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Welcome to euromost.info an independent free thinking European travel  guide giving 40 city guides & travel information for for visitors to Europe  It  includes information on air rail road & sea travel in Europe including and a city guide for 40 cities in Europe. These European city guides offer detailed airport and public transport guides for the city and a national country profile page. A sample of general site information is given below.  There are also  special travel guides with information and advice for visitors to visit Auschwitz Memorial Museum & Birkenau Srebenica.

European City Guides & Europe Country Profiles:

These are travel guides with business and tourist Information For Central Eastern Northern Southern and Western Europe, the Baltic States Scandinavia and Russia  

There Are Europe City Guides For:

AmsterdamAuschwitz Birkenau Memorial Guide, Barcelona,  (Beijing City Guide) Belgrade ,  Berlin,   Bratislava,  Bucharest,  Budapest, Chisinau,   Copenhagen,  Dubrovnik, Erfurt, Gdansk, Helsinki Kiev, Krakow, Leipzig, Ljubljana, Minsk, MoscowOsloParisPrague, Reykjavik, RigaRome, St Petersburg, Salzburg , Sarajevo, SkopjeSofia, Srebenica Memorial Guide,  Stockholm, Tallinn, TiranaVatican CityVienna Guide, Vilnius, Warsaw, Zagrebe, These guides are also accessible via the scrolling text links at the top of each page. 

There Are European Country Profiles For:

Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, China, Czech Rep. Denmark,  Estonia,  Finland,  France,  Germany,  Holland, Hungary,  Iceland,  Italy,  Kosovo,  Latvia,  LithuaniaNetherlands,  North Macedonia,   Poland   Romania,   Russia,    Serbia   Slovakia,   Slovenia,,  Sweden,   Ukraine    

Important Note: Some city guides and country profiles include links or the urls of other good travel information sites . However visitors should note that issues such as terrorism crime,  personal safety and tourists traps  and not addressed by promotional sites such as accommodation or tourist board sites.  As most cities have these issues we post this information uncensored! We welcome contributions from visitors  on ant of these issues.  Please see contact us  above. A sample of general site information is given below.

 

European News Items – Europe Travel Information

euromost.info is not a news agency but we will publish news items that may be of importance to anyone planning to travel to or actually travelling to European destinations.  Information in these reports is gathered from a range credible sources in-order for it to be accurate, factual and wherever possible politically neutral.  Please note that a news report following a red heading is published as a travel advisory item – ie a travel alert or travel warning for anyone visiting or intending to visit the city, region or country concerned. 

A Radical Brexit Solution With No Irish Backstop!  

With the April 12th deadline closing in the UK & the EU could, if the politicians and power brokers on both sides think outside the box, come to a democratic Brexit deal which honours the 2016 referendum result and the wishes of the UK electorate without the need for an Irish backstop or another referendum – full details  

Other Items Below On This Page Include:  1.  Brexit Update     2. Jel Air Cancels Flights     3. British Airways Land Passengers At Wrong Airport    4. French Revolution Continues     

EU Gives May Six More Months To Persuade MPs To Accept Her Brexit Proposal Or A Viable Alternative

Three votes in the last three months have seen members of the British Parliament firmly reject Thersa May’s  Brexit Deal.  The UK was with or without a deal due to leave EU on March 29th  but after a request by the British Premier for  the deadline to be  extended the date was put back until April 12th.  When it became clear that the situation was not resolvable before that date Thersa May was granted a further extension until 31st October.  

This second extension is conditional on Britain holding elections for the EU Parliament on May 23rd (unless an exit deal is approved by all interested parties before that date) and on the British Government satisfying the EU that it is making progress to finally agree the terms of the UK exit from the EU.  If these conditions are not met the UK may have to leave on a ‘No Deal Basis’. Some estimates put the cost of holding the EU elections in the UK as being over £90m irrespective of what happens after them.  Editorial Comment

Latest Brexit Travel Information Travel arrangements by air, rail and sea between the UK AND Europe will inevitably change after Brexit which is currently expected to be on March 29th. The changes will be more significant and immediate if there is no transitional agreement (ie a hard brexit) about future relations between the UK and the European Union. Please see the Brexit Travel Information and news page. >>>

Jet Air International Flights Suspended 

The Indian Airline announced on Saturday 13th April that it had suspended all international flights for at least 48 hours whilst it seeks funding to help it cope with a company debt of around $1bn.  The airline with a fleet of approximately 100 aircraft is the largest privately owned airline in India offers international flights from Amsterdam London and Paris.  However some commentators believe the financial situation and disputes with creditors suggest that over 80% of the aircraft are currently grounded. If this is so the cessation of international flights by thew airline may have been unavoidable As under Indian aviation law Indian airlines must have at least 20 aircraft operational if they wish to operate internationally. 

British Airways Take Passengers For A Ride Landing Them At The Wrong Airport – In The Wrong Country !   

A short haul British Airways  flight from London City Airport to Dusseldorf on March 25th turned out to be a scenic tour of the eastern coast of Britain with the plane landing at Edinburgh in Scotland instead. The flight BA3271 had been sub-contacted by British Airways to German owned WDL Aviation.

Passengers on board the plane were for most of the flight were unaware that they were travelling in the wrong direction even though they did not cross over the coast and fly over the North Sea or English Channel.  One passenger who was puzzled by unusual number of hills and mountains the plane was flying over checked the planes GPS position and discovered they were close to Carlisle in northern England and alerted some other passengers.   However the error was not confirmed until the plane landed at Edinburgh Airport and made a welcome to Edinburgh announcement.   The passengers were stranded on the plane for 2.5 hours during which time food ran out and the toilets became blocked.  At one point a cabin crew member amazed passengers by asking them to raise their hands if they still wanted to go Dusseldorf  – everyone voted  raised their hands!.  After nearly three hours the plane took off for its original destination – Dusseldorf. 

It is thought that the pilot was  following a flight plan for the plane from the previous day which included a flight from London City Airport to Edinburgh and back to London City.  He was not aware that the passengers boarding the aircraft were all expecting to be flown to Dusseldorf.  Initial analysis suggests that this was human error but as the take off, flight path and landing was authorised by both airports and air traffic control authorities the plane and its passengers were in no physical danger. 

The incident though raises questions about whether British Airways exercise adequate ‘governance’ over the airlines that they sub-contract flight out to.  Normally airlines operating on behalf BA of follow specified procedures and protocol that passengers on ‘in-house’ flights experience.   This includes announcing before takeoff the destination of the flight and a weather report for that destination.  This did not happen on Monday’s flight and had it happened the error might have been avoided.   

In a statement British Airways said they were working with subcontractor to ascertain why WDL had filed the wrong flight plan. They added that the passengers were met by BA Customer Service Staff at Dusseldorf and that thy would also be contacting all the passengers individually. 

The French Revolution Continues Next Saturday (20th)

Last Saturday saw twenty second consecutive weekly protest in Paris by ‘Yellow Vest’ demonstrators who are protesting  against President Emmanuel Macron pro-business reforms.  However the demonstrations in the city were largely peaceful with only 28 arrests,

Demonstrations in City of Toulouse became violent at times as demonstrators clashed with riot police and threw missiles at officers, Cars were also set on fire. The police used teargas to disperse the rioters from the city centre. 

Demonstration mostly peaceful took place in other French cities and official figures suggest that the number of protesters across France was around 6,000 higher than the last two Saturdays. More demonstrations are being planned for the coming Saturday though the French President is expected to announce reform measures to quell the protestoresPolice this week.

Visitors to Paris should be aware that the over the past four months the protests on any Saturday may be located at several locations and occur simultaneously at random times.  They often occur near well known tourist attractions such as the Eiffel which which may be closed or be forced to close at short notice.  They also occur near government buildings and transport hubs such as major railway stations. 

New Boeing Planes Grounded Across Europe & Worldwide

The aviation authorities in the United States and Canada have fallen in line with counterparts in European and across the world and grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 and and Max 9 jet aircraft.  Concerns about the safety of these has arisen following two of them crashing in five months. The first crash last October occured shortly after take-off on a a Lion Air flight Jakarta, Indonesia, killed all 189 people on board.  On March 10th shortly after take-off an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa,  crashed killing all 157 people on board.  The model of planes on both flights was  the Boeing 737 Max 8. 

On March 13th The US Federal Aviation Administration grounded both models of the as there were similarities in the physical evidence at the scene of both crashes and analysed satellite data at the time of the crashes. 

At the time of grounding there were 350 of these planes (which reportedly use 14% less fuel than their most comparative models)  operating worldwide.  In Europe 15 of these planes were in service with the holiday company TUI.  These planes have been withdrawn from service and replaced by other aircraft in the company’s fleet without any adverse affects on schedules.  However it is understood that present situation will be of serious concern to Europe’s biggest airline Ryanair who are thought to have placed and order up to 110 (for delivery over the next five years)  of a higher capacity of these planes known as the  Max 200.

Christchurch’s Cold Calculated Killer Causes Concerns About Far Right Extremists Across Europe.

European security agencies including those in France Bulgaria Turkey and the UK are understood to be investigating a visit in 2017 to Europe made by the Australian Brenton Tarrant who has been charged with murder following the the shootings at the Mosques in Christchurch New Zealand.  He is believed also to have visited  Bosnia, Croatia Herzegovina, Montenegro Pakistan and Serbia. 

50 people were killed and another 50 injured in Tarrant’s  attacks  when he went on a shooting spree at the Al Noor Masjid Mosque in the eastern Christchurch prior to him driving to the Linwood Masjid Mosque and opening fire again.  In a manifesto he published on social media  shortly before the attacks he claimed he was going to avenge the death of Europeans killed in terror attacks and that his inspiration for this came Anders Breivik – the far-right terrorist who in 2011 shot dead 69 children on a Workers’ Youth League holiday on the Norwegian island of Utøya.  

In the UK  a man was arrested for posting support on social media for the terror attack the attack.  At the same time the Sunday Times newspaper claimed that a secret Cabinet Office assessment viewed that the far right in some parts the UK could pose a greater threat than those that they oppose. 

Europe Weather Summary 15/04 – 18/04 

The recent cooler and colder weather will gradually give way to much milder weather across Europe,. Finland North Western Russia Poland and Belarus are likely to have dry and. mild days with long sunny periods.  Elsewhere the weather is likely to be mild but cloudier though mostly dry. Portugal Spain and Turkey may become more unsettled at the weekend.

Sicily’s Mount Etna Volcano Eruptions Latest Update

Sicily’s  Mount Etna volcano eruptions have subsided since March 22nd when they were responsible for an 4.8 Richter scale earthquake  on the eastern side of the island. Though there still explosions inside the volcano no significant emissions of volcanic lava have been reported since. However the volcano is still the source of very minor earthquakes which are often felt up to 40 km away.   The volcano is the worlds  most active volcano.  Travellers to the island though should be aware that the present the relatively calm situation may change.

Ongoing Travel Alerts  & Warnings For Europe:

The Ukraine: Politically unstable state  where violent demonstrations can occur anywhere.  In the east and south of the country pro-Russian separatists are fighting a civil war with Ukrainian Government Forces particularly in the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.  Also best avoided are the  Kharkiv Region and the cities of Dnipropetrovsk Mykolayviv & Odessa.  More 

The Crimea:  Formerly  Ukrainian province under Russian control since March 2014 . Many western governments advise their citizens.to avoid this country/ More

Other Advice: There also is important advice for visitors to other European Countries and cities plus advice for that visitors intending to visit Moldova Chisinau and Transnistraq should consider. More.

Macedonia Renamed As ‘North Macedonia’

A 28 year dispute between Greece and Macedonia came to an end on January 25th when the Greek Parliament voted by 153 votes to 146 votes (with 1 abstention) for it’s northern neighbour Macedonia to be renamed North Macedonia’. The dispute began in 1991 with the break up of the former Yugoslavia when the area now known as Macedonia declared it’s independence from Belgrade.  The declaration offended many Greeks who felt that the new state was staking a claim on Greek territory with same name.

In June 2018 the Greek and Macedonian prime ministers  agreed the new name for the province. The Macedonian Parliament has ratified the agreement and the Greek Parliament is expected to do so this week.  The end of the dispute between the two countries  paves the way for progressing Macedonian aspirations to become an EU member state and joining of NATO.   

Hungary Steps Up It’s Hostile Immigration Policy

The Hungarian Government is opt out of a proposed United Nations migration pact as it believes the accord will pose a threat to the world.  Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said in an interview to Euronews that the text of the pact  text was “biased and unbalanced” and “tries to portray migration as something good by definition and as a fundamental human right, which it is not.”

In an interview with Euronews, Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said his country was leaving talks to make a pact because the text was “biased and unbalanced” and “tries to portray migration as something good by definition and as a fundamental human right, which it is not.”  Hungary’s right wing government is  openly hostile to refugees and the willingness of the majority of EU  countries to provide support for those who arrive in Europe.   In 2015 the Hungarian Government erected metal fence along its southern and eastern borders to stop refugees and migrants entering Hungary.

The Hungarian exit from the UN accord mirrors President Trumps decision in 2017  not to take part in it.

WHEN THINGS GO WRONG AT AIRPORTS !

It always advisable before leaving for any airport to check with the airport website that flights are taking off and landing normally. This obviously would apply if your airport has had problems such as drone attacks or if your airport or airline is experiencing operational problems such as adverse weather or industrial action.

The problems at Gatwick Airport  have been determined by the Civil Aviation Authority (CIA) as an extraordinary situation which is beyond the control or responsibility of airlines. This means you cannot claim compensation from the airline. You may where delays are over three hours submit claims with receipts for  for ‘reasonable’ expenses such as food, drink and hotel expenses to your airline but because of the CIA ruling some airlines may contest their obligation to pay.

If your flight is cancelled you are entitled to a full refund.  Alternatively you can accept the offer of an alternative flight with the same airline.  Your airline may also offer to book you a seat on another airline. Either way if the alternative flight is more expensive than the one your booked your airline will cover the difference in the cost.

Site Information:

Overview of Main Euromost European Features:

Features Index A list of all the useful supplementary features not on this page! more

For a list / index of euromost European City Guides  and European  Country Profiles please see links above.
 
112-999  Index – Advice Before You Travel – Advice For Women – al Qaeda Terrorist Threat In EuropeCrime & Personal Safety In Europe, – Assistance & Advice In An Emergency   – Free Emergency EU Medical Treatment  Travel Alerts Europe– Other Relevant Travel Alerts

Auschwitz Birkenau Travel Guide This guide contain  special travel advice and information for those going to visit  the Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration Camps more

Advice For Women Travellers As an increasing number of women go solo this article focuses on culturally inappropriate clothing, unwanted male attention, personal issues, date rape and how these pitfalls can be avoided. more

Air Travel Guide This extensive links to every euromost air travel feature including the airport guides in the UK and the rest of Europe which include links to the flight arrivals and flight departures boards, new airline routes, air security pages for Europe and the US, , the black listed airlines guide, flying  phobia and individual airline information pages, air travel news in which we may very occasionally publish special offers and cheap flights if they are genuinely cheap more

Cabin Luggage Information Feature That  clarifies what you can and can’t take into the aircraft cabin and the maximum dimension of the bag or case more

Clubbing Guides For Europe The European clubbing guide features a clubbing guide for clubs in most European capitals with club reviews and information on the music another the admission and drink prices including the rip off ones!  more

Coach Services In Europe The coach travel section of euromost includes details on European Coach Networks & Services across Europe  There also is information on European coach tours in central and Eastern Europe more

Consulate Information For Europe Contact information for European embassies and consulates in London. These consulates can answer specific questions visitors from Britain may have about a proposed trip to their country or provide  assistance and advice to their own nationals in the UK more

Cruises in Europex Our European Cruise guide includes information on cruises in the Arctic in and around the North Pole, the Norwegian Fjords, The Baltic States, the East Med & West Med and on the River Danube and The Rhine. – many of which once only the playground for the rich – cruises are now within the reach of us all. more

Emergency Medical Help Assistance For Eu Citizens The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is FREELY available free to all citizen over the age of 16 who are nationals national citizens of all  European Union Member States It is also accepted in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Holders of this card are entitled to the same  freeemergency treatment that they would receive at home more

European Airport Guides These are posted individually and linked with a relevant city guide. They include essential airport information and live links to the home page, flight arrivals & flight departure boards of the airport. There are also over 100 links to smaller airports across Europe. more

European City Guides In the euromost collection there are 40 Europe city guides all with have information on the city’s history public transport sightseeing attractions restaurants clubs nightlife and accommodation.  Most popular cities guides are shown in red        

Europe Country Profiles: These contain information on the respective country’s economy currency population and recent history. Where relevant there is additional info on local travel including by air and road, important health issues such as risks of drinking local tap water and the country’s susceptibility to earthquakes or tremors. These country profiles are attached to the relevant city guides.

The 31 european country profiles are Albania Austria Belarus Bosnia Bulgaria China Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Holland Hungary Iceland Italy  Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Netherlands Norway Poland Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Sweden & the Ukraine. full index

Rail Services In Europe The European rail guide includes travel pages offering  general information on European rail Networks & Services across Europe iand features on the Orient Express & the Trans Siberian Express  more

TRAVEL ADVICE FOR UK VISITORS & ENGLISH SPEAKING VISITORS TO RUSSIA DESTINATIONS

The attempted murder using a nerve agent in and English town of a former Russian  Spy (who was also a double agent)  left him, his daughter and a police officer seriously ill and endangered hundreds of innocent citizens.  The subsequent allegations of who was responsible for this has  heightened the already strained political tensions between Russia and the UK with both countries expelling diplomats of the other from their own. The extensive media coverage in both countries has portrayed the other country in a very bad light. Consequently visitors from the UK and Europe to Russia, and vice versa, may not feel entirely comfortable or safe when travelling around.

Currently there is no indication that tourists from  either country would be attacked on their visit because of recent events or because they were Russian or English speaking.  The citizens of both countries are peaceful, civil, law abiding, appreciate the importance of tourism and do not want a Cold War. Thus the political views and rhetoric of Theresa May or Vladimir Putin what ever their strengths and weaknesses maybe are extremely unlikely to translate into violence.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London have issued the following statement for British nationals currently in Russia or due to travel in the coming weeks;   ”’ due to heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia, you should be aware of the possibility of anti-British sentiment or harassment at this time; you’re advised to remain vigilant, avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publically on political developments; while the British Embassy in Moscow is not aware of any increased difficulties for British people travelling in Russia at this time, you should follow the security and political situation closely and keep up to date with this travel advice”.

If you’re in Russia and you need urgent help (call 007 495 956 7200 or 007 812 320 3200 if you’re in North-West Russia. If you cannot connect to this number, please call +44 1908 516666. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Russia, call 020 7008 1500.

If you are a Russian Federation national in the UK and you need urgent help contact the Russian Embassy at 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QP. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7229 6412.  Or go to their website www.rusemb.org.uk/   You can also contact their Consular Office on +44 (0) 203 668 7474

TERRORISM & ACCIDENTS  IN EUROPE  –  FREE EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE FOR EU CITIZENS

If you a national or naturalised citizen of any country in the the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland you can apply to your government for a free European  Health Insurance Card. If you are taken ill or injured in any country who is a member of the above organisations and can produce this card when admitted to hospital  for emergency medical help and not charged for the treatment.

The European Health Insurance Card is only valid for people with medical emergencies who have been taken ill – have had an accident – or who have been a victim of crime or terrorism.The scheme does not cover people with problems from an existing conditions – dentistry or cosmetic surgeries. Neither does it cover the cost  of repatriating the card holder back to their home country.

In some countries it may not cover the cost of treatment after an accident in a dangerous sport such as bungee jumping or  skiing.   You should consider taking out travel insurance to cover you for these and other issues – but read the small print and make sure you understand what your liability is and the excess levels are before signing up ! more.

European Country Profiles

Travel guides with business and tourist Information For Central Eastern Northern Southern and Western Europe, the Baltic States Scandinavia and Russia   

FREE EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR EU CITIZENS

if you a national or naturalised citizen of any country in the the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland you can apply to your government for a free European  Health Insurance Card. If you are taken ill or injured in any country who is a member of the above organisations and can produce this card when admitted to hospital  for emergency medical help and not charged for the treatment+.

The European Health Insurance Card is only valid for people with medical emergencies who have been taken ill – have had an accident – or who have been a victim of crime or terrorism.
 
+The scheme does not cover people with problems from an existing conditions – dentistry or cosmetic surgeries. Neither does it cover the cost  of repatriating the card holder back to their home country. In some countries it may not cover the cost of treatment after an accident in a dangerous sport such as bungee jumping or  skiing.   You should consider taking out travel insurance to cover you for these and other issues – but read the small print and make sure you understand what your liability is and the excess levels are before signing up ! more.
You should consider taking out travel insurance to cover you for these and other issues – but read the small print and make sure you understand what your liability is and the excess levels are before signing up ! more.

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