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U.S. to Maintain Current Travel Restrictions, Citing Delta Covid Variant

U.S. to Maintain Current Travel Restrictions, Citing Delta Covid Variant

The Biden Administration has no plans “at this point” to lift any current travel restrictions as concerns over the highly transmissible India, or Delta, variant rise in lockstep with the number of cases, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Monday.
“We will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point for a few reasons,” Psaki said at a White House briefing.  “The more transmissible Delta variant is spreading both here and …

Floods in Germany and Other Parts of Western Europe Leave at least 117 Dead

Floods in Germany and Other Parts of Western Europe Leave at least 117 Dead

Catastrophic flooding in Germany and Belgium on Thursday resulted in at least 117 deaths as streams, rivers, and streets turned into raging torrents that swept away all in their path, including houses.
The flooding has been the worst that Germany has seen in decades, and the military was deployed to some of the hardest hit areas. In Germany over 103 people have died and more than 1,000 are missing.
Storms in the …

U.S. Lowers Travel Advisory for Austria, Germany

U.S. Lowers Travel Advisory for Austria, Germany

The United States lowered its travel advisory for Austria and Germany, as European nations continue to reopen their economies.
The Department of State, in an updated advisory, lowered the two countries from Level 3, “Reconsider Travel,” to Level 2, “Exercise Increased Caution.”
The department also lowered advisories for Armenia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Serbia.
“The Covid-19 situation in Austria is improving, and most restrictions have been lifted across the country,” the U.S. …

Coronavirus News Update – July 11: Germany Lists All of Spain as ‘Risk Area,’ Italy May Follow Suit

Coronavirus News Update – July 11: Germany Lists All of Spain as ‘Risk Area,’ Italy May Follow Suit

Spain’s plans for reopening to tourists took a hit after Germany classified the country as a “risk area” on Saturday.  Anyone entering Germany from anywhere in Spain – and this includes the Balearic and Canary archipelagoes – will now have to provide proof of vaccination, a negative coronavirus test, or proof of recovery to avoid quarantine. The Italian government said Saturday it was considering a similar move for travelers arriving …

Germany Lifts Restrictions on Giving Descendants of Nazi-Era Persecution Citizenship

Germany Lifts Restrictions on Giving Descendants of Nazi-Era Persecution Citizenship

The Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament, approved changes to the country’s citizenship laws that will make it easier for the descendants of people who fled National Socialist persecution in the country to obtain citizenship.
The move was strongly applauded by Jewish groups across the globe.
The amendments approved by the Bundestag echo decrees that were issued in 2019.
“The governing coalition has taken important legal steps to ensure that Germany lives up …

EU to Toughen Restrictions on U.K. Visitors as Concerns Over India Variant Grow

EU to Toughen Restrictions on U.K. Visitors as Concerns Over India Variant Grow

Several European countries are toughing entry requirements for U.K. travelers amidst rising numbers of Covid cases in Britain.
The United Kingdom reported 22,868 additional Covid cases on Monday and that number is causing great consternation across the European Continent.
As a result, multiple countries including Spain and Portugal are putting new travel restrictions into place
Meanwhile, Angela Merkel wants a the bloc to take a common approach to the situation in the United …

Airlines Increase Flights to Germany as Country Reopens

Airlines Increase Flights to Germany as Country Reopens

The announcement late last week that Germany would reopen its borders to American tourists was followed by news from U.S. and international carriers that they would increase flights to various German cities.
Hundreds of flights were cut starting in February 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.
Deutsche Lufthansa said it would increase the number of flights offered from the United States as well as increase the number of destinations, in …