Walt Disney World & Universal Orlando Scaling Back Safety Protocols

Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando have begun scaling back some of their safety protocols as the vaccination rollout continues and the country inches ever closer to a full re-opening. Mandatory temperature checks at both theme parks will be discontinued, while Universal Orlando has reduced the social distancing requirement from six to three feet. Although…

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EU to Open International Travel to Fully Vaccinated

The EU has proposed that non-essential international travel should be allowed…as long as you have an EU-recognised vaccine. As a non-Schengen member of the EU, Ireland can opt in – or opt out. The proposals introduced by the European Commission stipulate that only those with full doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson &…

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US Exempts Certain Travellers from Ireland from COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Some travellers from Ireland are exempted from travel restrictions to the United States, the State Department has announced. Students, journalists and academics covered by exchange visitor programmes can qualify for a ‘National Interest Exemption’ (NIE) under Presidential Proclamations (PPs) 9984, 9992, and 10143 related to the spread of COVID-19. The State Department announced details of…

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MSC Announces Fleet-Wide Vaccination Programme

MSC Cruises announced that it has started a fleet-wide COVID-19 vaccination programme for all its crew members. In this initial phase, MSC Cruises will prioritise crew members on board its 10 ships earmarked for Summer 2021 cruise holidays in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, those scheduled to restart in the Caribbean out of US ports as…

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CarTrawler Teams up with Uber for Car Rentals

Irish travel tech company CarTrawler, the leading B2B provider of car rental technology solutions to the global travel industry, has signed a deal with Uber to provide its booking system to Uber Rent ahead of its expansion in the United States. Uber Rent, a car rental service that is currently operating in Australia, New Zealand,…

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Micheál Martin Raises Possibility International Travel Could Resume in July

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has given the clearest indication that international travel could resume by the end of July if the risk assessment for Covid-19 allow it. Speaking on Morning Ireland, he said that Ireland was already working to implement the EU Covid-19 Certificate, which will be introduced from June 3. “We cannot stay disconnected forever.…

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Malta Reaches Vaccination Milestone of 50%

Following on from the recent announcement that Malta plans to start welcoming back tourists from the 1st June, the country has also been setting standards in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, ever since its National Vaccination Programme kicked off on the 27th December 2020. As of this week, over 50 per cent of the…

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Ministers in Muddle Over Vaccination Certificates

Confusion has broken out over the acceptance of paper vaccination certificates in the EU this summer, with the Greek tourism minister saying they would and the Portuguese tourism minister saying they wouldn’t as they can be easily forged. Meanwhile, the UK says it’s discussing vaccine passports with the EU, who deny any discussions are taking…

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