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Belgium bans leisure travel for a month to combat pandemic

Belgium is banning all leisure travel abroad for its citizens as of next week and until March in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and its virulent variants

BRUSSELS — Belgium is banning all leisure travel abroad for its citizens as of next week and until March, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and its virulent variants.

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Friday that “when people travel, the virus travels with them.”

He said visitors from Britain, South Africa and South America will have to quarantine for ten days to make sure they don’t bring dangerous variants into Belgium.

The move came one day after the 27 European Union leaders said that borders within the bloc needed to remain open to

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Emirates Adopts New Health Pass for COVID Testing and Vaccines



a bridge over a body of water: Emirates Adopts New Health Pass for COVID Testing and Vaccines


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Emirates Adopts New Health Pass for COVID Testing and Vaccines

Emirates has linked up with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to give its passengers access to the recently created IATA Travel Pass. The mobile app allows users to find out the COVID-19 entry requirements for their destination and then upload their COVID-19 testing information (and eventually vaccine status) as needed.

The IATA Travel Pass is the latest in a series of digital health “passports” that have been developed in the wake of the pandemic, all with the aim of giving travelers digitized access to their health data to make verification easier.

IATA’s version serves as a global registry of health requirements, providing passengers with up-to-date information on travel, testing, and eventually vaccine requirements for their journey. (IATA already has a version of this with its very useful interactive COVID-19 travel restrictions map.)

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Georgia Vote Impacts Cannabis Stocks

In this episode of MarketFoolery, host Chris Hill is joined by Motley Fool analyst Bill Barker to discuss how the Senate elections in Georgia send ripple effects to the market, as cannabis and solar stocks pop. Walgreens (NASDAQ:WBA) sells its drug distribution business to AmerisourceBergen (NYSE:ABC) in a cash and stock deal worth $6.5 billion. Wyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND) buys Travel & Leisure magazine from Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP), and announces a new corporate name and ticker symbol. Bill analyzes those stories and considers which ambassador post he would prefer under a Mann administration.

To catch full episodes of all The Motley Fool’s free podcasts, check out our podcast center. To get started investing, check out our quick-start guide to investing in stocks. A full transcript follows the video.

This video was recorded on January 6, 2021.

Chris Hill: It’s

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Travel corridors axed completely in latest quarantine U-turn

Homeward bound: the ending of travel corridors will affect British travellers returning from Caribbean islands such as St Lucia (Simon Calder)
Homeward bound: the ending of travel corridors will affect British travellers returning from Caribbean islands such as St Lucia (Simon Calder)

All the remaining “travel corridors”, which allow travellers arriving in the UK to avoid self-isolation, have been scrapped in a bid to reduce the risk of introducing new variants of the coronavirus.

Boris Johnson made the announcement at the No 10 briefing. The prime minister said it would be a temporary move, aligned with the delayed “test-before-travel” scheme.

Both measures take effect at 4am on Monday 18 January. The travel corridors decision will be reviewed four weeks later, on 15 February.

The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, tweeted: “Travel corridors assess public health risk from the original Sars-Cov-2, but it’s impossible for the Joint Biosecurity Centre to provide live scientific updates to predict which countries or regions will now originate new variants.

“Travel corridors are therefore

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