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December 2017 - Russia: Visa-free entry to Russia for the FIFA World Cup.
Football enthusiasts who want to travel to Russia to attend the FIFA 2018 World Cup competitions are exempt from the Russian visa provided they hold a personal spectator card - better known as a FAN ID -, a valid identity document, and an entry ticket to a match (or a document providing the right to receive it).
The FAN ID is the card that any spectator of the 2018 World Cup matches must hold to gain access to the stadiums. In order to get the FAN ID, you must first buy a ticket for the FIFA World Cup, then register on the official website www.fan-id.ru or at a FAN ID distribution center.
Otherwise, you may apply for a tourist visa (or a private visa if you have relatives or friends in Russia). Read more
December 2017 - Egypt: E-Visa.
Egypt has officially announced the introduction of an electronic visa system. However, the web site shown currently in Google's search results in this matter is not the right site. You find here the official site of E-Visa to Egypt. The new system is available to citizens of 46 countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan, China, western European countries and Russia. Read more
November 2017 - Flight search and comparison: Google reduces competition.
As for flight searches, there is only a small handful of available technologies in the world. One of the best of them, ITA Software developed by MIT in Cambridge (Massachusetts), is used under license by several airlines and, each with its own know-how, by many comparison sites (the so-called flight aggregators).
In 2010, Google bought ITA Software and uses it under the name Google flights. Google was first pleased to work with other ITA users. Those who used this technology (among other Kayak and Google’s competitor, Bing) have been allowed to use it for a further 5 years. In 2013, ITA technology was even made more easily available (of course against payment) to flight aggregators through an application programming interface (QPX Express API).
Early November 2017, Google announced that this facility will be discontinued in April 2018, endangering the survival of some flight aggregators..However, Matrix Airfare Search (ITA), the non-commercial version of ITA Software, remains available online (Google is legally obliged to do so). You find it here. Use it, but keep in mind that several low-cost airlines do not fully share their flight details with comparison sites and search engines (incl. Google).
October 2017 - United Kingdom: Monarch has been placed into administration.
Monarch airlines and related companies file for insolvency so that all holidays and flights provided by these firms have been canceled as from October 2, 2017. Read more
September 2017 - Benin: E-Visa.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Benin has just announced that travelers will be able to obtain an online visa to enter Benin as from 1 January 2018. Read more.
September 2017- Iran: Online Visa.
Iran has just set up a website that enables visitors to apply online for any kind of visa to Iran. Read more.
September 2017 - Peru: Visiting Machu Picchu.
Access rights to Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail for 2018 will be allocated once and for all on October 1, 2017. Read more.
September 2017 -Transatlantic flights: Easyjet’s partnership with Norwegian and Westjet.
The British low-cost airline Easyjet has entered into partnership agreements with Norwegian and Westjet. Read more.
September 2017 - Air travel: Flight cancellation and passenger rights.
The low-cost airline Ryanair announces the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights until the end of October 2017. This will affect more than 400,000 passengers. The cancellation of these flights is due to a lack of pilots at Ryanair (this year, 718 Ryanair pilots out of 4058 would have left the airline). TACV, the airline of Cape Verde, announces the cancellation of all its international flights until 22 September due to a major breakdown of its unique Boeing 757. In mid-September, Air Berlin (in bankruptcy) also canceled several flights. See your air passenger rights.
August 2017 - Kyrgyzstan: Launch of the e-visa application.
Kyrgyzstan has been added to the list of the countries that offer an electronic visa system. Read more.
August 2017 - Europe: Turbulence in the air transport market.
Air Berlin, the seventh largest airline in Europe, filed for insolvency on August 15, 2017 after its shareholder Etihad Airways has declined to support it further. Read more.
August 2017 - World: Current tourism trends.
Several other countries, whose tourism was affected by negative factors in the last years, welcomed recently a recovery as do the five destinations that recorded the highest increase in foreign visitors during the first 4 months of 2017. Read more.
August 2017 - Qatar: Qatar waives visas for 80 nationalities.
Qatar has just abolished the entry visa to Qatar for citizens of 80 countries for a stay of up to 180 days (33 countries including most countries of the European Union) or up to 30 days (47 other countries. Read more.
July 2017 - Iceland: the Icelandic Pledge.
Iceland proposes tourists to adhere to an "Icelandic Pledge", whereby they online commit themselves to behave in an ethical and responsible manner during their stay in Iceland. Read more.
July 2017 - Cape Verde: Visa being abolished for European citizens.
Cape Verde announces that as of January 2018, European citizens will be exempted from visas for a maximum tourist stay of 30 days in Cape Verde. Read more.
July 2017 - Peru: Access to Machu Picchu.
In order to reduce the amount of people visiting Machu Picchu, a new regulation of access to the citadel comes into force on July 1, 2017. Visits will take place in two slots. Read more.
June 2017 - Qatar: Launch of the e-visa system.
Following many other countries, Qatar has just put online an electronic visa system. Read more.
June 2017 - USA: Additional controls on passenger's computers.
The United States require the absence of explosives in computers to be controlled on all flights to the United States prior departure. Read more.
June 2017 - Lithuania: Temporary closure of Vilnius Airport.
The international airport of Vilnius will be completely closed from July 14 to August 18, 2017. Read more.
June 2017 - Malaysia: Extension of the E-visa system.
The electronic visa system set up in Malaysia in 2016 for Chinese and Indian tourists has just been extended to the citizens of a few other countries. Read more.
June 2017 - Oman: Launch of an e-visa system.
In turn, Oman has just launched an e-visa system. Read more.
June 2017 - Ethiopia: Launch of an e-visa system.
Following the example of other countries, Ethiopia has just set up an e-visa system. Read more.
June 2017 - Airfares: Extra charge when booking a flight from a travel agency.