Barbados to Reopen Its Borders on July 12

Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc | June 29, 2020

On July 12, 2020, Barbados will begin welcoming visitors back, with JetBlue flights from New York-JFK scheduled to resume service on July 25 and American Airlines from Miami on August 5.
Within 72 hours prior to departure for Barbados, “all travelers from high-risk countries are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from an accredited laboratory,” the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. said.

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Visiting the Netherlands is more than just visiting Amsterdam. There are so many wonderful things to see and do, from the architecture and amazing museums to the biking opportunities to all the windmills and flowers, to the bad parts of visiting The Netherlands, the stigma that the Netherlands is just a drunken party for tourists in the red-light district of Amsterdam and did we mention the service? Here are five things you will love and hate about visiting the Netherlands. Filmed in Haarlem and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Visiting the Netherlands is more than just visiting Amsterdam. There are so many wonderful things to see and do, from the architecture and amazing museums to the biking opportunities to all the windmills and flowers, to the bad parts of visiting The Netherlands, the stigma that the Netherlands is just a drunken party for tourists in the red-light district of Amsterdam and did we mention the service? Here are five things you will love and hate about visiting the Netherlands. Filmed in Haarlem and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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