Pandemic travel news: Europe is preparing and the United States is preparing

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(CNN) – Omicron sweeps across Europe. The United States is gearing up for the winter vacation at full speed. And Australia and the Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis are easing restrictions on visitors.

Here are the latest travel developments this week.

Omicron expands as the holidays approach

This is certainly NOT what we asked Santa Claus.

In the United States, vacationers are heading to New York and destinations across the country.

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Most of the countries that introduced travel bans against southern African countries after the variant was found in the region have maintained them, with the notable exception of the UK: it briefly abandoned its “red list” reinstated on December 15.
And Ghana has introduced some of the toughest measures in Africa, requiring all arrivals to be vaccinated and fining airlines that break the rules.

Countries with increasing risk levels

All have moved to ‘Level 4: Very high Covid-19’, which applies to destinations where more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been recorded in the last 28 days. More than 80 destinations are now at level 4.

In Southeast Asia, Malaysia has moved from Level 4 to Level 3, while Jamaica, the Philippines and the Republic of Congo have moved from Level 3 to Level 2.

The places that open

Caribbean island nation St. Kitts and Nevis eased restrictions on international air travelers ahead of the holiday season, as fully vaccinated visitors no longer need to test or quarantine on arrival. And island tourism authorities expect the week starting December 12 to be the busiest for cruises since 2020.

The very last superjumbo has been delivered

Almost three years after the announcement of the Airbus shutdown, the last Airbus A380, the largest airliner in the world, was delivered Thursday in London to its customer company Emirates.
The day before delivery, the pilots took the craft on its last test flight over northeastern Germany and left a message of love in the sky, following a roadmap heart-shaped.
However, there should still be plenty of opportunities to fly an A380 in the years to come. There are 76 superjumbos in service, 165 in storage, and only eight have been retired so far, reports aviation analysis firm Cirium.

A tourist center registered only 45 international visitors in 2021

Almost all of this small handful of tourists reached the island by private yacht, as the island’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has been closed to international flights most of the year. While the airport officially reopened to international flights in October, so far it has only handled domestic flights, mostly from Jakarta.

To come to Bali, foreign visitors must obtain a $ 300 business visa, pass several PCR tests, and purchase special health insurance.

Copenhagen at a time

A young aviator lands a historic flight

A 19-year-old woman will embark on a solo flight around the world with a mission to bridge the gender gap in aviation and potentially be the first person to fly around the world in a microlight. CNN’s Kim Brunhuber reports.
Zara Rutherford, 19, landed in Seoul this month from Russia, as part of her bid to become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world.

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