“We must solve this problem as soon as possible,” Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, said in unusually blunt remarks in August. “This cannot drag on for weeks.” It dragged on for months. Countless Europeans missed important family gatherings like reunions, births, weddings and funerals. ThousandsContinue Reading

The United States reopened its borders for fully vaccinated travelers from dozens of countries on Monday, ending more than 18 months of restrictions on international travel that left families separated from loved ones and cost the global travel industry hundreds of billions of dollars in tourism revenue. Under the newContinue Reading

MADRID — The Spanish police were searching on Saturday for a dozen passengers on a flight from Morocco to Turkey who fled into the Spanish island of Mallorca after their plane made an emergency landing at the airport there. The plane, a Friday-evening Air Arabia Maroc flight from Casablanca toContinue Reading

Border restrictions that are part of the pandemic response in Japan have deterred most tourists from visiting the country. So one airline is taking an unusual approach to generate revenue by offering extreme discounts on domestic flights. Peach Aviation said this week that it would sell 150 unlimited passes toContinue Reading

Indonesia will allow international flights to begin landing at the airport on Bali island next week as it weighs reopening the country to foreign tourists for the first time in more than 18 months. International carriers from countries including China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United Arab EmiratesContinue Reading

Three tourists were injured in Iceland Wednesday night as they trekked across rough terrain to a volcanic eruption drawing awe-struck onlookers to its sputtering fountains of red-hot lava, a spokeswoman for Iceland’s civil protection agency said. The injuries, including a broken ankle, were not serious, but they underscored the risksContinue Reading

On Monday, the White House announced that come November, it will lift the ban on most travelers from the European Union, China, Iran, South Africa, Brazil and India, as long as they can show proof of vaccination and a negative coronavirus test. The new rules were widely celebrated by manyContinue Reading

Good morning. We’re covering a possible prisoner swap between the U.S. and Russia, and another rate increase by the Fed. U.S. proposes a prisoner swap The U.S. offered a prisoner swap to Russia: Viktor Bout, a notorious Russian arms dealer, for Brittney Griner, the W.N.B.A. star, and Paul Whelan, aContinue Reading

HONG KONG — Before she became a funeral planner, Connie Wong was a flight attendant for a Hong Kong airline. The sudden end of a career she had cherished for six years brought its own kind of grief, she said. It was one of many such losses experienced by residentsContinue Reading