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The production of bread with wheat flour throughout Cuba is having severe effects. The island is going through a liquidity crisis that has left it without resources to buy wheat in the international market, which is why it has arranged that 20 percent of the flour used to make bread be made of corn, squash or cassava.

In addition, in cities like Havana the free sale of bread, cookies and sweets has been prohibited due to the shortage of flour.

The official press assured that it was necessary to readjust the ingredients to “guarantee availability to prioritized destinations”, among which is tourism.

“Thanks to that directive there was no reduction in the plan and the product, although its texture and flavor change a little, it maintains the necessary volume and quality,” said Daniel Cobas Cheda, director of the Cuban Bread Company.

María de los Ángeles del Rey Batista, director of inspection of the National Office of State InspectionHe assured the ruling party that “emphasis is being placed on controlling the quality of bread with the new formulation.”

“It is recognized that it is not the same flavor, as it has slight variations, appearing above all by the granulation of the corn flour that causes changes in the crust,” said the leader, who also stated that there is “acceptance” by the customers.

In Cuba all the bakeries are owned by the State. With no competition or options to buy elsewhere, customers have no choice but to buy the bread sold to them by government institutions.

“The bread tastes like salted corn. The one from before was already bad, this one is even worse, ”said Francisco Rodríguez, a resident of Santiago de Cuba.

“It was assumed that once the price of bread was raised – it went from costing 0.05 cents in December to 1 peso in January – the quality would improve because it was no longer subsidized. Instead everything has gotten worse, ”complained Rodríguez, whose retirement is barely enough to eat.

The Cuban regime is going through its worst crisis in three decades due to what economists consider a perfect storm: the coronavirus pandemic, the exhaustion of the Soviet model of state-owned companies and the debacle of its ally, the Nicolás Maduro regime.

In debt and without access to external sources of financing due to its terrible credit reputation, Cuba has had to make significant cuts to imports, which has resulted in shortages and long lines in stores.

In the midst of the pandemic, the regime implemented a plan of urgent economic reforms such as the elimination of the convertible peso and the partial dollarization of the economy that has raised the cost of living and pulverized the purchasing power of Cuban workers.

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ATHENS, May 14 – RIA Novosti. Greece has lifted entry restrictions for Russians and other tourists. The joint inter-ministerial decision was published by the official government newspaper. Russia was included in the list of 21 countries whose citizens can reach the republic by any means of transport through airports and existing ports and checkpoints. Before that, Russians had access only to flights and nine Greek air harbors. In addition, until Friday, Athens limited the entry of Russian citizens with a quota of four thousand people a week. At the same time, as the head of the Greek Ministry of Tourism reminded the day before, Moscow and Athens have not yet reached a final agreement on the opening of air traffic. Now, in the presence of a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test, guests of the republic will not need to undergo compulsory quarantine. The vaccination process must be completed at least 14 days before travel, the test must be done 72 hours before arrival. In addition, you can present a certificate of previous COVID-19 and the presence of antibodies. The vaccination certificate can be in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. It must be issued by a government agency in accordance with the law. At the airport of arrival, a random test for COVID-19 can be done. In this case, you must wait for the results. If a tourist is found to have SARS-CoV-2, he will be placed in a two-week quarantine. While staying in Greece, it is important to comply with all anti-coronavirus restrictions. Travelers, regardless of nationality, should fill out the PLF (Passenger Locator Form) electronic form the day before arrival, indicating their contact details. data in Greece. After that, tourists will automatically receive a confirmation. The air carrier is obliged to check the form before boarding the plane. Upon arrival, the document is presented to the staff of the secretariat of civil protection and the national public health organization. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, since September 7, 2020, the Hellenic Republic has allowed the entry of 500 Russians a week, this decree has been repeatedly extended. Since March 22, 2021, the number of permits has been increased eightfold, and since April 26, Russians have been allowed entry through nine airports – not three – and the mandatory quarantine has been canceled if certain conditions are met. The agreement expired at 6:00 on May 14.

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ATHENS, May 14 – RIA Novosti. Greece has lifted entry restrictions for Russians and other tourists. The joint inter-ministerial decision was published by the official government newspaper.

Russia was included in the list of 21 countries whose citizens will be able to get to the republic by any means of transport through airports and operating ports and checkpoints.

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Prior to that, the Russians had access only to air traffic and nine Greek air harbors. In addition, until Friday, Athens limited the entry of Russian citizens with a quota of four thousand people a week. At the same time, as the head of the Greek Ministry of Tourism reminded the day before, Moscow and Athens have not yet reached a final agreement on the opening of flights.

Now, in the presence of a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test, guests of the republic will not need to undergo mandatory quarantine. The vaccination process must be completed at least 14 days before travel, the test must be done 72 hours before arrival. In addition, you can present a certificate of the transferred COVID-19 and the presence of antibodies.

The vaccination certificate can be in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. It must be issued by a government agency in accordance with the law.

At the airport of arrival, they can do a random test for COVID-19. In this case, you must wait for the results. If a tourist is found to have SARS-CoV-2, he will be quarantined for two weeks.

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It is important to comply with all anti-coronavirus restrictions while in Greece.

Travelers, regardless of nationality, should fill out the electronic PLF (Passenger Locator Form) the day before arrival, indicating their contact details in Greece. After that, tourists will automatically receive a confirmation. The air carrier is obliged to check the form before boarding the plane. Upon arrival, the document is presented to the staff of the secretariat of civil protection and the national public health organization.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, since September 7, 2020, the Hellenic Republic has allowed entry of 500 Russians per week, this decree has been repeatedly extended. Since March 22, 2021, the number of permits has been increased eightfold, and since April 26, Russians have been allowed entry through nine airports – not three – and the mandatory quarantine has been canceled if certain conditions are met. The agreement expired at 6:00 on May 14.

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Corona & Holidays 2021: Who is allowed to travel where in Europe?

BCitizens from third countries will soon be able to travel to the EU again without good reason after more than a year of strict entry bans. That would be a boon for the European tourism industry. But also a relief for many people who are allowed to meet with family members. While the vaccination campaign has picked up speed in Europe, the holiday season will start in a few weeks. For Brussels and the Member States, there are many questions that are also important for travelers: Who is allowed in? And when? The answers.

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Corona easing: Vacation rentals and rental cars are becoming more expensive here – economy

Germans are hot for vacation. So hot that demand is exploding – and so are the prices. Holiday apartments and rental cars will be significantly more expensive this year in popular holiday countries than before the corona pandemic.

In Germany, too, vacationers have to dig deeper into their pockets when renting a holiday apartment and expect prices to be 30 percent higher than in 2019. This was the result of an analysis by the “Holidu” search engine.

According to the “Cheaper rental car” portal, customers can expect 20 percent higher prices for rental cars.

The two Internet offers evaluated around three million queries for the survey. Accordingly, more and more people are currently planning a vacation trip – interest has more than tripled since April.

Means: The increasing demand leads to more expensive prices.

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There is a threat of a shortage in rental cars

The rental car expert “Sunny Cars” is also currently recording a weekly increase in the number of bookings. Since the vehicle fleet providers did not expect increasing rentals until later, hardly any vehicles are currently available.

▶ ︎ The result: prices are rising significantly, which is why the car rental company urgently recommends booking early. Especially Spain is in trend with interested holidaymakers. In the past two weeks, around 40 percent of all reservations were for this destination. The price increase due to the rental car bottleneck is already evident here.

▶ ︎ The rental car destination that is currently most in demand is Spain, followed by Germany, Greece and Portugal. There is a clear trend towards booking at short notice. Of the reservations made in the past 14 days, around half are for the departure period May.

▶ ︎ The current average turnover is currently 370 euros. In the comparison period before Corona, this value was 324 euros.

▶ ︎ This will be a big topic in the coming weeks, especially for the Spanish market. This is because the vehicle fleet providers did not expect increasing rentals until later and therefore currently have significantly fewer vehicles available.

According to “Holidu” and “Cheaper rental car”, the fact that vacationers could incur higher costs applies not only to the German market, but also to other travel destinations in Europe.

In France Rental cars and holiday apartments are now 14 and 32 percent more expensive, respectively Great Britain even 35 and 55 percent.

“We compared prices for holiday apartments in calendar weeks 16 and 17 in 2019 and 2021. Here we were able to (Ireland 61 percent, Mexico 56 percent, Austria 52 percent) recognize price increases, “said a Holidu spokeswoman for BILD.

And further: “We see moderate price increases for, for example Spain (18 percent), USA (20 percent) and Cyprus (26 percent). Holiday homes and apartments are even cheaper in Portugal and the Turkey (-8 percent, -16 percent). “

Also in Denmark According to the search engine and the portal, tourists can still find bargain offers with an average of up to 20 percent lower fees.

New trend: accommodation with parking option

“Another growing trend that we can see is the use of our filter option ‘accommodation with parking option’. Here we see an increase of 40 percent compared to 2019, from which we conclude that travelers feel more comfortable traveling by car than using public transport. We were also able to determine that this filter is currently one of the top 5 used of all of our 31 filters, ”said the spokeswoman.

Wanderlust grows!

The Holidu data analysis of search queries has shown that more and more people are looking for travel destinations. The falling incidences and opening prospects, as well as the vaccination rates, create a hopeful mood.

▶ ︎ The top 3 of the federal states searched for after comparing the search queries:

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1. Schleswig-Holstein 115 626 257 921 +123,06%
2. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania 59 438 137 744 +131,74%
3. Bayern 59 019 131 648 +123,06%

Travel expert Jonas Upmann from “Hometogo” also sees a new wave of travel coming towards BILD: “We see that although demand in summer is still mainly focused on Germany, the search for international destinations has increased again and the confidence that in summer international travel is also growing. “

▶︎ The top 10 destinations for Pentecost according to the search engine “Hometogo”:

1. Baltic Sea

2. Germany

3. North Sea

4. Mallorca

5. Bayern

6. Netherlands

7. Schleswig-Holstein

8. Sylt

9. Croatia

10. Italy

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