Ireland Refuses to Tighten Restrictions on US Arrivals Despite New EU Ruling

IRELAND has refused to tighten restrictions on arrivals from the US. This is

despite the European Union removing

American from its safe travel list and recommending its member nations place restrictions on non-essential travellers from the country.

The EU said the new rules are due to surging coronavirus cases in the country caused by the delta variant. Italy was the first country to follow the EU’s new

rules, however Ireland have resisted, saying they won’t tighten entry restrictions for US arrivals. Ireland’s Department of Health confirmed it was not planning to make any changes based on the EU Council decision.

“The EU recommendation is non-binding and member states retain control over their own border restrictions,” it said.

Currently, US arrivals in Ireland with valid proof of vaccination are not subject to travel related-testing or quarantine, but must complete a Passenger Locator Form.

Croatia has also said it will not implement any restrictions on US arrivals.

British Airways Reopens First Class Lounges at Heathrow and JFK

BRITISH Airways is moving to the next phase of its lounge reopening plan with the announcement that it has now reopened the First Class Lounges at Heathrow and JFK.

Both lounges, known as the Concorde Room Lounges, reopened on September 1.

Both lunges have been closed since March 2020. To celebrate the lounge openings, British Airways will be introducing a new cocktail menu. Customers in the Concorde Room will continue to receive table service across the whole lounge, but visitors to other lounges will also benefit from using the airline’s new digital ‘Your Menu’ service which allows them to order food from the menu directly to their seat in the lounge with the use of a QR code close to them.

Sept/Oct 2021 Travel News


UST weeks after announcing an exciting Winter Sun programme for 2022/23, and Jet2holidays have added another four Winter Sun destinations from Belfast International Airport, in response to strong demand from customers and independent travel agents. The additional destinations going on sale for Winter

22/23 from Belfast include Malaga, Alicante, Faro (Algarve) and Majorca. These popular Winter Sun destinations are in addition to the existing hotspots already on sale which include the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, and Fuerteventura) as well as Turkey (Antalya) and Cyprus (Paphos). With up to 22 weekly flights currently available

from Belfast International Airport for Winter 22/23, the leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist is offering customers and independent travel agents plenty of choice and flexibility when it comes to getting away next Winter.

The addition of these destinations, on top of those

already on sale, means the UK’s leading tour operator to destinations across Europe, the Mediterranean and Canary Islands currently has a choice of ten Winter Sun destinations on sale for Winter 22/23 from Belfast International Airport.

With multiple weekly services to many of these destinations throughout the winter season from early- November through to the end of April, customers can book the duration of holiday that suits them. The full breakdown of the new Winter Sun destinations on sale is as follows: • Malaga (weekly services in April) • Alicante (up to two weekly services) • Faro (up to three weekly services in April) • Majorca (up to two weekly services in April) Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays said: “Just weeks after announcing a fantastic selection of winter sun destinations on sale for Winter 22/23 from Belfast International Airport, we are very pleased to be expanding our programme and adding even more sunshine hotspots.

“This expansion comes on the back of the great response we have seen from customers and independent

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Jet2 and Jet2holidays have announced new routes to Malaga, Alicante, Faro and Majorca from Belfast

travel agents looking to book their winter sunshine nice and early. Like we have experienced with the first destinations going on sale, we know these additional hotspots will be just as popular. Based on the response

PORTUGAL has relaxed its travel rules to allow non-vaccinated travellers to visit without the need to quarantine on arrival.

Not yet fully vaccinated but still looking to travel? Portugal is welcoming you – quarantine-free! The popular holiday hotspot has relaxed their rules allowing non-vaccinated visitors from the UK to enjoy a stress-free holiday without the need to quarantine providing they can show a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen Test on arrival. Up until now visitors from the

we have had to the programme, and with more

holidaymakers wanting to book ahead, we are looking towards the future with enormous confidence when it comes to Winter 22/23.”

Portugal Relaxes Rules to Welcome Unvaccinated Travellers!

UK had to show proof they had been fully vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine or they would have to quarantine for 14 days. Earlier this week, the UK government’s Covid travel list came into force with new green, amber and red lists. Travellers to the Azores or Madeira must show either a negative PCR test or a vaccine certificate to avoid the 14-day quarantine, although they can have a free test on arrival if they agree to go into “prophylactic isolation” – a 12 to 24-hour waiting period for the test result.

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