Tag: ease

SE Asia’s biggest travel app Traveloka raises $250 million as lockdowns ease

By Fanny Potkin

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s largest online travel app, announced on Tuesday it had raised $250 million to help bolster its operations amid the coronavirus crisis, and as domestic travel starts to pick up in the region of 650 million people.

The eight-year-old startup said its funding round was led by a “global financial institution” and included existing investors, such as early backer East Ventures.

Traveloka, which claims more than 60 million downloads, has been battered by the virus outbreak, as Southeast Asian countries shut borders and imposed strict lockdowns, throttling a previously booming tourism industry.

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Holiday bookings ‘explode’ as travel restrictions ease

Travel companies say holiday bookings have “exploded” after the government announced current restrictions will be eased.

Ministers said from 6 July, blanket restrictions on non-essential overseas travel will be relaxed in the UK.

Holidaymakers will be allowed to travel to certain European countries without having to spend 14 days in quarantine upon their return.

A spokesperson for TUI said the move was a “hugely positive step forward”.

“We’ve already seen bookings increase by 50% this week, versus last [week], with holidays to Spain and Greece looking the most popular this summer,” said Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK and

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Ireland to ease travel restrictions with some countries from July 9

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland plans to lift from July 9 a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from countries that have also suppressed the coronavirus, acting prime minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday.

Ireland will produce a “green list” of countries where the 14-day quarantine will not apply by the July 9 resumption date, Varadkar told a news conference, approving Ireland’s move to the third of the four-phase plan for reopening its economy.

Varadkar said the list of countries and criteria for so-called “air bridges” would be co-ordinated at an EU-level but also cautioned prospective holiday-makers that the list would be

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Thailand marks 28 days without local transmission, aims to ease travel

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand hopes to ease some coronavirus restrictions on foreigners entering the country after going for 28 days without recording any domestic transmissions, a senior official said on Monday.

Those who will benefit from the easing of restrictions will include business executives, skilled workers and foreigners who live in Thailand.

“The first three groups will be able to return to Thailand and stay in 14-day state quarantine,” said the spokesman for the government’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, Taweesin Wisanuyothin.

Medical tourists will also be allowed back for treatment in hospital, he said.

Short-term business travellers and tourists

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Qantas, Air New Zealand to boost domestic capacity as restrictions ease

By Jamie Freed

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd <QAN.AX> and Air New Zealand Ltd <AIR.NZ> on Thursday outlined plans for significant boosts to domestic capacity as pandemic-related travel restrictions ease, sending their shares higher.

Qantas said it would lift domestic capacity to 15% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of June, up from 5% now.

The airline said more flights are likely in July depending on travel demand and further opening of state borders, with the ability to increase to up to 40% of pre-crisis capacity by the end of July.

Air New Zealand said it would raise

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