Jamaica removes mandatory pre-entry testing

Jamaica abolished all corona-related entry restrictions on April 16. From now on, travelers will not need to provide a corona test or alternative proof of immunity to visit the Caribbean island. Only the entry form, which was already a mandatory document before the pandemic, is still required.

On April 14, the Jamaican Tourist Board announced that the island nation would lift all travel restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, all travelers aged 12 and over had to prove a negative test for boarding the aircraft, regardless of their vaccination status. Rapid PCR and antigen tests were accepted, which were not allowed to be older than 72 hours. Prior application for an entry permit was also mandatory until March 1st.

Entry form “Enter Jamaica” still required

Regardless of the entry rules imposed by COVID-19, Jamaica has had the C5 entry and customs card for some time, which can be completed at any time prior to arrival. The authorities recommend that holidaymakers complete the form online in advance in order to speed up the processes at the airport. Anyone who has not managed to do this can still answer the questions on board the flight on the paper card that was handed out. Among other things, personal data, the passport number, the reason for travel, the travel dates and address on the island as well as goods to be declared that may be carried are given.

Masks are no longer compulsory in public places

In addition to the entry restrictions, masks are no longer required in public places in Jamaica. As Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett announced, the lifting of the measures is an important step in gradually adapting the travel logs to the declining number of infections. In addition, the minister expressed optimism that the attractiveness of the island as a tourist destination will be increased again and the tourism sector will recover better.

Venice: Visitors will need reservations in the future

Venice is planning mandatory online registration for visitors to the old town. From the summer, travelers should reserve their stay in the center of the lagoon city in advance free of charge, from 2023 a paid ticket for the parts of the city on the water is planned. However, hotel guests with accommodation within Venice should not have to purchase it.

The innovation was announced by Venice’s tourism officer Simone Venturini on April 20 to the German Press Agency. The city’s decision was preceded by the return of mass tourism, which Venice had already fought against before the outbreak of the corona pandemic. Over the Easter festival in mid-April, several hundred thousand holidaymakers again came to the lagoon city, and long queues formed in front of attractions such as St. Mark’s Basilica. With the introduction of the prior online reservation, the city administration hopes to get a better overview of when and how many visitors are in the old town. Exactly when registration will start has yet to be announced.

Paid ticket for day trips from 2023

While the reservation of the visit planned from summer 2022 should be free of charge, the introduction of a paid ticket is planned from next year. Day visitors will need to purchase this if they want to enter the water-based parts of central Venice. Those who book a hotel room within the lagoon city, however, do not need the additional access permit. Of course, local residents do not have to register their stay in the old town either.

Entrance fee in Venice postponed several times

With the announcement of day tickets from 2023, the introduction of an entrance fee for Venice was postponed again. The city administration had already announced the start of the admission fee for the next season several times, most recently for the summer of this year. A daily price of five euros was last planned; It is not yet known whether this will also be retained for 2023.

Thailand lifts mandatory on-arrival testing for vaccinated people

Thailand lifts the test requirement upon entry for fully vaccinated people. According to a decision by the corona authority CCSA on April 22, people with corona vaccination protection are then only recommended to carry out an antigen rapid test or self-test. Unvaccinated people are also allowed to enter the country, but they still have to be tested and go into hotel quarantine. The new regulation is expected to come into force on May 1st.

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Sports in the Canary Islands: 5 adventurous outdoor activities

With their varied landscape and mild climate all year round, the Canary Islands are ideal for sports enthusiasts.

In addition to many classic sports offers, the archipelago in the Atlantic also promises ideal conditions for extreme sports fans. An overview of the most exciting sports that are worth traveling to the Canary Islands for.

Paragliding over El Hierro

Strong trade winds prevail on El Hierro, which make the island ideal for paragliders. The most famous flight on the westernmost Canary Island leads over the El Golfo valley. Depending on the difficulty, the start takes place from different altitudes of the Dos Hermanas summit. Whether it’s from 1,200, 1,000, 800 or 600 metres, the thermal conditions are consistently so good that you can spend hours gliding and admiring the volcanic landscape that begins at Playa de Arenas Blancas beach and the rugged Roques de Salmor has had enough of watching. So it is not surprising that an international paragliding festival has been held on the island for 20 years, in which athletes from all over the world take part.

Climbing in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands offer good conditions for climbing. Because the islands are volcanic in origin, there are all sorts of terrain and rock types; Rock faces, cones and towers. The archipelago offers a contrasting terrain where climbers, from beginners to professionals, have the opportunity to practice. In addition, almost all climbing spots are in scenic surroundings – at the top, a panoramic view of the daring usually awaits. Almost all Canary Islands invite you to climb, most routes can be found on La Gomera, Tenerife and especially Gran Canaria.

Mountain biking in Fuerteventura

Each of the Canary Islands has mountain bike routes that run through lush forests, barren volcanic steppes or untouched natural landscapes and offer the right challenge for every level of difficulty. One of the most beautiful routes can be found on Fuerteventura. From the artists’ village of Lajares you cycle past volcanoes to the resort of Corralejo, home to world-famous dunes, further along the coast to El Cotillo. The path leads past a large number of beaches and bays and is not only a highlight for mountain bike fans.

Orienteering in the Canary Islands

There are also ideal conditions for the trend sport of orienteering on the seven Canary Islands. In orienteering, you use a map and compass to look for fixed checkpoints in the terrain. The archipelago offers many varied regions with countless worthwhile routes for beginners as well as for competitive athletes. Sport-specific maps are available for each environment, showing course boundaries and providing valuable support. The cards are officially registered with the Spanish Orienteering Federation, Federación Española de Orientación.

Float over the water while kite surfing

Kitesurfing is rooted in the tradition of the Canary Islands. The prevailing trade winds in connection with the mostly calm waters off the coast create optimal conditions and ensure that you seem to be floating above the water when kiting. The sport has increased in popularity in recent years – consequently there are hotspots on all islands that can boast a very well developed infrastructure. Specialist shops, rental stations and surf schools have the necessary equipment and a great deal of know-how to provide the best possible support for both beginners and advanced kite surfers.