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  1. #212

    Covid Travel Odds and Ends Part 49

    Covid situation massively improved in Mexico:

    https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/cor...covid-roundup/

    Covid situation rapidly deteriorating in Europe:

    https://www.technologyreview.com/202...-vaccinations/

    Cambodia improves requirements for vaccinated tourists:

    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/article...ivals-cambodia

    Myanmar (Burma) looks to reopen:

    https://www.ttgasia.com/2021/11/17/m...in-early-2022/

    On a personal note, I'm back from Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Germany, and am hoping to have trip reports for Geneva, Zurich, and Berlin posted here on ISG in those forums very soon. It was nice to see people enjoying themselves at museums and restaurants in the aforementioned countries. If it wasn't for all of the facemasks and having to show my CDC Covid vax card and passport to get into restaurants and museums, you'd think nothing was going on, Covid-wise. But that was before Covid started roaring back in Europe, as discussed in one of the links above.

  2. #211

    Last Post For Awhile

    Just writing to let you all know that I won't be posting in this forum again until probably November, as I'll be traveling in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Germany for much of October.

    Thanks to all of you who have expressed appreciation for the many links that I've posted in this forum. Hopefully, I've helped at least one of you with the information that I've passed along.

    Stay safe and stay healthy. Happy mongering to all of you as we close out 2021 and roll into 2022. Please look for my Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Germany reports in the appropriate forums in November.

  3. #210

    Covid Travel Odds and Ends Part 48

    Vietnam opens an island for tourism:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/vietnam-r...044145708.html

    Portions of Thailand to be reopened:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/thailand-...112131855.html

    Unvaccinated Americans not welcome in France:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/frances-t...141951788.html

    United Kingdom Prime Minister gives middle finger to more lockdowns:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-more-n...171918976.html

    Steady vaccination progress in Japan:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/japan-pas...055345522.html

    American? These 7 European nations just made it harder to visit:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/going-eur...173355112.html

    Which airlines will not let you wear a cloth facemask on board?

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/more-inte...125500276.html

    Travel to United Kingdom just got easier for Americans:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/travel-uk...181027847.html

    Vaccine passports coming to the Netherlands:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/dutch-int...054411104.html

    Switzerland tightens entry restrictions:

    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/switzer...llers/46956108

    Full details regarding Switzerland COVID certificate for bars, museums, and restaurants:

    https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/...ning-and-when/

    Latest COVID "stoplight map" for Mexico:

    https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/cor...n-softer-hues/

    On a personal note, apologies for not posting for over a week. Work got hectic and I was busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.

  4. #209

    Covid Travel Odds and Ends Part 47

    Updated country COVID entry requirements:

    https://thepointsguy.com/guide/reope...irus-recovery/

    Will Qantas allow you on board if you're not vaccinated?

    https://thepointsguy.com/news/qantas...ted-travelers/

    Exciting new travel option for Vietnam:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/vietnames...181249228.html

    Canada adjusts requirements for entry:

    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/article...ional-visitors

    More information regarding entry into Canada:

    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/article...ling-to-canada

  5. #208

    Covid Travel Odds and Ends Part 46

    Going on a cruise? Here's some news:

    https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/cdc-...170557632.html

    Which countries in Europe recently followed European Union suggestion?

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/spain-den...202022776.html

    Conditions improving in Sweden:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/sweden-re...134931175.html

    Mixed messages from the Philippines:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippin...123655743.html

    Cuba aims to open in mid-November:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/cuba-reop...182437724.html

  6. #207

    Covid Travel Odds and Ends Part 45

    COVID situation improving in Mexico:

    https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/cor...m-risk-yellow/

    COVID testing proving challenging for Americans:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/two-state...192059570.html

    Denmark tightens restrictions on certain Americans:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/denmark-b...185735462.html

    Spain adjusts entry requirements for Americans:

    https://thepointsguy.com/news/spain-entry-requirements/

  7. #206

    Covid Travel Odds and Ends Part 44

    Cayman Islands looks to reopen in mid-October:

    https://www.caymancompass.com/2021/0...urn-to-cayman/

    Switzerland holds off on tighter restrictions for now:

    https://www.reuters.com/world/europe...se-2021-09-01/

    Vietnam's HCMC aims to reopen in mid-September:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/living-co...053545630.html

    Netherlands implements quarantine for all arriving Americans:

    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/article...-for-americans

    Delta variant complicating tourism for Caribbean counties:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/caribbean...101026588.html

  8. #205

    Covid Travel Odds and Ends Part 43

    Caribbean and Latin America winners of American Airlines expanded service:

    https://thepointsguy.com/news/americ...ute-expansion/

    Fiji aims for November opening for tourism:

    https://thepointsguy.com/news/fiji-r...avel-november/

    European Union gives "thumbs down" to United States:

    https://thepointsguy.com/news/eu-rec...ion-on-travel/

    Ireland dropping COVID restrictions in late October:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/ireland-d...204743938.html

    COVID situation improving in Indonesia:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/indonesia...142101203.html

    Italy toughens entry procedures for Americans:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/italy-tig...184537899.html

    Will you get your COVID booster shot at Walmart?

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/walmart-s...213258386.html

    Your COVID vaccine is only good for 270 days in these two countries:

    https://www.travelandleisure.com/tra..._xnTHe2Gf5oVkk

    Bulgaria bans all Americans from entry:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/following...174300082.html

    COVID situation improving in Mexico:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexico-se...184811523.html

    New COVID variant, Mu, now in 39 countries:

    https://www.barrons.com/articles/who...?siteid=yhoof2

    Spain tourism improving, but still lower than normal:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/tourists-...160359565.html

    COVID situation improving in Thailand:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/restauran...094332498.html

    Portugal eases entry procedures for Britons:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/portugal-...173623009.html

    Common-sense COVID approach from Australia:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/covid-19-...001633556.html

  9. #204
    Quote Originally Posted by SoberHans69  [View Original Post]
    Safety Wing is one of them. Using them for my upcoming trip.
    For my trip to Monterrey (Mexico) in November 2020 (read my report in that forum), I wasn't yet vaxxed for COVID and the city was a COVID hotspot. I chose GeoBlue:

    https://www.geo-blue.com/

    I think the policy was about $27 USD and covered illness due to COVID. When I returned to Monterrey in May 2021 (read my report in that forum) I was fully vaxxed and didn't buy a policy.

    Since I'm not due for a COVID booster shot until December 2021 (per the CDC 8-month rule), I probably won't buy a policy for Switzerland or Berlin. But, I might change my mind, too, we'll see.

  10. #203
    Quote Originally Posted by Xpartan  [View Original Post]
    There are policies designed especially to cover Covid, quite a few actually.

    I think anyone who travels without a really good insurance right now is playing with fire. It's not just a risk of hospitalization, I mean, even if you catch a mild case and simply have to quarantine in a decent enough European hotel for 10 days. Even that is pricey.
    Safety Wing is one of them. Using them for my upcoming trip.

  11. #202
    Quote Originally Posted by ShoesAndSocks  [View Original Post]
    I thank you too for your updates, and I hope you can travel as planned.

    Another factor to consider is, will travel health insurance exclude Covid (because it's a "known event"), meaning some risk of the cost of ICU-level hospitalization in a foregin land?
    There are policies designed especially to cover Covid, quite a few actually.

    I think anyone who travels without a really good insurance right now is playing with fire. It's not just a risk of hospitalization, I mean, even if you catch a mild case and simply have to quarantine in a decent enough European hotel for 10 days. Even that is pricey.

  12. #201
    Quote Originally Posted by Quagmire1974  [View Original Post]
    I have trips to Switzerland and Berlin scheduled for October. As someone who is fully vaxxed against COVID, I have every intention of taking those trips. The only way that I will cancel one or both of them is if Switzerland and / or Germany require that all arriving Americans, vaxxed or not, to quarantine for several days upon arrival.
    I thank you too for your updates, and I hope you can travel as planned.

    Another factor to consider is, will travel health insurance exclude Covid (because it's a "known event"), meaning some risk of the cost of ICU-level hospitalization in a foregin land?

  13. #200

    Covid Travel Odds and Ends Part 42

    Thank you, Zeos1 and Xpartan, for your kind words.

    High rate of COVID vaccination in Singapore:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/singapore...043109320.html

    Update on Japan COVID vaccinations for citizens:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-to...091302411.html

    Switzerland approves COVID certificate for indoor spaces:

    https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/new...-for-tourists/

    Booming tourism in Croatia:

    https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle...2d356e7981ef63

    European Union yanks United States from "safe list":

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/e...-u-s-travelers

    Regarding that last link, I have trips to Switzerland and Berlin scheduled for October. As someone who is fully vaxxed against COVID, I have every intention of taking those trips. The only way that I will cancel one or both of them is if Switzerland and / or Germany require that all arriving Americans, vaxxed or not, to quarantine for several days upon arrival. All of the chatter, though, about the European Union's announcement almost unanimously mentions that their decision will affect unvaccinated Americans. It's still a developing situation, though, and we'll see what the individual European countries decide over the next few days.

  14. #199
    Quote Originally Posted by Xpartan  [View Original Post]
    Just wanted to thank Quagmire for keeping up these important updates.
    Second that motion. Thanks.

  15. #198

    Thank you for doing this, Quagmire!

    Just wanted to thank Quagmire for keeping up these important updates.

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