18 Jan 2021

Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

According to Australian Health Secretary Brendan Murphy, the country is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021, despite plans to distribute vaccines to residents. Murphy’s comments have dampened hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country may resume by July. Dr. Murphy’s expertise was a driving

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23 Dec 2020

Thousands of truck drivers scramble for tests at UK port after France eases blockade

On Sunday night, several countries around the world such as France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands, shut down borders with the UK and banned travel due to renewed fear brought on by the discovery of a  new mutated variant of coronavirus that was in England. Due to the announcement,

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03 Dec 2020

Canada, struggling to control a second wave of coronavirus infections, announces billions more in stimulus

The second wave of COVID-19 infections is occurring in Canada, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced more than $77 billion in stimulus for Canadian people and businesses. Trudeau acknowledged the effect of the pandemic on the economy and its recovery, offering aid to keep families financially stable and get

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24 Nov 2020

Coronavirus: Millions travel for Thanksgiving despite warnings

Despite warnings from health officials, millions of Americans are traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving, presenting a new risk to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, Thanksgiving is occurring during a significant wave of coronavirus cases and deaths, and health officials have advised all Americans to remain in their immediate household and refrain

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21 Oct 2020

Israel, U.A.E. to Allow Citizens Visa-Free Travel

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have made history in agreeing to allow their citizens to travel freely between the countries with no visas. Direct flights from Israel to the U.A.E have begun to take place, marking the first arrangement of the sort between Israel and an Arab state. The

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01 Oct 2020

China contained Covid-19. Now, hundreds of millions of people there are about to go on vacation at the same time

Hundreds of millions of people are expected to flock to China despite the risks of new COVID-19 outbreaks to celebrate the National Day holiday. This holiday marks one of China’s busiest travel periods, with people coming in from all over the country and abroad to celebrate the eight-day Mid-Autumn Festival

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07 Aug 2020

TSA’s Looking to Rapidly Verify Passengers Without Biometrics or Physical IDs

The US Transportation Security Administration is seeking alternative means to verify passenger identities at security checkpoints throughout the country, without relying on physical information or biometrics. The measures would potentially be used when travelers fail to present appropriate ID forms. This may be in the form of a digital services

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24 Jun 2020

TSA’s Plan to Address Evolving Threats to Travelers Relies on Innovative Technology

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a new guidance document that stresses the changing threats to US travelers and aims to improve the agency’s technology procurement, development, and delivery. The document also builds on the TSA Strategy document released in 2018, in which a tentative 8-year plan was outlined.

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03 Jun 2020

Italy opens borders ahead of neighbors, beckoning tourists

On Wednesday, Italy re-opened regional and international borders, representing the country’s progression into the final phase of its COVID-19 lockdown initiatives.  Italy is the first European country to open international borders fully, ending the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers. The move has drawn criticism for being premature, while others

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19 Mar 2020

US, Canada are closing shared border to nonessential travel

On Wednesday, Canada and the US agreed to temporarily shut down the border between the two countries to all nonessential travel in order to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The flow of trade will remain intact, but citizens of either country cannot cross the border for family visits

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