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Emergency State in Sri Lanka after Easter Sunday Attack Leaves at least 290 Dead

Sri Lanka will be put in a state of emergency as of midnight, after a series of attacks on churches and hotels on Easter Sunday, left at least 290 people dead and 500 injured.

EU Clarifies: Americans Can Still Visit Visa-free but Need Pre-Travel Screening

As of 2021, US travelers wishing to visit an EU country will be required to spend 10 minutes online applying for authorization under the EU’s security policy.

Gatwick Airport Back in Operation After Drone Scare

Gatwick, UK’s second-largest airport, re-opened and resumed operation, after a drone incident led to the cancellation of nearly 800 flights.

Airlines to Provide Greek Police with Passenger Data as Greece Harmonizes with EU Rules

Airlines will be required to provide the Greek Police with data on passengers traveling into or out of Greece, as the country harmonizes with the EU’s PNR Directive.

EU Adopts New Controls on Cash Entering or Leaving Union

The Council of the European Union has adopted a regulation aimed at improving controls on cash entering or leaving the EU.

Opinion – Fear-mongering: Against Travelers’ Best Interests

Opinion: To capitalize on a nation’s or destination’s tragedy to create false perceptions, serve dubious interests or perpetuate prejudice, is unethical. Fear-mongering is never in the best interests of the traveler.

Travel Leaders Look Ahead to 2019 at WTM London

Top executives of the tourism industry will participate in a session titled “World Travel Leaders – What to expect in 2019”, which will be held during the WTM London in November.

Greece in Top 5 Schengen Countries Issuing Short-stay Visas

Greece is ranked fifth among 10 Schengen countries that received the most short-stay visa applications in 2017 after France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Germany Lifts Stricter Airport Checks on Outbound Flyers from Greece

The German interior ministry has called off stricter airport security checks for passengers traveling on outbound flights from Greece, which were implemented in 2017.

EU Set to Suggest Mandatory Fingerprinting on All IDs

In efforts to tackle terrorism, the European Commission plans to table a proposal that all EU identification cards include fingerprinting.

Schengen Zone Airport Checks Legal, Biometric IDs a Requirement

European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos recently stated that Schengen zone checks were both legal and carried out in most countries regularly.

Greek MEPs, Hoteliers Up in Arms Over More Airport Checks

Greek MEPs and hoteliers recently expressed concerns over the tight security screenings imposed on travelers from Greece at German airports.

Security Seminar for Tighter Document Inspections Held at Athens Airport

The Athens Airport Police Authority recently held a workshop on travel document inspection and forged documents identification.

Germany Says Security Checks to Continue, Greece Must Do its Part

Passengers traveling from Greece to Germany will continue to be subject to tight security checks within the airports’ Schengen arrivals area.

Greece, Germany, EU to Meet Over Strict Airport Controls

The issue of passengers from Greece being subject to rigid security checks at German airports will be discussed between EU, Germany and Greece authorities.

Trump Calls for Harsher Measures After Deadly NY Truck Attack

US President Donald Trump has responded with a call for increased security after a terror attack in Lower Manhattan on October 31.

US-Turkey Ties in Jeopardy Amid Diplomatic Spat, Tourism on Hold

The United States and Turkey are playing power games as both countries have suspended visa services, amid a volatile period in view of growing terrorism threats.

Major Airlines Cut Travel Links with Qatar Amid Diplomatic Row

Several airlines, including Emirates and Etihad, have announced the suspension of all flights to and from Doha from Tuesday, June 6, until further notice.

Greece Decries Deadly Manchester Strike, ISIS Claims Responsibility

Greece has condemned a deadly terrorist attack that took place on the night of Monday, May 22, at the Manchester Arena in the UK.

Greece Condemns Deadly Paris Attack

“Democracy cannot be intimidated,” the Greek foreign ministry said in a message to the French people condemning the terror attack on Thursday, April 20.
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