Travel news in brief and useful information for travelers.
Tourism and travel are slowly recovering (after the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic). Many countries are making decisions that can revitalize the travel industry. (Most likely, travel in the United States will recover faster than in other countries.)
Italy may open to foreign tourism in June
Italy may open to foreign tourism in June. This conclusion can be drawn from the statements of the country's officials. The easing of many restrictions is expected in May (2021). Italy will be ready to receive tourists from many countries in June (or even earlier), if there is no worsening of the situation with COVID.
Foreign tourists coming to Italy will need to either be fully vaccinated or have a negative test.
Tourists from India faced problems
The first group of foreign tourists (29 people) recently arrived in St. Petersburg from India.
The tourists stayed in St. Petersburg for about a week, but could not fly home. This is the first group of foreign tourists in St. Petersburg since the beginning of the pandemic.
Four members of the travel group tested positive for coronavirus (they were hospitalized).
Now tourists (25 people) are in the "Baltiets" hotel near St. Petersburg. How long they will have to stay in Russia is not yet clear.
Americans are optimistic and planning to travel this summer
As polls of public opinion show, more and more Americans are planning to travel this summer. You could even say that the tourism industry is planned hype. The interest in travel is increasing every month.
Mass vaccination has a big impact on the industry. An increasing number of Americans are not only ready to travel soon, but (which is also important) are ready to receive tourists in their region.
Among the tourist trends of this season are:
- The largest peak of tourists can be expected in mid-summer, but US residents are already planning trips for the fall as well.
- Many will prefer uncrowded places, small coastal towns and small hotels (vacation homes) this year.
See also ....
A tourist must have Declaration of movement in Cyprus
In Cyprus, tourists will be able to move around without sending SMS if SMS cannot be sent. (Residents of Cyprus must obtain a travel permit by sending an SMS.)
Tourists will need to fill out a special form (Declaration of movement) at the hotel or tour operator.
The "declaration of movement" will allow tourists to move freely from 6 am to 11 pm. At the same time, the limitation remains in force: two exits from the hotel per day.
We hope that the restrictive regime will ease soon.
Last updated 07 April 2021.
New luxury hotel opens in St. Petersburg
This is a difficult time for the tourism industry right now, but there are optimists, daredevils, who are opening new hotels.
New, luxurious, five-star hotel - Wawelberg Hotel - opens in April in Saint Petersburg, Russia (2021).
The hotel is located in the very center of the city, on Nevsky Prospekt, very close to Palace Square.
It will be possible to book a room soon at this hotel.
Tourists often prefer new hotels in which everything is new (furniture, bed linen). There are other good hotels in the center of St. Petersburg. For example: "Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace" or "Astoria".
Another good car rental website
Car rental company DiscoverCars.com has been named as the World's Leading Car Rental Booking Website 2020 by the World Travel Awards.
DiscoverCars is an international car rental website that provides rental car bookings. The company was founded in 2013 in Latvia. The main headquarters of DiscoverCars is located in Riga, Latvia. DiscoverCars works with more than 8,000 car rental locations in 137 countries.
Already allowed, or not yet? Sometimes it is not easy to find a logical explanation for the restrictions
Thousands of German tourists are planning to spend their holidays in the Balearic Islands in late March - early April 2021. Many flights have already arrived at Mallorca airport. This was facilitated by the fact that Germany lifted quarantine requirements for travelers returning from the Balearic Islands.
Here's the paradox: German tourists are not allowed to travel in Germany, but they are allowed to go to Spain. The Spaniards are forbidden to visit the Balearic Islands, but the inhabitants of Germany can come to the islands.
What will be the most popular travel destinations in summer 2021?
Where will tourists go in summer 2021? What will be the most popular travel destinations this year? We will try to give a forecast.
Residents of the EU and the UK would like to spend their summer holidays in Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and France.
Domestic tourism will be a priority for American tourists, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean.
Residents of Russia? Russia is trying to benefit from forced isolation and is actively developing domestic tourism.
Turkey will be the most popular foreign destination for Russian tourists, but many travel lovers are ready to go to Greece, Cyprus, Spain, if possible.
Find out more here.
Volcanic eruption in Iceland
After a series of earthquakes, the volcanic eruption began in Iceland. (The latest eruption of another volcano in Iceland has closed much of northern Europe to flight.)
Don't scream on the roller coaster
California theme parks could open as early as April. The necessary measures will be taken to prevent the spread of coronaviruses. For example, the number of visitors is limited.
Also, visitors are not advised to shout, sing, speak loudly and breathe heavily. It seems to us that the roller coaster car rushing in silence creates a somewhat frightening impression. Do you agree? (Disneyland plans to reopen on April 30.)
Prepare for your travels in the United States.
Iceland allows entry to vaccinated tourists
The Icelandic government has announced that all those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to Iceland without being subject to border measures (including for non-EU countries, such as the US and UK), such as testing and quarantine starting from March 18. This exemption will now apply equally to everyone who can provide proof of a full vaccination with a vaccine that has been certified for use by the European Medical Agency as well as requirements defined by the Chief Epidemiologist of Iceland and Icelandic regulations.
Indoor live music may resume in New Orleans
Indoor live music may resume in New Orleans starting this weekend. Dancing will remain prohibited for now. Visitors should refrain from applauding and singing along.
You can plan a trip to New Orleans - http://www.visit-plus.com/node/7022
Tourism is recovering in Mexico
The authorities in Cancun, Mexico are optimistic about the recovery of tourism. According to some reports, the number of passengers on aircraft arriving from the United States is higher than last year.
The number of US tourists arriving in Mexico from the US is projected to continue to increase in the first quarter of 2021. It is hoped that more tourists will arrive from Europe starting in the second quarter. The Canadian market, the second largest in Cancun, is showing no signs of improvement yet, but the recovery could go faster.
Hoteliers in Cancun are planning to cover the cost of Covid-19 tests for their guests to support tourists.
See also: about Mexico for tourists.
Where would you like to travel in summer 2021?
Where would travel lovers like to travel in summer 2021? People from different countries have different preferences.
Residents of European countries name France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey among the desired travel destinations.
US citizens are likely to visit Mexico, Hawaii, and the Dominican Republic.
But most of us are likely to travel to our own countries. Short trips can be considered the safest, which is very important this year.
Maldives may become Top Vacation Destination this year
The concept chosen by the Maldives - "One island - one resort", has successfully become in demand this year due to the pandemic. There is only one resort on each island, without any office buildings, shopping centers or markets. This provides a private environment and almost eliminates the possibility of getting the virus from strangers. Tourists can relax, enjoy the sea and the sun in a private setting. Wealthy people from different countries choose the Maldives for their vacation this fall.
Do your want to go to the Maldives?
More than half of Americans plan to travel on Thanksgiving Day. What about in winter?
It looks like more than half of Americans are planning to travel on Thanksgiving despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the number of travelers is expected to be much lower than last year, millions of people will hit the road. Most of them will travel by car, but airlines are also increasing the number of flights.
Some travel lovers are planning to go to the sea and beaches (Mexico, Dominican Republic).
It is estimated that approximately 20% will live in a hotel or rent a vacation home to socially distance themselves from their loved ones.
You can book your stay here.
Please follow the safety rules during the trip. Do not gather in large groups. Wear protective masks when around other people. It would be safer to gather outdoors than indoors.
And what will happen to travel later, in winter and spring? Polls show that Americans are not planning to give up travel in winter (and at Christmas). It can be assumed that the most popular destinations will be ski resorts, natural parks and the Caribbean.
See also: winter travel.
Cyprus updated the list of low-risk countries
The Republic of Cyprus on September 21 updated the list of low-risk countries (COVID-19): Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand.
Passengers arriving from these countries are not required to present a COVID-19 laboratory test certificate or undergo quarantine.
Tourism is back with good deals
Tourism is starting to recover, at least in some countries.
Countries with the Mediterranean coast seek to manage to attract tourists.
Starting in June 2020, many countries are ready to accept tourists (Italy, Greece, Cyprus and others).
Many people in Europe are already planning a vacation in Spain.
Finland becomes available again for tourists from many countries starting July 13, 2020 (Italy, Austria, Greece, Malta, Germany, China, Japan and many others).
There are already discounts and offers for tourists.
- 🚍 Motorhome - the choice of many travel lovers this year.
- 🚗 You can get up to 20% discount on car rental if you order a car before July 5 (for some companies and locations) - look here
- 🚕 Taxis at the airport can be ordered here.
- 🏨 The hotel also has great deals for tourists (look here).
National parks and remote corners are good choices for safe travel after COVID-19
Traveling safely can mean not having contact with a large number of people. This means that: traveling in your home country is safer than traveling to another country, traveling near home is safer than going to another region, traveling in a sparsely populated place is safer than being in a big city. National Parks is the this year choice of many tourists in the United States.
Traveling in the USA remains a priority for US residents
The countries of the European Union open their borders for travelers step by step. Countries allow international travel with great care.
While tourist trips to Europe remain unavailable for US residents, you can travel around America in your car.
Choose a destination for your journey on the US map.
Choose a small hotel or holiday home this year in Spain
The Costa del Sol Hotel Entrepreneurs Association has announced its forecasts of hotel occupancy for the two most important months: 36.33 percent in July and up to 42.71 percent in August.
At the same time (from another publication) holiday homes and small hotels on the coast of Spain show high occupancy forecast from 75% to 100% in July - August.
Book in advance.
Turkey is already open for tourists
According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, more than 27,000 foreign tourists visited the province of Antalya in the first week of July. More than 10,000 of them are citizens of Ukraine. Also, residents of Belarus and Kazakhstan are already coming on holiday to Turkey. Charter flights already deliver guests from 9 countries.
The Eiffel Tower will open to visitors on June 25, 2020 in Paris. The tower was closed for a long time due to the COVID -19 pandemic. We hope that we will be able to travel again soon.
Learn more about the tower (photo, description, location).
Good news for US travel enthusiasts
Universal Orlando reopens (the first of Orlando's major theme park resorts). Visit Orlando.
Hotels in Miami-Dade are reopening. (Visit Miami.)
Caribbean islands welcoming back visitors.
Ohio's amusement parks and casinos can reopen June 19.
I hope we all return to normal soon.
Choose your travel destinations.
Some events this year in Hawaii
Some events this year in Hawaii that will be interesting to visit for tourists.
April 12-18 2020 - Merrie Monarch Festival.
September 19, 2020 - Annual Waikīkī Hoʻolauleʻa.
September 26, 2020 - Waikīkī Annual Floral Parade.
October 2 - 25, 2020 - Hawaii Food and Wine Festival.
Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival.
See also a trip to Hawaii.
Cheap bus and train tickets in North America
The Omio website has made it possible to find cheap tickets in North America (USA and Canada) recently. Until this time, the service operated mainly for European countries. Compare prices and choose: train, bus and plane tickets in the USA and Canada.
It is very convenient for travel enthusiasts: the site compares the cost of plane, bus and train tickets. You just have to choose the best type of transport that suits you and buy a ticket.
(Pay attention not only to the cost, but also to the duration of the trip, time and date of departure.)
OMIOUSA promotional code can give a 15% discount on ticket purchases (except for Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada, other restrictions are possible.
🚄 SNCF train company has announced it will be releasing 3 million TGV INOUI one-way tickets for €35 or less. Book tickets until January 30, 2020 and travel cheap in France. Find a cheap ticket.
Russia is trying to attract tourists with its unique nature and unusual routes
How can Russia attract tourists?
Russia cannot offer tourists the best beaches, the most interesting museums and the most comfortable weather. But this does not mean that Russia has nothing to offer tourists.
The Russian tour operator Intourist presented tours of the Trans-Siberian Railway, to Murmansk, to Lake Baikal and to Kamchatka.
In Murmansk you can observe the Northern Lights in winter and go to the North Pole on an icebreaker in the summer.
Baikal is a unique lake with clear water located in Siberia.
Kamchatka is a peninsula with unique nature and a valley of geysers.
These places will be interesting to nature lovers and lovers of unusual travels.
Unfortunately, getting to these interesting places is still difficult for foreign tourists.
Dates of winter sales in Italy 2020
Italy is one of the best countries for shopping lovers. Here you can buy the most fashionable clothes, shoes and accessories. It is most advantageous to do this during the sales period.
Periods for sales in Italian stores are regulated by law. Sales are usually held in January - February and late summer.
Winter sales 2020 in most regions of Italy will begin on January 5 and will last until the end of February or until the beginning of March.
- Lazio (Rome) - from January 5 to February 28.
- Veneto (Venice) - from January 5 to March 31.
- Lombardia (Milan) - from January 5 to March 5.
- Toscana (Florence) - from January 5 to March 15.
How to travel after Thomas Cook bankruptcy
Thomas Cook bankruptcy was an unpleasant surprise for travel lovers in many countries. How to travel now?
It is not at all difficult to organize your trip yourself. This is what millions of people do. You can: choose a travel destination, book a hotel, choose a flight and buy a ticket, order a taxi from the airport to the hotel and rent a car.
You will find many useful links here.
There will be more flights to St. Petersburg, maybe
Pulkovo Airport (St. Petersburg) wants to get the so-called "Seventh degree of freedom of airspace."
If this happens, then many foreign airlines will be able to fly to St. Petersburg.
Ryanair, EasyJet and WizzAir have already applied for flights from Pulkovo Airport. It is not yet known whether this will succeed.
These airlines can take part of their clients from Russian companies, but at the same time they will attract new tourists to St. Petersburg.
Lappeenranta Airport may also lose some customers. (St. Petersburg residents sometimes use Lappeenranta Airport to travel to Europe.
Russian visa about
Foreign tourists may find it easier to visit Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia has proposed simplifying the receipt of tourist visas.
It is proposed to cancel the requirement, receive confirmation from the tour operator. (A confirmation of the hotel reservation will be sufficient.)
It is also proposed to increase the maximum permitted stay of foreign citizens (who have received a tourist visa) in Russia from one month to six months.
Reminder: from October 01, citizens of some countries will be able to receive a free, electronic visa for a trip to St. Petersburg. Such a procedure already exists for travelers heading to and from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.
Idre Himmelfjäll - A new ski resort in Sweden
A new ski resort will be opened in Sweden this year. Opening of the ski resort Idre Himmelfjäll is scheduled for December 17, 2019. It is planned that the ski season will last until mid-April, but you can book a place to stay now.
Idre Himmelsfjäll ski resort is located in the west of Sweden, at a distance of about 500 kilometers from Stockholm. You can get here by train, by bus or by car.
At the first stage 18 ski slopes will be opened. Good conditions for recreation with children will be created at the ski resort.
Electronic visa to Russia
Citizens of 53 countries can get one-time electronic visas to visit the Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federatio from July 1, 2019.
An electronic visa is issued free of charge for a period of 30 days and with an allowed stay in the territory of the Russian Federation up to eight days from the date of entry.
Electronic visas for visiting the Kaliningrad region are valid for entry and exit only through the following border points of the Russian Federation:
- Airport "Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo)".
- Sea checkpoint (port) "Kaliningrad (sites in the cities of Kaliningrad, Baltiysk and Svetly)".
- Automobile checkpoints "Bagrationovsk", "Gusev", "Mamonovo (Grzekhotki)", "Mamonovo (Gronovo)", "Sea", "Pogranichny", "Sovetsk", "Chernyshevskoe".
- Railway checkpoints "Mamonovo", "Sovetsk".
Foreign citizens who have received electronic visas have the right to be and move only within the Kaliningrad region.
Tourists can get a visa on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.
Electronic visas to visit Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities are planned to be introduced next year.
Citizens of 18 foreign countries can already get an electronic visa to enter
to the Russian Federation through the border checkpoints located on the territory of the Far East from August 8, 2017.
This can not be done in Rome
Useful reminder to tourists.
If you are planning to visit Rome, here are a few things you should not do in Rome (tourist information).
You can not:
Walking with a naked torso (men).
Eat food that can fall or spill in tourist places (for example ice cream).
Hang locks on bridges (as a symbol of eternal love).
Bathe in city fountains (and throw things at them, except coins).
Drag the suitcase (on wheels) along the steps of the "Spanish Steps" (do not cause damage to a popular landmark).
Bans are understandable to most people. Being a guest, do not do what you would not do at home.
New long water slide in Spain
The longest water slide in the world recently opened on the Costa Blanca in Spain. "Cyclone" is located in the "Aqualandia" water park in Benidorm. It has a length of 200 meters.
The Aqualandia water park in Benidorm is the largest in the Costa Blanca region and one of the largest in the world.
The Costa Blanca is over 200 kilometres (120 mi) of Mediterranean coastline in the Alicante province, on the southeastern coast of Spain. It is popular summer holiday destination of Europe.
Learn more about Mediterranean coast of Spain.
The Eiffel Tower may look new in the future
The space around the Eiffel Tower is proposed to change in Paris. If the project is implemented, the Tower will be surrounded by a 54-hectare park, some streets will be planted with trees, and the bridge next to the tower will become a pedestrian bridge.
But for now this is only a project. http://www.visit-plus.com/node/3243
Turkey is a great place to spend holiday this year
Where to go on vacation this year? If price matters to you, then you should consider Turkey as one of the options. Turkey has long been one of the most inexpensive travel destinations, but the reduced rate of the Turkish lira made travel to Turkey even more profitable.
Learn more about Turkey (for travel enthusiasts).
Antalya wants more tourists
At a time when some cities want to limit the number of tourists (Venice, Amsterdam, Barcelona ...), Turkey wants more, much more!
In Antalya, tourists will be handing out postcards with views of the old city and other interesting places for FREE, in order to attract MORE tourists. The first circulation of cards will be 300 thousand pieces! It is believed that postcards will encourage tourists to visit new places.
The region of Antalya is the most popular region of Turkey among tourists from many countries. You will find here a warm climate, sandy beaches and the Mediterranean Sea - http://www.visit-plus.com/taxonomy/term/20
There are many good beaches in Spain
The beaches of Spain get 669 blue flags this year. This is 25 less than in 2018, but still Spain remains the first in the world in this indicator.
Most blue flags are in Valencia (150), Catalonia (120) and Galicia (107).
The Blue Flag is an international award given annually to beaches and marinas, where water meets high quality standards and is suitable for safe swimming.
Learn more about Spain.
The patio festival started in Cordoba
The patio festival started in Cordoba on May 6 (Spain). The festival will last until May 19. Tourists can visit private courtyards, which are usually closed to outsiders. Courtyards will be open to the public from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 18:00 to 22:00.
Learn more about Spain top events.
41 people died in a plane crash at Sheremetyevo airport
41 people died in a plane crash at Sheremetyevo airport on May 5, 2019 in Russia. This is 40 passengers and one flight attendant. 37 people survived. Six people were hospitalized, three of them are in serious condition.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft flew from Moscow to Murmansk. After 28 minutes of flight, the crew decided to urgently return to the airport. During a hard landing, the landing gear broke down and the engines caught fire. Then the fire spread to the entire tail of the aircraft. Perhaps the plane was struck by lightning after takeoff. The firemen were able to extinguish the flames in a few minutes.
The pilots did not try to develop fuel before landing and the aircraft boarded with full tanks. All details will be known after the end of the investigation.
Granite quarry as a landmark in Finland
The granite quarry is planned to be promoted as a tourist attraction in Finland. The quarry is famous for the fact that granite was mined there for the construction of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg. In particular, in this quarry, blanks were made for the columns of the cathedral and for the Alexander Column, which is installed on Palace Square.
The granite quarry is located near the border with Russia, in the Virolahti municipality of Kymenlaakso province. More precisely - Cape Heponiemi, near the Pyterlahti.
The quarry, in which granite was mined for famous monuments of St. Petersburg, is located near the Petersburg-Helsinki highway, immediately after the Torfyanovka/Nujamaa checkpoint. Drive here will be easy.
It is not yet clear whether the quarry will be popular with tourists. For the convenience of tourists plan to build walkways, bridges and places for recreation.
Summer season opening in Sochi
The 2019 summer season opening festival will be held in Sochi on May 25th. The holiday season will be opened by a traditional carnival. The year 2019 is named "The Year of Theater" in Russia. Therefore, the theme of the carnival will be theater. The main slogan of the event: "Take the sun with you." The event is scheduled to start at 19:00.
The carnival procession will consist of several columns that will pass along Kurortny Prospect from the circus building to the Winter Theater. Festival will continue on Theater Square. Many events will also take place in other places, for example, in the Cherry Orchard, on Flag Square and on Navaginskaya Street.
Sochi is the most popular resort region of Russia. You will find a lot of information about Sochi here.
Some interesting May events in Thailand
You can attend these events if you are planning a trip to Thailand in May.
- The Amazing Seafood Festival will be held on the Central Waterfront in Pattaya on May 10-12. This event will interest gourmets and seafood lovers.
- The annual fireworks festival will be held May 24-25, 2019 on the Central Embankment of Pattaya (Beach Road).