Travel news: Japan, Australia and Argentina reveal plans to reopen
(CNN) – It was World Tourism Day on September 27 this week, but it’s safe to say that it has been another bad year for tourism around the world. If you’re wondering where and when it’s safe to go, and what to do to get there, CNN Travel has you covered with these weekly roundups.
Here’s what we learned on pandemic trips this week:
1. Norway lifted national restrictions on Covid – then moved directly to the US ‘very high’ risk category
2. Japan is now a little easier to visit (if you are fully vaccinated and with an approved vaccine)
Travelers will need to show proof of obtaining Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccines, as they are currently the only ones accepted in Japan. It is therefore bad news for the Chinese Sinopharm and the American Johnson & Johnson.
Eligible travelers will no longer have to undergo a 14-day quarantine – instead, they can do 10. At the end of the 10-day period, they must take a PCR test. If this test is negative, then the person can move around freely.
3. Australia has revealed its intention to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated citizens
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced plans to reopen the country’s borders to fully vaccinated Australian travelers for international travel, which is expected to take effect in November. CNN’s Angus Watson reports.
4. Argentina will also reopen to fully vaccinated international visitors on November 1
Drone footage captured a curious southern right whale hitting a paddle boarder off the coast of Argentina.
We are now entering spring in the southern hemisphere and so it will be a peak time to visit Argentina when it reopens to international tourism on November 1.
All foreign visitors will be invited to take a non-quarantine visit, provided they have received the approved vaccines at least two weeks in advance and also present a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of their arrival in the country.
5. Vietnam’s largest city eased its Covid restrictions
A health worker checks the temperature of a member of the public at a Covid-19 vaccination center in Ho Chi Minh City on August 5, 2021.
Maika Elan / Bloomberg / Getty Images
Vietnam has been in strict containment since early July, following a wave of Covid linked to the Delta variant which would lead to a record 804 deaths in one day on September 1.
6. A married couple at the Canada-US border for the bride’s family to attend
Karen Mahoney and Brian Ray got married on the Canada-U.S. Border so her family could witness it.
Courtesy of Karen Mahoney
Some people want a church wedding, others want beach service, but for the newlyweds Karen Mahoney and Brian Ray, a US-Canadian border crossing outside of Burke, New York, was perfect.
Covid-19 restrictions had made it difficult for the Canadian bride to have her family at her wedding in the United States, so this was the way for Mahoney’s parents and his 96-year-old grandmother to be at home. celebration.
7. A baby is born on a Turkish Airlines flight to the United States
Turkish Airlines crew members with the baby they helped deliver.
Courtesy of Turkish Airlines
The flight continued as the mother and baby were healthy, a Turkish Airlines spokesperson said in a statement.
8. Middle Eastern Airline Named World’s Best
The Skytrax World Airline Awards are voted on by travelers through a customer survey, which this time took place from September 2019 to July 2021.
“It is clear that Qatar Airways has maintained its high standards of innovation and service, both in more normal times and during the current global pandemic,” said Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax, in a earnings statement.
9. Parts of United Airlines’ vaccination mandate were postponed under a temporary agreement
Nited Airlines pilot Steve Lindland receives a Covid-19 vaccine at O’Hare International Airport in March 2021.
Scott Olson / Getty Images
United Airlines’ vaccine mandate went into effect this week, but the airline is delaying full implementation while a legal challenge to the mandate progresses.
As part of a temporary agreement, employees whose request for religious or medical accommodation has been rejected by the company will be allowed to remain active in the company until October 8, when the court set a deadline. hearing in the context of the trial.
United’s policy will still apply to employees who do not present proof of vaccination and have not requested a religious or medical exemption.
10. Road trips in the UK have been difficult due to a petrol crisis
The British military is ready to deliver petrol to gas stations after a shortage of tanker drivers forced some to close last week, sparking a wave of panic buying among British motorists.
The weeklong gasoline shortage in the UK, which has seen petrol stations closed and long lines at open ones, is starting to ease although things have not yet returned to the normal.
CNN’s Chris Isidore, Lauren M. Johnson, Lilit Marcus, Duarte Mendonca, Henrik Pettersson, Charles Riley, Tierney Sneed, Francesca Street, Angus Watson and Ben Westcott contributed to this report.