Airlines Offering ‘Flights to Nowhere’ Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

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How are people who love travel coping during a pandemic that has left a lot of us stuck at home, a lot of borders closed. Right? Well, they are coping not well. Some airlines in Asia are trying to offer a solution – flights to nowhere. Seriously, these flights start and end at the exact same airport. A skeptical Michael Sullivan investigated.

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MICHAEL SULLIVAN, BYLINE: It’s late afternoon, and I’m standing in Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport waiting to board my flight home to Chiang Rai. It’s about an hour north. The airport is about half full. The Thai government still isn’t allowing foreign flights in due to COVID, but people here can get where they need to go in Thailand as long as they wear masks. And if the weather’s good,

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U.S. Covid-19 travel restrictions state by state

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Editor’s note: This story was current at the time of last publication on October 11 and will be updated periodically. However, you should still check with the official state websites before you commit to travel plans.

With the Covid-19 pandemic in near constant fluctuation in the United States, the 50 states are having to adapt rapidly with their rules and regulations.

If you’re planning a family vacation or simply wish to travel to another state, it is important to be updated on the latest statewide regulations. While some US states have no restrictions on travel, all their sites have important Covid-19 safety information, including possible face mask mandates in public settings.

This list is alphabetical and includes links where you should get more information and updates before you head out:

Alabama

As of October 11, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Alabama. However, visitors should

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Covid-19 travel restrictions state by state

Editor’s note: This story was current at the time of last publication on October 11 and will be updated periodically. However, you should still check with the official state websites before you commit to travel plans.

    (CNN) — With the Covid-19 pandemic in near constant fluctuation in the United States, the 50 states are having to adapt rapidly with their rules and regulations.

If you’re planning a family vacation or simply wish to travel to another state, it is important to be updated on the latest statewide regulations. While some US states have no restrictions on travel, all their sites have important Covid-19 safety information, including possible face mask mandates in public settings.

This list is alphabetical and includes links where you should get more information and updates before you head out:

Alabama

As of October 11, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Alabama. However, visitors should be aware

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The states with and without travel restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic

  • As the coronavirus continues to spread across the US and the world, some states are restricting domestic travel.
  • States like New York are requiring those traveling from high-risk areas to fill out health forms and self-quarantine for 14 days once they arrive.
  • Others, like California and Colorado, have not imposed statewide travel restrictions.
  • While nonessential travel is no longer discouraged, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that “travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.”

Alabama has no statewide travel restrictions in place.

Those entering Alaska must be tested for the coronavirus within three days of their departure. On top of that, they have to submit a Self-Isolation Plan and a Travel Declaration. The state requests those entering to get another coronavirus test within 14 days of arriving. For nonresidents, this test is $250. For residents, it’s free.

There are no statewide travel restrictions in Arizona.

Arkansas

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Travel restrictions leave locals destitute

When Ling Putra Jaya was forced to close the shutter on his bustling restaurant in Bali’s tourism hub, he thought it would be for a few weeks.
Now, seven months on and the coronavirus pandemic has gripped the Indonesian holiday island to its core, transforming the relaxation destination and party capital into a “ghost town”.
Mr Putra Jaya’s restaurant Santa Fe is normally a buzzing eatery in Seminyak, the heartbeat of Bali’s tourism industry. (Google Images)
Mr Putra Jaya was forced to close Santa Fe seven months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Supplied)
Tourism is Bali’s main source of income, with more than 80 per cent of the island’s four million residents relying on the industry.
But international travel restrictions have decimated the local economy and left families destitute – most living on no more than A$3 per day.
Mr Putra Jaya had his hopes pinned on a “travel
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NY to resume restrictions in virus hot spots

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s governor says the state will reinstate restrictions on businesses, houses of worship and schools in and around areas where coronavirus cases are spiking.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the severity of shutdowns would vary by proximity to hot spots.

The rules will take effect no later than Friday in parts of New York City’s Brooklyn and Queens boroughs, sections of Orange and Rockland counties north of the city, and an area within the upstate city of Binghamton near the Pennsylvania border.

The planned restrictions include shutdowns of schools and nonessential businesses in some areas. Others would set limits on gatherings and in restaurants.


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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Pentagon says top military leaders are under self-quarantine

— How do I politely ask someone to wear a mask? If in store or restaurant, have a manager make the

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The new relaxations, restrictions on air travel



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Even as India continues to add to its air bubble arrangements, a number of jurisdictions have began restricting travel from India because of the high Covid19 case-load in the country. However, the broader direction in which the government is moving as far as air travel is concerned is lifting restrictions that were imposed at the time of restarting of operations.

Which countries does India have air bubble arrangements with?

Currently, India has air bubble arrangements with 13 countries. These are the US, the UK, Germany, France, the UAE, Maldives, Canada, Japan, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Qatar and Iraq. The Centre is also negotiating these arrangements with other countries like Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Israel, Kenya, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. In addition to air bubble flights, Indian carriers are flying to these countries under the Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate Indian

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Sturgeon promises ‘no countrywide travel restrictions’ for Scotland

The cancellation of Eurostar’s popular direct service to the French Alps was a huge blow for the thousands of skiers and snowboarders who use it each winter. But today those keen to travel by rail to the slopes can still do so as tickets for indirect services go on sale today, Lucy Aspden reports.

On Thursday evenings, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the ski season skiers can travel direct with Eurostar from London to Paris, before connecting to a high-speed TGV service from the Gare du Lyon to Chambéry, Albertville, Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne, Landry or Bourg-St-Maurice. From any of these stations they can travel on to some of Europe’s leading ski resorts. 

For example, the Saturday morning service departs London at 07:52, arriving in Paris at 11:17. From the Gare de Lyon the 11:47 service arrives in Bourg St Maurice at 16:51. From there it’s a seven-minute funicular ride to

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Thailand to ease travel restrictions for foreign business people; 10 Covid-19 cases reported

BANGKOK, Oct 6 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): The government is considering how to further ease travel restrictions for people who want to enter Thailand for business or investment purposes.

Easing entry for businesspersons would help lift the economy, which is sagging under the impact from Covid-19, government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said.

The Centre for Covid-19 Administration Situation has so far permitted about 11,000 foreign businesspeople and work-permit holders to enter Thailand. All went into alternative state quarantine for 14 days when they arrived in Thailand.

The centre has also given the green light for long-stay foreign visitors to enter Thailand from Oct 1 on Special Tourist Visas.

The tourists must undergo alternative state quarantine for 14 days.

Meanwhile, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported 10 new cases in state quarantine on Tuesday (Oct 6), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3,600.

Of the new cases, two had

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Committee on Tourism welcomes the Uplifting of Restrictions on International Travel

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The Portfolio Committee on Tourism welcomes the uplifting of travel restrictions imposed on international travel due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
 
The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Tourism, Mr Supra Mahumapelo, said: “We are heartened that international flights have resumed after more than six months since lockdown restrictions have been imposed worldwide”. Yesterday, South Africa welcomed travellers from the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Germany, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe on the first day of its opening.
 
The impact of the pandemic has been felt across all sectors, with tourism being the hardest hit. According to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, the tourism sector contributes to 1.5 million jobs and 8.5% to the gross domestic product of South Africa. However, we have seen the devastating impact of the pandemic as more than 600 000 jobs have been lost and many businesses in the tourism sector and supply

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