Scots are warned to avoid all but essential travel across border into Northumberland

Noble Horvath

Scotland took steps to cut itself off from England today after tough new Covid restrictions were announced across swathes of the North East amid a coronavirus spike.

Scots were told only to cross the border into Northumberland for ‘essential purposes’ like work and school after a new local lockdown left 10 million Britons facing tougher restrictions.

The rules, which include a 10pm curfew on pubs and bars, will affect Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Northumberland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and County Durham. 

Dr Keith Allan, NHS Borders’ director of public health, said travel was only recommended for ‘essential purposes’ including school and work, reported The Scotsman. 

‘We are continuing to see increased numbers of cases of Covid-19 across the UK, with our neighbouring local authority area of Northumberland now facing restrictions on people mixing, and curfews in pubs,’ he said.

‘As a result we recommend that people in the Borders should only

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Ireland advises against all non-essential travel, tightens Dublin Covid-19 restrictions as cases surge – travel

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The Irish government on Friday announced strict new COVID-19 restrictions for the capital Dublin, banning indoor restaurant dining and advising against all non-essential travel, after a surge in cases in recent days.

Ireland, which was one of the slowest countries in Europe to emerge from lockdown, has seen average daily case numbers roughly double in the past two weeks and significant increases in those being treated for the virus in hospitals.

“Here in the capital, despite people’s best efforts over recent weeks, we are in a very dangerous place,” prime minister Micheal Martin said in a televised address to the country, announcing the restrictions.

“Without further urgent and decisive action, there is a very real threat that Dublin could return to the worst days of this crisis.”

The measures, which include a ban on indoor events, will last for three weeks, he said.

Ireland had the 17th highest COVID-19 infection

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11 New Travel Essentials For 2020 Vacations And Staycations

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Whether you’re travelling abroad or taking a staycation, handy travel-sized versions of your favorite products are a must, along with a selection of face coverings of course. Here are eleven of the best new travel-sized products, launched in recent months and suggestions for masks, both surgical and fashionable.

Beloved Porto-based perfumier Claus Porto has just launched travel sized versions of its most popular scents. The 130-year old Portuguese company is renowned for its beautifully packaged handmade soaps in vintage designs. And complementing these is the new Agua de Colonia Collection with five lovely fragrances, created by the British perfumer Lyn Harris (founder of Miller Harris). The elegant, travel-sized fragrances were inspired by Ms Harris’ travels throughout Portugal. Agua Flores brings to mind a meadow of flowers with notes of jasmine and orange blossom. There are six other beautifully packaged, gorgeous

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Non-essential interprovincial travel discouraged for Sask. residents

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The Government of Saskatchewan is discouraging non-essential travel outside of the province, due to increased COVID-19 transmission in other western Canadian jurisdictions.

The province said active cases continue to drop, but it continues to see cases linked to interprovincial travel, including flights and road travel.

“The best way for us to keep COVID-19 out of our schools is to keep COVID-19 out of our communities, or at least keep the spread of COVID-19 as low as possible in our communities,” Scott Moe, the Premier of Saskatchewan, said.

“Right now our neighbours to the east and west, they’re seeing some rising case numbers, and I expect them to get that under control soon. But for now, if you don’t have to travel to another province, please don’t.”

The release said interprovincial travel is permitted, but officials are discouraging travel to and from Saskatchewan. Unnecessary trips should be avoided at

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Singapore and Indonesia mull essential travel ‘green lane’ | News

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Singapore and Indonesia will begin discussions over a “green lane” for essential travel between the two countries. 

Noting the “strong business links” between the neighbours, Singapore’s foreign affairs ministry says the green lane should “allow for essential travel to gradually resume in a manner that would safeguard public health and safety in both countries”. No further details were given, however. 

The move came after Indonesian foreign affairs minister Retno Marsudi visited the city-state on 25 August, where she met her Singaporean counterpart and the country’s prime minister. 

Singapore currently has green lane agreements with China and Malaysia, while Indonesia has similar arrangements with China, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. 

Both countries also have ongoing travel restrictions in place, in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

Indonesia is one of Singapore’s top source markets for visitor arrivals and tourist receipts. 

Cirium schedules data shows that in

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US Officials Cutting Down on Non-Essential Travel at Borders With Mexico

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Officials in the United States ordered the closure of several entry points with Mexico and added more secondary checks to curb non-essential travel between the countries.

a close up of a busy city street: American Border Customs

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According to, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said U.S. citizens and permanent residents were still able to enter America from Mexico, but the new coronavirus-related measures are aimed at slowing down the spread caused by those travelers.

CBP officers are working to reduce non-essential travel at more than a dozen border crossings in Texas, Arizona and California. The changes come as part of President Donald Trump’s updated emergency border rules, with the U.S leading the world in confirmed coronavirus deaths and Mexico ranked third.

“We need people to think twice about non-essential travel and to ask themselves if the travel is worth risking their lives and the lives of others,” El Paso CBP spokesman Roger Maier

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Air Canada promoting ‘leisure’ travel to U.S. despite advisories warning against non-essential trips

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a close up of a car: An Air Canada ticketing station is shown at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

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An Air Canada ticketing station is shown at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Air Canada is promoting the availability of both “leisure and business” flights to the United States even as that country continues to record explosive growth of coronavirus cases and as federal travel advisories continue to warn against any non-essential travel out of the country.

A recording on the airline’s customer booking telephone line plays the following message:

“Are you eager to reunite with friends and relatives in the U.S? Did you know that Canadians are permitted to travel by air to or from the U.S. for leisure or business? Review our step-by-step guide available on to see what to expect while travelling.”

Canada has barred all incoming travel from the U.S. by land except in cases where doing so is deemed essential, and does

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Singapore and Thailand agree to speed up talks on essential business travel through reciprocal green lane, Singapore News & Top Stories

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SINGAPORE – Singapore and Thailand have agreed to speed up discussions on setting up a reciprocal green lane for essential business travel between them, said Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday (Aug 26).

The two Asean nations also had productive talks on strengthening the resilience of supply chains and connectivity networks during the meeting done via video-conferencing, added the ministry in its statement.

Held on Wednesday, the discussion during the Singapore-Thailand Political Consultations was co-chaired by the permanent secretaries of their foreign ministries: Mr Chee Wee Kiong of Singapore and Mrs Busaya Mathelin of Thailand.

The Singapore ministry said both sides “agreed to expedite ongoing discussions to facilitate essential business travel through a reciprocal green lane arrangement, with the necessary public health safeguards, between the two countries”.

The arrangement allows travel for essential business and official purposes between the two countries. Those eligible will have to abide by such

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Coronavirus: Non-essential travel could be restricted in Ireland

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Options are being prepared for the Irish government on how to restrict non-essential travel from countries outside the UK and European Union, according to the Republic’s health minister.

Stephen Donnelly said he was “concerned about high rates” of coronavirus in some countries, in a tweet on Sunday.

The number of travel-related cases in Ireland is currently thought to be low.

However, Mr Donnelly said “the risk is increasing”.

According to the minister, his department will finish the proposals “as soon as possible” and present them to government for discussion.

On Friday,

restrictions were put in place in Kildare, Laois and Offaly restricting residents from traveling beyond those counties, except in limited circumstances.

Speaking after they

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Why millions of travellers have entered Canada despite COVID-19 travel restrictions

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Since Canada imposed COVID-19 travel restrictions in late March, more than four million people have entered the country. 

While that’s far fewer than normal, sightings of U.S. licence plates or international flights landing have still been sparking concerns that foreigners have found ways to sneak in.

In Alberta — home of tourist hotspot, Banff — RCMP reported that between June 17 and August 25, officers received 243 complaints of U.S.-plated cars in the province.

A small number of fines have been doled out to Americans skirting Canada’s travel rules. However, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) points out that there are many legitimate reasons why Americans may have entered the country.

“It should be noted that simply seeing a U.S.-plated vehicle or boat is not a reason to suspect someone of suspicious cross-border activity,” said CBSA spokesperson Mark Stuart in an email. 

Here’s why, despite Canada’s travel restrictions, the country

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