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This is Wikitravel's Travel news section, about issues affecting travelers, both positively and negatively. For more general news, see Wikinews.

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January

Part 1 of WHTI Goes Into Effect Today

Part 1 of WHTI Goes Into Effect Today

23 January 2007

The air travel portion of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) [1] goes into effect today. WHTI will require all air travelers to and from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda to present a passport enter or re-enter the United States. Part 2 of WHTI (land and sea travel) goes into effect as early as January 1, 2008. Click here for US Passport information & forms


Power outages across South Africa

Power outages across South Africa

18 January 2007

Widespread blackouts can be expected throughout South Africa after a controlled shutdown at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant in Cape Town early Thursday morning. Traffic delays may affect your travel arrangements, especially in larger centers. The national electricity supplier Eskom expects to have the situation back to normal by the end of next week. The Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant consists of two 900 megawatt generators and supply about 50% of the power required in the Western Cape. One of these reactors have shut down and other coal power stations are also undergoing maintenance at the moment. This is resulting in a 2000 megawatt shortfall on the national grid. The situation is similar to what was experienced in California in 2001.


Sihanoukville airport opens

Sihanoukville airport opens

16 January 2007

Cambodia's up-and-coming beach resort Sihanoukville has opened an airport. Scheduled flights are limited to Siem Reap (Angkor), but are expected to surge once the runway extension is complete by the end of the year. [2]


Taiwan High Speed Rail opens

Taiwan High Speed Rail opens

5 January 2007

Taiwan's High Speed Rail line, running the length of the island from Taipei to Kaohsiung in just 90 minutes, has opened to the public. Until Jan 15, services are limited to 19 daily test runs, with tickets available for half price. [3]


Bangkok hit by a series of bombs

Bangkok hit by a series of bombs

1 January 2007

A spate of bombings in Bangkok over New Year's Eve and during the early hours of Jan 1 has killed three people and injured 36 others, including 10 foreigners. See Wikinews: [4]


EU enlargement

EU enlargement

1 January 2007

Bulgaria and Romania are now members of the European Union, and Slovenia has ditched its tolar for the euro.


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