Summer season began with high hopes this year: vaccination programs were prospering and therefore restrictions were slowly being lifted. The landscape looked promising, not just for the holiday season, but for the future ahead of humanity in a post-pandemic world.
Yet, to our regret, COVID is not leaving as fast and carefree as it arrived. New variants, such as the Delta, have made an appearance this last couple of weeks and new concerns have spread all around the world.
For those who stayed at home working, things will pretty much stay the same. Yet those who adventured into travelling once again are facing new restrictions due to the latest variants. Here is the latest news and restrictions you need to know about.
Five days ago, the UK added Austria, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to its “green list”. The traffic light-based travel system remains active. UK residents coming from red list countries must undergo a 10-day hotel quarantine, while non-UK residents are not allowed entrance at all, at least not for the moment.
Although not all States in the country have the same regulations and restrictions, entrance in the US is still permitted for certain candidates, as long as they fulfill the health requirements.
New York, in particular, is not currently welcoming tourists and has already responded with new restrictions to rising Delta cases. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a “Key to NYC pass” program to be expected by August 16.
China is currently going through one its worst outbreaks since the pandemic first started. In fact, it’s forbidding non-urgent border-crossing, including domestic travels.
Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Ireland, among others, have already been updated to Level 4 category, which is the highest risk level assigned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC recommends avoiding international travel, especially if you’re not fully vaccinated. You can explore the CDC’s complete travel recommendations here and search by destination too.