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A timid Asia-Pacific rebound is starting...

After two years with some of the toughest entry and travel restrictions in the world during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Asia-Pacific region looks set for a return to business travel. But geopolitical events as well as the unclear pandemic strategy of some countries have tinged this optimism with a cloudy veneer. Unlike most countries in […]

US warns against travel to Hong Kong due...

The United States has advised citizens against traveling to Hong Kong, citing strict coronavirus restrictions and the risk of children being separated from their parents as the Chinese city battles a wave of infections. “The Department of State has updated the travel advisory for Hong Kong to Level 4 – Do not travel due to […]

Travel Bans, Japan and Me · Global Voice

Used book store in Jinbocho, Kanda, Tokyo. During my annual visits to Japan, I set aside several days just to visit bookstores. I visited this bookstore 872 days ago. Photo by Nevin Thompson. (CC BY-NC 2.0) It’s been 879 days — 2 years, 4 months, and 26 days — since I last set foot in […]

Food banks need help as omicron surge cu...

Food banks across the country are experiencing a critical shortage of volunteers as the omicron variant scares people away from their regular shifts, and businesses and schools that regularly provide large groups of volunteers are canceling their participation for virus fears. In many cases, the end result has been a sharp increase in the expenditure […]

Japan tightens Covid-19 travel restricti...

Japan on Wednesday expanded Covid-19 restrictions to the capital Tokyo and a dozen regions covering half the population as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus drove record new infections. Already in force in three regions, the measures, which are due to apply from Friday to February 13, were formalized by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida after […]

Letters from the Readers: A reader write...

I’ve lived in the UAE for four years and am an avid reader of Gulf News (“Must Watch: Cooking with Gulf News Food—Mumbai Biryani,” Gulf News, January 3). I love the content you post and it shows the effort put in by the Gulf News team. Since the launch of the Food by Gulf News […]

Q&A | What Omicron Means for Japan’s Pa

~~ Like many countries around the world, Japan is now seeing the impact of the Omicron variant in increasing new daily infections. Between January 1 and January 8, the number of new daily infections increased 16 times (from 500 to over 8,000 respectively) across the country. On January 12, Tokyo registered 2,198 new patients. At […]

Canada added to ‘do not travel’ list

(CNN) — Canada was moved into the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s highest risk category for travel on Monday. Canada has seen a sharp rise in cases as the Omicron variant spreads. The country recorded 294,437 new cases for the week ending Jan. 8, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University, its highest […]

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo – Janu

Strict border rules to continue On January 11, the Japanese government announced that strict border restrictions barring most foreign nationals from entering Japan would continue until at least the end of February. All travelers from the United States must comply with a mandatory three- or six-day quarantine at facilities designated by the Japanese government. The […]

New travel apps to help you plan your ne...

While travel is loaded amid the rise of the Omicron variant, people are still dreaming of their next getaway. There are even new apps to make travel planning and enjoyment easier. A number of these were introduced (and some old favorites updated) when travel was at a standstill. Wondering which one to try? Here’s a […]

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (Decem

CONTINUED RESTRICTIONS FOR TRAVEL TO JAPAN Travelers arriving from the United States – including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all US territories – are now required to self-quarantine at a location designated by the Japanese government for the first three or six days (depending on point of origin) of their 14-day quarantine. […]

Travel stocks plummet as omicron trigger...

Shares in the U.S. travel sector fell Monday on rising cases of omicron and hundreds more flight cancellations, which left travelers stranded across the country over the holidays. More than 1,000 flights were canceled within, to or from the United States on Monday, according to data from flight tracking website FlightAware.com. Worldwide, more than 2,600 […]

Travel to Japan during Covid-19: what yo...

Editor’s note – Coronavirus cases remain high around the world. Health officials warn that travel increases your chances of contracting and spreading the virus. Staying at home is the best way to contain transmission. Below is information on what to know if you’re still planning to travel, last updated on December 23. (CNN) – If […]

Singapore and Malaysia are freezing tick...

Singapore said on Wednesday it would stop selling plane and bus tickets to passengers from two dozen countries with which it had established vaccinated travel routes – a setback for a program the island nation had hoped for revive its economy affected by the pandemic. It has joined other countries in the Asia-Pacific region to […]

World News | Travel Curbs Augur Dark Ch...

London, December 17 (AP) Travel restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus are hammering already under siege travel and tourism industries and adding to the gloom in Europe amid the crucial holiday season. Travelers are rearranging or canceling their trips due to tighter rules. Eurostar, which operates trains across […]

Japan plans to resume Go To Travel at th...

Osaka – The Japanese government will aim to relaunch its Go To Travel domestic tourism promotion campaign at the end of January next year, Toshimitsu Motegi, secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said on Monday. “We hope to continue talks on restarting the surrender campaign towards the end of January,” assuming the cases […]

What we know so far

~~ ~ The Omicron variant of COVID-19 made its spectacular entry in late November and continues to rock politics and medicine around the world. First detected in the Netherlands and brought to the world’s attention by South Africa, it has so far been detected in more than 30 countries around the world. Infected patients can […]

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (Decem

COVID-19 TEST FOR TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES From December 6, all air passengers, regardless of their vaccination status, must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States, regardless of their nationality. This tighter testing schedule provides an additional degree of public health protection as scientists […]