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3 things you need to do before you go to UEFA EURO 2020

Soccer fans around the world are all excited about the upcoming tournament! How to get to the UEFA EURO 2020? What do you need to know before you pack your things in June 2020?

First of all, tickets for UEFA EURO 2020! Just so you know, the first application phase is already over. The next sales phase will start on Dec 2019. You can find the details about the UEFA EURO 2020 tickets purchasing on the official UEFA website.

Second, if you are attending matches in more than one host city/country, make sure you take care of your accommodation and transportation in advance. Hotels and Airbnb services are going to be super busy in any city on the list, so consider booking in advance.

Last but not least, travel visas. If you are already considering certain matches that you want to attend, you probably already know which cities and countries they are going to take place in. For those who don’t know, 12 countries will be hosting the UEFA EURO 2020: Azerbaijan, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, and Spain. Depending on the country where the match you want to attend takes place, you should check if you need a travel visa for entering that country.

Cathay Pacific is ending the daily flight route Vancouver – New York City

One of the most popular flights between North America’s two coasts will be discontinued. No more daily flights from YVR to JFK by Cathay Pacific starting from April 2020.

After 23 years of operation, the flight from the Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to JFK service (with a stop at YVR) will no longer exist. According to official reports, this decision has been made since this route has been unprofitable for Cathay Pacific for years because of increased competition from non-stop flights from Hong Kong to New York City.

If you are willing to travel to New York City from Vancouver and try one of the most enjoyable flights, you still have almost eight months to do so. If you have a Canadian Permanent Residency or staying in Vancouver on any temporary visa, check if you need a visa to travel to the USA and use your chance to explore a little bit more.

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Coronavirus interrupting businesses: how we can help

That's official: COVID-19 is a global pandemic according to the World Health Organization

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization announced that the novel coronavirus has become a global pandemic. We are not going to dig deeper into numbers and statistics, but it is a known fact right now - it is not a great time to be going out into public in close contact. Unfortunately, these recommendations are also related to travel plans.

As we are in the travel industry, we know that the COVID-19 outbreak has been affecting personal travels a lot. However, a business cannot wait for the pandemic to pass.

Since there are lots of businesses and businessmen who are involved in ongoing international affairs, the COVID-19 pandemic might impact many of them. Therefore, we find it important to remind that we are providing Document Legalization services, Certified Document translation, international document delivery, etc.

If you need a Power of Attorney or any other official document to be legally used in another country outside Canada, we can assist you to have it legalized/ translated/ sent to the required destination. Please, contact AnyVisa, and we will be happy to assist you with any document support if your business trip was canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Current COVID-19 travel problems for residents and citizens returning to Canada

Main COVID-19 outbreak travel issues and what you should do based on your status when returning to Canada.

As the COVID-19 preventative measures are getting stricter in almost every country, many travellers are facing issues such as flight cancelations, border crossing, and imposed self-isolation, not to mention the huge impact the coronavirus is having on businesses.

The Canadian border is now closed for foreign nationals who are not residents or citizens. Therefore, having your travel documents in order is a smart and responsible approach, if you are trying to return home safely.

We, at AnyVisa, are committed to helping Canadian Permanent Residents, who have issues with their PR cards, get back to Canada. And, of course, other foreign travelers, who require consular assistance to go to their home countries, can rely on AnyVisa for travel document support.

Summarizing the Canadian government’s measures, including the border closure, here is the current situation:

1 – If you are a Temporary Resident traveling to Canada:

  • Such as a Canadian tourist visa holder, student visa holder, or work visa holder, you will not be able to come to Canada until further notice by the authorities.

The biggest sports events in 2020

The year 2020 will be marked not only as a first year of the new decade but also as a year of the biggest sports events worldwide.

Every year is somewhat special in terms of annual tournaments, championships, and other sports events. However, some major events take place once in a few years, and here is what we have on the list:

1 – EURO 2020: UEFA European Championship

This football competition takes place every 4 years and has been played in multiple European countries. This year it will be played from June 12th to July 12th in 12 countries: Azerbaijan, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, and Spain. Read more about what you need to know before you go to UEFA EURO 2020.

2 – Summer 2020 Olympic Games

Japan has been preparing for this huge event for the last few years. The host city for the 2020 Olympic Games is Tokyo. Exciting fact is that five new sports have been added to the program in Tokyo: baseball and softball, karate, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing. The Games will be held from July 24th to August 9th, 2020.

Top-5 music festivals to attend in 2020

The best selection of annual festivals for music lovers. Europe, Asia, North America – you chose where to go in 2020 and enjoy the time of your life!

Here is a list of music festivals 2020 – from the world’s most famous to the less well-known cultural events that are worth to visit!

1 - Coachella Music & Arts Festival – California, USA

Dates: Apr. 10 – Apr. 19, 2020

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has become an iconic cultural event for the country. There are all sorts of musical styles like Hip Hop, alternative rock and electronic music. You will be surprised by the large scale art installations, amazing food, and celebrities wearing their best desert outfits. If you are thinking of a roadtrip to California, here are some useful tips for you to keep in mind while traveling in the USA.

2 - Primavera Sound – Barcelona, Spain

Dates: June 3 – June 7, 2020

Enjoy the great music, live acts, and performance in this wonderful city! Make to the beach for a music festival, or explore lots of chill areas to spend time with friends. Experience this wonderful vibe of a summertime music festival in Barcelona as many nationalities visit the city specifically for the event.

Travel advisory due to Hurricane Dorian consequences

East Coast of North America is recovering from the extremely powerful hurricane Dorian. People are being evacuated from the flooded areas. It is advised to avoid any traveling to the Atlantic region.

Started from a tropical wave and damaging winds in the Central Atlantic, Dorian affected the Caribbean region, Virgin Islands. Rapidly transforming into a destructive hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas causing catastrophic damage to Grand Bahama and Abaco Island. As a result, more than 70 thousand people lost their homes.

Dorian began to move towards the north-northwest slowly weakening. Fluctuating in intensity between Category 1 and 2 it sped northeastward toward Atlantic Canada.

On September 7 and 8, the hurricane Dorian made landfall in eastern Canada. Causing wind damage and bringing heavy rainfall, Dorian left about 400 thousand people without power in provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland.

On September 9, additional rainfall is expected from Dorian in eastern Quebec, Newfoundland, and Labrador. Meanwhile, mid-Atlantic and New England coasts of the U.S. and the coast of Atlantic Canada may expect life-threatening tide and surf conditions.

We encourage all travelers to be cautious and stay safe. There are situations when it seems to be impossible to cancel the trip that was planned way before. However, it is always better to follow travel advisories and keep yourself and your family away from emergencies. Pick safe destinations for your next trip and feel free to ask for professional assistance before your trip. First, check if you need a visa to reach your destination.

What to do in Saint Petersburg during UEFA EURO 2020

If you are going to Saint Petersburg as a UEFA fan next summer, here is what you need to know about the schedule and the city.

As a UEFA fan you probably already know that the UEFA EURO 2020 tournament will take place in 12 cities: Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, and Saint Petersburg. For sure, not every fan would have an opportunity to travel from country to country to watch all the desired matches.

If you are already excited to come to Russia for UEFA EURO 2020, you are not going to be disappointed with the host city - Saint Petersburg. If you are going to stay in the city and watch the game only there, you will need to know the schedule of matches and what to do in Saint Petersburg between the big dates.

Matches in Saint Petersburg Stadium

Why the world is so excited about The Beijing Daxing Airport?

The brand new airport in Beijing is not only one of the largest airports in the world, but also super convenient for the passengers.

It is actually fascinating – not only design wise, but also in terms of the features that are implemented in this huge “starfish”. Here are some facts about the new airport in Beijing:

Size

Can you imagine 98 football fields? That’s exactly how huge the Beijing Daxing Airport is. Its size is more than 700,000 square meters. It’s the largest terminal in a single building the world has ever seen.

Design

Not only the design from the outside is quite mesmerizing, but also the way the airport is designed inside is all about convenience for the passengers. Let’s say, have you ever been late for your flight and found yourself running to your gate, dropping things and worrying that the plane was going to take off without you? You won’t have this problem in the Beijing Daxing Airport since its design allows you to get from the security checkpoint to the gate within no more than 8 minutes.

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