Philippines opening to fully vaccinated tourists starting February 10

The government of the Philippines has announced to open the country to fully vaccinated travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, starting February 10th, 2022. The government also said that the quarantine requirements for returning foreign tourists will be removed from February 10th, but they all must be vaccinated and also test negative for COVID-19.


Philippines to reopen to fully vaccinated tourists from February 10

TIMESOFINDIA.COM
TRAVEL NEWS
Jan 30, 2022

In an effort to boost tourism, the government of the Philippines has announced to open the country to fully vaccinated travellers starting February 10, 2022. The gorgeous island country in Asia had planned to reopen in December however, the plans were scrapped due to the Omicron variant. The nation has now said that travellers from some 150 countries with visa-free entry to the Philippines will be allowed to enter for tourism purposes. But the list excludes China, Taiwan and India.

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Time to lift COVID-19 restrictions calling travel bans “ineffective”: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it’s time for countries to lift or at least loosen their existing travel restrictions related to COVID-19, and that recent travel bans are “are not effective in suppressing international spread.” Globe Aware is keeping of track of which countries will soon allow our volunteers to enter without quarantine.


WHO says it’s time to lift COVID-19 restrictions calling travel bans “ineffective”

Mike Avila
JAN 22 2022
THE POINTS GUY

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it’s time for countries to lift or at least loosen their existing travel restrictions related to COVID-19.

As reported by VOANews, WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee said during their most recent meeting that coronavirus-related travel bans are “are not effective in suppressing international spread,” and cited the most recent surge as proof.

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Thailand tourism industry hopeful with the return of Test & Go

With the reintroduction of the Test & Go program, fully vaccinated Globe Aware volunteers would be allowed to enter Thailand with a Day 1 and Day 5 PCR test. We are hopeful for a return to our programs in Surin and Chiang Mai from February and beyond.


Thailand tourism industry hopeful with the return of Test & Go

Neill Fronde
January 23, 2022
The Thaiger

With the reintroduction of the Test & Go program, that allows fully vaccinated people to enter Thailand with a Day1 and Day 5 PCR test, businesses in the tourism industry are hopeful for a more sustained growth in international travellers from February and beyond.

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Southwest Airlines provide passengers a COVID-19 test in the mail before travel

Southwest Airlines seems to have found an easier way for passengers to get a Covid-19 test for travel: Mailing a kit to your home. The test is approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for travel purposes and a convenient new option for any Globe Aware volunteers traveling with Southwest.


Southwest Airlines flyers can now get a COVID-19 test in the mail before travel

Victoria M. Walker
Jan 12, 2022
The Points Guy

If you’ve traveled abroad in the last year, you’re likely familiar with the testing mandate that all travelers need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken one day before flying back to the U.S.

Unfortunately, it’s been tough to get a COVID-19 test abroad in some countries right now, due in part to both the omicron surge as well as the shorter testing window to renter the U.S.

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Traveling after testing positive for COVID-19

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Globe Aware volunteers who recently recovered from Covid-19 can fly back to the U.S. with proof that they’ve recovered instead of a negative test. This proof can include a positive COVID-19 viral test result and a signed letter from a licensed healthcare professional stating that you’re cleared to travel back to the U.S.


How soon can you travel after testing positive for COVID-19?

By Victoria M. Walker
January 13, 2022

The Points Guy

A positive COVID-19 test during a trip can throw all your travel plans into limbo. But even a positive test in the weeks before you travel can be cause for concern.

If you’re wondering when you’ll be cleared to travel again after testing positive for COVID-19, it’s an important question: Here’s everything you need to know.

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Omicron Wave Abates, South Africa Lifts Curfew

South Africa, where the Omicron variant was detected last month, says its latest coronavirus wave has peaked without a surge in deaths or hospitalizations, enabling the country to lift a nightly curfew for the first time in 21 months. Globe Aware is maintaining contact with our South Africa coordinators to assess when volunteers can return.


South Africa Lifts Night-Time Covid Curfew As Omicron Wave Abates

Calls for the midnight to 4 am curfew to be lifted had been mounting among operators in the hospitality sector ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations with owners launching an online petition addressed to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Agence France-Presse
December 31, 2021

Johannesburg: South Africa, where the Omicron variant was detected last month, says its latest coronavirus wave has peaked without a surge in deaths or hospitalizations, enabling the country to lift a nightly curfew for the first time in 21 months.
The Omicron variant emerged in November to become the pandemic’s dominant variant, driving new cases at a record rate around the world.

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Air travel will change in 2022

It would be impossible to discuss any developments in 2022 without referring to Covid-19 variants. Here we break down some of the most notable changes coming up for our Globe Aware volunteers in regards to airlines, airports, and the rest of aviation in the next 12 months.


How flying will change in 2022

By John Walton
CNN
January 6, 2022

(CNN) — During almost any other year, a look ahead to what the future holds for aviation would almost certainly be centered on exciting things like new airplanes, airlines and airports.

But it would be impossible to discuss any developments in the industry for 2022 without making reference to Covid-19 variants, restrictions and challenges to airlines.

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Travel trends in 2022

Globe Aware is looking forward to brighter days in the spring and summer of 2022. Here’s a glance at some of the travel trends to expect this year to help you plan your volunteer vacation accordingly.


The travel trends to watch in 2022

BY RACHEL KING
December 27, 2021
FORTUNE

Winter travel, at the moment, is taking a bit of a hit amid the latest surge in positive COVID-19 cases due to the arrival of the new Omicron variant in the United States and Europe. That has a lot of people rethinking their upcoming travel plans, both for business and pleasure, which is especially disheartening for many after last year’s dismal holiday season.

But many travelers and travel industry professionals are looking forward to brighter days in the spring and summer of 2022. Here’s a glance at some of the travel trends to expect next year to help you plan accordingly.

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Travel 2022: The best destinations to visit this year

Peru and South Africa are mentioned, and Globe Aware agrees both places deserve to be near the top of anyone’s travel list. We hope to see volunteers make a strong comeback to both locations in 2022!


Where to travel 2022: The best destinations to go

By Lilit Marcus, Forrest Brown, Julia Buckley, Karla Cripps, Tamara Hardingham-Gill, Marnie Hunter, Barry Neild, Maureen O’Hare and Francesca Street
CNN
December 31, 2021

(CNN) — Travel is more challenging now than it has been in a long time. Borders tentatively reopen only to slam shut again. A once-simple visa on entry is replaced with piles of paperwork. And the whole world is brushing up on the Greek alphabet whenever a new variant makes headlines.

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Fees for US passports are about to go up

Globe Aware volunteers planning to get their passports should know that the US passport book will shoot up by $20. The US State Department announced that “the increased fee is necessary to ensure we continue to produce one of the most secure travel and identity documents in the world.”


Fees for US passports are about to pop way up

Forrest Brown
CNN
December 22, 2021

(CNN) — It seems few things are escaping the scourge of inflation these days — and that will soon include US passports.

On December 27, the fee for a US passport book will shoot up by $20 for all customers, the US State Department has announced.

Why the price hike?

In a tweet, the State Department said, “The increased fee is necessary to ensure we continue to produce one of the most secure travel and identity documents in the world.”

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