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(Fintech Zoom) — While our passports haven’t been getting many stamps since March 2020, at least our vocabularies are expanding. Variants, mandates, quarantines and requirements — who knew 2021 would be so polysyllabic?
Fintech Zoom Travel has, as always, been keeping an eye on the week’s developments and here’s our roundup of what we learned in Covid travel in the last seven days.
1. American Airlines won’t serve alcohol in coach until 2022
American Airlines said in a memo to employees that it’s “doing all we can to help create a safe environment for our crew and customers.”
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It turns out AA has a problem with alcohol.
2. Hong Kong has strict quarantine rules — but not if you’re Nicole Kidman
Australian actor Nicole Kidman was granted a quarantine exemption by Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has some of the strictest Covid-19 quarantine rules in the world — but a special exemption has been granted to Hollywood star Nicole Kidman.
3. A locked-down tourism board is promoting vaccination instead
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says anti-lockdown protesters are “selfish” for breaking social distancing rules. In the meantime, Hanoi, Vietnam, is under lockdown to try to contain a spike in new cases there. And in Indonesia, restrictions have been extended by a week. Fintech Zoom’s Michael Holmes reports.
4. The US has extended border restrictions and added more countries to ‘do not travel’ list
The US has been limiting nonessential travel along both borders since the start of the pandemic, with exceptions being made for cross-border trade, US citizens and lawful permanent residents, as well as people traveling for reasons such as medical purposes or to attend school.
A landscape that was sculpted by nature has carved out a unique identity in the heart of Turkey.
In happier news, Chile, Mozambique and Uruguay have all moved down to Level 3, which urges unvaccinated travelers to avoid nonessential travel to those locations.
5. A man was sentenced to six weeks in prison for flouting mask laws
A man reading a newspaper sits on an unmarked safety distancing marker at a train station on April 21, 2020 in Singapore.
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Having earlier been put through a psychiatric assessment because of his behavior and remarks in court, Benjamin Glynn was found guilty on four charges over his repeated failure to wear a mask, as well as causing a public nuisance and using threatening language towards public servants.
6. From coast to coast, major US cities are introducing vaccine mandates
Proof of vaccination is required to enjoy New York city’s indoor entertainment venues.
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City residents aged 12 and older are now required to show their vaccine credentials in order to enter indoor restaurants, bars, gyms and theaters, as well as large event spaces with at least 1,000 people.
7. Turks and Caicos will require all visitors to be fully vaccinated
Middle Caicos native Cardinal Arthur shares the quiet magic of his Caribbean birthplace, where visitors can find a peaceful beach without the crowds.
From September 1, all travelers aged 16 and over will need to show proof of vaccination before entering, with jabs being completed at least two weeks before arrival.
8. Canada has announced a vaccine mandate for air travel
Passengers at check-in at Toronto Pearson International Airport in April 2020.
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The vaccination requirement “includes all commercial air travelers, passengers on inter-provincial trains and passengers on large, marine vessels with overnight accommodations such as cruise ships,” said Omar Alghabra, Canada’s transport minister, during a virtual press conference on August 13.
9. Face masks will be needed in America’s national parks
An influx of visitors is forcing Arches National Park in Utah to temporarily shut its gates almost daily. And disappointed visitors aren’t the only consequence of overcrowding. The National Park Service is anticipating one of its busiest summers on record, so Arches won’t be the only popular park where crowds could be an issue. Fintech Zoom’s Lucy Kafanov reports.
This applies regardless of your vaccination status or transmission levels within the community and the requirement will be in effect until further notice, the NPS said Monday.
10. The Navajo Nation is reopening its parks and monuments
US Highway 163 passes through Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Utah.
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The Navajo Nation — the Native American reservation that stretches across parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico — on Monday reopened its historical parks and monuments on a phased basis.
Most businesses, including restaurants, casinos, museums and parks, are now allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
Fintech Zoom’s Priscilla Alvarez, Forrest Brown, Marnie Hunter, Faith Karimi, Diksha Madhok, Lilit Marcus, Pete Muntean, Paula Newton and Gregory Wallace contributed to this story.