Travel

Muslim Cyclists Biking Across Nine Countries Finally Reach Saudi Arabia for Hajj

Eight British Muslims have arrived in Saudi Arabia for Hajj after five weeks of cycling across nine countries and 3,200 kilometres. Known as the “Hajj Riders,” the eight men started from the East London Mosque in the British capital and biked through the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Greece and Egypt before arriving in

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Saudi Plane for Qatari Pilgrims Waits on Doha for Landing Rights

DUBAI, Aug 20 – Saudi Arabia’s state carrier said on Sunday it had been unable to send planes to transport Qatari pilgrims to the kingdom because it had been unable to get permission to land at Doha airport amid a diplomatic dispute between the two countries. Qatar and Saudi Arabia, along with three other Arab

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Grandmas, Grandpas from Travel Ban States Now Welcome

By Arshad Mohammed and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, July 17 – Grandparents of U.S. citizens from six Muslim-majority countries are now eligible to receive U.S. visas, according to a State Department memo seen by Reuters that reflects the latest court ruling on U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The memo, or cable, from U.S. Secretary of

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Egypt Ends Visa-Free Entry for Qataris, Insists Doha Meets Demands

By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, July 17 – Egypt will end visa-free entry for Qatari nationals with some exceptions, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Monday, the latest measure taken against Doha which Cairo and three Gulf governments are boycotting. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar on June 5,

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U.S. Ending Laptop Ban on Middle Eastern Airlines

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, July 18 – The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said on Monday it was lifting a ban on passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines carrying large electronics like laptops onboard U.S.-bound flights, the last carrier under the restrictions. In March, U.S. officials imposed restrictions on passengers carrying laptops and other large electronic gear

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U.S. Lifts Laptop Restriction for Flights from Abu Dhabi

WASHINGTON/DUBAI, July 3 – The United States has lifted a ban on laptops in cabins on flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States, saying Etihad Airways had put in place required tighter security measures. Etihad welcomed the decision on Sunday and credited a facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport where passengers clear U.S. immigration

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U.S. Lays Out Criteria for Visa Applicants from Six Muslim Nations

By Arshad Mohammed and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, June 29 – Visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries must have a close U.S. family relationship or formal ties to a U.S. entity to be admitted to the United States under guidance distributed by the U.S. State Department. The directive defined close family as a parent, spouse, child,

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Etihad Says Passengers from U.S. Ban Countries Can Board

DUBAI, June 29 – Etihad Airways is allowing nationals from six Muslim-majority countries on a U.S. travel ban list to board flights to the United States if they have valid travel documents, the Abu Dhabi-based airline said on Thursday. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday to allow part of the ban which applies to

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Americans Lament Cuba Becoming “Forbidden Island” Again

By Sarah Marsh HAVANA, June 18 – American travelers who long to swill a cocktail at Havana’s legendary Sloppy Joe’s bar or dive into the rooftop pool of its newest luxury hotel had their dreams dashed when U.S. President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba policy this week. In a setback to the U.S.-Cuban detente

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