While our passports haven’t received many stamps since March 2020, at least our vocabularies are growing. Variants, mandates, quarantines and requirements – who would have thought 2021 would be so polysyllabic?
CNN Travel has, as always, kept tabs on the week’s developments and here is our recap of what we’ve learned from Covid travel over the past seven days.
1. American Airlines will not serve alcohol on coaches until 2022
It turns out that AA has a problem with alcohol.
The airline says the move is part of a two-pronged approach to improving safety on board, both in terms of the spread of Covid-19 and tackling unruly passenger behavior. On Thursday, the US Federal Aviation Authority proposed more than $ 500,000 in new fines for travelers breaking the rules.
2. Hong Kong has strict quarantine rules – but not if you’re Nicole Kidman
Hong Kong has some of the strictest Covid-19 quarantine rules in the world – but Hollywood star Nicole Kidman has been granted a special exemption.
Kidman arrived in the city of Sydney by private jet on August 12, apparently to shoot a series for Amazon. She and four crew members were granted a special exemption to “perform designated professional work,” avoiding a quarantine that would normally mean spending 14-21 days in a hotel at your own expense.
3. A confined tourist office rather promotes vaccination
Tourism Australian’s new campaign has therefore taken a different turn. “This is our best shot for the trip” launched nationally this week and aims to get more people vaccinated.
4. The United States has extended border restrictions and adds more countries to the “do not travel” list
The United States has restricted non-essential travel along both borders since the start of the pandemic, except for cross-border trade, US citizens and lawful permanent residents, as well as people traveling for reasons such as medical reasons. medical or to go to school.
Meanwhile, four new destinations – Dominica, Jersey, Montenegro and Turkey – have been added to the highest-risk level 4 category on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel advisories list. .
In happier news, Chile, Mozambique and Uruguay have all moved up to Level 3, which urges unvaccinated travelers to avoid non-essential trips to these places.
Uruguay has closed its borders to everyone except citizens and residents since the start of the pandemic, but this month it announced it would open on November 1 to all travelers with proof of vaccination.
5. Man Sentenced to Six Weeks in Jail for Violating Mask Laws
Having previously undergone a psychiatric assessment due to his behavior and remarks in court, Benjamin Glynn was convicted on four counts of his repeated failure to wear a mask, as well as causing public nuisance and using threatening language towards officials.
6. Coast to Coast, Major US Cities Introduce Vaccination Mandates
City residents aged 12 and over are now required to show their vaccine credentials to enter restaurants, bars, gyms and indoor theaters, as well as large event spaces of at least 1,000 people.
On the East Coast, New York City’s new “Key to NYC” vaccination requirement went into effect on August 17, and compliance will begin to apply on September 13. In response to the wave of Delta variants, proof of vaccination is required for customers and employees of the city’s indoor dining, fitness and entertainment venues.
And representing the Gulf Coast, New Orleans’ vaccination mandate went into effect Monday and will begin to apply the week of August 23. Anyone 12 years of age or older must show proof of at least one Covid vaccine or negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours to enter indoor restaurants, bars, gyms and entertainment spaces.
7. Turks and Caicos will require all visitors to be fully immunized
In early March 2020, CNN Travel called it “the unspoiled Caribbean” and now Turks and Caicos wants it to be.
From September 1, all travelers aged 16 and over will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to entering, with vaccinations being given at least two weeks prior to arrival.
8. Canada announced a vaccination mandate for air travel
The vaccination requirement “includes all commercial air travelers, passengers on interprovincial trains and passengers on large marine vessels with overnight accommodation such as cruise ships,” said Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport of Canada, at the time. a virtual press conference on August 13.
9. Face masks will be needed in US national parks.
If you want to enjoy the clean air of America’s legendary national parks, you will also need to bring a face mask to wear inside National Park Service (NPS) buildings and in the parks’ busiest outdoor areas.
This applies regardless of your vaccination status or levels of transmission within the community and the requirement will be in effect until further notice, the NPS said on Monday.
12. The Navajo Nation reopens its parks and monuments
The Navajo Nation – the Native American reservation that stretches across parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico – gradually reopened its parks and historic monuments on Monday.
These include the Four Corners Monument and Chelly Canyon, according to Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation. Monument Valley is temporarily closed due to inclement weather, but will reopen once all roads are cleared and maintained.
Most businesses, including restaurants, casinos, museums and parks, are now allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
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CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez, Forrest Brown, Marnie Hunter, Faith Karimi, Diksha Madhok, Lilit Marcus, Pete Muntean, Paula Newton, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this story.