Week in travel: Americans will need EU visa from 2021

Disneyland announces Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opening date, while Virgin Atlantic drops mandatory make-up for female staff members, and Italian national park bans visitors from wearing flip-flops and ballerina shoes

Travelling to the European Union will soon become a bit more difficult for visitors from the United States. Starting on 1 June 2021, all US travellers will have to apply for a new visa called ETIAS — European Travel Information and Authorization System.

The visa to 22 Schengen countries will be obligatory even for stays shorter than 90 days — Shutterstock mericans will need EU visa from 2021
The visa to 22 Schengen countries will be obligatory even for stays shorter than 90 days — Shutterstock

The visa will be required for the entry to 22 countries in the Schengen zone, including Italy, Germany or France. On the other hand, Americans travelling to the UK will not need to apply for this visa.

Currently, US citizens travelling to Europe don’t need a visa if they are visiting Europe for less than 90 days. However, the European Commission has decided to enforce the new measure as an effort to upgrade international security.

“To obtain the Europe Visa for Americans, US citizens will need to have a valid passport, a credit or debit card and an email account. These are the main ETIAS requirements for US citizens which each applicant must have on hand when applying. Without the right travel document the applicant could be denied access,” the Commission says on the official website.

In addition, the passports must be valid for three months beyond the period of intended stay and it is possible that “passports over ten years old may not be accepted as a valid travel document”.

The granted ETIAS will be valid for three years and will cover multiple entrances of each visitor to the EU.

Virgin Atlantic drops mandatory make-up for female staff members

Also,  trousers are available as an option for all women and will now be provided as standard when joining the airline — oriontrail / Shutterstock mericans will need EU visa from 2021
The company has recently announced that they will respect the employees’ individual characteristics — oriontrail / Shutterstock

Crew members, as well as the ground staff, of the British airline Virgin Atlantic, will now have the freedom not to apply lipstick and foundation if they don’t feel like it.

The company has recently announced that they will respect the employees’ individual characteristics and will stop enforcing make-up as a part of their outfit policy.

Moreover, trousers are available as an option for all women and will now be provided as standard when joining the airline.

“We have been listening to the views of our people and as a result have announced some changes to our styling and grooming policy that support this,” executive vice president of customer, Mark Anderson, told the HuffPost.

“Not only do the new guidelines offer an increased level of comfort, they also provide our team with more choice on they want to express themselves at work. Helping people to be themselves is core to our desire to be the most loved travel company.”

Cinque Terre bans flip-flops and ballerina shoes

"They think they are at the sea and the go to a trip in their flip-flops thinking just like they were in Riccione," the mayor says — Shuterstock mericans will need EU visa from 2021
“They think they are at the sea and the go to a trip in their flip-flops thinking just like they were in Riccione,” the park director says — Shutterstock

A picturesque national park in the Italian tourist region of Cinque Terre has come up with a rather unique policy. The authorities have decided to ban all tourists from wearing improper footwear, such as flip-flops or ballerina shoes.

The new rules will apply from the next tourist season and the offenders could face a fine between €50 and €2,500. In the first phase, however, the council will only issue a warning to all tourists caught in inadequate shoes.  

According to the Cinque Terre national park’s director Patrizio Scarpellini, the reason for the new measure is security.

“The problem is that they think they are at the sea and the go to a trip in their flip-flops thinking just like they were in Riccione,” Scarpellini said to La Repubblica.  

Disney announces opening date of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars fans can soon immerse themselves into the world of their favourite sci-fi saga as Disney has finally announced the opening dates of the new Galaxy’s Edge experience.

A massive 14-acre Star Wars section of the Disney’s park in California will open on 31 May and is expected to be the largest single-themed land expansion ever. According to the official Disney press release, it will also feature the park’s first-ever cantina and will offer rides and other experiences.

According to the official press release, guests will be transported “to live their own Star Wars adventures in Black Spire Outpost, a village on the remote planet of Batuu.”

“Guests can become part of the story as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.”

Naturists break world record for most naked people on a rollercoaster

I bet you have always wondered how many naked people you can fit into a roller coaster, right? Well, wonder no more. It’s 195.

At least according to a group of British naturists that has just broken the world record in this particular field.

The group organised by the national UK organisation British Naturism gathered its members to ride a rollercoaster at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach amusement park in Blackpool on Saturday night as part of an annual naturists weekend in the city.

The unique ride was also open to non-members who were allowed to sign up for the unique trip if they were interested.

With the number of 195, the participants broke a record seat by another British group set in 2010 where 102 people in the Adventure Island theme park’s Green Scream ride in Southend.

It looks like naked rollercoaster rides are a British thing now.