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Turkey to host twice as many tourists in 2021: Official

Deputy tourism minister says country’s tourism sector expects positive results in 2021 after COVID-19 downturn in 2020 The number of foreigners visiting Turkey will double in 2021 compared to last year, a senior tourism official said on Wednesday. The country expects to host 34 million foreign visitors this year, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Nadir

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Turkey will welcome British holidaymakers without vaccine

British tourists queue at Mugla Milas Airport, in Mugla, Turkey on September 24, 2019. [Ali Ballı – Anadolu Agency] Turkey plans to welcome British holidaymakers this summer without requiring evidence of vaccination, Minister of Tourism Mehmet Ersoy said on Monday. “Turkey is looking forward to welcoming British tourists with open arms,” said the minister. According

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At Dubai airport, travelers’ eyes become their passports

A woman enters the face and iris-recognition gate to board a plane, during a media tour at Dubai Airport, in the United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 7, 2021. Dubai’s airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, has introduced an iris-scanner that verifies one’s identity and eliminates the need for any human interaction when leaving the

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Travel industry bets on vaccine passports to draw Brits to the Mediterranean

Credit Reuters By Sarah Young, Clara-Laeila Laudette, Laurence Frost The race to roll out vaccination passports is spurring competition among travel companies and tourist destinations for the large number of Britons set to receive COVID-19 shots before the summer. Thanks to its swift vaccine deployment here, Britain is the only major European country likely to

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Vaccine passport idea in EU ‘shameful’: Serbia

By Talha Ozturk Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says he is shocked by idea, describing it as ‘meaningless’, ‘anti-European’ Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Saturday criticized the idea of a COVID-19 vaccine passport, describing it as “shameful.” Tourist-reliant European nations such as Greece and Spain have urged the quick adoption of an EU-wide certificate for travelers

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Air France-KLM plunges to huge loss in pandemic-hit year

FILE – In this Sept. 30, 2003 file photo, an Air France jumbo jet rolls behind the tail of a KLM Royal Dutch airliner at Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, north of Paris. Air France-KLM plunged to a 7.1 billion euro ($8.5 billion) loss in 2020 as the global pandemic grounded planes and halted

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Jambojet introduces payment of airfare in instalments

Passengers disembark from a Jambojet plane at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. By BONFACE OTIENO Budget carrier Jambojet is allowing its clients to pay their flights in installments as the airline seeks to boost uptake of air travel amid an economy ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the new payment plan dubbed ‘Jaza pole pole’,

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France to close border to non-EU travelers

French Prime Minister Jean Castex Photograph: GONZALO FUENTES Decision taken to curb spread of coronavirus France will not enforce a new lockdown but will close borders for non-European Union countries beginning Sunday in a bid to control rising coronavirus infections, the prime minister announced late Friday. Jean Castex announced the border decision after a last-minute

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China derecognizes British National Overseas passport

Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK staffers wear masks of resembling journalist Nabela Qoser during a silent protest against the management’s treatment of Qoser outside Broadcasting House, in Hong Kong, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Qoser is known for her tough questioning of Hong Kong government officials during the unrest of 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) BEIJING (AP)

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Brits advised not to book summer holidays as new quarantine hotels set to be introduced

Passengers from international flights arrive at Heathrow Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville By Nicholas Cecil Millions of people in Britain were today advised by a Government minister not to book a summer holiday abroad at this stage as new border controls are set to

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