Pandemic travel news: Australia, Thailand and Madagascar are all opening up

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(Granthshala) – Melbourne people have spent 260 days in lockdown, but that ended this week. Locals celebrated the lifting of the ban on October 21 by going to bars, hugging their friends and dancing in the streets.

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Have that same energy this weekend, whether your plans include kicking off the fall season, scrambling to figure out a Halloween costume that doesn’t involve a “squid game,” or enjoying doing absolutely nothing. Is.

Here is all the travel news related to the pandemic that you might have missed this week.


1. Madagascar Is Latest Destination to Re-open for Tourism

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The African island nation has announced that it will gradually begin welcoming back flights from Mauritius and Reunion starting on 23 October and then from Europe on 6 November. Cruise ships can also return.

Passengers must show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of boarding their flight and then undergo another test on arrival. While awaiting the result of the second test, they will have to stay in an approved hotel and take a dedicated shuttle to reach their accommodation.

Upon testing negative, guests can travel freely about the country, but anyone who tests positive will have to self-isolate for 14 days at their own expense.

Madagascar has the largest population of lemurs in the world, so visit some of the country’s most beautiful national parks to catch a glimpse of these lovely primates.

2. Australia’s Victoria state gearing up for tourism comeback

Melbourne is known as the Garden City of Australia.

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Victoria, Melbourne City Home, ending local lockdown Now that the authorities have achieved their goal of fully immunizing at least 70% of adults in the state against the coronavirus. Next up: Reopening state borders and preparing for the resumption of international tourism.

State Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement: “There will no longer be a cap on the thorough vaccination of Australia wishing to enter Victoria, and the opening of our borders to Victorians coming home will allow families and friends to be reunited.” will be added and our vaccination economy will get a boost.”

The first priority will be Australian citizens and residents and their immediate family members as of 1 November. Fully vaccinated will be foreign nationals, although there is no specific date yet.

Those driving the Great Ocean Road and visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building can start dreaming about 2022.

3. A City Tourist Petition for a Superhero Has Paid

The actor said the #GetChristoCowra campaign “warmed his heart” and promised to visit the Australian city next year.

Elsewhere in Australia, the small town of Coura in New South Wales embarked on an unconventional tourism campaign – they asked actor Chris Hemsworth to come.

Hemsworth, who is the celebrity ambassador for Australia’s national tourism department, Viral #GetChristoCowra ad shared took to his Instagram and said that he plans to stop after he finishes shooting for a film abroad.

“So much love to all the people at Coura for this amazing campaign, warmed my heart and made me smile!” He has written.

4. There’s a New Name on Planes in Italy

The ITA Airways livery was inspired by the sky-blue stripes on the national football team's uniform.

The ITA Airways livery was inspired by the sky-blue stripes on the national football team’s uniform.

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After the bankruptcy of Italy’s national airline Alitalia, a new logo appears in the country’s skies — Meat ITA Airways.

The new carrier and its sleek blue aircraft were introduced at a press event in Rome.

“We are born as a new Italian brand, and we have chosen to work only with Italian companies,” ITA President said at the unveiling.

However, not everything depends on tradition. The airline is trying out an interesting new pay structure, where a portion of all employees’ salaries will be linked not only to company profits, but also to customer satisfaction.

5. CDC advises against going to Singapore

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added Singapore to its level four list of countries as its coronavirus cases rise. Level 4 countries are considered high-risk and Americans visiting there are advised to be fully vaccinated.

Singapore doesn’t seem to have the same sentiment about the US, however – it is one of the countries whose residents can now enter an Asian city-state, provided they can show proof of vaccination.

While the level 4 list may sound ominous, it is only a suggestion and not a restriction. Other popular travel destinations currently on a similar level include Greece, Ireland, Switzerland and the UK.

health ministry of singapore Local restrictions have been extended As of November 21 – this means employees are encouraged to work from home as much as possible and public gatherings are limited to just two people.

6. A Larger Plane Takes on a Smaller Project

Speaking of Singapore, the country’s national carrier has announced that it will fly some Superjumbo A380 aircraft on short-haul flights between Singapore and Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur.

The flight, which took about an hour, could now be the world’s shortest A380 route.

The planes, which usually fly on longer routes such as London to Singapore, are popular with aviation fans due to their roominess and relatively quiet on board.

Singapore Airlines head of global public affairs Shiva Govindasamy told Granthshala that some people specifically decide whether they can fly on one of these Airbus planes.

6. Thailand Prepares to Open Its Borders

Many couples are watching Thailand as the country moves towards the goal of reopening on 1 November.

The Southeast Asian country has announced that travelers arriving from one of 46 countries and territories, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, Singapore, the UK and the US, will be fully vaccinated. eligible to travel without quarantine.

These tourists must provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to a cost of $50,000 and a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

On arrival, they will undergo a second PCR test and check into a Thailand Safety and Health Administration Accredited (SHA+) hotel for one night to await their test results.

Two programs, Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus, began in the summer as test cases for how travel could work again in Thailand.

7. Saudi Arabia Unveils a New Kind of Theme Park

A rendering of what the rig would look like.

A rendering of what the rig would look like.

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Move over, Disneyland and Peppa Pig World: Saudi Arabia is building an “extreme park” on an oil rig in the Arabian Gulf. it will be called Belongings.

Dubbed “the world’s first tourist destination inspired by offshore oil platforms,” ​​the attraction will feature roller coasters, bungee jumping and skydiving. There will also be three hotels and eleven restaurants spread over 150,000 square meters.

There’s no opening date for the project, so don’t start packing your suitcases just yet.

“The Rig” is a pretty cool name for an action movie, though. Just think about the cross-promotion potential.

8. China and Laos have just leveled their ties

Part of China’s “Belt and Road Initiative”, the 621-mile railway connecting Kunming to Vientiane is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2021.

a new railway connecting China and Laos Almost completed. This route connects Vientiane, the capital of Laos, with the Chinese city of Kunming in Yunnan province.

Vientiane station was unveiled this week, and the rest of the line is set to be completed by the end of the year.

This new railway project, which was financed and built by the Chinese government, aims to take the Southeast Asian nation from “a land-connected country to a land-connected country”.

Trains will be able to bring passengers more easily between the two countries, which is likely to improve tourism on both sides.

9. Canada Will Make It Easier to Show Proof of Vaccination

Although each province has been issuing its own certificates, Trudeau wants to make sure that every vaccinated Canadian will have something that is easily recognized by the WHO, other countries, airlines and more.

The announcement comes ahead of some of the world’s strictest requirements for domestic travelers.

Beginning October 30, anyone over the age of 12 who board a train or plane in Canada must show proof of full vaccination to travel.

As the process may take some time to streamline, only for the month of November, people will be allowed to show a negative Covid-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel as an option.

10. What happens when you test positive for COVID while on leave?

Many destinations require proof of a negative Covid test to enter – but what happens when you test positive after arriving?

The answer will depend on the country you are in.

Although many of these tourists had travel insurance, the entry-level plan was often not sufficient to cover large expenses such as medical evacuation.

Bottom line: Do your research, plan for the worst, and consider testing at home just in case.

Granthshala’s Julia Buckley, Carla Cripps, Tamara Hardingham-Gill, Paula Newton, Akanksha Sharma, Francesca Street and Hilary Whitman contributed reporting.


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