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EU Nationals Subject to Stricter Security Checks Across Union’s Borders

Following terrorist attacks in Paris, Germany and Brussels, authorities will be carrying out identity checks on all inbound or outgoing travelers across EU borders.

Booking.com Activities Suspended in Turkey

The activities of online hotel booking platform Booking.com have been suspended in Turkey, following a decision by an Istanbul court.
Posted On 30 Mar 2017

‘Spatosimo’ Air Passenger Fee Now €12 for All Greek Airports

An amendment tabled in Parliament brings changes to a fee, known as the 'spatosimo', imposed on airline tickets of passengers travelling from Greek airports.
Posted On 29 Mar 2017

IATA Calls for Alternatives to Electronic Restrictions on Certain Flights

IATA has called for alternatives to the new measures by the US and the UK to restrict the carry-on of large electronic items on certain flights from the Middle East and North Africa.
Posted On 29 Mar 2017

Historic Moment for Europe: UK Triggers Article 50 and Begins Brexit Process

On Wednesday, March 29, UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, officially launching Britain's exit from the EU.
Posted On 29 Mar 2017

Brexit Set to Move Major Airlines out of UK and into Europe

Airlines headquartered in the UK will have to set up shop in the EU and sell off shares to European nationals if they wish to continue running major routes across Europe following Brexit, EU officials said.
Posted On 22 Mar 2017

No More Laptops, Tablets on Some UK, US Flights

The US and UK have announced the prohibition of any electronic devices larger than a smartphone on flights from the Middle East and North Africa.
Posted On 22 Mar 2017

EU Aims to Digitalise Passenger Registration for Safer Sea Travel

The European Union is looking to digitalise ship passenger registration in order to make search and rescue operations more efficient.
Posted On 22 Mar 2017

EU Re-adopts Decision to Fine Air Cargo Carriers Over ‘Price-fixing’

The European Commission has re-adopted a cartel decision against 11 air cargo carriers and imposed a fine of some 776 million euros for operating a "price–fixing cartel".
Posted On 17 Mar 2017

Commission Approves Visa Validation at E. Aegean Island Ports

A visa facilitation pilot program that allows non-European Union citizens from Turkish ports to visit select Greek islands has been extended by one year.

Turkey Says EU Deals Hinge on Visa-Free Travel

Turkey says all EU agreements, including the migrant deal to stem migrant flows from entering Europe via Greece, will be called off if Turkish citizens do not get visa-free travel.
Posted On 15 Mar 2017

All-year Tourism, Innovation on Tziallas’ Commission Agenda

Greek Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development, Yiorgos Tziallas, recently met with senior officials from the European Commission in Brussels.
Posted On 15 Mar 2017

Greece – Kuwait Join Forces in Tourism

Greece and Kuwait have entered the next phase of bilateral cooperation in tourism after parliament ratified a relevant bill.

Commission Calls for Full US-EU Visa Reciprocity

European lawmakers recently pushed for the imposition of visas on US citizens traveling to Europe in a move towards resolving a transatlantic dispute running since 2014 which does not allow nationals of five EU countries to enter the US without a visa.
Posted On 03 Mar 2017

European Commission Outlines 5 Scenarios for Future of the EU

The European Commission on Wednesday presented a White Paper that outlines five possible paths for the EU to take in the coming years.
Posted On 01 Mar 2017

Georgians Get Visa-free Travel Rights to EU

Georgia nationals can travel throughout the EU for 90 days without a visa, after the European Commission ratified the country's visa liberalization.

EU to Step Up Security Checks Across its Borders

EU citizens and third country nationals entering or exiting the European Union will be required to undergo extensive checks against EU-wide databases following new regulation.
Posted On 17 Feb 2017

Russia Visa Application Centres Expand Across Europe Ahead of FIFA World Cup 2018

As Russia gears up to welcome visitors for FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and World Cup 2018, Russia Visa Application Centres have opened in 14 countries.
Posted On 16 Feb 2017

WTTC Warns Trump Over Travel Ban: ‘Keep Tourism Out of Politics’

The WTTC warns the US that strict visa policies and inward-looking sentiment will lead to economic stagnation in the travel and tourism sector.
Posted On 15 Feb 2017

Greece to Request Commission Re-examine Pilot Visa Plan Decision

Greece will request that the European Commission re-examine its decision to prohibit visa clearance at Eastern Aegean island ports through a pilot program.
Posted On 09 Feb 2017