10 things we learned about Covid travel this week
(CNN) – Planning a trip this summer is a bit like battling math in high school.
There is the algebra of restrictions, when X in Y cannot go. There are increasing and decreasing R numbers. There is the addition of theft costs to test the costs to the quarantine costs. And then there’s the theory of probability and the risk of it all failing.
Here are 10 things we learned this week.
1. Air passengers are increasingly unruly
The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has received nearly 3,300 reports of unruly behavior from airline passengers so far this year – and it’s had enough of their nonsense.
In January, the agency launched a zero tolerance policy against passenger misconduct and announced Tuesday that it had imposed $ 119,000 in civil penalties on nine travelers.
2. Billionaires flee into space
British billionaire Richard Branson plans to beat fellow billionaire and rival Jeff Bezos in space. Branson’s company, Virgin Galactic, made a surprise announcement that it will attempt to fly the Virgin rocket-propelled plane on July 11, nine days before Bezos’ planned launch on July 20.
If all goes according to plan, Branson will be the first billionaire to travel through space aboard a vehicle he helped fund development, beating Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his only nine-day Blue Origin rocket. .
3. Asia-Pacific has the most powerful passports
The Henley Index, which does not take into account temporary travel restrictions, is based on proprietary data from the International Air Traffic Association (IATA) and ranks passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a visa. prior. Its main passports are Japan, followed by Singapore, then Germany and South Korea in third place.
The ranking of the Arton Capital index is based on the addition of the number of countries for which a passport has visa-free entry along with the number for which it can obtain a visa on arrival. Its main passports are New Zealand, followed by Germany, Spain and Australia, all in second place.
4. Travelers go to a small American island just to get stung
Wham, Guam, thank you, ma’am.
Mar-Vic Cagurangen / AFP / Getty Images
Taiwanese travelers travel to U.S. territory of Guam to enjoy the island’s stunning scenery and also to refuel on Covid vaccines from a menu of vaccines that includes Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
The recently launched Air Visit & Vacation (dubbed V&V) program by the Guam Visitors Bureau is open to Taiwanese tourists aged 12 and over, and vaccines are delivered on-site to 11 designated hotels.
5. Airbnb has blocked over 50,000 revelers in the United States alone
6. Canada won’t be opening its borders anytime soon
If you can read this sign, you are too close.
Elaine Thompson / AP
“I can tell you right now that this isn’t going to happen for a while,” Trudeau said during a campaign-style stop in British Columbia on Thursday.
7. Amber turns green for fully vaccinated Britons
The UK has once again turned its color wheel of fate, and from July 19 fully vaccinated UK travelers will be able to ignore the requirement for self-isolation on their return from countries on the ‘amber’ list. Implementation is the responsibility of decentralized governments, and travelers will still be subject to before and after testing requirements.
8. Seoul and Sydney have tightened their confinement
Health workers perform Covid tests at Bondi Beach in Sydney.
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On Monday, Seoul will enter a two-week lockdown that will be the most difficult to date, in a bid to counter the rise in the number of Covid-19s.
The new measure will ban private gatherings of more than two people after 6 p.m., including in restaurants, in addition to current restrictions. Most public events, including exhibitions and gatherings, will be banned and only family members will be able to attend weddings and funerals.
9. Scottish coasts could look the purest in Europe
The Scottish island of Islay is known for its whiskey.
The Highlands and Islands of Scotland and the west-central coastal region of Scotland were also in the top five.
10. LEGOLAND New York opens a huge hotel
The LEGO Friends room. Does the girl on the left know something her friend doesn’t?
Courtesy of Legoland New York Resort
Sure, you can stay at the Four Seasons or the Ritz-Carlton, but to really do New York in style you need a nightclub elevator and a pirate room.
The new LEGOLAND theme park in Goshen, New York, opened on Friday and guests can book stays at the adjacent LEGOLAND hotel starting August 6.
There are 250 rooms with a variety of themes, including Pirate, Kingdom, LEGO NINJAGO, and LEGO Friends.
CNN’s Eric Cheung, Jake Kwon, Kate Mackay, Lilit Marcus, Paula Newton, Gregory Wallace, Angus Watson and Jackie Wattles contributed to this story.