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Coronavirus and travel insurance – what’s covered?

As concern about the coronavirus – which has now spread to 15 countries – increases, TIC offers the following information on what is covered for travel insurance claims relating to the virus. Sales and marketing manager, Simmy Micheli, says all TIC policy-holders are fully covered for emergency medical and related expenses should the traveller contract the…
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Thrilling 1.2km ride on world’s longest zipline over the ocean in Mossel Bay

The world’s longest over-ocean zipline in Mossel Bay, 384km from Cape Town, is a must for adrenaline junkies not afraid of hurtling through space at 80km/h. Costing R450 for the experience, the thrilling 1.2km ride – from the top of the rocky cliffs above the Point to the landing platform 1 100 metres below – has at…
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South Africans to pay more for Schengen Visa

South Africans will as from next month pay a fee of €80 instead of €60 when applying for a Schengen Visa from South Africa. The increase also affects children, who will now have to pay €40 instead of €35, as it is currently. South Africans will also be subjected to several changes in terms of…
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Chinese cities in lockdown as coronavirus spreads

Three Chinese cities are now in lockdown as authorities attempt to limit the spread of a deadly coronavirus. A total of 20 million people are believed to have been impacted by the decision, with a number of major public events also cancelled. Authorities banned transport links from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, on Thursday,…
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Facial Recognition for Global Entry Gaining Popularity

Global Entry has slowly but surely been getting a technological upgrade that is making the popular travel program even quicker to use at airports. Facial recognition has been added to the Global Entry program at 15 airports in the U.S. and overseas, allowing international travelers to navigate re-entry at a much faster pace. Global Entry…
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Travel 2020: how tech will enhance travel experiences

The World Tourism Organisation estimates 1.8 billion tourists are set to travel globally by 2030.  Going hand in hand with this travelling populace is a technological revolution of sorts. Among the most important and common smart travel offerings are solutions like electronic visa on arrival, eVisa products, biometric smart gates and other smart infrastructure, which…
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Table Mountain Cableway announces annual closing dates

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will close for annual maintenance to ensure the safety of visitors and smooth and efficient operations. This year the cableway will close for three weeks from July 7-26. For continued compliance with Swiss Governing Body for Cableways standards, maintenance requirements and procedures require a shutdown and cannot be fitted into…
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Coronavirus concern spreads

WHO is currently in the process of deciding whether or not to declare a public health emergency of international concern. According to reports on CNN, the city of Wuhan will temporarily close its airport and railway stations for departing passengers. All public transport services will also be suspended as authorities attempt to contain the virus. The…
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New lounge opens at Netherlands’ airport

Aspire Lounges has opened its latest lounge at the Netherlands’ second biggest airport, Eindhoven Airport. The lounge offers seating for 60 guests, free unlimited WiFi, complimentary food and a bar and is on the first floor of Terminal 1 departures. Aspire Lounges are open to all travellers, regardless of class of travel. Access to the…
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France – strike disrupts flights, travel

A nationwide strike in France has affected hundreds of flights and is disrupting transport networks in some areas. The French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) has requested that airlines reduce their flights from Paris CDG, Paris Orly, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux airports. In a statement on its website, Air France has advised that 15% of…
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