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Airport chaos: European travel runs into pandemic cutbacks

Jun. 24, 2022 11:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The airport lines are long, and lost luggage is piling up. It’s going to be a chaotic summer for travelers in Europe. Liz Morgan arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport 4 1/2 hours before her flight to Athens, finding the line for security snaking out of the...

Ecuador rejects Indigenous protesters' dialogue conditions

Jun. 22, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Violent protests by Indigenous people demanding a variety of changes, including lower fuel prices, have paralyzed Ecuador’s capital and other regions, but the government on Wednesday rejected their conditions for dialogue. Quito, the capital, is experiencing...

EU: Schengen travel restrictions badly checked amid pandemic

Jun. 13, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union auditors said Monday that the bloc's executive arm should have checked more carefully the restrictions on free movement imposed by EU nations during the COVID-19 pandemic. EU nations struggled to coordinate travel restrictions during the coronavirus...

US lifts COVID-19 test requirement for international travel

Jun. 10, 2022 20:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international travelers test negative for COVID-19 within a day before boarding a flight to the United States, ending one of the last remaining government mandates designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. ...

Venezuelan leader, barred from US summit, arrives in Turkey

Jun. 08, 2022 13:22 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was welcomed in the Turkish capital on Wednesday just as the foreign minister of Russia, a key ally of the ostracized Latin American regime, was also visiting the city. Maduro is on a Eurasian tour after being rebuffed by...

US Transportation Dept. lifts restrictions on Cuba flights

Jun. 01, 2022 22:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday made it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, lifting flight restrictions that were established during the Trump administration. The restrictions had prevented U.S. airline flights and chartered flights from going...

Prepare for sticker shock if you are traveling this summer

May. 27, 2022 08:43 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines and tourist destinations are expecting monster crowds this summer as travel restrictions ease and pandemic fatigue overcomes lingering fear of contracting COVID-19 during travel. Many forecasters believe the number of travelers will match or even exceed...

Japan to resume tourism in June; only packaged tour for now

May. 26, 2022 22:22 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will open its borders to foreign tourists in June for the first time since imposing tight pandemic travel restrictions about two years ago, but only for package tours for now, the prime minister said Thursday. Beginning June 10, Japan will allow the entry of...

Indonesia lifts outdoor mask mandate as COVID-19 wanes

May. 17, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia is lifting its outdoor mask mandate because its COVID-19 outbreak is increasing under control, President Joko Widodo said Tuesday. However, a mask mandate remains in place for indoor activities and public transportation, he said. Widodo also said...

Beijing preps COVID-19 hospital spaces, though new cases low

May. 03, 2022 04:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing is preparing new hospital facilities to deal with a possible spike in COVID-19 cases, even though the numbers of new cases remain low. State media reported Tuesday a 1,000-bed hospital at Xiaotangshan in the northeastern suburbs built for the 2003 SARS...