Bedlam on US airlines and more vaccine and mask mandates: What's new in Covid travel this week


(CNN) — There have been cancellations and chaos on US airways, Canada and Japan have been cracking down on Covid rule-breakers, however the UK is opening as much as increasingly vaccinated guests.

Here’s what we discovered in pandemic journey this week.

1. The US ‘don’t journey’ listing has received even greater

ATHENS, GREECE - AUGUST 04: Parthenon temple on Acropolis hill is seen through smoke from a wildfire north of the Greek capital,on August 4, 2021 in Athens, Greece. People were evacuated from their homes after a wildfire reached residential areas of northern Athens as fires broke out at the foot of Mount Parnes. Athens recored temperatures of 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit). (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Greece, together with Athens, pictured, has been hit by a excessive heatwave and wildfires have broke out throughout the nation.

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US residents have already been suggested in opposition to journey to international locations with greater than 500 Covid instances per 100,000 residents previously 28 days, which incorporates fashionable vacationer spots such because the UK, Spain and Maldives.

Now the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given 16 new locations its prime danger designation of “Level 4: Covid-19 Very High.”

They are (deep breath): Andorra, Curaçao, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Iran, Ireland, Isle of Man, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Libya, Malta, Martinique, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin and the US Virgin Islands.

That means US residents ought to keep away from journey to those locations and, in the event that they actually should journey, they need to be totally vaccinated. Check out the CDC’s full suggestions listing here.

2. The UK is opening up inbound and outbound journey

UK case numbers have fallen tremendously since England dropped almost all Covid restrictions on July 19, however there have been nonetheless near 183,000 new instances previously week.

However, the nation has had a really profitable vaccine rollout, with greater than 58% of the inhabitants now totally vaccinated.

Wales is ready to drop most restrictions on August 7 whereas Scotland will do the identical on August 9. Northern Ireland — throughout the Irish Sea — has its personal region-specific measures.

Fully jabbed vacationers from the United States and EU at the moment are allowed to journey into the UK quarantine-free — though in fact the CDC warns US residents in opposition to doing simply this.

In phrases of outbound journey, the UK up to date its “green list” on Thursday, including Austria, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia to the listing for quarantine-free journey. You can learn extra about that here.

3. US airways — and their passengers and crew — have had a tough week

At the time of writing on Friday, Florida-based ultra-low-cost service Spirit Airlines had entered its fifth day of mass cancellations. It’s been canceling hundreds of flights every day since Sunday, which the airline blames on climate challenges, system outages and staffing shortages. American Airlines was additionally in a cancellation frenzy.

Frontier Airlines now says it “supports” and can pay the crew of flight attendants it had earlier mentioned have been suspended after utilizing tape to restrain a passenger charged with groping and punching them.

Denver-based ultra-low-cost service Frontier had issues of a special type.

A passenger on a weekend flight from Philadelphia to Miami was restrained by cabin crew after he allegedly sexually assaulted two workers members and was verbally and bodily abusive. The airline was criticized for initially suspending the flight attendants, earlier than later voicing support for the crew.

4. Israelis have been informed to not hug

Elderly Israelis wait to receive their third shot of the Pfizer vaccine at a nursing home in Netanya in August.

Elderly Israelis wait to obtain their third shot of the Pfizer vaccine at a nursing dwelling in Netanya in August.

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Israel is dealing with a brand new wave of infections, with greater than 21,000 new instances recorded previously week. A authorities assertion has told citizens to “stop shaking hands, stop embracing and kissing and avoid any gathering in a closed space that is not necessary.”

Last month, Israel fully prohibited folks from coming there from Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Cyprus, Georgia, Great Britain, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Turkey and Uzbekistan until they get particular permission from Israeli authorities.

5. Canada fined two vacationers almost $20K over false Covid information

Toronto Pearson International Airport pictured in April 2020.

Toronto Pearson International Airport pictured in April 2020.

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Two vacationers who arrived into Toronto from the United States in July have been fined close to $20,000 each for noncompliance with entry necessities, in accordance with the nation’s Public Health Agency.

The guests supplied false info associated to proof of vaccination and pre-departure exams and did not adjust to necessities associated to on-arrival testing and staying at government-approved lodging, the company mentioned.

From August 9, totally vaccinated Americans can be allowed into the nation for nonessential journey — however provided that they adjust to all authorities necessities.

6. Japan is naming and shaming rule-breakers

The Japanese authorities can be getting robust on those that contravene the foundations.

On Monday, Japan publicly named three Japanese nationals who broke quarantine guidelines after coming back from abroad, reported Reuters.

Japan requires all vacationers from abroad, together with Japanese residents, to self-quarantine for 2 weeks.

7. A Dallas firefighter ‘faked Covid outcomes then went to a resort’

William Jordan Carter is accused of lying about testing positive for Covid-19 to take time off.

William Jordan Carter is accused of mendacity about testing optimistic for Covid-19 to take break day.

Dallas County Sheriff’s Office

Bank information present Carter made a number of purchases throughout his break day, together with almost $1,400 at Kalahari Resort, a big indoor water park and resort in Round Rock, Texas.

8. A Carnival cruise ship reported Covid instances

After a “small number of positive cases” of Covid-19 have been detected aboard a Carnival Cruise Line ship, a brand new fleetwide masks coverage requiring all company to put on masks in some indoor areas was carried out on Wednesday evening, the cruise line mentioned — two days forward of schedule.

Carnival didn’t instantly say precisely what number of optimistic instances had been detected aboard Carnival Vista, which departed out of Galveston, Texas.

9. More vaccine mandates have been launched within the US and past

In the approaching weeks, New York City can be rolling out a new policy requiring proof of vaccination to enter all eating places, health facilities and indoor leisure venues.

“If you’re unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things,” mentioned Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday.

United Airlines is mandating Covid-19 vaccines for all workers, whereas Grant Shapps, the UK’s transport minister, mentioned this week in an interview with the BBC that he thinks “full vaccination is going to be a feature for evermore, and probably all countries will require full vaccination for you to enter.”
Finally, a White House official confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that the Biden Administration is developing a plan to mandate vaccinations for nearly all international guests to the US.

Officials are nonetheless within the early phases of growing the plan and an announcement will not be imminent.

CNN’s Alexis Benveniste, Sarah Dean, Hadas Gold, Marnie Hunter, Tara John, Lauren Kent, Ashley Killough, Virginia Langmaid, Pete Muntean, Dominic Rech, Francesca Street, Amir Vera and Gregory Wallace contributed to this story.

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