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Asia Pacific Countries Impose New Travel Restrictions Because of Omicron

News The new variant of COVID-19 – Omicron – has put the entire tourism industry at risk once again. More and more countries are already imposing new travel restrictions or considering them in attempts to stop the spread of the virus. Malaysia and the Philippines have already completely banned the entry of all travelers coming from certain southern African countries. As the first cases of Omicron are reported in Hong Kong, Italy, the US, Australia, South Korea, and other countries, it is likely that we will see more travel restrictions in the coming weeks.

Travelers with Singapore hotel reservations do not need to cancel their bookings as the Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) scheme continues working for now. Singapore decided to put on halt the VTL connection with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar only due to the proximity of these countries to Africa. There are also some changes in the testing requirements for the arriving passengers. All air travelers (both residents and non-residents) including transiting passengers arriving at Changi Airport are obliged to take a pre-departure PCR test and another PCR test on arrival. Travelers using the VTL have an extra requirement to undergo antigen rapid tests on the third and seventh days of arrival.

Travelers who had plans to visit Hong Kong in December may find it increasingly hard to do starting from this week. Hong Kong added another 16 countries (Australia and Japan included) to the Group A trier or high-risk countries. Non-residents from these countries are restricted from entering, and returning residents are subject to a 21-day quarantine.

Indonesia and Thailand also have made some changes in their entry policies. Indonesia has put 11 countries on the temporary travel ban list. Travelers arriving from these countries are obliged to quarantine for 14 days. Residents and non-residents arriving from other countries will have to spend one week in self-quarantine. Thailand removed most African countries from its Sandbox program starting from December 1. Travelers are still allowed to enter Thailand but they are required to have a 14-day quarantine with 3 PCR tests. The country’s Test & Go scheme, which is available for 63 countries, is still valid.

Japan has come further and banned all entries for foreigners without permanent residency. Japanese citizens and permanent residents returning to the country will need to spend up to 10 days in an isolation facility.

02.12.2021

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Individual City Guides

Osnabruck
Osnabruck travel guide
The city is rich in traditions and places of interest. Travelers will not get bored in Osnabruck, because they will find surprises and numerous amusing entertainments right at every step. The remains of the fortifying wall tell the history of the city. Other memorable places are the local town hall and a beautiful castle. They were built in the middle of the 17th century, and they cherish the memory of the most significant events in the history Osnabruck. You can also see several old streets … Read further
Hammamet
Cuisine of Hammamet
Hammamet would surprise its guests with a variety of dining places; all popular culinary traditions are represented at the resort. The Le Barberousse restaurant is known far outside the city. In addition to popular national food, it serves classic Mediterranean and French cuisine. The restaurant is located in a beautiful historic building near the coastline; it enjoys great popularity among seafood lovers. Specialties of Le Barberousse include shrimp with pineapple, amazing couscous with lamb … Read further
Kalmar
Traditions and festivals in Kalmar
Kalmar is a city with a rich history. In the past, it played an important role in protecting the region from foreign invaders. Kalmar was also an important center of trade because the city was a popular transportation gateway in sea transit. Nowadays, this is a relatively small city with a population of a bit more than thirty thousand people. Glorious military past has made its impact on the character of local people. They are very proud of their home city and try to take care of it. This is the … Read further
Zakynthos Island
Zakynthos Island cultural sights
Zakynthos was inhabited in antiquity, and despite a serious earthquake that destroyed part of the island buildings in the 1950s, there are many beautiful monuments of ancient days. The capital, for example, has so far retained many Venetian style mansions, with galleries, loggias, and ocher-colored walls. Walking through the streets of Zakynthos, you can look into the monastery of St. Dionysius, built in the 16th century and preserved to this day almost unchanged. The relics of the patron saint … Read further
Manchester
Manchester attractions and entertainment
Manchester is a great entertaining center which will stun its visitors will plenty of destinations to visit and enjoy. Due to a variety of entertaining establishments, sport centers and scenic parks, each day of Manchester holiday will turn adventurous and exciting. Open air leisure enthusiasts will love the Runway Visitor park featuring excellent facilities for recreation with kids. The parkland offers a big picnic area, several playing grounds and attractions for kids as well as numerous … Read further
Monterrey
Monterrey for families and kids
Monterrey is ideal for those who prefer outside activities and sightseeing tours, as the city is rich with places of interest. Parque Plaza Sesamo theme park is particularly popular among tourists with children. In the park, kids have a chance to try out dozens of breathtaking rides and take a picture with their favorite cartoon character. The park employs a team of entertainers who give spectacular performances and make sure that tourists are having a good time. And then there’s a cozy … Read further
Manihi
Shopping in Manihi
Manihi is not the perfect place for those who are intended to buy some clothes or shoes by famous brands during their vacations. French Polynesia generally provides a poor choice of brand items in comparison to other countries, plus, prices here are not lower than in any other place on Earth. In addition, the local population is quite small, so there are just literally a couple of large stores as well. So, if you have a strong will to do nice shopping, choose a day or two and go to Tahiti, as a … Read further
Ljubljana
Extreme and fun in Ljubljana
Enjoy the View of the City from the Ljubljana Castle. Ljubljana Castle is also called Grad. It was built on a hill with a height of 376 meters in the X-XI centuries. The building served as a military garrison, hospital, and prison. It became the property of the municipality in the first years of the XX century. The castle is one of the attractions today. Celebrations and festivals are often held in the castle. You can get to it in one of 3 ways. You can use a small steam locomotive. You … Read further
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