We learned that on pandemic trips this week.
1. Perhaps you can start planning your Asia Pacific vacation
Tourists on the observation deck of the Kuala Lumpur Tower in Malaysia on October 1st.
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On October 10, Singapore added eight new countries, including the US and UK, to its vaccinated and quarantine-free itineraries.
The next day, its Southeast Asian neighbor Malaysia ended its domestic and international travel restrictions on fully vaccinated residents after achieving its goal of full vaccination for 90% of the adult population.
2. Spain has joined France and Portugal on the CDC’s âless riskyâ list
Spain – Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca is pictured – has seen a decrease in Covid cases.
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It joins other popular European travel destinations on the level 3 list, including France, Germany, Italy and Portugal.
Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Cyprus and the United Kingdom are still in the Level 4 highest risk category, where all non-essential travel is discouraged. Hungary and the Madeira Islands are the only European travel destinations that are on Level 2 (“moderate”).
3. Fully vaccinated foreign visitors will be able to enter the US beginning November 8th
The American-Mexican border wall in Otay Mesa, California on August 13, 2021.
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Kevin Munoz, Assistant Secretary of the White House, tweeted on October 15, âThe US’s new travel policy, which requires vaccinations for foreign travelers to the United States, begins November 8th. This announcement and date apply to both international air travel and land travel travel. “
The first phase will allow fully vaccinated visitors traveling for non-essential reasons, such as visiting friends or for tourism, to cross US land borders. The second phase, which begins in January 2022, will allow all fully vaccinated foreign travelers to enter the country.
4. The EU provides free rail passes to 60,000 young people
The EU Commission is giving away free rail passes to 60,000 European citizens between the ages of 18 and 20.
5. There was even more chaos and cancellations on a US airline
Passengers wait in line at the Southwest Airlines ticket booth at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport on October 11th.
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6. The Dominican Republic had its best month of tourism ever
Gorgeous beaches and beautiful landscapes on this island vacation. Take a 60-second vacation to the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic is on the CDC’s travel advisory list on “Level 2: Covid-19 Moderate”.
7. Dubai had the busiest international airport in the world
Based on the total capacity of the airlines, there are more than 2.7 million seats on flights planned at the airport this month. A good part of this will have to do with the opening of Dubai Expo 2020 in October, which has been delayed by the pandemic. The six-month extravaganza runs through March 31, 2022.
8. An American woman was the only allowed tourist in Bhutan
Monks in the Punakha Dzong in Bhutan.
“Bhutan is a gift of perfect gifts,” Bak told CNN from the Thimphu apartment she stayed in for a few weeks before heading out to give gong workshops in rural villages.
9. New Zealand vaccinates people on a plane (but it doesn’t fly them anywhere)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that in the face of an ongoing Delta variant outbreak, the country will move from eliminating Covid-19 and instead move to a “living with the virus” strategy.
October 16 is billed as a Super Saturday in New Zealand, where the government is asking eligible unvaccinated New Zealanders to get their vaccinations.
10. Airbus A380 return to the skies
Passengers love the A380, but airlines have given it up. Your fly-in window closes now that many are in storage.
Thanks to Covid-19, most of the Airbus A380s in the world were on the ground. Airbus had announced in 2019 that it would cease production of the superjumbos, and their high operating costs had no place in the minimal, cost-effective international flight schedules of the pandemic.
While their days are still numbered, some airlines – including Singapore Airlines and British Airways – have announced plans to get the plane back in 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.