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Cancellation of travel ban for fully vaccinated Mexicans still in effect for November 8

Commuters wait in traffic on the Paso del Norte Bridge as they enter El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Days after the El Paso attack, the Community leaders from Ciudad Juarez have not spoken of boycotting the city which relies heavily on Mexican buyers. Rather, in the days that followed, Mexicans filled international bridges to jobs, stores, and schools as always. (AP Photo / Christian Chavez)

EL PASO, Texas (Border report) – The US government has extended non-essential travel restrictions, which were due to expire Thursday evening, until January 21, 2022.

However, the announcement published on Thursday afternoon in the federal register makes it clear that the Homeland Security Secretary intends to exempt people fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The notice does not mention the exemption date for the fully vaccinated, but the White House told reporters earlier that it would be November 8.

“This notification announces the secretary’s decision to continue to temporarily restrict non-essential travel of people from Mexico to the United States at land entry points along the (border)” to those who are not vaccinated, the notification.

DHS says the changes align land ports with policies already in place at airports.

The restrictions were implemented in March 2020 to reduce the cross-border spread of COVID-19. They included tourism and shopping, but made exceptions for commerce, legitimate business travel, and education, among others. Returning US citizens and lawful permanent residents were also able to return to the country.

Thursday’s notification authorizes U.S. customs and border protection officials to continue enforcing the travel ban on people who are unvaccinated and who are not coming to the United States on essential business. In January, everyone, including those traveling for essential purposes, must be fully immunized, the White House said earlier.

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European countries ‘ask for reassurance’ on UK Covid cases and plans amid fears of travel bans after mid-term https://www.executivetravel.biz/european-countries-ask-for-reassurance-on-uk-covid-cases-and-plans-amid-fears-of-travel-bans-after-mid-term/ Fri, 22 Oct 2021 09:23:00 +0000 https://www.executivetravel.biz/european-countries-ask-for-reassurance-on-uk-covid-cases-and-plans-amid-fears-of-travel-bans-after-mid-term/

Several countries are seeking reassurance from the UK of its skyrocketing Covid infection rate and plan to contain it, a travel expert said after Morocco imposed a ban on British tourists ahead of the mid-holiday. journey.

Popular holiday hotspots in Europe have much lower rates of Covid cases than in the UK, sparking fears among holidaymakers that countries like Spain and France may follow in Morocco’s footsteps.

Paul Charles, managing director of travel consulting firm PC Agency, said I that there are “several private conversations” between countries about Covid rates in the UK, but has not disclosed which countries are involved in these talks.

“I don’t think the countries will follow Morocco immediately, especially since they want to protect their tourism revenues halfway,” he said.

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“But many are starting to seek assurances on UK Covid rates and the strategy to contain them.

“As Morocco has shown, other countries can put in place their own restrictions if they are worried about the UK rate hike.”

Mr Charles said it was “good news” for vacationers that other countries are “not rushing” to follow Morocco’s position.

The seven-day average of the number of daily Covid cases in the UK was around 680 per million of its population on Thursday, while in Morocco the figure is eight.

Morocco is the first destination to ban flights from the UK (Photo: Shereen Talaat / Reuters)

The corresponding rate in Spain is just under 40 cases per million, while in Italy it is 47 and in France 73.

Cyprus and Greece register much higher rates, at 161 and 280 respectively. Greek Tourism Minister at the time, Harry Theoharis, said in July that the Greeks were “very, very happy” that the British were returning, despite an increase in infections after the borders reopened.

Spain’s tourist office said it is monitoring the situation but the same restrictions apply as those applied in June, which require travelers to show proof of vaccination, a recent negative PCR test or a cure from Covid- 19 in the past six months.

A spokesperson for the Cyprus Health Ministry said I that “there are no discussions” of a travel ban for UK tourists.

A spokesperson for the Malta Tourist Board, which on Thursday reported 17 new cases of coronavirus compared to more than 52,000 in the UK, said I that there was “nothing to indicate” a travel ban, adding: “Malta has one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe”.

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Fall Shorts Film Event brings artists and film news to Gadsden https://www.executivetravel.biz/fall-shorts-film-event-brings-artists-and-film-news-to-gadsden/ Fri, 22 Oct 2021 02:06:21 +0000 https://www.executivetravel.biz/fall-shorts-film-event-brings-artists-and-film-news-to-gadsden/

Film buffs – and filmmakers in particular – are invited to Projex’s last screening on Saturday at the Gadsden Museum of Art.

The Fall Shorts Film Event, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

In addition to the screening of 10 short film projects, said organizer Jerry Ramsey, the event will feature guest speakers and film news: The Creation of the North Alabama Film Commission, with Candace Krissie as inaugural president, Ramsey as founding president and professor of film at Jacksonville State University Jeff Nichols as founding member of the board of trustees.

Krissie and Ramsey of Vacant Lot Films released this summer a trailer for their independent production, the psychological horror film “A Dark Corner”, written and directed by Krissie.

The commission will serve several counties in northern Alabama and be headquartered in Gadsden, Ramsey said. The region needs a film commission, he said, to make it “official” as part of the film industry.