Hawaii ready to welcome travelers as COVID cases drop

The state didn't impose any new travel quarantine restrictions, and Ige's plea was a mere request. Even so, it prompted thousands of travelers to cancel plans to visit Hawaii. In the intervening months, Hawaii's seven-day average of daily new cases has plummeted from 900 to 117. COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped from more than 400 to about

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Thailand to allow vaccinated travelers from 40-plus

(4 days ago) 2 days ago · Thai Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha announced Thursday that vaccinated travelers from more than 40 countries will be allowed to enter the kingdom without undergoing quarantine come Nov 1, as it readies for a much-anticipated re-opening. The 46 countries and territories is a significant jump from the 10 initially announced last week…

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Singapore expands quarantine-free travel for vaccinated

(4 days ago) Vaccinated travel is a "very significant step forward in re-establishing Singapore's role as one of the Asia-Pacific's leading international hubs for finance, regional headquartering and commercial aviation," said Rajiv Biswas, Asia Pacific chief economist at IHS Markit.

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Quarantine remains biggest deterrent to air travel

(8 days ago) The biggest deterrent to air travel continues to be quarantine measures. 84% of respondents indicated that they will not travel if there is a chance of quarantine at their destination. A growing proportion of respondents support the removal of quarantine if: A person has tested negative for COVID-19 (73% in September compared to 67% in June).

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6 more airlines expand use of IATA Travel Pass

(4 days ago) IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that can receive and verify a range of COVID19 test results and digital vaccines certificates. Currently vaccine certificates from 52 countries (representing the source of 56% of global air travel) can be managed using the app and this will increase to 74 countries, representing 85% of global traffic, by the end

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A hidden travel gem in Shinshu

(8 days ago) A hidden travel gem in Shinshu. In the middle of Honshu is Japan’s second largest prefecture - Nagano - also known as Shinshu. Shinshu hosts some great travel spots. For example, there is the national historical treasure of Zenkoji Temple and Matsumoto Castle (one of the three original). There are also the famous snow monkeys.

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U.S. to end travel bans for vaccinated passengers

(5 days ago) The United States announced Monday it will lift COVID travel bans on all air passengers in November if they are fully vaccinated and undergo testing and contact tracing. The unprecedented restrictions had kept relatives, friends and business travelers around the world separated for many months as the pandemic grinds on.…

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NHK WORLD TV launches in New York City

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New York Times: Trump resort hired undocumented workers

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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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Thailand plans to drop virus quarantines for some visitors

(8 days ago) Thailand tested the waters by reopening the popular resort province of Phuket in July to fully vaccinated visitors without quarantine, allowing them free movement on the island for 14 days and then onward travel throughout the country. The efforts to reopen had been hindered by a late-starting national vaccination campaign.

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JR group offers all-you-can-ride passes for older couples

(7 days ago) You can purchase tickets at JR train stations or travel centers until May 31, 2022, and you’ll be able to use it between October 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Sources: Net Lab, JR Group. Read more stories from SoraNews24.-- Japan’s best train pass, the Japan Rail Pass, finally being made available for purchase online-- Travel tip! Japan

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England simplifies COVID-19 travel rules

(4 days ago) The British government announced a major simplification of its rules for international travel on Friday, heeding complaints from travelers and businesses that its regulations aimed at staving off the spread of COVID-19 were cumbersome and ineffective. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the “simpler, more straightforward system” would allow “more people…

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Qantas moves up plans to restart int'l flights as

(6 days ago) 1 day ago · Qantas Airways on Friday brought forward its plans to restart international travel from Sydney as Prime Minister Scott Morrison predicted tourists would be welcomed back to Australia this year. Vaccinated Australian permanent residents and citizens will be free to travel through Sydney from Nov 1 without the need for hotel…

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Hilton upgrading digital key technology

(7 days ago) 5 hours ago · The technology has been used to open more than 135 million guestroom doors, and has reduced plastic waste by 125 tons, furthering Hilton’s Travel with Purpose commitment to cut its environmental footprint in half by 2030. In the coming months, Digital Key Share will roll out globally to all hotels currently offering Digital Key technology.

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Pandemic-hit travel agency JTB sells Tokyo HQ to raise

(1 days ago) Japanese travel agency JTB Corp said Tuesday it sold its Tokyo headquarters as well as another building in Osaka as it progresses a restructuring effort aimed at shoring up its finances after the COVID-19 pandemic killed demand for its services. JTB sold the buildings for several tens of billions of…

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U.S. firm sees 'exciting' moment as space tourism booms

(2 days ago) As competition in space tourism heats up, one of the first companies to offer space travel to fee-paying customers is launching a comeback by blasting into orbit with a Japanese billionaire. The U.S.-based company Space Adventures and Russia are counting down to December when they are set to send Japanese…

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UK eases travel rules but upsets nations not on list

(Just Now) Simplified international travel rules took effect Monday in the UK, easing quarantine and testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers from more than 50 countries, and the Conservative government vowed it will seek to regularly expand the rules to more nations. Still, the rules have sparked anger from many nations in…

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Digital FX: COVID spurs digital transformation in travel

(1 days ago) Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the way that we travel—and, in particular, use foreign currency—is set to undergo a massive transformation. That is according to Cameron Hume, the managing director at Travelex APAC, and Jun Otani, the representative director at Travelex Japan. Since the pandemic, financial institutions, FX service providers…

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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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Peach introduces one-month all-you-can-fly pass for under

(8 days ago) Pricing is slightly complex, with the Light starting at 19,800 yen and the Standard at 29,800. However, those are the prices for the first 30 total passes sold. After that, both prices rise by 10,000 yen to 29,800 for the Light and 39,800 for the Standard, which are still incredible bargains for all the travel opportunities they provide.

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Fiji to reopen for tourism as it hits vaccine milestone

(3 days ago) Fiji will ease COVID-19 restrictions and announce its reopening for international travel after the country hit a vaccination milestone Saturday. Changes to the country's virus restrictions would be announced on Sunday afternoon after 80 percent of the adult population received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama…

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Singapore plans first quarantine-free travel program

(Just Now) Singapore will launch its first quarantine-free travel program for vaccinated people arriving from Germany and Brunei, and ease restrictions for visitors from Hong Kong and Macao as it seeks to reopen its borders after fully vaccinating over 75% of its population. “As the …

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Japan tightens rules on COVID-19 test certificates for

(2 days ago) I want to travel myself, but don't think it is responsible between most countries at the present time. Here's an example of 47 passengers being found to be infected on a plane from India to Hong Kong. Most cases were detected on day 12 (twelve!) of quarantine. Hong Kong has a 21 day quarantine.

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U.S. considering new restrictions on travelers from Japan

(7 days ago) The current state department travel ban on China bans those from Wuhan and redirect others to 1 of 11 airports around the country that have CDC quarantine setup where they will check you. Then you will either be on full quarantine for 14 days or a self imposed restricted quarantined for 14 days.

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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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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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Won’t you share your favorite spots in Japan

(1 days ago) 10 selected applicants will receive 50,000-yen worth of domestic travel vouchers and travel goods (Activities Catalog, Transportation Voucher etc) ※ This campaign is also announced in other languages including Chinese (simplified and traditional) and Korean. And a total of 10 participants across the regions will be selected.

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Singapore says healthcare system risks being 'overwhelmed

(6 days ago) Singapore's healthcare system is at risk of being "overwhelmed" by surging coronavirus infections, government officials warned Wednesday, a day after the city-state expanded quarantine-free travel as it shifts its approach to dealing with the pandemic. The health ministry reported 18 deaths on Wednesday -- Singapore's highest toll in a single…

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Kyocera unveils new innovations for advanced driver

(7 days ago) Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) are making travel safer and easier for millions of car owners worldwide. Kyocera Corp has announced a portfolio of innovations in development that promise to raise ADAS technology to new levels in the long-term quest toward fully autonomous vehicles. The central ADAS challenge lies in replicating…

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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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Japan to begin accepting requests for vaccine passports

(9 days ago) Japan will start accepting applications for so-called vaccine passports from July 26 for people who have been fully inoculated against COVID-19 to travel internationally, the top government spokesman said Sunday. The government will also consider whether to use such certificates for domestic economic activities in response to a request to…

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Greece hands over Olympic flame to Beijing 2022 hosts

(2 days ago) Greece on Tuesday handed over the Olympic flame to organizers of the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, a day after the lighting ceremony was disrupted by activists calling for the event to be postponed. Hellenic Olympic Committee chief Spyros Kapralos gave the Olympic torch to the vice-president of Beijing 2022 and…

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Trump says U.S. watching Japan closely for possible travel

(1 days ago) U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested that his administration may consider expanding travel restrictions to countries including Japan to counter the spread of the new coronavirus. "We're watching Italy very closely, South Korea very closely, even Japan very closely, and we'll make the right determination at the right time,"…

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Japan urges citizens not to travel to China because of

(1 days ago) The Japanese Foreign Ministry on Friday urged its citizens not to travel to China because of the possibility of the further spread of a new virus. Japan had previously warned people not to travel to the epicenter of the virus in Wuhan and other cities in the same Hubei province…

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Japan urges caution for citizens traveling to S Korea

(8 days ago) The Japanese government has issued a travel advisory to Japanese citizens visiting South Korea, ahead of crucial anniversaries this week, urging them to be cautious about safety as ties between the neighbors worsen over trade and historical issues. South Korea commemorates girls and women forced to work in Japan's wartime…

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New shinkansen design revealed for Nagasaki extension

(1 days ago) New shinkansen design revealed for Nagasaki extension. For many years, Japan’s high-speed shinkansen rail system could only take you as far from Tokyo as Fukuoka, on Japan’s southwest island of Kyushu. The line eventually got extended to south to Kagoshima, but people traveling to or from western Kyushu, including Nagasaki, still have no

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Tokyo reports 36 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 345

(9 days ago) 2 days ago · The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 36 new coronavirus cases, down five from Wednesday and 26 down from last Thursday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 24, down three from Wednesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 260, down 16 from Wednesday.…

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Hair from culled Hokkaido deer made into jeans

(7 days ago) A denim maker in northeastern Japan has developed a method to produce jeans from the hair of deer culled on the northernmost main island Hokkaido. The jeans made by Oikawa Denim in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, use hair from yezo sika deer shot by Kunihide Iwamatsu, a …

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Tokyo reports 41 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 391

(5 days ago) The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 41 new coronavirus cases, up five from Tuesday and 31 down from last Wednesday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 27, up one from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 294, down 18 from Tuesday.…

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Man arrested for stalking airline cabin attendant

(7 days ago) 2 days ago · Police in Tokyo have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of stalking an airline cabin attendant. According to police, Motoyuki Yamane, a company employee, has denied the charge, Fuji TV reported. The cabin attendant, who is in her 30s, told police she first met Yamane in …

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Governors concerned at impact of gov't plans for easing

(1 days ago) Travel across prefectural borders? How is that even possible to enforce in the Kanta region. Also, when will they stop pretending like the vaccine prevents transmission. The only thing any vaccine does is prevent serious illness.-3 ( +6 / -9) jiji Xx. Sep. 11 05:37 pm JST local cafés and restaurants here in Onjuku installed entranceway

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Newcastle backtrack on fans in Arab-style dress

(6 days ago) 5 hours ago · Newcastle reversed a call for fans not to celebrate the club's Saudi-backed takeover in Arab-style dress on Saturday, claiming the craze had not caused offence. Hundreds of supporters wore traditional robes and others donned headdresses at Newcastle's first game under the club's new owners at home to Tottenham last weekend.…

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