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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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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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COVID-19 travel restrictions by state: See testing, quarantine requirements

The U.S. is still setting new COVID-19 death records, even as vaccines are rolling out across the country. And approximately 1 in every 15 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus that cause COVID-19 as of Saturday evening, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. surpassed more than 22 million cases Saturday.

With those grim stats in mind, many states are still imposing stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions.

Some states are discouraging interstate travel by requiring or recommending that visitors and residents returning from other states quarantine. Others allow visitors to present a recent, negative coronavirus test in lieu of the quarantine. A few also require travelers to fill out health questionnaires when they arrive.

Some counties or municipalities have issued similar advice to travelers, so anyone looking to go on a road trip or take a vacation should check government websites for their destination and anywhere

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Wyndham Destinations, in Travel + Leisure Purchase, Looks Beyond Its Timeshares


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Timeshare company

Wyndham Destinations

is getting set for a post-Covid world.

In a move to broaden its reach and change its brand, Wyndham Destinations (ticker: WYND) earlier this week agreed to a $100 million deal with

Meredith

(MDP) to buy Travel + Leisure, which operates an eponymous and well-regarded media platform and several travel clubs.

Wyndham Destinations next month will change its name to Travel + Leisure Co. and trade under the stock ticker TNL. However, the timeshare business, which will remain the company’s primary focus, will continue to operate under the Wyndham Destinations name.

“With the acquisition of Travel + Leisure, we begin to address the approximately 100 million households that travel outside of the timeshare space,” Michael Brown, CEO of Wyndham Destinations, told Barron’s in an interview Thursday.

Wyndham Destinations, based in Orlando, Fla., will make a $35 million payment to Meredith at

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