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    Several countries, including Belgium, are in the sights of the European Union for the management of their borders. Posted on 02/24/2021 at 5:22 p.m. Lhe European Commission wrote to the Belgian authorities on Tuesday to obtain a response within ten days of the disproportionate nature of the ban on non-essential travel extended to April 1, a measure that will be evaluated on Friday by the Concertation Committee . Five other countries including Germany are targeted. As a reminder, all non-essential trips abroad are prohibited from Wednesday January 27 until April 1. What is the situation in neighboring countries? Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Entry into Luxembourg territory is authorized to all travelers from the European Union and countries associated with the Schengen area as well as citizens of San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican / San- Seat. ...
    Lhe European Commission wrote to the Belgian authorities to obtain within ten days a response to the disproportionate nature of the ban on non-essential travel extended to April 1, a measure that will be the subject of an evaluation on Friday at the Concertation Committee. Five other countries including Germany are targeted. The Commission toughened its tone and threatened legal action. “In the case of the travel ban imposed by Belgium, the Commission considers that less restrictive measures would be available to the authorities to achieve the objective of protecting public health”, writes Salla Saastamoinen, Director General of the DG Justice, in a letter consulted by Belga. It also notes that, when the announcement of the extension of the ban was made by the Belgian government, “no reason was given” for this extension. The latter was also made several weeks before the expiration of the initial ban, which...
    Belgium and five other countries are in the sights of the European Commission for restrictions imposed on travel. Lhe European Commission wrote to the Belgian authorities to obtain within ten days a response to the disproportionate nature of the ban on non-essential travel extended to April 1, a measure that will be the subject of an evaluation on Friday at the Concertation Committee. Five other countries including Germany are targeted. As a reminder, all non-essential trips abroad are prohibited from Wednesday January 27 until April 1. What is the situation in neighboring countries? Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Entry into Luxembourg territory is authorized to all travelers from the European Union and countries associated with the Schengen area as well as citizens of San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican / San- Seat.
    The European executive wants an answer within ten days as to the disproportionate nature of the ban on non-essential travel extended to April 1. Five other countries including Germany are targeted. Lhe European Commission wrote to the Belgian authorities to obtain within ten days a response to the disproportionate nature of the ban on non-essential travel extended to April 1, a measure that will be the subject of an evaluation on Friday at the Concertation Committee. Five other countries including Germany are targeted. “No reason was given” for this extension “In the case of the travel ban imposed by Belgium, the Commission considers that less restrictive measures would be available to the authorities to achieve the objective of protecting public health”, writes Salla Saastamoinen, Director General of the DG Justice, in a letter consulted by Belga. It also notes that, when the announcement...
    The Commission has been regularly questioned for several days on the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed in Belgium, but also in Germany. VS‘It is essentially the respect for proportionality that concerns the European Commission in the Belgian ban on non-essential travel, a spokesperson for the European executive said on Monday. The Commission has been regularly questioned for several days on the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed in Belgium, but also in Germany. “There were still contacts between the office of European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders and that of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. The question of proportionality is important to us, and we have some concerns regarding the measures in Belgium. We are staying in touch and will take the necessary measures, ”commented spokesperson Christian Wigand. The Belgian ban on non-essential travel does not comply with the recommendations that the Member...
    Prince Harry will not meet the Queen face-to-face for a 12-month review of the so-called 'Megxit' deal as the Covid-19 pandemic has brought a ban on non-essential travel. The Duke of Sussex, together with wife Meghan Markle, quit as senior royals in January last year, with a review on their position set to take place on March 31. Prince Harry, 36, planned to request a meeting with his grandmother in the coming weeks, but those plans are said to have been scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic.  According to The Mirror, royal sources say the prince has 'not yet attempted to contact' the Queen to organise a meeting - but a solution was expected to be arranged in the coming weeks.  It's understood the couple want to increase the amount of time before a deal relinquishing their position becomes permanent. Prince Harry is understood to have delayed plans to meet...
    Passport control sign at airport UK travellers could be barred from entering the EU from 1 January as travel rules associated with being part of the EU expire and pandemic restrictions block entry. The UK will become a “third-party nation” when the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December. Entry into the EU would then be based on essential travel only. Currently only countries with low coronavirus infection rates qualify for non-essential travel. There are only eight countries with low Covid rates are on the approved list for free travel and there are no plans to add the UK to that list. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC’s Today programme that Covid restrictions would depend on what the EU and its member states decide. He added that “restrictions on travel, inevitably, is going to be something that’s kept under review”. With talks about a trade deal between the...
    Government officials in a Mexican border city say Texans are traveling with bogus pharmacy prescriptions and doctor appointment notices as part of an attempt to bypass the land border travel ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to newspaper El Universal, at least eight Mexican residents and American citizens have been busted by border agents in Reynosa, Tamaulipas for lying about their visits from the US.  The Tamaulipas state government imposed tough restrictions for motorists driving over from Hidalgo County, Texas, which as of Tuesday had reported 46,449 confirmed cases and 2,110 deaths.  The virus has been responsible for 23,408 deaths and 1,352,193 cases Texas. Officials in Tamaulipas have detected 32,025 positive cases and 3,083 deaths. The United States tops the world with 15,337,091 confirmed coronavirus cases and 288,022 deaths. Mexico has recorded 110,874 deaths and 1.1 million positive cases. A Tamaulipas, Mexico health department worker inspects a visitor from the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — AAA says of those who do plan to travel this Thanksgiving, 74% of them will be driving, so there still could be traffic in some areas. The Maryland State Department of Transportation is asking people to stay “safer at home” this holiday season. The MDOT Secretary said the best way to give thanks for the people we love is to do our part to keep them safe. “We know people are anxious to enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends, particularly after we’ve spent much of this year working and living remotely. But the best way to give thanks for the people we love is to do our part to keep them safe,” said MDOT Secretary Greg Slater. “We urge Marylanders to refrain from travel unless necessary. If you must travel, please avoid large gatherings and remember face covering, social distancing, hand washing and other precautions.” COVID In...
    DC Mayor Muriel Bowser doubled down on attending President-elect Joe Biden’s Delaware victory speech, calling her trip “essential” during a Tuesday press conference. Bowser’s office released an updated list of high risk states, which included Delaware, on Nov. 2, noting that “anyone coming into Washington, DC from a high-risk state (within the prior 14 days) who was traveling for non-essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in the District.” Despite this order, Bowser attended the former vice president’s victory speech in his home town of Wilmington, Delaware, Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Monday. (RELATED: DC Mayor Traveled To ‘High Risk’ Delaware For Biden Victory Speech Despite Her Own Mandate) Bowser described the trip Tuesday as a “trip that I took on Saturday night to congratulate the Biden-Harris team on a historic victory and celebrate for Washingtonians what will be...
    RYANAIR will not refund customers for flights to and from England in November, despite the government banning all but essential travel.  Customers will not get their money back if the flight is still operating, even if they aren’t legally allowed to get on it.  2Ryanair customers will not get their money back if the flight is still operating in November, even if they aren’t legally allowed to get on itCredit: Reuters The airline is only allowing travellers to swap onto a later flight without a change fee.  Meanwhile, British Airways and easyJet have confirmed that they will provide vouchers or refunds for customers whose flights are affected by this month’s lockdown.  Ryanair has said it is preparing for a "hugely challenging" period to continue as it reported a loss of £178 million in the first half of the year. The Ireland-based low-cost airline said it "expects to record higher losses"...
    It’s becoming a traffic jam quite unlike any other. Drivers are now reporting waits of up to 10 hours to cross the U.S.-Mexico border as a federal crackdown on nonessential travel is underway to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “There is a price to pay (for commuting from Mexico), but it should be reasonable,” Andrea Casillas, who works at a Bed Bath & Beyond store in San Diego and lives in Tijuana because it's less expensive, told the Associated Press Monday after waiting four hours himself. “This is going too far.” Cars wait in line to enter the United States at San Diego's San Ysidro border crossing on Tuesday in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP) CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE  The crackdown comes after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it surveyed about 100,000 travelers coming from Mexico by car or on foot and found 63% of U.S. citizens and legal residents traveled for reasons that...
    FRANCE has been placed on the UK's travel ban list, meaning Brits will have to quarantine for two weeks when back in the country. The travel ban also includes all non-essential travel, meaning holidays are off the menu. 4France is now on the UK travel ban listCredit: London News Pictures From 4am on August 14, all British tourists will need to follow the new restrictions - anyone caught breaking the UK quarantine will face fines up to £1,000. The country was removed from the UK air bridge list after cases of coronavirus continued to climb - France has 209,365 overall infections and 30,388 deaths. The current advice from the UK Foreign Office states: "The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to France (including Corsica). This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. "If you are returning to the UK from France on or...
    DESPERATE Spanish hotel bosses are offering Brits free Covid-19 tests when their holidays end in a bid to stop them cancelling their stays in the sun. The surprise offer was made by the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation (CEHAT) hours after it was announced those returning to the UK from Spain would have to self-isolate for 14 days. 4Spanish hotel chiefs are now offering Brits free Covid-19 testsCredit: AFP or licensors The move has left Mediterranean hotspot , which normally receives around 18 million British holidaymakers every year, in a state of shock. The Spanish government had been hopeful of getting at least the Balearic Island and Canary Islands exempted from the quarantine measure through the establishment of ‘safe’ air corridors to and from the UK. But those hopes were dashed late Monday when the Foreign Office hardened its stance by advising against all but essential travel to the...
    Reuters July 14, 2020 0 Comments Canada and the United States are set to extend a ban on non-essential travel that was imposed to fight the coronavirus outbreak, although a final decision has not been taken, two Ottawa sources familiar with the matter said on Monday. The ban, introduced in March, has been extended several times and is due to expire on July 21. The measure does not include trade. Infections have risen rapidly in about 40 of the 50 U.S. states over the last two weeks, according to a Reuters analysis, and the premiers of major Canadian provinces say the frontier must remain shut. Although some U.S. politicians in northern states are pressing for the measures to be relaxed, the Ottawa sources said the extension was virtually inevitable given the seriousness of the crisis in the United States. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters talks between the...
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada and the United States are still in talks on the future of a ban on non-essential travel between the two nations and will have more to say in the coming days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday. The ban, introduced in March, has been extended several times and is due to expire on July 21. Trudeau also told reporters he had talked to U.S. President Donald Trump earlier in the day and reiterated his opposition to the possible imposition of tariffs on Canadian aluminum exports. (Reporting by David Ljunggren) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
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