Travel News 2015.
December 25, 2015: Italy - Restored villas at Pompeii.
On the archaeological site of Pompeii, six villas that have been restored are re-opened to the public. Read more.
December 18, 2015: United States - Restrictions on visa waiver (ESTA).
Nationals of 38 countries (mainly European countries) who benefit from the visa exemption (ESTA) to visit the United States will be required to apply for a visa if they visited Iraq, Syria, Sudan or Iran during the last 5 years or if they hold the nationality of any of these countries. Read more.
December 2015: Iran - New airline routes.
With the next lifting of the international embargo against Iran, several Western airlines will open or reopen routes to Iran. Read more.
December 10, 2015: European Union - Update of the airlines blacklist.
The list of airlines which are subject to a ban or restrictions in the European Union has been updated. Read more.
December 3, 2015: Italy- Spectacular eruption of Etna.
In Sicily, Mount Etna experienced its largest eruption of the last 20 years. Read more.
November 24, 2015: Tunis - terrorist attack.
A bus of presidential guards was the target of a terrorist attack in the center of Tunis. Read more.
November 23, 2015: USA - Worldwide Travel Alert.
November 23, 2015: USA - Worldwide Travel Alert.
The U.S. State Department issued an alert to U.S. citizens traveling abroad due to the increased risks of terrorist attacks in various parts of the world. According to the U.S. State Department, the likelihood of terror attacks will continue inter alias as members of ISIL return from Syria and Iraq. The alert expires on February 24, 2016. This is the fourth time in 5 years that the United States emits such a global travel warning.
November 20, 2015: Mali - Jihadist attack on a hotel in Bamako.
After an attack on a bar restaurant in Bamako on November 7 which killed 5 people, an Islamic terrorist group affiliated to Al-Qaeda attacked the Radisson hotel in Bamako on Friday. Read more.The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has himself committed to removing visa requirements for Mexican citizens entering Canada. Read more.
November 2015: Canada - Removal of visa requirements for Mexicans.
November 13, 2015: France - Terrible terrorist attacks in Paris.
Several terrorist attacks, claimed by DAESH, killed 129 people and injured more than 300 in Paris on Friday night. Read more.
Mid-November 2015: USA - Seaworld in San Diego, CA.
Seaworld, the famous marine animal park in San Diego, CA, announced the phasing out of orca shows which will be replaced in 2017 with a more educational attraction. Read more.
November 2015: Germany - Lufthansa, new projects and strike.
Early November, Lufthansa announced that the medium-haul flights of Germanwings (its subsidiary, a plane of which crashed in the Alps in March) will be taken over by another subsidiary, Eurowings. Read more.
Early November 2015: Egypt - The FCO advise against all but essential travel through Sharm el-Sheikh airport.
A Russian plane from Sharm el-Sheikh crashed on October 31, 2015. Read more.
October 2015: Myanmar - Change in local currency (kyat).
In order to limit the use of the U.S. dollar in Myanmar, the Central Bank of Myanmar has revoked the foreign exchange license that was granted to a wide range of businesses (hotels, restaurants, shops, and others). Read more.
October 26, 2015: South Africa - South Africa eases the new visa regulations.
The South African authorities have just decided to ease the visa regulations that were significantly tightened a few months ago. Read more.
October 26, 2015: Russia - Transaero shuts down.
Because of its dramatic financial situation, Transaero, the second largest airline of Russia, had to stop its activities. Indeed, its air operator's certificate (AOC) has been cancelled. Read more.October 2015: Schengen Area - Visa lifted for citizens of Peru and Colombia.
October 23, 2015: Mexico - Hurricane Patricia.
Thousands of people were evacuated from Mexico's Pacific coast on October 23, 2015 as Patricia, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in North America, menaced Mexico, more particularly the States of Jalisco, Colima and Guerrero. Read more.
Citizens of Peru and Colombia will soon be able to visit countries of the Schengen area without a visa for a stay not exceeding 3 months. Read more.
October 15 and 16, 2015: Nigeria - Suicide attacks in the northeast of the country.
Suicide attacks, the responsibility of which was claimed by the Islamist group Boko Haram killed more than 30 people in northeastern Nigeria on October 15 and 16, 2015. Read more.
September 2015: Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium - New airport check-in option.
The Swiss Airline gives its passengers the opportunity to print the luggage tag at home before arriving at the airport. The facility, already available for departures from Geneva, is now also allowed for departures from Zurich. Read more.
September 28, 2015: Taiwan - Typhoon Dujuan.
Typhoon Dujuan has caused the evacuation of several thousand people, including many tourists visiting the islands located east of Taiwan or the tourist town Wulai in the northern end of Taiwan. Read more.
September 23, 2015: Colombia - important agreement between the government and FARC.
The Colombian Government and the FARC guerrilla group reached an agreement upon an amnesty that excludes the fighters who committed war crimes and provides reparations for victims. Read more.
September 16, 2015: Chile - Earthquake in Central and Northern Chile.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.3 on the Richter scale and several strong aftershocks occurred on September 16 in the province of Choapa in Central Chile. Read more.
September 14, 2015: Japan - eruption of volcano Aso.
The 1,592-metre (5,222ft) high Mount Aso erupted on Monday. Tourists are urged to depart the area which is a popular hiking destination. Read more.
September 12, 2015: Kenya - restoration of visa issuance upon arrival.
Just a few days after the visa issuance at Kenya's points of entry was banned by the Kenyan government, it has been restored. Read more.
September 2015: Russia - Aeroflot takes over Transaero.
For a symbolic price of one ruble, Aeroflot, the leading Russian airline, is going to absorb the second airline of the country, Transaero, which has struggled with heavy debts ($1.6 billion). Read more.
September 1, 2015: Germany - extra charge of € 16 ($ 17.50) on any Lufthansa air ticket sold through an agency.
As announced last June, the German airline Lufthansa and its subsidiaries (including Brussels Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines) charge an extra fee of € 16 on any air ticket found and booked through a travel agency on a GDS system as from September 1, 2015. Read more.
August 24, 2015: Reunion Island - new eruption of the Piton de la Fournaise.
On August 24, 2015, for the fourth time this year, the Piton de la Fournaise has again erupted. The previous eruptions date back to February, May and July. Read more.
August 23, 2015: Iran and United Kingdom: reopening of their embassies.
On August 23, 2015, the United Kingdom and Iran reopened their reciprocal embassy after a closure of 4 years. Read more.
August 17, 2015: Thailand -- Bangkok bomb.
The explosion of a bomb at the Hindu Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok killed about 20 people and injured many more. Read more.
August 14, 2015: Ecuador - eruption of Cotopaxi Volcano.
On Friday, the volcano Cotopaxi has erupted for the first time since decades. Read more.
August 13, 2015: Argentina - Flooding.
Due to torrential rains, Argentina and particularly the province of Buenos Aires have been experiencing the worst floods since thirty years. Read more.
August 2015: Germany - Munich Airport.
As part of a pilot project, Munich Airport allows passengers arriving at Terminal 2 to order and carry fresh food. Read more.
August 7, 2015: Mali - terrorist attack.
Just a few weeks after the peace agreement with the rebels (Tuareg) in northern Mali, Islamist militants attacked a hotel at Sevare in central Mali. Read more.
Early August 2015: Myanmar - deadly monsoon.
Several Asian countries, including Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Viet Nam, are facing extreme monsoon rains which have caused the death of hundreds of people in the aftermath of cyclone Komen. Read more.
End July 2015: Nicaragua - what's new in airports.
Administrative formalities at the entrance to and exit from Nicaragua have been eased in order to reduce the queues of passengers at the Managua international airport. Read more.
July 30, 2015: Canada - new access to the Billy Bishop City Toronto Airport.
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport which is located on an island in Lake Ontario is now accessible also through a tunnel. Read more.
July 2015: Iran - removal of visa requirements.
According to an Iranian press report, Iran has removed visa requirement for citizens of 7 countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia, Egypt and Syria). Those citizens may stay in Iran without visa from 15 to 90 days. Read more.
July 22 and 26, 2015: Cameroon - new suicide attacks.
On July 22 and 26, suicide attacks killed more than 30 people in northern Cameroon. Read more.
July 2015: Canada - Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).
Effective March 15, 2016, citizens of some 58 countries whose citizens do not require a visa to enter Canada have to obtain online an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Read more.
July 2015: Madagascar - next restoration of visa fees.
The government of Madagascar plans to restore the payment of the entry visa. Read more.
July 2015: airport of Los Angeles, Brussels, and Tokyo Haneda - changes.
-- Los Angeles has just authorized ride services such as Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers from the airport. Read more.
-- At the Brussels international airport, ½ liter water bottles have been available for travelers on a self-service basis since July 2015 at the price of one euro to be paid on a voluntary basis. Like drinking water fountains, this initiative provides travelers with water at affordable conditions while water bottles are often very expensive at stores inside airport terminals, when security control passed. A similar solution has been already implemented at Dublin Airport.
-- At Tokyo Haneda, ANA introduces a self-service baggage drop system, available for domestic passengers. Read more.
July 14, 2015: Iran - nuclear deal.
The agreement between Iran and the major international powers to prevent the Iranian nuclear program from being used for military purposes paves the way for the lifting of international sanctions against Iran. Read more.
July 12, 2015: Cameroon - suicide attacks at Fotokol.
Two suicide attacks that were perpetrated by activists of Boko Haram killed at least 12 in Fotokol in the north of Cameroon. Read more.
July 12, 2015: Colombia - De-escalation agreement between the government and FARC
Colombia and leftist FARC guerrillas agreed on a ceasefire and the suspension of anti-rebel operations. Read more.
July 9, 2015: Indonesia - 5 airports temporarily closed.
Since Mount Raung in East Java has been spewing ash into the air for several days, ash clouds caused closure of 5 airports in Indonesia, including the airports of Bali and Lombok, leaving many travelers stranded in Indonesia. Read more.
July 9, 2015: United Kingdom - London tube strike.
A 24-hour tube strike in London began at 6.30pm on Wednesday July 8th. It is the tube's worst strike in decades. Although Transport for London puts 200 extra buses on the road, queues are very long and delays frequent. Uber increased its tariff by almost 300 per cent.
June 2015: Indonesia - free visa
Indonesia has just granted visa-free entry to citizens of 45 countries including China, Japan, South Korea, the US, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and South Africa. Read more.
June 26, 2015: Tunisia - Terrorist attack in Sousse.
New blow to tourism in Tunisia. About three months after the attack against the Bardo Museum in Tunis, 39 people, including several foreign tourists from the UK and Ireland, were killed in a shooting that took place on June 26 at the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in the beach resort of Port el Kantaoui near Sousse. Read more.
June 2015: World - recent innovations in various airports.
-- In the Senai international airport (Malaysia), Air Asia has implemented a fully automated self-service bag drop system. Read more. In the Madrid–Barajas Airport (Spain), Iberia launched a pilot project of self-service check-in that enables passengers to obtain boarding passes and to put their luggage directly onto the conveyor belt.
The Abu Dhabi airport has implemented an automated boarding pass authentication system. Read more. The Aruba airport in the Caribbean has implemented a pilot project of check-in with facial recognition (biometrics) so that travelers do not have to show again boarding pass and passport before boarding the airplane.
-- In Finland, the Helsinki airport has installed sleeping pods (seats that can be turned into a bed and be covered) where transit travelers may relax or sleep.
June 20, 2015: Mali - peace agreement.
After lengthy negotiations in Algiers and a failed attempt in mid-May 2015, the alliance of rebel groups (Tuareg) in northern Mali signed a peace agreement with the Malian government and its allies. Read more.
17 June 2015: France - TGVpop.
SNCF (French railways) provides internet users with the opportunity to vote for the departure of 203 high-speed trains (TGV) with tickets at 25 or 35 euros. Read more.
June 6, 2015: Canada - Launch of the Union Pearson Express inToronto.
The Union Pearson Express is a fast rail link service between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Union Station in downtown. Read more.
June 3, 2015: Mexico - new eruption of the Colima volcano.
The Colima volcano, one of the most active stratovolcanoes in the world, erupted on June 3, after another eruption on January 25, 2015. Read more.
June 1, 2015: South Africa - new entry requirements.
As from June 1, all minors travelling to and from South Africa are to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate in addition to a passport and visa. Read more.
May 29, 2015: New York - The One World Trade Center Observatory opens to visitors.
The Observatory of the One World Trade Center, also known as Freedom Tower, in New York opens to visitors. Read more.
May 29, 2015: Cuba.
The United States formally removed Cuba from the list of State sponsors of terrorism. Read more.
May 25, 2015: volcanic eruption in the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador).
The Wolf Volcano, situated in Isabela Island (the largest island of the Galápagos), erupted for the first time in 33 years on May 25, 2015. The eruption did not endanger people. Read more.
May 19, 2015: Santa Barbara (California), USA - Oil slick on the California coast.
Approximately 105,000 gallons (400,000 liters) of oil leaked from a pipeline on land in California. Some spilled into the ocean in Santa Barbara, CA, causing an oil slick over 15 km along the California coast.
May 17, 2015: Reunion Island - Eruption of the Piton de la Fournaise.
After showing several warning signs, Piton de la Fournaise has erupted as from May 17, 2015 for the second time this year. Read more.
May 12, 2015: Nepal - Second earthquake this year.
An earthquake occurred again in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Read more.
May 1, 2015: Italy - Opening of the Universal Exhibition in Milan.
The 2015 Universal Exposition in Milan opened on May 1, 2015. It will last 6 months. Read more.
May 1, 2015: Senegal - removal of visa fee.
The visa that most tourists had to pay to enter Senegal has been removed as from May 1, 2015. Read more.
April 25, 2015: Nepal - Earthquake.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale, followed by several aftershocks, hit the center of the Nepal including the capital Kathmandu on April 25, 2015. Read more.
April 22, 23 and 30, 2015: Chile - Calbuco volcano eruption.
The Calbuco volcano suddenly erupted on April 22 for the first time in more than 40 years. Read more.
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