These must-have luggage items will protect future passengers – but don’t get caught out

Flights may be grounded around the world right now as individual countries pursue varying levels of lockdown, however, there is some hope ahead as airports and airlines begin to put forward ideas for resuming travel while ensuring passengers stay safe. Experts have suggested precautions travellers can take themselves, as well as the airlines.

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Having been trapped in lockdown for nine weeks now, many Britons are eager to jet off as soon as possible, according to data from Skyscanner.

The travel experts found that more than a quarter of the nation remain confident in air travel, saying they will travel “more than ever”.

Meanwhile, operators such as Wizz Air have already resumed some flights, and Irish-carrier Ryanair says it plans to resume 40 percent of operations by July.

However, future fliers should consider packing some vital items in their luggage before they board.

Myles Quee, Travel Expert at Send My Bag spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk to shed some light on how travellers can take health and hygiene into their own hands.

“Handwashing is the most effective method for stopping the spread of the disease. In airports there are potential hazards of passing the infection by handling or touching surfaces that have come into contact with someone carrying the virus – it can live on plastic and steel surfaces for up to 72 hours,” he warned.

However, when seated on a long flight, hand washing may not be as easy as it is at home.

Luckily, Myles has a solution.

“Passengers need to be extra vigilant and well-armed with hand sanitiser to ensure their hands are washed regularly and thoroughly.

“Provided the bottle is below 100ml, it can also be boarded on the plane in your hand luggage.”

Though large bottles of hand sanitiser can be packed in hold luggage, which may be helpful for travellers jetting off on long-haul holidays, they are not allowed through security.

“Airlines have strict rules on the amount of liquids allowed in hand luggage. Where possible you should carry liquids in your checked-in luggage,” adds Myles.

“You can carry smaller bottles of liquid up to 100ml provided the containers can collectively be stored in a single, transparent, sealed plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm by 20cm.

“Only one such bag can be carried on board per person, and the bag must be shown to airport security.

“Containers larger than 100ml are not permitted even if only partly full. The exception to these rules are essential medicine or baby food or milk.

“However, airport staff might need to investigate the liquid in the containers at the security point.”

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Some airlines may also have their own specific rules pertaining to hand luggage, as Myles points out: “Always check the airline’s luggage restrictions before leaving for the airport, and make sure hand luggage complies.”

Along with hand sanitiser, many airlines are now making face masks mandatory for both passengers and crew.

“Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s CEO, has already announced that they will be compulsory for the airline’s crew and passengers as it plans to restore up to 40 percent of its flight schedule from July,” continues Myles.

“Along with temperature checks on arrival and departure, face masks have been shown to be among the most effective measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in air travel.

“The virus is spread as droplets in the air, and the likelihood of transmission between an infected person to other passengers can be reduced with a face mask.

“However, they are not foolproof as they can be contaminated by other people’s coughs and sneezes, or when putting them on or removing them.

“Some have also speculated that they create a false sense of security, causing the person wearing it to become less alert to other possible transmission risks.”

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Alongside Ryanair, Wizz Air has also released a new safety video which instructs passengers to wear a face-covering at the airport and onboard.

Wizz Air has also revealed that it will be handing over disinfecting wipes to passengers as they board, giving them the opportunity to personally sanitise their seat area.

“Household cleaning wipes can also help to reduce the chance of transmission, but must be used in one direction as wiping them back and forth could just spread germs more widely,” warns Myles.

He suggests packing your own supply when travelling with airlines who may not offer them for free.

He adds: “Tissues will also be important for travellers to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing. Once used the tissues should be quickly disposed of, so handkerchiefs are not recommended as an alternative.”

Most airlines currently flying are not offering their usual food service, although British Airways, for example, is offering pre-packaged food on its repatriation flights.

Despite the sealed snacks, Myles warns that customers should take some extra precautions.

“Food hygiene is also essential to containing the spread of the virus,” he says.

“Bringing your own straw means you won’t have to worry about coming into contact with a glass which you can’t reliably prove is completely clean.”

The future of air travel remains largely uncertain, though main transport hubs, including Heathrow Airport, are working hard to trial out efficient methods for ensuring the health and hygiene of travellers and staff.

Passengers arriving at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 will be automatically screened for raised temperatures through thermal imaging cameras in a trial programme.

However, Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye has added that a “globalised standard” is key to help revive the aviation industry.

He suggests that in order to stimulate air traffic, only “low risk” passengers should be allowed to fly.

“Unless we get people flying again we can’t get the UK economy moving again because the UK’s exports, and also because they come in through a supply chain, come on passenger planes through Heathrow,” Mr Holland-Kaye said on BBC News.

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Google Maps: Street View spots strange sign from above – what does it mean?

Google Maps Street View is used by people across the planet to go from their front door to their favourite cafe. Some people even use the tool to navigate around foreign countries when they go abroad. But for some people who can’t travel abroad, the tool is used for other purposes.

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Some people like to browse the world from the comfort of their sofas.

From the Pyramids to the Great Wall of China, the tool allows people to view some of the world’s greatest sights.

It also enables people to feel as though they’re walking the streets of another country or city from their living room.

But sometimes the tool is used by people to spot strange occurrences.

More recently, people have started posting bizarre and hilarious sightings that they find on the tool.

And one sighting in particular which was spotted by an unsuspecting user is very odd indeed.

The scene unfolded in Willowridge in Toronto, Canada.

From Google Maps’ satellite, the scene looks perfectly normal – a few cars, some trees and some roads.

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There is even a cluster of houses nearby.

But as you zoom in, it becomes more clear that someone has painted a huge sign on some concrete next to a river.

It becomes clear that the sign is an emoji shrugging made out of punctuation such as dashes, brackets and speech marks.

The emoji is sometimes used by people on social media.

The strange sight was spotted by a Reddit user who captioned it: “¯\_(ツ)_/¯”.

The post was quickly inundated with masses of comments from intrigued users.

One user explained what it meant: “It’s the Japanese Katakana character ツ (pronounced ‘tsu’).”

Another said: “I’m still sad I don’t know how to [do] the middle smiley face.”

Another simply replied: “Bless you.”

Another user commented the name of the artist who painted the strange sign by a narrow river.

The painting by the artist Trevor Wheatley captioned the painting on Instagram: “Painting with Stuey from @bizarrebeyondbelief.”

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Jet2 extends the cancellation of all flights and holidays until July 1

Jet2 extends the cancellation period of all flights and holidays to July 1 in light of ‘ongoing travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic’

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Jet2 has extended the cancellation period of all of its flights and holidays until July 1.

The tour operator, which is Britain’s second-biggest holiday company, had previously said that its flights and holidays would recommence on June 17.

But today, the firm said that in view of the ongoing travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it was pushing this date back by two weeks, adding that ‘the health and safety of our customers is our absolute priority’.

Jet2 has extended the cancellation period of all of its flights and holidays until July 1 

A spokesperson for Jet2 said: ‘Like all other airlines and tour operators, the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have impacted us.

‘With aircraft grounded, our focus has been on looking after customers whose flights and holidays have been affected, and we are very proud to have been recognised as the best airline and best tour operator in the UK for how we have been treating customers in response to the pandemic, according to a major investigative survey by MoneySavingExpert.com.

‘Our teams have been working around the clock to look after customers and independent travel agents, and we can assure everyone affected by today’s announcement that they will receive the same level of service.

‘Customers who were due to travel before July 1 do not need to contact us. We are continuing to proactively contact customers to discuss their options, one of which is rebooking their holiday to a later date.

‘We know just how important holidays are to our customers, and how much they give customers something to look forward to, particularly after a difficult time such as this. If a customer has a booking that is due to depart on or after July 1, the booking is subject to our normal terms and conditions.

‘We have said throughout that the sun will shine again and when it does, we will be there to take customers away on their well-deserved holidays.

‘As well as taking them away for their much-needed holidays, customers can be assured that we will be implementing measures, in consultation with the relevant authorities, to ensure the safety and well-being of everybody on board. We will announce further details on this in due course.’

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to warn Britons against all non-essential travel abroad 

Yesterday, it was revealed that British travellers are backing the idea of travel ‘corridors’ and ‘bubbles’, with searches for holidays to Italy and France rocketing this week.

Ministers are mulling coronavirus ‘air bridges’ to allow travellers to move between countries without the need for quarantine once the outbreak is under control. And Italy, Spain and Greece have all made headlines with announcements around the re-introduction of tourism.

Skyscanner revealed that in response, searches from the UK for holidays in July in Italy are up 103 per cent this week compared to last week and for trips to France by 128 per cent. Overall searches for international travel in July have increased by 37 per cent in the past two weeks.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said a ‘blanket’ 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals in the UK would be introduced from next month.

But he disclosed that there are ‘active discussions’ going on over what countries could be exempted from the regime in future, referring to the idea of ‘air bridges’ – usually used to refer to military flights over enemy territory.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to warn Britons against all non-essential travel abroad. 

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Road trips won't be the same this summer. Here's what you should plan for


Summer road trips will feel very different this year, with fewer cars on the road as the country begins to reopen slowly following restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.

a view of a city street filled with lots of traffic: Cash tolls will return on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway on Tuesday May 19th at 6:30 AM. Cash tolls were suspended on March 24th as a precaution against the spread of Covid-19 and all tolls were collected either by E-ZPass or by the temporary toll-by-mail process. Toll collectors will be wearing gloves, face masks, and plastic face shields and drivers who intend to pay with cash are encouraged to wear face masks as they travel through the toll lanes.

Ahead of Memorial Day, the traditional start of the summer travel season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends staying home as much as possible.

The CDC advises people to not travel if they’re sick, are in a higher-risk group for the coronavirus or live with someone who is. Higher-risk groups include people 65 and older and those with chronic health conditions.

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But many Americans are considering road trips as a minimal-contact vacation option as opposed to the close quarters of traveling by plane. Those who do make summer travel driving plans may encounter checkpoints at state lines, quarantine orders, closed welcome centers and rest areas, and fewer open hotels and restaurants.

Social distancing guidelines remain in place, and travelers may be required to wear a face mask when they stop for gas, groceries or other supplies.

“I don’t think this is going to be like any other kind of summer,” said Joseph Allen, an assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health. “Everything is going to be very different.”

The good news? Travelers will benefit from the lowest gas prices in 17 years, according to AAA. The national average is $1.87, about a dollar lower than a year ago. AAA says to expect prices to rise above $2 over the summer as states reopen and demand increases.

Summer road trippers will need to do more planning and preparation than they might otherwise. Hotel reservations should be made in advance, directly with the hotel. Motorists should plan on eating take-out food or bringing their own. They should check ahead to see which welcome centers and rest stops may be closed.

AAA has an interactive map that shows state-by-state restrictions that may affect road trippers. However, information is changing quickly, spokesman Jim Stratton said, so travelers should check multiple sources to see what they should expect at their destination and along the way.

The National Governors Association also has a state-by-state interactive map that shows coronavirus-related state restrictions and conditions travelers should know.

Checkpoints and quarantines

Rhode Island and Florida require drivers entering the state to check in. 

Roadside checkpoints on interstates are set up to check for potential coronavirus cases. Drivers are diverted from the interstate to a rest area or weigh station, where they fill out a form provided by state police. Commercial trucks are allowed to bypass the screening.

Since March, Florida has required drivers from Louisiana, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to quarantine for 14 days, or the duration of their stay in the state, whichever is shorter. The restriction does not apply to airline employees, military personnel, commercial drivers or health care workers.

Travelers to Rhode Island must quarantine on arrival unless traveling for business. All cars with out-of-state plates are required to stop.

Texas ended roadside checkpoints at the Louisiana border in late April.

While most states may not have border checkpoints, some still require a 14-day quarantine for visitors.

Border crossings

The U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico land borders have been closed to nonessential travel since late March and will remain closed until June 22, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.

Welcome centers and rest areas

Some welcome centers and rest areas are closed, and travelers should check each state’s transportation department website for the most up-to-date information.

Masks and social distancing

Several states require people to wear face coverings in public: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Rhode Island. Many others recommend it.  

Social distancing guidelines remain in effect across the country, discouraging large gatherings and encouraging people to stay six feet apart.

Cashless tolls

State and regional tolling authorities across the country have closed their cash toll collection. If you don’t have a transponder such as E-ZPass, expect to be billed by mail. That includes the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the New York Thruway, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Ohio Turnpike toll collectors still take cash, but have been provided with nitrile gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. The Indiana Toll Road has advised drivers paying with cash to expect delays at toll plazas due to reduced staffing.

The Florida Turnpike has stopped taking cash tolls. Those who do not have a SunPass account will receive an invoice by mail. The Florida Department of Transportation is temporarily waiving the $2.50 invoice administrative fee.

The Maryland Transportation Authority has switched to all-electronic tolling at its bridges and tunnels. Delaware’s toll roads and bridges have also gone cashless.


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90 excruciating seconds at the Transport Select Committee

“Minister, we haven’t got much time, so some pithy answers please, rather than vacuous, long-winded ones.”

The speaker was Karl McCartney, the Conservative MP for Lincoln. He was addressing his parliamentary colleague, Kelly Tolhurst.

Ms Tolhurst is the aviation minister, and she was answering questions during Wednesday’s hearing of the Transport Select Committee.

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MPs on the committee are taking evidence about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the travel industry.

As you will know, one of the key topics is the impending quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK.

The government will bring in 14 days of mandatory self-isolation early in June. It says: “Now that domestic transmission within the UK is coming under control, and other countries begin to lift lockdown measures, it is the right time to prepare new measures at the border.”

Whether by accident or design, the quarantine policy has potential to cause even more damage than the immense harm already wrought upon the UK travel industry by the coronavirus pandemic.

Almost no one is going to want to travel to Britain with the prospect of spending the next two weeks unable to venture outside. That includes those of us who are desperate for a holiday abroad but cannot contemplate 14 days of self-isolation at the end of it.

We all hope that the spread of Covid-19 will remain under control. It is a safe bet that other countries will be lifting lockdown measures for many months. So I predict the justification for quarantine will prevail for the rest of the year.

Given the imminent deployment of an unprecedented measure with the potential to destroy every UK airline and holiday company, it was unsurprising that MPs wanted answers from the minister about quarantine: when it will start, how it will work and – crucially – what needs to change for the travel-crushing measure to be lifted.

I have watched the excruciating 90-second exchange between Mr McCartney and his fellow Tory several times.

“Are you going to reconsider the 14-day period?” he asks.

“So obviously that’s something that is being led by the Home Office, so obviously these things are under review,” replied the minister.

“So that’s a ‘no’,” he concludes – and asks about arrivals to the UK who would be exempt from the need to go home and stay there.

“So obviously in relation to the exemptions, the exemption lists are being looked and finalised, and obviously – ”

“Yes or no,” demanded Mr McCartney.

“Well, I haven’t – we haven’t – got the full lists, that’s work that’s been ongoing, around what would be on the exemption lists and ultimately, as the DfT I’ve been very focused on making sure that …”

As the unfortunate minister wittered on, the exchange became even more heated before Mr McCartney handed back to the chair.

Kelly Tolhurst deserves sympathy. The MPs on the transport committee know that, collectively, many tens of thousands of their constituents depend on travel for their livelihoods.

Many more of their voters are booked to go on holiday as early as 12 June, the date Tui plans to re-start departures. And yet they have no way of knowing whether a condition of their annual holiday will be sitting inside for a fortnight on returning home.

All that you, me and the mystified MPs know about the quarantine policy we glean from briefings and counter-briefings by No 10 and the Department for Transport.

In an all-too-public forum, the hapless junior minister was obliged to to defend a quarantine policy that her department and almost anyone connected with travel thinks, in the words of Michael O’Leary of Ryanair, is both intensely destructive and “absolutely bonkers” (a fellow airline chief executive used a rather stronger term in private).

No wonder Kelly Tolhurst’s bluster exasperated her fellow MPs with vacuous, long-winded answers. At a time when everyone needs clarity, all she could honestly offer was meaningless prevarication. But it wasn’t her fault.

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Britons back 'air bridges' with searches to Italy and France rocketing

Britons back ‘air bridges’ and tourism in Europe ‘re-opening this summer’, with searches for July holidays to Italy and France rocketing in the past few days by over 100 per cent

  • Air bridges would allow people to travel without the need to undergo quarantine
  • In response, Skyscanner says searches for holidays to Italy in July are up 103% 
  • The website has also seen a 128% increase in searches for July trips to France  

British travellers are backing the idea of travel ‘corridors’ and ‘bubbles’, with searches for holidays to Italy and France rocketing this week.

Ministers are mulling coronavirus ‘air bridges’ to allow travellers to move between countries without the need for quarantine once the outbreak is under control. And Italy, Spain and Greece have all made headlines with announcements around the re-introduction of tourism.

Skyscanner has revealed that in response, searches from the UK for holidays in July in Italy are up 103 per cent this week compared to last week and for trips to France by 128 per cent. Overall searches for international travel in July have increased by 37 per cent in the past two weeks.

British travellers are backing the idea of travel ‘corridors’ and ‘bubbles’, with searches for holidays to Italy and France rocketing this week 

Jon Thorne, director of user satisfaction at Skyscanner, said: ‘As they look ahead to the summer, nations around the world are discussing new travel alliances. These “travel bubbles”, also called “travel corridors”, aim to allow passage between two or more countries without the need to quarantine.

‘There has been much made in the news about which countries the UK might partner with in the future and at what time. As certain countries have been named, we have seen a correlation with an increase in search data to those locations, intimating that keen UK travellers will adapt their planned destination according to government regulations.

‘Safety, is of course, paramount in many people’s minds. Many travellers are taking advantage of the airlines and hotels who are offering their most flexible cancellation policies ever and booking international travel for later this year and early next.’

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said a ‘blanket’ 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals in the UK would be introduced from next month.

Searches for international travel overall in July has increased by 37 per cent in the past two weeks, says Skyscanner 

WHAT IS AN AIR BRIDGE? 

An ‘air bridge’ is typically used by the military to reach and supply territory across enemy lines.

One of the largest in history was used for the Berlin airlift after the Second World War.

That kept the Western-held area supplied between June 1948 and May 1949 when it was cut off by Soviet forces. 

Another famous air bridge was ‘The Hump’, which was the route over the Himalayas from India to resupply Chinese forces working with the Allies. 

But he disclosed that there are ‘active discussions’ going on over what countries could be exempted from the regime in future, referring to the idea of ‘air bridges’ – usually used to refer to military flights over enemy territory.

Countries with lower infection levels, such as Australia, New Zealand and Greece, could potentially be excluded from the tough rules, which will be enforced by law.

Meanwhile, Skyscanner has also revealed that more people have been looking for getaways within the UK, encouraged by the easing of restrictions in some areas and the rumour of an extra Bank Holiday, which is being mulled as a way of boosting domestic spending.

For example, searches for car hire in the UK have increased 31 per cent week-on-week, with the travel website saying many people in cities are looking to escape to other parts of the UK after lockdown.

A survey of almost 6,000 Skyscanner users in 17 countries has shown that there is a latent demand in the UK for travel, with interest in domestic trips high.

Of those surveyed, 52 per cent believe that the domestic situation is getting better compared to a 65 per cent average across European countries.

Thirty-five per cent of participants said they believe that it will be safe to travel domestically within three months compared to a 29 per cent average across the European countries surveyed.

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Holidays 2020: Dr Hilary warns people not to fly – ‘it’s too early’

After months of lockdown restrictions, many Britons are hopeful for holidays this summer following the announcement that major airlines, including easyJet, could be taking to the skies as early as June. However, Dr Hilary Hones has warned Britons not to fly, suggesting it is “too early”.

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Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, the doctor said that he had concerns about people “easing of lockdown too quickly.”

This came just after budget airline easyjet announced plans to resume flights from mid-June.

“easyJet just announced they might be some flights to Europe as early as the middle of next month. I would not,” warned Dr Hilary.

“You can’t socially distance or be safe in an aeroplane cabin.

“I’m sorry, I know the tourism industry and the aviation industry are absolutely decimated by this but I think as a doctor obviously health comes first.

“So I think it’s a bit too early, just be patient people.”

He added that travelling internationally is “a big risk”.

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From June 15, services will be operating from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Belfast, and Isle of Man in the UK.

A minimal number of international routes will also go ahead.

Flying will resume in France from Nice, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon and Lille, as well as from Geneva in Switzerland, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, and Barcelona in Spain.

However, easyJet assured that the safety of its passengers and staff was a top priority.

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The airline will be following in the footsteps of Wizz Air and Ryanair who have both implemented safety measures onboard.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, commented: “I am really pleased that we will be returning to some flying in the middle of June.

“These are small and carefully planned steps that we are taking to resume operations.

“We will continue to closely monitor the situation across Europe so that when more restrictions are lifted the schedule will continue to build over time to match demand while also ensuring we are operating efficiently and on routes that our customers want to fly.

“The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority which is why we are implementing a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks.

“These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard in June.”

Wizz Air resumed a number of flights from London’s Luton airport in May, meanwhile Ryanair has suggested it will restart up to 40 percent of its schedule in July.

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Summer holidays 2020: How Greece is planning to restart tourism in JUNE

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has announced that the Greek tourist season will kick off next month, where hotels can reopen and tourists can start to visit their desired location. Mr Mitsotakis said that the tourism period will begin on June 15.

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Greece, which implemented an early and strict lockdown to avoid strain on their healthcare system, has recorded impressively low figures for Covid-19.

Greece has been praised for its handling of the pandemic, recording 166 coronavirus related deaths and only 2,850 confirmed cases.

“The tourism period begins on 15 June, when seasonal hotels can reopen,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address.

He added: “Let us make this summer the epilogue of the [Covid-19] crisis.”

The announcement came as the EU tourism minister agreed to do “whatever it takes for the quick and full recovery of European tourism”.

Greece’s tourism industry is one of the nation’s main sources of income.

According to the tourism ministry, Greece last year had 33 million visitors and tourism revenue of 19 billion euros.

The Greek prime minister said that direct international flights to the country’s tourist destinations would resume gradually from July 1.

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Holidaymakers from the UK and other countries would not be quarantined but would have to undergo coronavirus tests.

Although it is not clear who would be offered the tests and if they will be available for everyone.

Mitsotakis said that the country’s prompt response to the virus would be a “passport of safety, credibility and health” to attract visitors.

Currently, holidaymakers from the UK hoping to travel abroad this summer will be forced to a 14 day quarantine on their return under British government plan.

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To encourage tourism, Greece is also making travel cheaper by temporarily reducing value added tax (VAT) on all transport including flights, bus journeys and rail travel to 13 percent from the current 24 percent.

Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis said a list of nations resuming flights to Greece would be announced by the end of May.

Bulgarians and Northern Europeans including Germans will be among the first visitors to Greece, the minister said, in addition to Israelis and Cypriots.

Theocharis added that 600 beds would be specifically set aside for coronavirus care on Greek islands, which are traditionally among the country’s top travel destinations.

Greece isn’t the only country hoping to boost their tourism season this year.

Nearly 84 million people visited Spain in 2019, and around 18 million of those were from the UK.

The country’s transport minister Jose Luis Abalos told Spanish broadcaster TVE that they hope to start tourism activity from late June.

Spain’s decision to enforce a two-week quarantine on travellers into the country is likely to be mirrored by the UK.

Spain, like Greece and other countries around the world imposed one of the harshest lockdowns, going so far as to prevent people from exercising outdoors.

Italy also said that all airports could reopen on June 3 for national and international flights.

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Google Maps: Mysterious sighting sparks supernatural concerns in Florida – what is this?

Google Maps Street View allows users across the world to navigate the world with a click of a button. From visiting the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building, Street View enables viewers to travel the world. It also has been known to uncover some of the world’s most mysterious sightings like this scene in Florida.

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Many users scour the website to try and find weird and wonderful occurrences that spark all kinds of conspiracy theories and supernatural concerns.

One occurrence was spotted in a desolate area of Florida, just outside of the notorious Bermuda Triangle.

A Google Maps user reported the mysterious “UFO” sighting onto Reddit.

Even when zoomed in, it’s hard to identify exactly what the object is.

It’s multicoloured with an oval shape, but a stitching issue with Google Maps means you can’t see the entire shape and half of it is cut off.

The object was spotted in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which is located in southern Florida.

This is an area just outside of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Bermuda Triangle has long been associated with mysterious aircraft and bizarre sightings with some users claiming that they have seen aliens.

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One Reddit user described this sighting as a “UFO sighting” because it is almost impossible to identify how far away the object is from the camera.

However another user suggested that it was simply a “butterfly” and that it only sparks supernatural concerns because half of the object is missing, meaning it is hard to identify it.

There is no instant explanation of what the object actually is and a user on Reddit suggested than an insect scientist should answer the question.

What makes the scene so off is that the object is cut in half because of the way Street View stitches together different stills of a landscape.

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The camera took one image as the object was beginning to pass into frame and then took an adjacent shot after the object had flown along and the two images were joined together.

This isn’t the first time something strange has been spotted on Google Maps.

One particular bizarre sighting took place in Austria where a house appears to be glowing.

This strange scene sparked “supernatural debates on website Reddit.

The house appears to have an odd shaped object glowing on top of it.

Colours of yellow and blue can be seen radiating the top of this house.

The user who posted this to the site wrote: “Found this UFO looking thing while scrolling around.”

However sometimes when viewing something in satellite mode, Google can often face trouble and it appears that it could be a bright light reflecting something off of the roof.”

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US Extends Travel Ban on Canada and Mexico Border Crossings

Governments of both the United States and Canada today announced that both countries will be extending a ban on all non-essential travel (i.e., for recreational purposes) across their borders for further 30 days, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague North America.

The jointly-approved restrictions on cross-border travel, first issued in March and renewed in April, were set to expire on Wednesday, May 20, but will now remain in effect through at least June 22, 2020. The cross-border travel ban notably does not apply to trade or supply-chain operations.

The injunction against non-essential crossings at the U.S.’ Canadian and Mexican borders, the renewed order states, are being reevaluated by federal health officials every 30 days and are subject to an indefinite period of extension, dependent upon the future course of the current health crisis.

At a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event, acting Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Chad Wolf, remarked, “What we don’t want to do is try to open up parts of our economy and have a lot of folks coming across the border that we haven’t seen in the past 50 or 60 days.”

Wolf also said in a statement that measures taken to lock down border security over the past few months have been thus far successful and that, “now is not the time to change course.” He asserted, “Non-essential travel will not be permitted until this administration is convinced that doing so is safe and secure.”

While Reuters reported that no immediate comment was forthcoming from Mexico’s Foreign Ministry, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said of the U.S.-Canada accord, “This is an important decision that will keep people in both of our countries safe.” He stated that, when the time comes to restart non-essential travel, Canada will need “to have strong measures in place.”

Concurrently, the White House declared its extension of pandemic-associated policies that permit rapid deportations of migrants found attempting to cross at American borders, according to a health emergency order from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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