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    COVID-19: Saudi Arabia deems 69 countries very high risk

    For illustrative purpose only Image Credit: Pexels Abu Dhabi: Saudi Arabia’s Public Health Authority (Weqaya) classified 69 countries around the world at a “very high risk” level, according to its travel alerts for the global epidemiological situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Weqaya advised residents in Saudi Arabia not to travel to these countries, which include 11 Arab countries: Bahrain, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, and Libya. It updates alerts every two weeks based on the epidemiological assessment of countries. The Ministry of Interior earlier alerted citizens not to travel to Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Belarus…

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    What’s up in UAE? Tourism recovery, high vaccination rates and hotel occupancy rates on the rise

    The post What’s up in UAE? Tourism recovery, high vaccination rates and hotel occupancy rates on the rise appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. COVID-19 pandemic has seemingly irreversibly altered the landscape of travel industry with countries and destinations continuing to grapple with the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. But as the world continues its struggle against the pandemic, there have been attempts to restore normalcy by governments and industries looking to reemerge from the debilitating crisis. As it stands, the travel industry is experiencing a gradual recovery (albeit in stages) and many are hoping that the arrival of summer 2021 will offer a strong boost.…

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    High hopes for Sri Lanka reopening on January 21

    The post High hopes for Sri Lanka reopening on January 21 appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. All systems go for Sri Lanka reopening for foreign travellers on January 21. Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said that all the needed arrangements for the reopening have been finalised following strict health guidelines. Sri Lanka conducted a pilot project of reopening the country for tourists from 26 December 2020 onwards welcoming 1500 Ukrainian tourists. The pilot project reportedly brought a revenue of LKR420 million (USD2.2 million). All steps have also been taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from tourists to locals and vice versa. Some of the health guidelines…

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    Thailand’s COVID-19 task force says tourism-dependent areas will be ‘high priority’ for vaccination

    The post Thailand’s COVID-19 task force says tourism-dependent areas will be ‘high priority’ for vaccination appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has said that tourism-dependent areas like Phuket and Pattaya will be top priority for the upcoming vaccination process. The COVID-19 task force has addressed the concerns of tourism stakeholders after plans of Phuket and Pattaya to purchase vaccines privately to inoculate their whole hospitality industry floated. Meanwhile, Phuket and Koh Samui hope to vaccinate their local residents in order to safely welcome vaccinated travellers. Last week, Thailand has announced its vaccination plan, which will be carried out in two…