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    Russia mulls COVID-19 vaccination certificates for cross-border travel

    The post Russia mulls COVID-19 vaccination certificates for cross-border travel appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to consider issuing certificates to those who had been inoculated with domestic vaccines against COVID-19 for overseas travels, a document published by the Kremlin showed. The document also said the government has been tasked with making the certificates internationally recognisable. Russia, which has the world’s fourth highest number of COVID-19 cases, is putting high hopes on several domestically produced vaccines. It started wide-scale vaccination against the disease last month. More than 800,000 people in Russia have been inoculated so far and more than…

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    Grab mulls IPO this year

    The post Grab mulls IPO this year appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab is considering entering the United States stock market this year, according to Reuters citing sources familiar with the matter. The initial public offering could raise at least USD2 billion that could fuel the growth of the company. The sources said that the plans, including the size of the issue and timing, have not been finalised and are subject to market conditions. “The market is good and the business is doing better than before. This should work well for public markets,” a source claimed. Starting from ride-hailing, Grab has branched…

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    EU mulls rollout of digital travel certificate

    The post EU mulls rollout of digital travel certificate appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. A digital certificate to kickstart foreign travel should be given to citizens across the European Union (EU) ‘without discrimination’, officials say. The aim is to enable anyone vaccinated against Covid-19, or who has tested negative or recently recovered from the virus to travel within the EU. The 27 member states will decide how to use the new digital certificate. Vaccine passports have faced opposition from some EU member states over concerns they might be discriminatory. Some argue that they would enable a minority to enjoy foreign travel without restrictions while others, such…

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    Maldives mulls vaccine tourism to boost arrivals

    The Maldives is contemplating the introduction of vaccine tourism across its collection of over 200 resort islands, as tourist arrivals begin to grow in the post-pandemic era. The proposal was made by tourism minister Abdulla Mausoom during a recent meeting of the country’s legislature, where he said that the government is considering promoting the Maldives as a working vacation destination under the tagline ‘Visit, Vaccine and Vacation’. Amid the pandemic, the Maldives has emerged as a tourism winner, welcoming over 200,000 tourists so far this year He added that the currently available Covid-19 vaccines require two doses of the vaccine to be received within a 10-week period – meaning, there…