So how are countries reacting? Here are 10 things we learned on pandemic travel this week.
1. The United States maintains its travel restrictions…
The US is not going to start welcoming tourists from EU Member States, UK, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, South Africa, India anytime soon. ‘Iran and Brazil.
A White House official told CNN on Monday that he would maintain existing travel restrictions on coronaviruses amid the increase in cases triggered by the Delta variant.
On the same day, the US State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new advisories for five countries, citing the increase in Covid cases.
Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Kyrgyzstan are now at level 4 – “Do not travel” – while Israel is upgraded to level 3 (“Reconsider travel”).
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2.… But the guiding of his mask has changed
On Tuesday, the CDC stepped things up further by changing its masking recommendations to urge people in high-risk areas – nearly two-thirds of the United States – to resume wearing masks indoors in public spaces.
Disney World, Florida and Disneyland, California are two of the top tourist attractions that have reintroduced indoor masks for all people two years of age and older, regardless of their immunization status.
The Smithsonian Institution – a huge complex of 19 museums largely concentrated in Washington, DC – also reversed its mask policy on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Lollapalooza, Chicago’s famous music festival, kicked off Thursday with hundreds of thousands expected in Grant Park for four days of performances. Proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid test performed 72 hours before arrival is required for entry.
3. Cases in UK are in free fall and no one knows why
The outlook is more optimistic in the UK, where reported Covid cases have fallen 36%, just a week after England abandoned almost all of its legal restrictions on coronaviruses.
Maybe it’s because the European Football Championships are over, maybe it’s because people are spending more time outdoors due to the hot weather, or maybe it’s because people report fewer positive results for Covid because they want to avoid self-isolation – no one really knows why.
4. Irish pubs are finally reopening
Indoor meals have reopened in Ireland for those fully vaccinated and those who have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months.
Domestic hospitality has been closed for seven months – difficult in a country known for its bad weather – while some “damp pubs” (those that serve alcohol but not food) have reopened for the first time since March 2020 .
Publican Joe Sheridan poses for a photo at his closed pub, Walsh’s bar, in the Irish village of Dunmore in September 2020.
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5. Australia will enforce containment measures until 70% of adults are fully immunized
Australia’s largest city, Sydney, has been closed for five weeks so far and Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a press conference on Friday that the country would continue to use closures to suppress Covid outbreaks -19 until 70% of adults are fully immunized.
“I think we can get there by the end of the year,” he said.
International borders will begin to open once 80% of this population is fully vaccinated, with Australian citizen arrival limits lifted and more ‘travel bubble’ deals made.
6. All travelers entering Granada must now be fully immunized
The Caribbean island of Grenada – also known as ‘Spice Island’ – has updated its entry requirements so that all visitors must have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks before arrival.
Grenadian citizens and children under 13 are exempt.
The island is made up of lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls, and heavenly beaches – around 45 of them, in fact. Grand Anse, a three-kilometer stretch of white sand, is the most popular.
A sunset jog in Saint George’s, Grenada.
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7. Pakistan will demand that public officials, aircrews and passengers be fully immunized
Pakistan is set to require vaccination certificates from staff entering public offices, schools, restaurants, transport and shopping centers, reports Reuters, although only 2.7% of its population is fully vaccinated .
The new rule also applies to air passengers and crew members.
Asad Umar, head of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), told Reuters that certificates will be required for airline and school personnel from August 1 and for employees of shopping malls, restaurants , public transport and public sector offices from the end of August. .
A vaccination center in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, in June 2021.
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8. Saudi Arabia could introduce tough measures for travel violators
Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday that the country may be on the verge of imposing severe measures on citizens who break the law by visiting “red list” countries, including India. , South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
He quoted an anonymous Interior Ministry official who allegedly said that those who break travel rules “will be subject to prosecution and severe penalties upon their return, and will be banned from travel for three years.”
It’s a warmer welcome for fully vaccinated international tourists, who can enter Saudi Arabia from August 1 without needing to quarantine.
Muslim pilgrims gather to pray on Mercy Mountain in Saudi Arabia in July 2021.
9. Kuwait prohibits unvaccinated citizens from traveling abroad
It’s cold here for the unvaccinated.
Kuwait announced on Tuesday that from August 1, only fully vaccinated citizens will be allowed to travel abroad, Reuters reports. Exemptions will be granted to children, pregnant women and people with medical conditions.
Also on Tuesday, the country’s aviation authority said all arrivals to Kuwait must have a negative Covid test before boarding their flights. They will also have to quarantine themselves at home for seven days until they pass a Covid test in Kuwait which turns out negative.
10. We assume this is a way to isolate yourself in your bubble
Ray “Reza” Baluchi planned to spend three or four weeks along the Atlantic coast “walking” from Florida to New York City in a hamster-wheel-shaped boat he calls his bubble.
However, equipment issues with his unconventional craft forced him to give up the effort after less than a day and he made it ashore in Palm Coast, Florida, to the surprise and alarm of fans. of beach.
An incident report from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office described his craft as a “metal frame with closed buoys, manually operated by the race.”
CNN’s Phil Black, Forrest Brown, Kaitlan Collins, Jeremy Diamond, Maggie Fox, Tamara Hardingham-Gill, John Harwood, Madeline Holcombe, Niamh Kennedy, Kevin Liptak, Frank Pallotta, Rob Picheta, Kate Sullivan, Angus Watson and David Williams have there contributed. story.