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Europe Poised to Reopen Borders to 14 Countries, But Not to Americans or Russians

After four months, the European Union is preparing to reopen its borders, but the list of countries whose citizens will be able to enter will be very short.
Fourteen to be exact.
The Committee of Permanent Representatives, which is comprised of the ambassadors of EU member countries to the bloc, agreed late Friday to allow citizens of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, …

United Airlines to Close Most of Its Foreign Crew Bases

United Airlines to Close Most of Its Foreign Crew Bases

United Airlines said it plans to close three of four flight attendant bases outside the United States amidst the plummet in travel demand due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The airline made the announcement in a memorandum to crewmembers that was shown to Frequent Business Traveler.
United will close its bases in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Tokyo effective October 1.  The London base will remain open, according John Slater, who authored the memo.
The …

Japan Ends Coronavirus Emergency, Will Subsidize Domestic Travel

Japan Ends Coronavirus Emergency, Will Subsidize Domestic Travel

While cautioning that the coronavirus was not gone from Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the end of his state of emergency declaration and urged the Japanese people to continue to adhere to strict social-distancing guidelines.
Health officials there reported just 851 deaths and the government was never forced to implement a lockdown.
The Japan Tourism Agency meanwhile said it is considering an $18 billion campaign to stimulate travel within the country.  …

Coronavirus Update: Cases Approach 5 Million, N.Y.C. Close to Reopening, Japan is in a Recession

Coronavirus Update: Cases Approach 5 Million, N.Y.C. Close to Reopening, Japan is in a Recession

IN BRIEF
New York City’s mayor said the city may meet the criteria to begin to reopen the economy there in the first half of June.
Joseph La Lima, a barber in Kingston, New York, who defied the state’s lockdown measures and continued to cut hair from the back of his shop, may have infected over a dozen people, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The Ulster County district attorney’s office has launched …

Japan Restricts Travel from 13 Additional Countries Including Mexico Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

Japan Restricts Travel from 13 Additional Countries Including Mexico Amidst  Coronavirus Outbreak

Just as the Japanese government is seeking to ease domestic travel restrictions, it announced Tuesday it has expanded the list of countries that visitors to the Land of the Rising Sun cannot have set foot in within the two-week period prior to arriving in Japan.
The list adds 13 nations, including five South and Central American countries that include Colombia, Mexico, and Uruguay.
The country first declared a nationwide state of emergency …

Coronavirus Update: ‘The Worst is Over’ Says Cuomo, Russia Has ‘Lots of Problems,’ Japan Sees Second Wave of Infections

Coronavirus Update: ‘The Worst is Over’ Says Cuomo, Russia Has ‘Lots of Problems,’ Japan Sees Second Wave of Infections

IN BRIEF
As the number of novel coronavirus infections passed the 1.8 million mark, many countries found themselves in a kind of balancing act, weighing the benefits of continuing the lockdown versus getting their economies moving again.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his daily press briefing, said that the death toll in the state had reached over 10,000, but said “The worst is over if we continue to be smart moving …

ANA Launches International Operations at Haneda’s Terminal 2

ANA Launches International Operations at Haneda’s Terminal 2

Although the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games have been postponed to next year, Haneda Airport began international operations at Terminal 2, which previously only served domestic flights.
All Nippon Airways, which operates out of Terminals 2 and 3 at Haneda, made significant improvements to the terminal, including the addition of customs, immigration, and quarantine space as part of the city’s plans to prepare for travelers arriving for the Olympics.
The airline said …