Alpine country returns to lockdown, suspending tourism as Christmas season begins

(CNN) – Austria has introduced unprecedented new Covid measures, Ireland under a midnight curfew, but India has reopened to vaccinated tourists.

Here are some of the biggest travel advances this week:

It’s starting to look a lot like … lock

One silver lining during the lockdown: the ski lifts will continue to operate, according to a spokesman for the Austrian Ministry of Health. People exercising on the slopes will need to show proof of vaccination or a certificate of Covid recovery. FFP2 masks are also a must on the slopes, the spokesperson said.

Austria also plans to become the first country on the continent to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for all eligible individuals.

Visitors explore Vienna’s Christmas market on November 15 before Austria returned to the blockade.

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Austria will impose a national blockade on November 22, when Covid-19 cases skyrocket, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced, becoming the first European country to do so this fall.

But things are looking up in Asia

India suffered greatly when it was hit by a dire second wave of Covid this spring, but it now has some of the lowest case rates in the world, earning it a CDC Level 1 rating as a low-risk travel destination. On Monday, opened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists on commercial flights for the first time since the pandemic began.

Ireland is now a Cinderella state

Irish revelers must now put down their Prince Charmings and rush home after the dance. On Thursday, Ireland imposed a midnight curfew in bars, restaurants and nightclubs, just weeks after nightclubs reopened for the first time since March 2020.
In other parts of Europe, the Netherlands has returned to partial blockade and Hungary and the Czech Republic are among four new additions to the Highest Risk Travel Category from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ireland will impose a midnight curfew in bars, restaurants and nightclubs starting on November 18, as the country sees a further increase in Covid-19 cases, despite having one of the highest vaccination rates. of the world. CNN’s Becky Anderson sits down with Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, to discuss.

Thanksgiving trips will approach pre-pandemic levels

In the United States, much more turkey will be shared compared to last year, as vacation travel is expected to return almost to the good old days of 2019. Here they are our tips for handling the rush.
Some 53.4 million Americans are likely to be on the move, including Jamal Hinton, who will continue his tradition of visiting his “grandmother Wanda” in Arizona. The couple met in 2016 when Wanda Dench accidentally sent teenage Hinton a Thanksgiving invitation for her grandson and an unlikely friendship blossomed.

This is what you could be sitting on in 2025

When you’ve been sitting on your couch for nearly two years, a new business travel era of 2025 may seem a long way off, but designers are already working like Christmas elves on the plush seats of the planes of the future. We’re talking about a lightweight build, extra space, bigger and better displays, and plenty of wireless charging. Sustainability, ethical sourcing and reducing carbon emissions are key concerns.

Thailand’s Maya Bay is ready to reopen

It's not me, it's you: Maya Bay needed a little recovery time and a break from the tourists.

It’s not me, it’s you: Maya Bay needed a little recovery time and a break from the tourists.

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Officials in Thailand have announced a reopening date for one of the most famous attractions in the country. Maya Bay, a glittering cove made famous by “The Beach,” a 2000 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will reopen to tourists on January 1, 2022. This particular closure was not related to Covid, however; It has been off-limits to tourists since 2018 when officials embarked on a rejuvenation program aimed at reviving the area’s decimated corals.

A chance meeting

When snowstorms prevented Jennifer Lowther from flying to her best friend’s wedding, a total stranger came to her rescue, took her on a dizzying ride, and set off a love story that is still strong after 18 years.

Aircraft hangar, but make it bounce

Airport hangars can take years to build, but these inflatable models can be installed in a matter of hours. They have many benefits compared to traditional design and can be used for disaster relief operations.

Isn’t it so difficult to build the traditional airport infrastructure? That gibberish can last years. Thank God for inflatable hangars, which can be up and running in no time.

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CNN’s Nina Avramova, Natasha Chen, Karla Cripps, Stephanie Halasz, Tamara Hardingham-Gill, Niamh Kennedy, Lilit Marcus, Artemis Moshtaghian, Rob Picheta, Nadine Schmidt, Kristina Sgueglia, Francesca Street, Manveena Suri, and John Walton of CNN contributed to this report.

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