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It's a Milestone Day for Travelers to the US

Pandemic restrictions lifted for those who are vaccinated from abroad

(Newser) - The US lifted restrictions Monday on travel from a long list of countries including Mexico, Canada, and most of Europe, setting the stage for reunions nearly two years in the making and providing a boost for the airline and tourism industries decimated by the pandemic. The rules that go into...

5 Fascinating Places You Aren't Allowed to See
5 Fascinating Places
You're Prohibited
From Visiting
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5 Fascinating Places You're Prohibited From Visiting

Business Insider rounds up unique, forbidden places around the world

(Newser) - You may be looking for a remote spot, far from people, for your next travel destination. But Business Insider wants to remind you that some far-off places are better left alone—particularly if you want to avoid charges or, worse, death. Five unique, forbidden places:

TSA: Hundreds Have Broken Mask Rule, Only 2 Agree to Pay Fine
Travelers Have
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Mask Fines
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Travelers Have 'Not Surprising' Reaction to TSA Mask Fines

Out of 2.4K incidents of alleged noncompliance, only 2 have agreed to pay the $250 penalty

(Newser) - Earlier this year, the TSA warned that people who refuse to wear face masks while using public transit, in accordance with a federal mandate, could face hefty fines. It doesn't seem like that heads-up served as much of a deterrent, at least not for a couple of thousand travelers...

England Makes Things Easier for Vaccinated Tourists

It does away with 10-day quarantine for vaccinated travelers

(Newser) - Fully vaccinated travelers from the United States and much of Europe can enter England without quarantining starting next week. The British government says people who have received both doses of a vaccine approved by the FDA in the US or the European Medicines Agency can take pre- and post-arrival coronavirus...

Europe to Welcome Back US Tourists
Europe to Welcome
Back US Tourists

Europe to Welcome Back US Tourists

Ban on nonessential travel to lift Friday, with conditions set by individual countries

(Newser) - Good news for those planning a summer vacation in Europe: The European Union will add the United States to its safe travel list on Friday, lifting a ban on nonessential travelers that has been in place through much of the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports. Nonessential travel from the UK...

Memorial Day Travelers Can Expect Airport Lines

Numbers are back up around pre-pandemic levels

(Newser) - Americans hit the road in near-record numbers at the start of the Memorial Day weekend, as their eagerness to break free from coronavirus confinement overcame higher prices for flights, gasoline and hotels, per the AP . More than 1.8 million people went through US airports on Thursday, and the number...

That EU Trip You Want to Take? Prepare to Book

Looks like vaccinated Americans will soon be granted entry

(Newser) - Your European summer vacation plans may be a go. The European Union on Wednesday took a step toward relaxing tourism travel for visitors from outside the bloc, with EU ambassadors agreeing on measures to allow fully vaccinated visitors in. They also agreed on easing the criteria for nations to be...

If You're Fully Vaccinated, a New Thumbs-Up

Agency gives OK for those with all their COVID shots to travel domestically, overseas

(Newser) - Anyone who's been holding off on trying to get a COVID vaccine may now have a new incentive. Politico reports that the CDC on Friday updated its guidance on travel during the pandemic, saying Americans can feel free to travel around the US and internationally, as long as they'...

California Lawmakers Defend Being in Maui Right Now

They say event at luxury hotel is to discuss how to 'safely reopen our society'

(Newser) - California lawmakers are defending their presence at a Hawaiian conference on "intelligent public policy" regarding COVID-19, but it appears they defied their home state's warnings to go. Four Republicans who attended the bipartisan event—state Sen. Andreas Borgeas and Assembly members Jordan Cunningham, Heath Flora, and Frank Bigelow—...

Europe Welcomes Back Tourists, but Not Americans

People from US banned for at least another 2 weeks because of coronavirus

(Newser) - The European Union wants the world's tourists to know it will be back open for business on Wednesday, but only if they hail from 15 countries. And the US is not one of them. The EU on Tuesday listed the nations whose residents are welcome when the borders reopen:...

Looking to Get a New Passport? Forget About It for Now

Unless you have 'life-or-death emergency' or are renewing, State Dept. says passports are on hold

(Newser) - The State Department wasn't kidding when it put out its "level four" travel advisory last month urging Americans not to go abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic. CNN reports that on Friday, the department put up a "passport operations" update on its website , and the upshot of that...

TSA Guard Hands Traveler a Note That's Not Very Nice

Neal Strassner says he still doesn't understand why she did it

(Newser) - TSA workers don't usually hand people notes, and this could be why. Neal Strassner was going through security at a New York airport in June when a screener handed him a note reading, "You ugly!!!" CCTV footage he later obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request...

Big Break for Saudi Women: Now They Can Leave

Male guardians no longer have authority over women's passports

(Newser) - Saudi women 21 and above hoping to leave the country no longer need a man's help. Saudi Arabia continued its loosening of restrictions on women on Thursday with passage of an amendment that, once it goes into effect at the end of August, will allow all Saudi women to...

How to See the World for Free (or Almost Free)

Couch surfing, home exchanges, and housesitting are some novel options

(Newser) - Credit card rewards can be your ticket—literally your plane ticket—to a dream destination. But even if you've earned what you need to get to where you're going, the accommodations could be a different story. What do you do if you don't have enough points or...

If You Fly United, There's Now a New Way to Board

United will cut 5 boarding lines to 2, redistribute boarding groups to ease gate congestion

(Newser) - The "angst" travelers feel at overcrowded gates may soon be eased at United Airlines terminals, an exec for the airline says. That's because United just began a new initiative designed to relieve that particular "passenger pain point," as CNBC puts it, by changing up its departure...

Airline Contest: Hole Up in Iceland, Travel, Get Paid

You'll have to win Wow Air's contest, though, and do quite a bit of content creation

(Newser) - If you have a BFF and no big summer plans, an Icelandic airline is making a tempting offer. Per Business Insider , Wow Air will set up one lucky duo in a fully furnished apartment in downtown Reykjavik, which will serve as home base from June 1 to Aug. 15, with...

The World's Greatest Hitchhiker and His 'Wandering Princess'

Juan Villarino and Laura Lazzarino wander the world together on $7 a day

(Newser) - It takes more than a durable thumb and the stomach for strangers to be a top-notch vagabond. Take it from Juan Villarino, dubbed the "world's best hitchhiker" by Wes Enzinna for the New York Times , which profiles Villarino and picks his brain for how he's become the...

EPA Chief Says He Flies First-Class for Security

Scott Pruitt blames 'toxic' political environment

(Newser) - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says he needs to fly first-class because of a toxic environment—the political one. He says he wasn't involved in the decision to put him in first class when he travels, which he says was made after some unpleasant interactions with travelers opposed...

US: 5 Mexican States Now as Dangerous as Syria for Visitors

State Department issues new 'do not travel' warning

(Newser) - The US State Department tells citizens not to visit Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan. Five states in Mexico now carry the same "do not travel" warning, the Guardian reports. The State Department this week issued a level 4 advisory—the highest level of travel warning—against the states of Tamaulipas,...

5 Places You Shouldn't Visit in 2018

Maybe hold off on that Taj Mahal trip till 2019

(Newser) - At the beginning of each calendar year, travel companies and publications often push out lists of places around the world you should try to explore in the coming months. Fodor's takes a different tack with its "No List," detailing the locations it thinks you should avoid in...

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