Pandemic travel news this week: quarantine escapes and airplane disguises
(CNN) – Which countries are tightening their Covid corsets and which are hanging everything? CNN Travel reveals it all in our latest weekend recap.
Here’s what we learned on pandemic trips this week:
1. It all starts in Australia
A man who arrived in Western Australia from Brisbane has been arrested and charged after fleeing his hotel room when asked to return to Queensland.
Western Australian Police Force
Because the Covid epidemic in Australia continues to spread, quarantine-free travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand will now be suspended for at least eight weeks, the New Zealand Prime Minister announced on July 23. Jacinda Ardern and Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins. .
2. An HIV positive man disguised himself as a woman to steal
An Indonesian man who had tested positive for Covid-19 was caught in the air after dressing up as his wife so he could board a flight.
An air hostess reportedly told authorities that she saw “DW” enter an airplane washroom and then come out dressed in men’s clothing instead of his disguise.
3. Canada will finally open its borders next month
A border crossing closed in Surrey, Canada, in March 2020.
Liang Sen / Xinhua / Zuma Press
International travelers could also be allowed to enter Canada from September 7, provided that “the epidemiology of Covid-19 remains favorable,” the Canadian government said in a statement on Monday.
Entry into Canada will continue to be prohibited for all foreign travelers who are not fully vaccinated.
4. France and Italy have introduced the Covid “health pass”
From August 1, no one will be admitted to any bar, restaurant, shopping center, concert hall or any French long-distance train or plane without a “health pass” attesting to a complete vaccination or a recent negative Covid test. . Violators could face fines of up to 45,000 euros ($ 53,000) and one year in prison.
5. England lifted lockdown, but cases continue to rise
People are partying at The Piano Works in Farringdon, London on July 19 – England’s so-called “Freedom Day”.
Alberto Pezzali / AP
While most of the UK’s adult population is now doubly vaccinated, the number of cases is rising rapidly. England is the only British nation to have taken the plunge to exit the lockdown.
Proof of double vaccination against Covid-19 will be required in England for entry to nightclubs and busy places by the end of September, but currently they are open to everyone.
6. Groundhogs don’t give a damn about our travel rules
Wildlife officials in Arizona were surprised when they discovered that the groundhog they had trapped had traveled to the Phoenix area from Crested Butte, Colorado.
A groundhog named Fork took an epic 600-mile trip from Colorado to Phoenix, hitchhiking under a car.
The brave ground squirrel made it all the way from Crested Butte to Phoenix, a trip Arizona wildlife officials estimate took around 10 hours.
She was followed by her ear tag number and was safely returned to her herd in Colorado.
7. There is a new “best airline in the world”
For 2021, there is a new entry at No.1: Qatar Airways has climbed the rankings to clinch the top spot, beating previous winner Air New Zealand, which topped the list six times in recent years and this year has arrived. at n ° 1. 2.
Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of AirlineRatings.com, told CNN Travel that Qatar Airways is committed to keeping its network of routes widely open during the pandemic that sealed the deal.
8. Revenge is good, but road trips are better
Three young women say they discovered they were all dating the same man, each believing they were in an exclusive relationship.
As sweet justice says, it is better to put fish in the back of a radiator.
9. Paneled walls are good, but panoramas are better
Take a nap under blue Caribbean skies at the Four Seasons Resort & Residences Anguilla.
Christian Horan Photography / Courtesy of Four Seasons Anguilla
There is nothing like a global pandemic to make us want the great outdoors and sips of fresh, clean air.
Whether you’re looking for a Caribbean getaway or starry nights in the Kenyan savannah, Juliet Izon’s list has you covered.
CNN’s Paul Devitt, Alaa Elassar, Julia Hollingsworth, Juliet Izon, Lilit Marcus, Luke McGee, Paula Newton, Francesca Street, Angus Watson, Barbara Wojazer and Xiaofei Xu contributed to this story.