After more than a year of the pandemic travel is opening up again, and depending on which country at different speeds
Around the world a state of emergency has existed for the last 12 months. The travel industry has been hardest hit, and in many places has come to a standstill. The world is gradually opening up again, not least due to good vaccination progress – although at vastly varying speeds.
In Asia and Australia the impact of the pandemic has been far less serious than in Europe or the Americas. In part, this is because individual countries closed their borders. Exceptions exist, however. A two-way travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand was recently set up to allow movement between the two countries. Images of people in each other’s arms, having not seen each other for about a year, went around the world, while the recently imposed ban on Australian citizens returning from India, a red-listed zone, caused controversy.
There are positive signals from the US, where vaccination levels are among the highest and around 45 per cent of the population have received a first jab. Accordingly, domestic air travel has mushroomed in recent weeks. More and more Americans are travelling to the Caribbean again. Nevertheless, fear of repeated outbreaks is widespread. A spring break surge of visitors to Miami and Fort Lauderdale triggered news headlines, followed by warnings issued by the authorities. Subsequently, Miami immediately limited access to Miami Beach.
As is well known, vaccination numbers in Israel are high. With around 60 per cent of the population vaccinated, the country is proud to be the first to have reached a state akin to herd...