A Christmas in travel, or lockdown?

Some countries are ready to open up, while some are dealing with a surge in cases and may have to lock down again.

🐿️: Your Squirry diplomat is here with global updates!

  1. Australia 🇦🇺 is reopening to the world

A year and a half after Australia closed its borders, the government said it would let foreign visa holders, as well as Japanese and South Korean citizens, back into the country starting Dec. 1. 

  • Who’s allowed in? Vaccinated international students, business visa workers + refugees are allowed. 
  • Travel bubble expanded ✈️ Tourists from S.Korea 🇰🇷 and Japan 🇯🇵 will be able to travel from their home countries quarantine-free, with requirements below 👇 P.S. Currently the scheme include Singapore 🇸🇬 and New Zealand 🇳🇿 (quarantine free-travel into Australia)

What do we need? Proof of an Australia-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac are 🆗 – here’s the full list) + a negative PCR test within three days. 

  1. Singapore-Malaysia travel site crashes ✈️

Many of us should already know that the quarantine-free flights between Kuala Lumpur and Changi Airport are set to start next Monday. How hot is it?

Thousands of users flooded the website to apply for a travel pass – this crashed the website.

  • World’s top busy route 🚧 Changi-KL was the 2nd busiest travel route in the world – with around 40 flights daily Pre-Covid. 
  • Land travel coming soon? A Singapore official said it could reopen by the end of the month.

How about Japan? 🗾 Singapore + Japan’s PM discussed the resumption of safe travel between both countries on Monday. 

  1. Covid cases rebound in Germany & the US

It’s not all good news sadly 😷, as some European countries and the US have seen a resurgence in Covid cases.

  • Germany’s 🇩🇪 infection rates have hit new highs every day for a few weeks. While some states have already closed clubs and bars, outgoing Chancellor Merkel has called for tougher restrictions. 
  • The US 🇺🇸  A few states in the US are facing another Covid wave as bad as ever. In 15 states, patients are filling ICU beds as much as ever before. Michigan has the highest Covid-19 case rate per capita in the US.

As Thanksgiving and Christmas approaches, hope you can have a safe and nice holiday season~ 💖

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