Industry News 21.02.22
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France, Finland, and Norway relax Covid travel rules
European countries have continued to ease their Covid-19 travel rules as the threat from the Omicron variant starts to recede across the continent.
France is no longer requiring fully vaccinated visitors from the UK and other third countries to take Covid tests after changing its rules on 12 February. Vaccinated travellers to France will only have to show proof of vaccination status, as well as providing a sworn statement that they do not have any Covid symptoms or had any contact with anybody who has tested positive for the virus within 14 days of travel.
Finland is also making a similar move to scrap pre-entry testing for visitors from outside the EU and Schengen travel area. From 15 February, travellers will no longer have to show a negative Covid test result on arrival in Finland. But they will still have to provide proof of vaccination or recovery from the virus.
Neighbouring Norway has lifted its requirements for vaccination certificates and testing when entering the country. The requirement to fill out a digital registration form has also been removed.
Canada to ease travel entry rules from 28 February
Canada is to relax its Covid-19 travel rules from 28 February with fully vaccinated travellers no longer required to take a pre-departure PCR test. The changes mean that fully vaccinated travellers arriving in Canada will be “randomly selected” for testing and will no longer have to quarantine while waiting for their test result. Vaccinated travellers will be able to take either a lateral flow test one day before their flight or a PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure.
Gatwick’s South Terminal to resume operations after two-year closure
Gatwick airport is to reopen its South Terminal next month, after nearly two years of lying dormant as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The airport has been operating solely from its North Terminal since 15 June 2020 but will reopen on 27 March 2022 to coincide with the start of the summer schedules. The reopening follows British Airways’ decision to resume short haul flying from Gatwick.
Travel news as a glance:
- Virgin signs deal to produce lower carbon fuel
- London City airport opens first electric car charging stations
- Singapore eases border restrictions and extends VTL programme
- Aeromexico to resume London-Mexico City service in April
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club offers elite members 70 per cent bonus when purchasing points
- Aer Lingus to resume Miami service after 30-month hiatus
- Heathrow launches revised sustainability strategy