U.S. Raises COVID-19 Travel Warning for Germany, Denmark | World News


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday advised against travel to Germany and Denmark because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in those countries.

The CDC raised its travel recommendation to “Level Four: Very High” for the two European countries, telling Americans they should avoid travel there.

The CDC separately lowered its COVID-19 travel advisory from Level Four to “Level Three: Low” for Israel, Aruba, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Curacao and Guadeloupe.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese)

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COLORADO TRAVEL: Warning: Mountain roads are icy


EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — The Colorado State Patrol says mountain roads are very icy this morning due to fresh snowfall.

CSP Eagle said, “Roads in the mountains are very icy this morning in areas. Please slow down and give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination. Troopers are responding to several crashes already throughout the mountain corridor.”

Meteorologist Chris Tomer said to expect an additional 2-6 inches of accumulation at the ski areas Wednesday with strong wind of 30-60 mph above treeline.

The Colorado Department of Transportation just launched a new version of its travel website in October.See current road conditions here 

You can download the app in the Apple Store or Google Play Store. See travel alerts here.See travel times and delays here 

Here are the new features, according to CDOT:

Travel information with layers

Motorists can use the map as they would any Google map and click on the icons for more information. Icons are displayed on the map by checking or unchecking the boxes in the layers toolbar. Layers available and what data they provide are described here.


Trucker mode

The new Trucker Mode features resources specific to commercial motor vehicle operators, including the following layers defined here.


Travel alerts

Motorists can log-in in or sign up here for their own COtrip account to subscribe and manage their travel alerts. They can also save their favorite routes and cameras, and customize their travel preferences.


Chain and traction laws

Colorado’s traction law is in effect Sept. 1 through May 31 on Interstate 70 from Dotsero to Morrison.See how to check your tire tread and tire types here 

Traction Law

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, these are the rules:

During an active Traction Law, drivers must have one of these:

  • snow tires
  • tires with the mud/snow (M+S) designation
  • a four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicle

The legislation, which was put in place in August 2020, is aimed at drivers using state highways during winter months.

Specifically, it changed the required minimum tire tread for vehicles on snowy roads to 3/16 of an inch. Under the statute, minimum tire tread for dry roads is still 2/16 of an inch.

Motorists can also install chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock) to be in compliance with the law if your tires aren’t adequate.Harvest your garden ahead of the cold snap

Passenger Vehicle Chain Law

During severe winter storms, CDOT will implement a Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (also known as a Code 16). This is the final safety measure before the highway is closed.

When the Passenger Vehicle Chain Law is in effect, every vehicle on the roadway must have chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock).

Fines

Drivers in violation of the law could be slapped with fines of more than $130. If a vehicle blocks the road because it lacks proper equipment, the motorist could face a fine of more than $650.

CDOT serves as a useful resource for staying safe and in compliance with the laws during winter driving.



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Most of the Caribbean has the CDC’s ‘Level 4’ warning. Travelers are going anyway. – The Washington Post



Most of the Caribbean has the CDC’s ‘Level 4’ warning. Travelers are going anyway.  The Washington Post



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CDC Ups Travel Warning as Singapore Reopens to Vaccinated U.S. Visitors


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has upped its travel warning for Singapore to the highest tier, Level 4, urging travelers to avoid visiting the city-state.

Singapore last week announced it would open its Vaccinated Travel Lanes program to several new countries, including the United States, this week, enabling fully vaccinated travelers to visit without quarantine if they follow testing protocols. While Singapore reports a vaccination rate about 82 percent, it has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, leading the CDC to warn of a “very high” level of Covid-19 in Singapore and a risk for even fully vaccinated travelers to catch and spread Covid-19 variants.

Singapore was the only new country added to the CDC’s Level 4 warning in its most recent update. Three countries were moved down to Level 3 from Level 4—Cyprus, Eswatini and Tunisia—and three were moved up to Level 3 from Level 2: Angola, Djibouti and Hungary.

Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Poland and the Republic of the Congo all moved to Level 2 in the update, and Bhutan, Paraguay, Senegal and Zambia all moved to Level 1.



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Martin’s car and home insurance warning ahead of groundreaking rule changes


7. More than one car in the home? Multicar policies could save or cost you £100s

Multicar insurance policies aren’tincluded on comparison sites, so to find out if you’ll save requires digital elbow grease.

My rule of thumb is first try the opposite to what you have, as insurance has always been about sucking in newbies with special deals. So if you’ve multicar, try standalone policies. Got standalone? Then try multicar.

The three pure multicar discount policies are from Admiral MultiCar*, Aviva* and LV*. All let you set up a policy at your 1st car’s renewal, leaving the other car(s) on its existing insurer until their renewal. See multicar split-year renewals.

There are also multi-policy discounts, reducing the cost if you’ve two cars, or get car and home insurance together. These include More Than (15% off), Axa* (up to 15%), Esure* (10%), Privilege (varies) and Sheilas’ Wheels* (10%). Plus, Direct Line* and Churchill also offer discounts for multiple cars.

Multicar worked for Kam, who told us on Facebook: “I saved £500 by sticking both my and my wife’s car on a multicar policy.”

But Nigel tweeted that splitting was better: “@MartinSLewis I was with multicar until at renewal they wanted over £1,300 for 3 cars. Got 3 individual policies for under £600.”





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Holiday warning: Book travel plans now


ORLANDO, Fla. – Travel experts are warning Floridians who are looking to get away for the holidays to book their vacation plans by the end of the month.

According to a new survey by AAA, 48% of residents book their holiday trips by the end of October.

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Experts say that is when travelers typically get the best deals since airfares rise and availability drops closer to the holidays.

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The study also found that COVID-19 vaccines are helping to boost confidence for holiday travelers. The survey discovered that compared to last year, when a vaccine wasn’t available, 35% of Floridians are more comfortable traveling this year.

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Travel UK update live: Red list update expected today as Foreign Office drops warning for 30 countries


Ahead of an update to the UK’s red list, expected later today or tomorrow, the Foreign Office (FCDO) has removed its warning against non-essential travel to more than 30 countries.

Bangladesh, Gambia, Ghana and Malaysia are the among the nations removed from the FCDO’s “no-go” list.

The non-essential travel warning has previously been in place even for countries with low infection rates and no variants of concern, and is at odds with the Department for Transport’s (DfT) assessment of risk from travellers returning from such countries.

The FCDO is expected no longer to advise against travel to non-red list countries on Covid-19 grounds, except in “exceptional circumstances” such as if the local healthcare system is overwhelmed.

It follows the government’s streamlining of the traffic light system into two classifications: the red list and Rest of World (ROW) list.

Arrivals from red list countries are still required to pay for 10 days of hotel quarantine.

The next review of the red list is anticipated to bee announced today or Friday 8 October.

Industry figures have been making their predictions for countries that could come off the red list – with data analysts favouring Argentina, Chile, South Africa and possibly Mexico as movers.

Follow the latest travel news below:

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Six airlines join Emirates in adopting IATA Travel Pass

Six more airlines have announced that they will implement the IATA Travel Pass, an electronic Covid app where passengers can input their vaccination documents and check the rules and restrictions of their destination.

Etihad Airways, Jazeera Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian will join Emirates in implementing the pass in a phased rollout across their networks.

Vaccine certificates from 52 countries (representing the source of 56% of global air travel) can currently be managed using the app – this will increase to 74 countries, representing 85% of global traffic, by the end of November.

(AFP via Getty Images)

Lucy Thackray7 October 2021 09:34

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No countries will be added to red list, says expert

Industry figures and data analysts have been making their predictions for how many countries may be removed from the UK’s red list for travel, at an announcement expected later today.

“I’m not going to say 9 countries which will be on the red list come tomorrow as I still think that’s optimistic and it could be up to 18,” tweeted analyst Tim White, who follows Covid case figures in countries around the world each week.

“I cannot see any country needing to be added to the list,” he added.

The list currently stands at 54 countries. Others in the industry and media have predicted a drop to 12 countries, or as few as nine.

It’s worth noting that a large reduction to the red list was expected at the last travel update on 17 September, when only eight countries were removed from a then 62-strong list.

The Department for Transport has not confirmed a time for the announcement, but it is expected later today.

Lucy Thackray7 October 2021 09:13

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Refunds action against British Airways and Ryanair dropped

Passengers who were unable to travel on their British Airways or Ryanair flights because of lockdown rules will not be able to claim refunds, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said.

Thousands of travellers had tickets on BA and the Irish airline for trips that they could not make because of lockdown rules in 2020 and 2021. British Airways offered vouchers for future flights while Ryanair allowed passengers to postpone their journeys.

Travellers are entitled to refunds when an airline cancels a flight. But the airlines have always maintained that as the flights departed they had no obligation to offer cash refunds under air passengers’ rights rules.

Simon Calder7 October 2021 08:17

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Tui cancels flights and holidays

Tui is telling customers to recheck their holiday and flight booking details after it was forced to cancel a swathe of upcoming packages, due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by Covid-19 travel restrictions.

The tour operator said holidaymakers would get at least seven days notice, and could choose between a full cash refund or rebooking for a different date or destination.

It said in a statement: “We know some customers may be unsure about travelling this summer, so to offer continued flexibility and reassurance, fee-free changes can be made up to 14 days before travel for customers due to depart up to and including 31 October.”

It has announced the following cancellations:

Up to and including 16 October

Egypt (Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh)

Up to and including 21 October

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Up to and including 31 October

TUI flights

Austria, Italy and Slovenia (TUI Lakes and Mountains)

Bulgaria (Varna and Bourgas)

Italy (Calabria, Sardinia and Sicily)

Mainland Spain (Almeria and Girona)

Non-TUI flights

Helen Coffey7 October 2021 07:55

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Good morning, and welcome to the travel liveblog, where we’ll be posting all the latest updates throughout the day.

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‘International travel is getting easier’ – industry reacts to FCO changes

Julia Lo Bue-Said of Advantage Travel Partnership has praised the FCO’s decision earlier today to remove advice against “all but essential travel” to more than 30 countries.

“Good news to see @FCDOtravelGovUK have lifted their non essential travel advisory to over 30+ countries,” tweeted Bue-Said.

“This is where countries not on red list still had an advisory against travel. International travel is getting easier but remains complex. Book with a travel agent expert.”

Some expressed their frustration on Twitter at travel restrictions to niche destinations such as Fiji and Djibouti being eased, while very few popular holiday and ex-pat destinations remain unchanged

“Bit of an odd list,” tweeted data analyst Donal Kane.

“All the ones that no one goes to. Great work,” added Twitter user Emma Namur.

Lucy Thackray6 October 2021 17:58

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Grenada slashes price of PCR tests

The Caribbean island of Grenada has reduced the price of its PCR tests for travellers, according to the tourist board’s PR representative.

Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency which represents Pure Grenada, tweeted: “A welcome cut in the Caribbean – Grenada slashes the cost of PCR tests on entry to just £36 ($50) per person from today.”

Lucy Thackray6 October 2021 17:21

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Foreign Office lists advice against travel to 30+ destinations

Hundreds of thousands of travellers and much of the travel industry are celebrating a Foreign Office decision to remove advice against travel to more than 30 countries.

Until now the FCDO has warned against non-essential travel to nations such as Bangladesh, Gambia, Ghana and Malaysia “based on the current assessment on Covid-19 risks”.

The warning has been in place even for nations with low infection rates and no variants of concern, and is at odds with the Department for Transport (DfT) assessment of risk from travellers returning from such countries.

None of the countries with advice being adjusted is currently on the government’s “red list” of 54 countries, from which travellers must quarantine in a hotel on entry to the UK.

Lucy Thackray6 October 2021 16:54

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Tourism body says red list must be scrapped to aid recovery

The “continued sluggish recovery” of travel and tourism means its contribution to global GDP will rise by less than one third in 2021 compared to 2020, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

The tourism body said it is “vital” for the British Government to scrap the red list in order to aid recovery of the sector.

While nearly $9.2 trillion was generated by travel and tourism worldwide in 2019, this plummeted by $4.5 trillion last year due to the pandemic – a drop of 49 per cent.

“While the global economy is set to receive a modest 30.7 per cent year-on-year increase from travel and tourism in 2021, this will only represent $1.4 trillion and is mainly driven by domestic spending,” said the WTTC.

Helen Coffey6 October 2021 15:52

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Red list update expected tomorrow or Friday

Hopes that an updated red list might be announced today appear to have been dashed.

The DfT tells The Independent that the “plan is still for an announcement later this week”, which suggests the revised list will be released on Thursday or Friday.

Great swathes of the red list are expected to be bumped up to the new “rest of world” list (an amalgamation of the former green and amber lists).

Helen Coffey6 October 2021 14:39



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Sydney news: Regional travel warning as more LGAs go into lockdown


Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Regions nervous about re-opening

As more councils go back into lockdown, the Rural Doctors Association says vaccination rates must be equal across all of New South Wales before regional travel is allowed.

Kyogle in the state’s northern rivers, Narromine in the central west and the Snowy Mountains all went back into lockdown yesterday.

Regional travel from Greater Sydney is set to resume when the state hits 80 per cent double vaccination but the association is worried that will be too risky if regional areas continue to lag behind Sydney’s vaccination rate.

The association’s chief executive, Peta Rutherford, said it was an anxious time for regional health.

“A lot of rural doctors are very nervous around Sydneysiders opening up,” she said.

“It’s important that the 80 per cent is consistent across every LGA.”

Tornado clean up

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Tornadoes are more common than people think, with “dozens” of sightings every year.(

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The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) says it’s lucky a tornado that hit the Central West yesterday wasn’t in a populated area.

The freak tornado destroyed several homes, and left a 30-kilometre trail of destruction in rural areas near Bathurst yesterday afternoon. 

Three people were injured and two were taken to hospital.

SES Acting Superintendent Joshua Clark said crews worked late into the night yesterday to try and protect properties.

“This morning, SES crews will be attending the locations where the super cell went through, checking on the properties that were damaged by ensuring the tarps put in place yesterday afternoon and overnight remain in situ on those affected properties,” he said.

“It is very lucky where it did eventuate it wasn’t a very populated area — it was a rural area on the outskirts of Bathurst — [because] if it had been in a city we would have seen significant damage in that area.”

Ageism still rife

The Law Council of Australia says ageism is leaving many Australians over the age of 60 feeling invisible.

Council President Jacoba Brasch QC says ageism is one of the most common forms of discrimination in society, including in aged care.

Dr Brasch says one in four people will be over 60 in New South Wales in a decade’s time.

“The age discrimination act really needs to be enforced more frequently … we’d be keen at the Law Council for the government to be looking at an aged care act which actually specifies the rights of people seeking and receiving aged care,” he said.

“Ageism is one of the most pervasive ‘isms’ if you like, [it is] universally accepted unfortunately.”

Coal mine approval overhaul

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Ms Holliday says the current framework for assessing coal mines lacks transparency.(

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A former head of the New South Wales Department of Planning is calling for an overhaul of how coal mines are assessed.

Sue Holliday was the Director-General of the Department in the early 2000s, and had complete oversight of coal mine approvals.

She said standards need to be set that take into account greenhouse gas emissions.

“The environmental impact statement that supports an application for a coal mine is merely an apology for the proponent and I think we need to get away from that and we need to get into a more clearer, simpler, transparent set of criteria,” she said.

A spokesperson for the Planning Department said environmental impacts are subject to a rigorous, independent assessment against quantified criteria.



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