(Granthshala) – This week has been a mixed fortune for the world’s island communities, as some have restricted entry due to the rise of Covid, while others plan to reopen.
Here’s our latest round-up of the biggest news in the pandemic journey.
1. More Island Getaways Added to US ‘Do Not Travel’ List
This means that US citizens are advised not to travel there, and to do so only if they have been fully vaccinated.
This top-rated risk list is now filled with some of the world’s most preferred travel destinations, including France, Spain, Turkey, Thailand and the UK.
2. Lithuania will pay to extend your stay
If Lithuania has been on your travel list, you’re in luck: The Baltic nation is offering travelers visiting this fall more than 10,000 free hotel stays.
This means expanding the Trakai Historical National Park and the UNESCO-recognized old city of Vilnius is now easier than ever. The promotion will run till November 8.
Vilnius’s well-preserved old town is home to medieval buildings.
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3. There’s a Team of COVID-Sniffing Dogs in Miami
Two pups started working at Miami International Airport (MIA) this week and are tasked with sniffing out the face masks of all airport employees when they arrive at work. Both dogs have an accuracy rate of over 98%.
Miami is the first airport in the US to have trained COVID-sniffing dogs, but similar puppy programs exist in Finland and the United Arab Emirates.
4. Australia is Testing Vaccine Passport…
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that travel can resume once the country hits the fully immunized mark of 80% of the population.
5. … while Britain is divided on this matter
Instead, his administration will continue to advance vaccination, with booster shots encouraged for front-line health care workers, people over 50 and other at-risk groups.
So, like in a Meryl Streep and Steve Martin movie, it’s complicated.
6. England green light to eliminate traffic lights
From 4 October, arrivals in England would no longer be governed by the constantly changing red-amber-green lists of which countries are considered safe. Instead there will just be a red no-go list with everything open next to it.
Stringent PCR testing requirements are also being eased for vaccinated travellers, which means traveling through the UK is now much cheaper as well as easier.
7. Chili’s Ready to Greet Guests Again
Arti Valparaíso was the home of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
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The South American country of Chile will welcome international travelers from October 1.
All visitors receiving mobility passes will have to isolate for five days upon arrival in the country, while those who have not been vaccinated or have not received passes will have to isolate for seven days.
But let’s move on to the fun stuff. Travelers to Chile can enjoy the beauty of the driest place in the world (the Atacama Desert) and the colorful street art of Valparaíso, the mummy of Chinchorro, the country’s latest UNESCO site.
8. Jamaica Wants To Vaccinate All Its Tourism Employees
What is one way to make tourists feel comfortable when they come to stay in hotels and dine in restaurants? Jamaica is hoping that getting 100% of its hospitality staff fully vaccinated will do the trick.
9. More beautiful islands are reopening their doors
Montserrat is one of the Leeward Islands.
Bonus: In case you fall in love with it, Montserrat is offering a remote-worker program amid the pandemic.
10. New York City Vaccine Passport Rules Go Into
Summit One Vanderbilt opens next month in Midtown Manhattan.
Granthshala’s Eric Levenson explains Logistics: “Businesses are now required to check the vaccination status of all employees and customers 12 years of age and older, or they will be fined. Resident CDC Vaccination Cards, as of NYC Immunization records, New York State Excelsior Pass or NYC COVID Safe App.”
The Midtown attraction features an all-glass elevator that rises 1,200 feet above the city and an immersive art installation called “Air.”
11. South African Airways returning this month
South Africa is slowly easing its restrictions after being stricken by the pandemic.
The size of gatherings may increase from 250 to 500, and the national curfew has been extended from 11 pm to 4 am
Meanwhile, national carrier South African Airways will resume flights on September 23 after a 16-month shutdown.
Granthshala’s Tamara Hardingham-Gill, Eric Levenson, Lilit Marcus, David McKenzie and Ben Westcott contributed to this report.
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