This is what we learned from the pandemic trips this week.
1. You may be able to start planning this Asia-Pacific vacation
Tourists on the observation deck of the Kuala Lumpur Tower in Malaysia on October 1st.
Vincent Thian / AP
On 10 October, Singapore added eight new countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, to its vaccinated and quarantined travel lanes.
The next day, its Southeast Asian neighbor, Malaysia, put an end to national and international travel restrictions for fully vaccinated residents after reaching the goal of total inoculation of 90% of the adult population.
2. Spain joined France and Portugal on the CDC’s “least risky” list
Spain – the image of the beach of Palma in Palma de Mallorca – has recorded a drop in Covid cases.
Jaime Reina / AFP / Getty Images
It joins other popular European tourist destinations on the level 3 list, including France, Germany, Italy and Portugal.
Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Cyprus and the United Kingdom continue to be in the highest risk level 4 category, where no non-essential travel is advised. Meanwhile, Hungary and the Madeira Islands are the only European destinations below level 2 (“moderate”).
3. Fully vaccinated foreign visitors may begin entering the United States from November 8
The US-Mexico border wall at Otay Mesa, California, on August 13, 2021.
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Kevin Munoz, the White House’s deputy press secretary, tweeted on October 15: “The new U.S. travel policy that requires vaccinating foreign travelers to the United States will begin on November 8. This announcement and date applies to both international and ground air travel.
The first phase will allow fully vaccinated visitors traveling for non-essential reasons, such as visiting friends or sightseeing, to cross U.S. land borders. The second phase, starting in January 2022, will allow all fully vaccinated incoming foreign travelers to enter.
4. The EU provides free train tickets to 60,000 young people
The EU Commission delivers free rail passes to 60,000 European citizens aged 18 to 20.
5. There was more chaos and cancellations at an American airline
Passengers are waiting in line at the Southwest Airlines ticket counter at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport on October 11th.
Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun-Sentinel / AP
6. The Dominican Republic had its best month of tourism in history
Beautiful beaches and wonderful scenery on this getaway to the island. Take a 60-second vacation in the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic is on “Level 2: Covid-19 Moderate” on the CDC’s list of travel advisors.
7. Dubai had the busiest international airport in the world
Calculated from the airline’s total capacity, there are more than 2.7 million seats on scheduled flights to the airport this month. Much of this will have to do with the October opening of the Dubai Expo 2020, which was delayed by the pandemic. The six-month extravaganza will run until March 31, 2022.
8. An American woman was the only tourist allowed in Bhutan
Monks in Punakha Dzong in Bhutan.
“Bhutan is a gift of perfect deals,” Bak told CNN from the Thimphu apartment, where he spent a few weeks before heading out on the road to do gong workshops in rural villages.
9. New Zealand allows people to get vaccinated on a plane (but doesn’t make them fly anywhere)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces that the country will move from eliminating Covid-19, amid a persistent outbreak of the Delta variant, and instead move to a strategy of “living with the virus” .
October 16 is presented as Super Saturday in New Zealand, where the government is urging eligible unvaccinated New Zealanders to receive their shots.
10. The Airbus A380s return to the sky
Passengers love the A380, but the airlines gave up. Your window to fly in one is closing now that there are many stored.
Thanks to Covid-19, most of the world’s Airbus A380s landed. Airbus had already announced plans to stop production of superjumbos in 2019 and their strong operating costs had no place in the pandemic’s minimum and cost-effective international flight schedules.
Although his days are still numbered, some airlines, including Singapore Airlines and British Airways, have announced plans to get the plane back into the air.
CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez, Marnie Hunter, Masrur Jamaluddin, Betsy Klein, Ramishah Maruf, Lilit Marcus, Rhea Mogul, Kocha Olarn, and Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.
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