyone inside. Rigid limits… Continue reading Qatar’s only off licence requires a permit and appointment to enter

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How to protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning on holiday

Three American tourists died in October while staying in an Airbnb in Mexico City, apparently of carbon monoxide poisoning. Now, their family members are urging the short-term rental company to require detectors in properties to prevent future tragedies. “We want to put pressure on Airbnb to regulate and mandate carbon monoxide detectors going forward,” says… Continue reading How to protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning on holiday

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‘Nuisance’ tourists are no longer welcome in this European city

Amsterdam has launched a tourism campaign aimed at keeping “nuisance” tourists away. The “discouragement campaign” wants to keep out visitors who come to the city principally for drink, drugs and sex. It is particularly aimed at British tourists, who are considered some of the worst behaved visitors to the Dutch city. The advertising campaign comes… Continue reading ‘Nuisance’ tourists are no longer welcome in this European city

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Air passengers in the EU can soon use phones without flight mode

Passengers on flights within the European Union (EU) will soon be allowed to use mobile phones without enabling aeroplane mode. The European Commission has ruled that airlines can provide 5G technology onboard in addition to allowing mobile data. This should mean passengers are exempt from using flight mode on phones, although details on how this… Continue reading Air passengers in the EU can soon use phones without flight mode

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Everywhere in Europe that travel strikes are planned in December

Travel is set to be heavily impacted by industrial action during the busy festive period this year. Rail and aviation unions are threatening strikes throughout December and January across Europe. It’s likely to cause disruption as people attempt to get home for the holidays. So where are strikes taking place in Europe this Christmas? International… Continue reading Everywhere in Europe that travel strikes are planned in December

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All the countries where you’ll have to pay a ‘tourist tax’ in 2023

Traveller numbers have bounced back to nearly pre-pandemic levels this year, which has buoyed tourist hotspots that lost out during COVID-19 restrictions and closures.  But some popular destinations are already concerned that problems of overtourism are set to return. As a result, some have resorted to implementing a “tourist tax” in 2022 and others have… Continue reading All the countries where you’ll have to pay a ‘tourist tax’ in 2023

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One dead after Antarctic cruise ship hit by ‘rogue wave’

One person has died and four more were injured after a giant wave crashed into a cruise ship on an Antarctic expedition. The Viking Polaris ship was sailing south of Cape Horn in stormy conditions. The Norwegian cruise company Viking said the ship was battered by a “rogue wave” that smashed several panes of glass… Continue reading One dead after Antarctic cruise ship hit by ‘rogue wave’

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Be prepared to pay more for your European ski break this season

If you’re planning on hitting the slopes this winter, be prepared to pay a little more for your trip. Ski resorts across Europe are struggling with spiking costs amid the energy crisis. Faced with soaring electricity bills, mountain resorts are upping prices for ski passes, lodging, restaurants and other services. Some centres have been forced… Continue reading Be prepared to pay more for your European ski break this season

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