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Four spots from which to view beautiful Matsushima Bay

1 day ago · Matsushima Bay is a beautiful bay dotted with 260 islands of varying size on the coast of Miyagi prefecture, 15km north of Sendai, the prefectural capital. It owes its name to the pine trees that grow on the islands in the bay. In the early Edo period, a …

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Where should COVID-19 tests fit into travel process and

(3 days ago) Testing should facilitate travel and not provide an economic barrier. With testing at some European destinations costing in excess of $200, this is a real concern. IATA supports the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations which requires governments to bear the costs of mandatory health testing.

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Qatar reopens borders to fully vaccinated travelers

(9 days ago) The new arrangements will also make it easier for citizens and residents of Qatar to travel in and out of the country, enabling fully vaccinated people to bypass the quarantine requirement when returning to Qatar. All visitors – vaccinated or non-vaccinated – will be required to undertake a PCR test up to 72 hours prior to travel.

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What’s the top country people want to visit after the

(6 days ago) The online survey collected roughly 6,200 responses from people in 12 countries, including the U.S., China, France, and Korea. 82 percent said they plan to travel overseas once the pandemic ends, and when asked where they want to go, Japan was the top answer, chosen by 46 percent of respondents.

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The 4th best place to visit in the world is a neighborhood

(2 days ago) Airbnb, a network that allows people all over the world to host visitors in their home, released a ranking titled, Top Places to Visit in 2017. The scenic and southern Melbourne, Australia, the romantic port city of Marseille, France, and the green, green city of Dublin, Ireland made the top…

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Japan to begin Go To Travel Campaign on July 22

(8 days ago) Japan will begin a subsidy campaign on July 22 to boost domestic tourism hit by the coronavirus, the tourism minister said, although concerns remain over a resurgence of infections. The Go To Travel Campaign will eventually subsidize up to half of expenses, including accommodation and transport fees, with the government…

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Another U.S. appeals court refuses to revive Trump travel

(9 days ago) Travel bans --blocked several times by several different courts. Drain the swamp -- Trump has put six Goldman Sachs executives (including Bannon) in charge of some key posts and departments. He did this after criticizing the close ties between Wall Street and Washington while he was campaigning and pulling one over on his supporters.

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Delta to launch Seattle-Osaka flights

(6 days ago) Delta is to launch nonstop flights between Seattle and Osaka-Kansai in 2019. Delta will fly the new route with one of the airline’s Boeing 767-300ER equipped with 25 fully flat-bed seats in Delta One, 29 seats Delta Comfort+ and 171 seats in the Main Cabin. Every seat has access to…

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Sore shoulder sidelines Seattle's Iwakuma

(Just Now) Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was placed on Major League Baseball's 10-day disabled list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation, joining three other sidelined starters for the American League club. The 36-year-old right-hander, who spent 11 seasons playing in Japan before signing with the Mariners in 2012, is 0-2 with a…

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Japan to lift entry ban on travelers from 9 countries

(3 days ago) Japan will lift its entry ban on foreign travelers from China, South Korea, six other countries and Taiwan from Nov 1, government officials said Friday, as it gradually eases COVID-19 travel restrictions in a bid to revive its battered economy. Australia, Brunei, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam will also…

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With virus surge, U.S. to keep travel restrictions for now

(3 days ago) The United States served notice Monday that it will keep existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant. It was the latest sign that the White House is having to recalibrate its thinking around the…

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How travelers evaluate risk and comply with COVID-19 rules

(6 days ago) The results of a joint trial conducted by American Airlines, British Airways and the oneworld alliance show that a comprehensive COVID-19 testing program can help re-open international travel, safely. This is underpinned by analysis from researchers at the University of Oxford who studied data on how passengers evaluate risk and…

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Study links Go To Travel campaign to increased COVID-19

(8 days ago) Researchers in Japan found a higher incidence of COVID-19 symptoms among people who have participated in a domestic travel campaign promoted by the government, suggesting that it is contributing to a spread in the virus. The findings will make dismal reading for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who has defended the…

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Business travel stirs, but many road warriors stay

(9 days ago) Business travel stirs, but many road warriors stay grounded. Of the 2 million people clogging airport security lines and gate areas again each day, one crowd is still largely missing: business travelers. Their absence is noteworthy because they are a key source of revenue and profit, underpinning a record-breaking stretch of financial gain for

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ANA to trial IATA travel pass

(7 days ago) All Nippon Airways (ANA) will conduct a trial of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass mobile application later this year. The trial will further ANA's goal to seek innovative digital solutions to help customers seamlessly and securely manage their international travel to comply with the latest global COVID-19…

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Japan considers COVID-19 vaccination certificates for

(9 days ago) Japan may consider issuing certificates to those who have been inoculated against the coronavirus if pressed by calls overseas for systems to ensure safe cross-border travel, the minister in charge of vaccination efforts said Monday. "If requested internationally, we will have no other choice but to consider issuing inoculation certificates,"…

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How vaccine passports for global travel will work

(7 days ago) Boarding pass, suitcase, passport and digital vaccination certificate? Keen to avoid losing another summer of holiday revenue to the coronavirus pandemic, the European Union, some Asian governments and the airline industry are scrambling to develop so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports to help kickstart international travel. They're working on systems that…

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U.S. warns its citizens against travel to Japan due to

(4 days ago) U.S. health officials and the State Department on Monday warned Americans against travel to Japan because of a surge in coronavirus cases in the country, which is preparing to host the Olympics in just two months. The twin alerts don't ban U.S. citizens from visiting the country, but they could…

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Japan to introduce 'vaccine passports' for international

(Just Now) Japan plans to introduce "vaccine passports" to make it easier for people who have been inoculated against COVID-19 to travel internationally, government sources said Wednesday. The passports are expected to be in the form of a smartphone app, with travelers scanning QR codes at airports before boarding flights or when…

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As passengers return to air travel, bad behavior

(6 days ago) Air travel can be difficult in the best of times, with cramped planes, screaming babies, flight delays and short tempers. Throw in a pandemic, and the anxiety level can rise quickly. That has led to confrontations with flight attendants and other unruly behavior, including occasional fights that get captured and…

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Europe's summer tourism outlook dimmed by variants, rules

(6 days ago) Chaos and confusion over travel rules and measures to contain new virus outbreaks are contributing to another cruel summer for Europe’s battered tourism industry. Popular destination countries are grappling with surging COVID-19 variants, but the patchwork and last-minute nature of the efforts as the peak season gets underway threatens to…

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IATA unveils key design elements of travel pass

(5 days ago) IATA has unveiled key design elements of its Travel Pass mobile app, which has been created to help travelers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. “Testing is the immediate solution to safely re-open borders and re-connect people,” said…

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Tosho-gu in Ueno Park is the real deal – a shrine dating

(5 days ago) Among Tokyo's most venerable shrines, few are as old as Ueno Tosho-gu (上野東照宮). The main structure was built in 1627 and is dedicated to the memory of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616), the man who unified the feudal domains of Japan and founded the Tokugawa Shogunate. The Tokugawa family effectively ruled Japan from the Battle of Sekigahara

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Vietnam Airlines to trial IATA Travel Pass on 2 flights

(5 days ago) The IATA Travel Pass enables passengers to share the test and vaccination certificates and securely manage their travel in line with government requirements. This will be important for governments that are likely to require either verified testing or vaccination proof as a condition of international travel during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Go To travel campaign comes under fire

(9 days ago) Fearing a second wave of infections spreading from Tokyol, local municipalities, opposition lawmakers and social media users have asked the central government to suspend a major Go To travel aid campaign that aims to boost domestic tourism. Leaders of some rural towns say that driven by the campaign, travel in…

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California bans state-funded travel to Florida, 4 other

(2 days ago) California added five more states, including Florida, to the list of places where state-funded travel is banned because of laws that discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community, the state attorney general announced Monday. Democratic Attorney General Rob Bonta added Florida, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia to the…

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New IATA survey reveals growing confidence in a return to

(6 days ago) The results from IATA's latest poll of travelers, reveals growing confidence in a return to air travel, frustration with current travel restrictions, and acceptance of a travel app to manage health credentials for travel. Respondents qualified for the survey if they had taken a plane trip in the past 11…

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Japan aims to revive tourism industry by subsidizing

(4 days ago) The Japanese government is looking to revive the tourism industry, a key driver of the economy that has been battered by the novel coronavirus pandemic, by paying for people to go on vacation in the country. Under its Go To Travel initiative, the …

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Kyoto tourist crowds disappearing due to coronavirus

(2 days ago) The travel to other parts of Asia will not affect the Japanese economy, other than whatever commissions travel agents may lose. And, most likely, the fear of travel outside of Japan will probably lead to an increase of domestic travel within Japan, making up for whatever lost foreign-tourist revenue there might be.

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A look at travel rules in popular European destinations

(3 days ago) Europe is opening up to Americans and other visitors after more than a year of COVID-induced restrictions. But travelers will need patience to figure out who’s allowed into which country, how and when. Meanwhile, the welcoming mood isn’t always mutual. U.S. borders, for example, remain largely closed to non-Americans. Here’s…

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Health experts urge pause in Go To Travel campaign as

(4 days ago) Japanese health experts said Friday the government should consider pausing its domestic travel campaign in some regions amid a record surge in COVID-19 cases and as the nation heads into a holiday weekend. The expert panel recommended excluding regions from the government's Go To Travel campaign if conditions worsen. It…

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Thai AirAsia extends validity of travel and baggage passes

(6 days ago) Thai AirAsia has extended the travel period of its #FlyRuaRuaPass and #BaggageLoadRuaRuaPass to 26 March 2022. The #FlyRuaRuaPass travel pass can now be used to book flights 14 days prior to travel up to March 12, 2022 for travel from August 2, 2021 – March 26, 2022. The pass is…

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Sunnier skies: U.S. airline recovery gets off the ground

(1 days ago) The recovery has been led by domestic leisure travel, but the airline is starting to see more business travel bookings, an especially lucrative segment. Business travel in the second quarter rose to 44 percent of the 2019 levels compared with 22 percent in the first quarter, Parker told CNBC.

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Golden Week travel begins despite pleas from governors to

(8 days ago) Not long ago there was a Go To Travel campaign and people were encouraged to travel and Government ministers endlessly said it was perfectly safe. And then there is a SOE, or is it just a quasi SOE, that basically says the virus comes out only after 8 PM ( or is it 9 PM, this seems to vary) and only in restaurants and bars and recently only if

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U.S. advises citizens to 'reconsider travel' to Japan

(7 days ago) Japan remains a destination to which U.S. citizens should "reconsider travel," the U.S. State Department said Monday based on its latest travel advisory assessment amid the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement to keep the Asian country at the level three warning came after the department said earlier this month that it…

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U.S. eases 'Do Not Travel' advisory for Japan

(6 days ago) After travel information for unvaccinated people. Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days. If your test is positive, isolate yourself to …

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Kyushu: Japan's southern paradise

(2 days ago) Visually Kyushu is paradise on earth; a lush green rolling landscape of fertile valleys, smoking volcanoes, waterfalls and ancient cedar forests nurtured by a subtropical climate. Kyushu is known as "onsen island" and there are many hot spring towns to stop into while you’re travelling around. It’s …

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Q&A: Japan's coronavirus-related travel restrictions

(4 days ago) The following are questions and answers regarding the travel restrictions imposed by the Japanese government in response to the coronavirus pandemic. What measures has Japan taken? The government has imposed an entry ban on foreign nationals who have traveled to high-risk countries within 14 days prior to arrival in Japan…

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Experts meet on how to prevent Go To campaign from

(3 days ago) A Japanese campaign to boost domestic tourism faced scrutiny on Thursday with the economy minister due to meet experts as critics worried that encouraging people to travel out of Tokyo risks spreading the coronavirus. The concerns in Japan highlight a conundrum facing countries around the world over how to balance…

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Japan to give some travel agencies more subsidies for Go

(8 days ago) The Japanese government said Tuesday it will give additional subsidies to certain travel agencies, who fear the money they have been allocated under a program aimed at spurring domestic tourism battered by the coronavirus pandemic could dry up. With the number of bookings for hotels and travel packages increasing after…

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Fujimi Terrace reopens with reflections of sweeping views

(1 days ago) Boasting a sweeping view of the sky, Suruga Bay and Mt Fuji, Izunokuni Panorama Park is one of the best places to experience the scenery of Japan’s most famous mountain. Izunokuni Panorama Park is situated at the northwestern most point of the Izu peninsula. Being just a 2 hour and…

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Japan sees no impact on Olympics from U.S. travel advisory

(Just Now) Updated Travel Advisory for Japan On May 25, the Department of State raised the Travel Advisory for Japan to level four, “do not travel.” This adjustment was based on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Advisory can be read here. U.S. citizens are strongly discouraged from traveling to Japan. >

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Japan begins coronavirus travel restrictions for China, S

(4 days ago) Whether or not you agree with Japan's handling of the virus, a travel ban is the right thing to do and both South Korea and China are acting like the children that they are by getting their panties in a bunch over it. 0 ( +1 / -1) Tora. Mar. 10, 2020 06:39 am JST @Jimzo . Well, more and more businesses contininng to fold, many more freezing new

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