(Granthshala) – It was a great week for the wannabe jetsetters of the world. The UK and Israel both approved their travel “red list”, while India, Bali and Vietnam all announced plans to reopen.
10 things we learned on this week’s pandemic journey.
1. Britain has reduced its ‘Red List’ to only seven countries…
Thailand – including Phuket, home of the Vijit Resort – is coming off the UK’s red list.
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The UK introduced a new system for international travel, easing testing requirements for many fully vaccinated travelers and designating destinations “red” or “green”.
From 11 October, England is set to remove 47 countries from its red list, leaving only seven destinations: Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
2. …but was angry at its quarantine rules
The UK recognized vaccines are Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), or formulations thereof.
3. CDC Lowers Risk Category for France, Portugal and South Africa
The CDC is now fine with vaccinated Americans heading to Iceland’s Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
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There was good news for Americans looking to travel to and from Argentina, France, Iceland, Lesotho, Morocco, Nepal, Portugal and South Africa.
Meanwhile, six destinations have moved from level 3 to level 4 (“very high”), meaning US citizens should avoid non-essential travel.
Those destinations are Armenia, Austria, Barbados, Croatia, Latvia and New Caledonia.
4. India will start letting tourists come from this month…
According to a press release by the Ministry of Home Affairs of India, tourists arriving by chartered flight will be able to do so from October 15. Other arrivals will be allowed from November 15.
5. …and Bali will also slowly reopen
Bali’s Kuta Beach is pictured at sunset in September 2021.
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The Indonesian island of Bali will reopen its airport for international arrivals on October 14, officials have announced.
According to Indonesia’s Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Bali Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar will start welcoming arrivals from select countries.
6. Vietnam plans to fully reopen by June 2022
Sanato Beach on the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc.
Vietnam still has a way out when it comes to vaccinating its population: more than 13% are fully vaccinated, making it one of the lowest rates in Asia.
7. Soon New Zealand will only allow foreign nationals to enter if they have been vaccinated
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the country was moving from eliminating COVID-19 amid persistent outbreaks of the delta variant, and would instead transition to a ‘living with the virus’ strategy.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced at a press conference this week that the country was moving away from its COVID-19 eradication strategy and would begin using vaccine certificates early next month.
From 1 November all foreign nationals entering New Zealand will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
8. Canada Issues Vaccine Mandate for Trains and Planes
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “By the end of November, if you are 12 or older and want to fly or take the train, you will have to be fully vaccinated.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a nationwide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for rail and air passengers as well as employees aged 12 and over.
9. Israel Now Lets Its Citizens Travel Anywhere
Entering Fairy Chimneys begins a journey of discovery in this unusual place.
Israel has emptied its “red” travel list, meaning Israeli citizens and residents can now travel anywhere in the world.
As of 4 October, Israelis were still barred from traveling to Turkey, Bulgaria and Brazil due to high COVID rates.
Under current guidelines, travelers returning to Israel are required to have been vaccinated three times or twice within the past six months, for 24 hours only, or upon receipt of a negative PCR test – whichever comes first. Is.
Unvaccinated individuals or those who had their second dose more than six months ago still need to be quarantined for a full week or so if they receive two negative PCR tests.
10. The airline industry is set to lose about $52 billion in 2021
An Air France plane prepares to take off from Nice Cte d’Azur airport in August 2021.
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According to an updated outlook from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), airlines will lose $51.8 billion in 2021, higher than previously forecast.
The net deficit for 2020 was also revised upwards to $137.7 billion. Further crises are expected next year as well – estimated at $11.6 billion in damages. The group expects the industry to return to profitability in 2023, IATA Director-General Willie Walsh said at the group’s annual meeting in Boston on October 4.
The other big news out of Boston is that a global conglomerate of 290 airlines agreed on a proposal to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Granthshala’s Melissa Alonso, Pamela Boykoff, Matt Friedman, Hadas Gold, Swati Gupta, Marnie Hunter, Masroor Jamaluddin, Lilit Marcus, Francesca Street and Nimi Princeville contributed to this report.
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