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Malta abandons plan to bar unvaccinated travellers from entry

Malta has abandoned its plan to close its borders on Wednesday to travellers that have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, Trend reports citing Euronews.

On Friday the government announced that from July 14, travellers would have to prove they had been vaccinated, which led to criticism from the European Commission.

The government announced on Tuesday that instead, arrivals would face an undisclosed period of quarantine. The compulsory self-isolation period for those arriving from countries certified as “red” is already 14 days.

The EC had criticised the ban, pointing out that the health pass system adopted by the EU – under which arrivals had to prove they were vaccinated, cured of the coronavirus, or recently tested negative – was binding on member states.

It had appeared to shut the door completely on tourists from the United States and other nationalities by saying on Friday that “anyone arriving in Malta must present a recognized vaccination certificate: a Maltese certificate, a British certificate or a certificate of the European Union”.

The new notice published on Tuesday, which comes into force on Wednesday, however includes many other nations, including the United States and Japan.


The small Mediterranean island of 500,000 boasts of being the most vaccinated country in the EU, with 79% of the adult population having received two doses.

But while on June 27 no new cases were reported and only 28 cases were recorded, Malta recorded 96 new infections on Friday, bringing the total of recorded cases to 252.

A large number of cases have been detected during language trips and the government announced last week that English schools, which attract students from all over the world each year, will be closed from Wednesday.

Hundreds of students, including 150 Italians, are stranded in Malta, placed in quarantine after this outbreak, according to the Foreign Ministry.

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Spain enforces stricter entry rules – FCDO warns some tests ‘not accepted’ at the border

SPAIN has ramped up its entry requirement for unvaccinated Britons requiring them to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. According to a new Foreign Office warning, some tests are now no longer accepted. What are the new rules?

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Ireland to allow entry for Britons from July for those eligible with ‘green certificate’

Ireland plans to adopt a COVID-19 certificate to help residents travel more freely across the European Union from mid-July. The country will also apply the same approach to arrivals from the United States and Britain, senior ministers said today.
Fines are also being issued to those heading to airports for holidays and also enforces a two-week mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals from 50 different countries. 

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan hinted last night that international travel would resume from July 19.

However, Leo Varadkar, deputy Prime Minister, said Ireland is “not in a position” to restore the Common Travel Area just yet following the advice from the National Public Health Energy Team following the concerns about the Indian variant. 

Some scientists have suggested that the Indian variant of coronavirus could spread 50 percent faster than other variants. 

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The more transmissible variant accounts for six to seven percent of cases in Ireland currently according to the Transport Minister,

Mr Varadkar added that the lifting of restrictions on international travel would see a “phased return”, but warned residents that it would not be as it was pre-pandemic.

He confirmed that all EU countries will be coming off the mandatory quarantine list.

However, hotel quarantine is expected to continue beyond July 19 for those travelling from designated red list zones who are not fully vaccinated or do not have a negative PCR test.

The so-called EU “green certificate” will allow people who have received a vaccine against COVID-19, had a negative test or are immune, having recovered from COVID-19 to travel freely around the bloc.

Ireland’s Transport Minister said Dublin would adopt a slightly different but similar approach for travellers arriving from Britain and the United States, Ireland’s two largest markets for tourists. 

Speaking on RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland, Mr Varadkar said: “We’re buying into the European Digital Green Cert system so there will be different set of rules for EU countries versus non EU countries, and there will still be countries that are on a danger list or a red list where restrictions will be very tough.

“It’s great that we’re going to see a return to international travel, but we’re going to try and do this as safely as possible and minimise risk.

“That, unfortunately, will create a degree of uncertainty for some people because you might book a trip somewhere for a country that’s not on a red list but it may be on the red list by the time you go there and there will be requirements around vaccines and testing.

“So, unfortunately, it is not going to be a return to international travel as we used to know it, at least not yet, but it is going to be a clear roadmap, and a pleased return to international travel.”

Speaking on the same show, the Transport Minister added: “Europe will introduce the scheme from July 1, recognising they said that there should be six weeks of an introductory period.

“We will need those weeks because one of the things we’re going to have to manage, and it will be difficult, is how we manage our airports.

“Because as the number of people travelling increases, we will still be requiring people to show the cert and even though that’ll be electronic and brief, this can cause delays.”

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SNP MP dubbed BBC ‘snide and grudging’ in bid for Scotland’s own Eurovision entry

Britain was humiliated this weekend when the UK entry, James Newman, was awarded no points from neither the national juries and the public — meaning he came last in the competition. While this is not the first time the UK has found itself towards the bottom of the Eurovision scoreboard, the show remains immensely popular among British audiences. Statistics revealed 7.4million watched the competition on BBC One, as audiences peaked at 8.4million — and at one point had a 48.5 percent audience share.
SNP MP for Stirling, Alyn Smith, blamed Britain’s lack of success in the talent contest in the way the BBC presents the programme.

Speaking in 2018, when he was an MEP, he told The Sunday Herald: “It’s a little bit snide and grudging the way the BBC does it.”

He may have been referring to the cynical commentary which was first introduced by the late presenter Terry Wogan — he provided the voiceover for the British broadcast, always shared on BBC One, up until 2009.

He was then replaced by fellow presenter Graham Norton, who also injects some humour into his commentary when introducing each country’s act.

However, Mr Smith explained how Eurovision is a missed opportunity.

He said: “This is a shop window and a stage on which we could shine whereas the way that the BBC does it still is, ‘this is a bit of camp nonsense and it’s rubbish, and it’s great because it’s rubbish, and it’s great because it’s camp.’”

He continued: “There’s a reticence on behalf of serious artists to say they’d go for Eurovision because of the way it’s done in the UK whereas across the rest of the EU it’s a big gig, a big showcase.”

He also called for a rotation system in the UK, meaning each home nation would have the chance to contribute a contestant for Eurovision every four years.

A similar system is already in place for international sports competitions, when Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales enter separately.

He went on to pitch the plan to the European Broadcasting Union, the producers of Eurovision — of which the BBC is one.

Although the first independence referendum saw a majority of Scots vote to remain in the UK, the EU referendum saw the Scottish public support staying in the bloc as opposed to leaving.

The SNP have since renewed their call for an independent Scotland to be a member of the European Union following Brexit.

Many also pointed the finger of blame at Brexit for the UK’s poor performance in Eurovision this year.

Another member of the SNP then faced backlash after she said Scotland “hates the United Kingdom too” in response to the vote.

Cllr Rhiannon Spear, the SNP’s National Women’s Convenor, wrote on Twitter: “It’s ok Europe we hate the United Kingdom too.

“Love, Scotland. #Eurovision”

The Scottish Tories hit back and claimed it was another example of the party’s “toxic obsession with division”.

Cllr Spear later apologised for the tweet and said in a statement: “I have now deleted this tweet about the UK’s results in the Eurovision Song Contest and apologise for any offence caused.”

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Spain holidays: Latest Foreign Office travel advice as Spain eases entry restrictions

Spain[1] holidays have been off the cards for several months. The country blocked UK arrivals back in December and only lifted the ban on March 30. Restrictions on who can enter Spain do still remain in place albeit eased.
“Entry restrictions and testing requirements are currently in force for travel from the UK into Spain,” said the authority.

“Only EU and Schengen state citizens, those who are legally resident in EU and associated Schengen states or Andorra, or those who can demonstrate through documentary evidence an essential need to enter Spain, will be allowed to enter the country.”

Permitted circumstances, as listed by the FCDO, include:

– Habitual residents of the European Union, Schengen States, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican (Holy See) or San Marino; who are travelling to their country of residence and can duly accredit their residence status with documentary evidence.

– Holders of a long-stay visa issued by a Member State or Schengen Associated State, who are travelling onto said country.

– Health professionals, including health researchers, and elderly care professionals who are going to or returning from essential work.

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– Transport personnel, seafarers and aeronautical personnel.

– Diplomatic, consular, international organizations, military, civil protection and members of humanitarian organizations.

– Students enrolled in courses starting after 1 January 2021 who carry out their studies in an EU Member or Schengen state and who have the corresponding permit or visa and medical insurance, provided that they are travelling to the country where they are studying, and that entry occurs during the academic year or 15 days previous. Students who started an on-site or in-person course in Spain prior to 1 January 2021 will not require a permit or visa to enter, but should be prepared to provide evidence of this, such as a residence document or proof of enrolment and accommodation (dated prior to 1 January 2021).

– Highly skilled essential workers whose work cannot be postponed or carried out remotely, including participants in high-level sports events due to take place in Spain.

– People travelling for imperative family reasons who can demonstrate an essential need to travel. For further information, see the relevant Spanish legislation (in Spanish language only).

“You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa,” said the FCDO.

“This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training

“If you are travelling to Spain and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit.

“Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.”

References

  1. ^ Spain (www.express.co.uk)

Spain: FCDO removes some entry restrictions for UK arrivals but strict rules remain

The requirement applies to all passengers arriving by air or sea, regardless of their residence status in Spain or the length of time they intend on staying.

“A minimum fine of €3000 may be issued to anyone who arrives in Spanish airports or ports from ‘risk’ countries without adequate evidence of a negative PCR, TMA or LAMP test,” warns the FCDO

“While TMA and LAMP tests are not currently widely available in the UK, you should refer to testing facilities directly for specific information on the types of tests available to you, prior to booking an appointment.”

Britons are further warned not to use NHS testing to facilitate travel.

Tales Of Symphonia Is The Best-Selling Entry In The Series' 25-Year History

Bandai Namco’s Tales Of series last December celebrated its 25th anniversary. Yep, it’s actually been around for that long now! It all started out on the Super Famicom in December 1995, and since then the series has continued to thrive.

There’s been mainline entries, sequels and even spin-offs. Arguably the best entry is still the 2003 release, Tales of Symphonia, which at the time arrived first on the Nintendo GameCube. And if sales are anything to go by, perhaps it’s true.

During a live stream on its official Tales Of YouTube channel, Bandai Namco revealed the best-selling Tales games of all-time worldwide and Symphonia topped the list. Based on each region, Symphonia was the best-selling entry in North America, Tales of Destiny topped Japan’s local list and Tales of Zestiria led in Europe. You can see the full results for each region over on Gematsu.

A number of years ago, the Tales series producer put Symphonia’s success down to multiple factors. One was it being the first entry to be rendered in 3D polygons, and the other was that the developers had “a lot of support from Nintendo” at the time, allowing Namco to reach a broader audience.

  1. Tales of Symphonia – 2,400,000 units
  2. Tales of Vesperia – 2,370,000 units
  3. Tales of Destiny – 1,720,000 units
  4. Tales of Zestiria
  5. Tales of Berseria
  6. Tales of Phantasia
  7. Tales of the Abyss
  8. Tales of Eternia
  9. Tales of Xillia
  10. Tales of Destiny 2

How do you rate the above list? Did you contribute to Tales of Symphonia’s global sales? If you’re keen for some Tales action on the Switch, you can always try out Tales of Vesperia.