Pedestrians walk along a harbour during sunset in Alimos, a seaside suburb of Athens, on Friday. [AP]

With the next two months seen as pivotal to the recovery of the country’s finances, the government is banking on the longest possible duration of the tourism season and a June restart of the economy, without the need for continued injections of liquidity. 


With the summer season approaching – and the epidemiological picture allowing – hotels are on course to open in three phases: Easter Week, May 15 and the end of June.  The phase that each hotel will open in will depend on the market from which it attracts customers – i.e. whether it is aimed at […]

The village of Husavik, perched on Iceland’s northern coast, August 3, 2019. First Husavik was the setting for the Netflix film ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ – now, a song named after the town is up for an Oscar. [Suzie Howell/The New York Times]

HUSAVIK, Iceland – On a recent Monday, in the backroom of an empty seaside hotel here, a group of locals gathered anxiously around a computer livestreaming the 93rd Academy Awards nominations, waiting to discover whether their campaigning had been successful.

Travellers at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida, Feb. 8, 2021. [Chang W. Lee/The New York Times]

Americans who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can safely travel at home and abroad, as long as they take basic precautions like wearing masks, federal health officials announced Friday, a long-awaited change from the dire government warnings that have kept many millions home for the past year.

Jessie Astbury Allen, whose husband is still in China more than a year after she left, with her daughters, Mae, 7, and Livia, 12, in Cheddar, England, March 19. China’s coronavirus travel and border restrictions have hampered the operations of many companies, separated families and upended the lives of thousands of international students, and global companies say their ranks of foreign workers in the country have dwindled sharply. [Francesca Jones/The New York Times]

Leave your partner and children behind. Quarantine for up to a month. Get inoculated with a Covid-19 vaccine from China, if you can find one. And prepare yourself for an anal swab. For the past year, people trying to go to China have run into some of the world’s most formidable barriers to entry. To […]