May 2022 – Travel News and More
Now that the fresh cold winds of winter are gone, the rains of early spring make her presence known. We are told, “April showers bring May flowers” – hopefully, not all plans get rained on in May 🙂 as normalcy in travel takes pace, cautiously.
“The month of May is the pleasant time; its face is beautiful; the blackbird sings his full song, the living wood is his holding, the cuckoos are singing and ever singing; there is a welcome before the brightness of the summer.” — Lady Gregory
We begin the sweet month of May 2022 with May Day, a glorious 3-day weekend along with ancient celebrations of folklores, and dancing.
The month of May is known as a month of transition. We move from spring into summer, with spring flowers blooming, birds chirping and delightful warm days in the northern hemisphere. With adorable bluebells and daffodils along with Hawthorn and Lily of the Valleys adorn the grounds. Beautiful mountains and colourful meadows make it perfect for biking through those scented lush fields. Whereas in the southern hemisphere, summer is long gone, autumn winds creep in and nights get chillier. May is definitely a time of change, wherever you are in the world.
One thing for sure though, that whichever hemisphere we are at, be it spring or autumn, May breathes new hope, joy for days ahead and much fun for travel adventures as more countries ease travel conditions for travellers.
Want to know more about the Month of May and what makes the month special?
Welcome to Presently May 2022, our monthly e-column
If you have been thinking of travelling lately after these months of restrictions, it might just be the right time to do so. With none or relaxed travel entry rules, and low airline fares, along with warmer days, there seems no better time to pack a carry-on and board that flight!
Georgina: We undertook a trip to Budapest, Hungary in late March into early April 2022, and it was awesome. No PCR tests prior or post but only mask wearing during the flight, which I would do anyways. Travel was almost pre restriction times.
COUNTRIES WELCOMING VISITORS
Let’s take a look at some of the countries who are welcoming visitors with relaxed Covid entry rules as from May 2022. As rules change regularly, please ensure that you check for the most up-to-date information with the respective official government travel website before finalising your travel.
COUNTRIES IN EUROPE
1 | United Kingdom
— All travel restrictions for visitors are lifted. There is no requirement for the Passenger Locator Form, or to present a negative result upon arrival. Face masks are no longer mandatory and unvaccinated travellers no longer required to submit pre-departure tests. Check travel requirements for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
2 | Cyprus
If you are vaccinated or have recently recovered, there is no requirement to test to enter the country. Cyprus has also got rid of passenger locator forms as from April 18. Travel Safely to Cyprus.
3 | Czech Republic
All travel restrictions including the colour-coded system for various countries have been dropped. Travelling to Czech Republic.
4 | Greece
— As from May 2, all Covid rules and mask wearing are lifted. Check Travel Greece.
5 | Sweden, along with Denmark, Latvia, Norway, Poland and Hungary
Recommended read: 30 Very Best Things to do in Budapest, Hungary.
COUNTRIES IN ASIA
1 | India
India has relaxed travel restrictions for tourists in light of a stable situation for cases of Covid-19. This means termination of air bubble arrangements and some travel returning to pre-Covid level of services. Before travelling to India, ensure you check:
1 | India’s current Entry Requirements and Restrictions;
2 | Coronovirus in India;
3 | If travelling as a tourist, you need to get a visa before travelling. Ensure you have a valid India Tourist e-Visa. This can be for a duration of 30 days, 1 year or 5 years depending on your needs and eligibility.
The UK Government – Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office ADVISES AGAINST ALL TRAVEL TO:
1 | The immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan;
2 | Jammu and Kashmir, with the EXCEPTION of travel by air to the city of Jammu and within the city of Jammu, as well as travel within the Union Territory of Ladakh.
3 | Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, the city of Srinagar and the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
Learn more on safety and security in India
2 | Singapore
Since April 26, Singapore has eased travel restrictions for visitors. Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to take pre-departure tests and this includes children age 12 and under. However, unvaccinated visitors are still not welcome to the country. Read more on travel restrictions eased in Singapore.
3 | Thailand
As from 1 May 2022, all travel restrictions related to Covid are relaxed. All fully vaccinated visitors no longer need to take a PCR test at either pre-departure or post arrival. However, you still need a Thailand Pass. Thailand Pass requires you to upload proof of vaccination along with a health insurance policy of up to $10,000. Unvaccinated travellers are no longer required to undertake a pre-departure PCR test but you need to be quarantined for five days upon arrival. On the fifth day, you need to undergo a PCR test. You are also required to show proof of hotel booking for the five days on the Thailand Pass form. Read more on Thailand entry requirements.
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Recommended read: A Complete Guide to 10 Benefits of a All-in-One Holiday.
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Presently May 2022 News
1 | English Heritage
English Heritage is the champion of some of England’s most treasured and iconic buildings and monuments. They are guardians of 400 historic places which encompass 6000 years of history. You can experience history and travel back in time at all of the 400 sites, including Stonehenge, Tintagel Castle, Osborne, Hadrian’s Wall and Dover Castle. While you can visit each historic place individually, you would benefit much with an English Heritage Membership. An individual membership starts at £66.00 a year but it costs far less now with the English Heritage 15% off Gift & Annual Memberships code.
With the warm weather coming our way, you can make the most of your weekends and free time exploring the priceless and historic properties in England with your membership. I was given an annual membership as a gift at Christmas and am absolutely going to enjoy the year visiting and exploring some of the 400 historic places.
Join from as little as £4.42 a month. Use code “EH2022” to redeem 15% off Gift & Annual Memberships. Code expires 31st May 2022. For use on NEW membership purchases only.
If you are a non UK resident, you may not need an annual membership but perhaps, a discounted ticket for the duration of your visit to the UK. An Overseas Visitor Pass gives you access to 100 historic places for one price. You could select the sites and work them into your itinerary to suit without having the pressure of time to visit within a day or so.
Buy your Annual English Heritage Membership: use code ‘EH202’ – valid till May 30, 2022. Click link below:
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Recap of what has been happening since the last e-column in March
Presently May 2022
Yes, since March 🙂 I don’t really know where April went! 🙂 🙂
So, if you haven’t read TTS publication since, here they are:
While the happy earth looks at the sky, and sings, carpets of bluebells and daffodils cover the ground. Butterflies flutter in the air, reawakening the darling buds of May. With brighter and warmer days ahead along with some extraordinarily good deals on flights and package holidays, I shall be travelling more within the UK and to Europe than previously. Whilst I hope to bring new and more travel stories to you, travelling also means less time writing 🙂 but you shall always have the best from Timeless Travel Steps.
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As normalcy returns and we embark to explore more of our beautiful planet, remember also to travel consciously and safely.
May is a special birthday month in my household and I look forward to celebrating with my family whilst embracing all that this merry month has in store. I wish you to enjoy the warmer days ahead, whatever you get up to.