If you are planning to visit a different country, learning a few words and phrases can make things a lot easier. Knowing the language and even different dialects could also help you integrate better if you choose to move.
The 145 passengers aboard an Airbus A321 belonging to Lebanese company Middle East Airlines received a fight on Aug. 10 as they traveled from Madrid to Beirut. As the civilian aircraft made its way over Greece, Greek fighter planes suddenly joined it in the sky.
Saudi Arabia has dropped COVID-19 restrictions for passengers travelling from Lebanon, the Kingdom’s ambassador the Middle Eastern country announced on Twitter on Thursday. Saudi ambassador Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari said that the Kingdom had announced that Lebanese citizens will be allowed to travel directly in Saudi Arabia without having to spend 14 days outside Lebanon before entering the country.
International travelers may prioritize visits to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre when they visit France. But French residents have other ideas. Border restrictions during the pandemic largely gave locals the chance to explore their country without foreign tourists, which in 2019 numbered some 90 million.
Global mobility company ECA International has released its annual list of the world's most expensive cities to live in, and once again Hong Kong has landed at the top of the list. The company calculates the list based on several factors, including the average price of household staples like milk and cooking oil, rent, utilities, public transit and the strength of the local currency.
Dubai has been named the world’s number one destination for family holidays, in a new survey by travel insurance comparison site InsureMyTrip. The site examined relevant travel data for key family holiday categories, including the quality of family hotels, attractions and beaches, general safety and the strength of ocean currents
Malaysia fully reopened its borders on Friday, dropping quarantine requirements for people vaccinated against COVID-19 after two years of strict travel restrictions. The Southeast Asian nation has maintained some of the tightest entry curbs in the region to try to contain coronavirus outbreaks, with most foreign nationals barred from entry and returning Malaysians required to undergo quarantine.
Italy is home to some of the world’s most famous cities, art, wine and beaches. Think Florence, Rome and Venice with their abundant Renaissance architecture and well-known galleries, Tuscany with its globally-renowned vineyards and the glamorous Amalfi coast with its see-and-be-seen vibe.
With the number of Omicron cases tumbling, Canada plans to relax some of its entry requirements for vaccinated visitors and will no longer recommend Canadians avoid travel for nonessential reasons, according to the country’s Public Health Ministry.
Australia will open its borders to all vaccinated tourists and business travelers from Feb. 21 in a further relaxation of pandemic restrictions announced Monday. Australia imposed some of the world’s toughest travel restrictions on its citizens and permanent residents in March 2020 to prevent them from bringing COVID-19 home.
Europe’s busiest airport in Istanbul was “gradually” resuming normal operations after a blizzard shut it down for a day, the head of Turkish Airlines said on Wednesday. Istanbul Airport closed on Monday for the first time since it took over from the old Ataturk Airport as the global hub of Turkish Airlines in 2019.
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have published new information about the capital’s entry requirements, saying that, unlike residents and citizens, vaccinated tourists do not need to show proof of a booster shot to cross into Abu Dhabi.
Japan has extended its travel ban on overseas arrivals until at least the end of February, but will international tourists be permitted to visit once the ban is lifted? Japan once again sealed its borders in November, banning the entry of all foreign visitors into the country in response to the emergence of the Omicron strain of COVID-19.
Midway through its peak travel season, and with Omicron cases spreading rapidly, Cuba is the latest country to tighten its entry requirements. Travelers heading for Cuba will face increased restrictions this year after it was announced that all tourists, including those from the US, will have to show proof of vaccination to enter, as well as a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.