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Thursday, 29 September 2022 12:43

Save Time Re-entering The U.S. With This Free App

Last week, we mentioned the TSA-Precheck, but did our Globe Aware volunteers know about this app!? The Mobile Passport Control App may be just what you need to clear the airport lines at your volunteer vacation destination. Save Time Re-entering The U.S. With This Free App By TYLER FOXTravel Off PathJuly 18, 2022 Have you ever come back from an international trip and noticed signs displaying “Mobile Passport” as you make your way through U.S. Customs? If so, you’ve probably noticed that the line was much shorter than the one you were in. What you may not know is that it is completely free and easy to hop in the shorter line using a U.S. Customs and Border Protection phone app called Mobile Passport Control…

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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 08:34

Seven scenic drives in the United States

Excited about your next Globe Aware volunteer vacation, but can't wait to travel! Here are seven fantastic scenic drives scattered around the continental United States where our volunteers can enjoy fall weather, autumn color and more. Seven scenic drives across the United States for your fall foliage fix Forrest BrownCNNSeptember 25, 2022 The United States is a car-obsessed nation, and a road trip feels like a natural right to many. With gas prices slipping from their dizzying early summer heights and other folks wary of taking their chances with the air travel system, the fall road trip possibilities look pretty darn good this year. In no particular order, here are seven fantastic scenic drives scattered around the continental United States where you can enjoy autumn color…

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Wednesday, 21 September 2022 09:25

10 Reasons To Visit Ghana

They say that Ghana is near the center of the world, enough reason for those bitten by the travel bug to visit this African nation. Find out the reasons why Globe Aware volunteers are pulled towards this volunteer vacation.   Ghana Have A Good Time: 10 Reasons To Visit This African Country Ghana is one African nation tourists shouldn't miss BRYAN REYESSEPTEMBER 18, 2022The Travel They say that Ghana is near the “center” of the world, enough reason for those bitten by the travel bug to visit this African nation. This country is bordered by the Gulf of Guinea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the less-traveled Togo, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast, one of the most beginner-friendly African destinations. Thanks to the coast, this West African…

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Monday, 19 September 2022 10:06

Hurricane Fiona pummels Puerto Rico

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in southwestern Puerto Rico last Sunday afternoon, and the entire island is reeling from the knockout of its electricity grid. Globe Aware will continue to monitor the situation in order to understand we and our volunteers can help.   Puerto Rico is without electricity as Hurricane Fiona pummels the island September 19, 2022Juliana KimNPR Hurricane Fiona made landfall in southwestern Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon, as the entire island continues to reel from the knockout of its electricity grid. Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said the damage on the island is "catastrophic in many areas," calling it a "very delicate and sad situation." Heavy rainfall and catastrophic flooding was continuing across the island Sunday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.…

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Thursday, 15 September 2022 12:56

TSA PreCheck : is it worth it?

Coming off a summer of flight delays, lost luggage, cancellations and long lines at airports, Globe Aware volunteers are looking for ways to ease the process. TSA PreCheck may not guarantee an on-time flight, but it can save travelers some time.   Airport lines too long? Here's what you get with TSA PreCheck and how much it costs Josh RiveraUSA TODAYSept 10 2022 When looking to fly, travel time is not just the duration of the flight. There is the commute to the airport, check-in lines, bag drop-off lines, customs (if traveling internationally) and the always popular Transportation Security Administration line. The lines add up, and travelers' schedules get tighter. Coming off a summer of flight delays, cancellations, lost bags and long lines at airports,…

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Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK is set to enter a period of mourning that will last between 10 and 12 days. Public gatherings, business closures, event cancellations and transport disruptions are likely during this time. If you're a Globe Aware volunteer traveling through the UK in the coming days, here's what you need to know. Death of Queen Elizabeth: how the mourning period will impact travelers in the UK Lonely PlanetSep 12, 2022 Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday, the UK is in a 10-day period of mourning. Public gatherings, business closures, event cancellations, and transport disruptions are likely during this time, culminating with a National Day of mourning next Monday, September 19 to coincide with the state…

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Globe Aware volunteers will be delighted to learn that Costa Rica has this week been crowned the leading destination for travelers in all of Central America for 2022. We offer three unique volunteer vacations in this picturesque country, that are open all year round!  Costa Rica Crowned Central America’s Leading Destination Sept 5 2022Breaking Travel News Costa Rica has this week been crowned the leading destination for travelers in all of Central America for 2022. The picturesque country – famed for its stunning natural landscapes and near unrivaled levels of biodiversity – received the much sought-after accolade from the World Travel Awards this week. In winning the award, Costa Rica beat off stiff competition from the likes of Mexico, Belize and Honduras, whilst also managing…

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 11:51

Now Is the Best Time to Book Holiday Flights

Even though summer may not be over just yet, it’s time for Globe Aware volunteers to start thinking about booking holiday flights if you're looking for a deal. Prices for Thanksgiving and Christmas flights have already started to increase in the last couple months, but the good news is there are still potential deals to be found! Why Now Is the Best Time to Book Holiday Flights, According to Travel Experts By Alison FoxAugust 31, 2022Travel + Leisure Even though summer may not be over just yet, it’s time to start thinking about booking holiday flights if you're looking for a deal. Flights for Thanksgiving and Christmas have already started to increase from the last couple months, but the good news is there are still…

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Wednesday, 31 August 2022 12:15

Stunning Palaces And Forts to Visit In Jaipur

History buffs love this part of their volunteer vacation week in Jaipur, India. You'll have the chance to experience these famous cultural forts and palaces when you visit the charming Pink City with Globe Aware! Travel Back In Time At These Stunning Palaces And Forts In Jaipur BY KARAN KAUSHIK25 Aug 2022 Travel + Leisure Planning a heritage trip to Jaipur is always a great idea. The charming Pink City offers a bewitching experience to history buffs from around the globe. If you are planning a trip to the beautiful city sometime soon, here are some of the best palaces and forts in Jaipur that you must visit. By Karan Kaushik These are the must-visit palaces and forts in Jaipur City Palace Dotted with grand…

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Tuesday, 30 August 2022 11:19

Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

It’s imperative to feel comfortable and safe while traveling, especially for Globe Aware volunteers just starting to get back into flying abroad. Follow these easy tips to stay healthy and make the most of your volunteer vacation!   9 Tips For Staying Healthy While Traveling, According To A Retired Physician   TERESA OTTO, MDMAY.15.2021 In December of 2018, I retired from practicing medicine. As an anesthesiologist, I spent my days in an operating room putting people to sleep and waking them up when their surgeries were finished. It’s a package deal that I was happy to deliver to several thousand patients over the course of my 26-year career. I have traveled at every opportunity, including several times this past year. I’m going to share the…

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Monday, 29 August 2022 11:04

This Is Your Happy Place

This Is Your Happy Place Learn more about Globe Aware's Galapagos Island program Learn more about Globe Aware's Kenya program Learn more about Globe Aware's Peru program Learn more about Globe Aware's Orosi Valley program Don's Ukraine Fundraiser

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Wednesday, 24 August 2022 10:36

Ten most colourful places to visit

Jaipur, Havana and Cusco, all these Globe Aware volunteer vacation destinations make the list! These colorful locations should definitely be added to your bucket list!  Little India to Havana: 10 most colourful places to add to your travel wishlist PALLABI BOSETravel 19 Jul 2022LIFESTYLE ASIA The world is full of beautiful places that you can admire as a traveller. While some of the most colourful places on earth are a result of natural phenomena, others are man-made. For instance, the serene mountains and seas, the endless dunes in deserts, the earthy aroma of jungles and the bustling cities, all bring out the spectacular hues of various regions in a country that can leave you spellbound. However, even as a globetrotter, you may have a preferred…

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Tuesday, 23 August 2022 14:06

What is the Mid-Autumn Festival?

The mid-autumn festival lands on September 10th 2022, and is celebrated throughout Asia. Globe Aware volunteers in Vietnam during this month will be lucky enough to experience this special harvest celebration, also known as the "children's festival." What is the Mid-Autumn Festival, and how is it celebrated around Asia? 29 Jul 2022PYUSHA CHATTERJEELifestyle Asia The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is celebrated across East Asian and Southeast Asian countries, especially those with Chinese communities, but what does it really entail? Falling on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month (as per the Chinese lunar calendar), it is observed for a few days (mostly three) around the main day, wherein the city streets are decorated with bright and colourful lanterns and dazzling lights. During this…

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From October, Thailand will downgrade Covid to the same category as the flu virus. Thailand is re-asserting itself as a friendly destination for tourists and our Globe Aware volunteers.   Thailand To Start Treating Covid Like The Flu From October By VINICIUS COSTATravel Off PathAugust 13 2022 In a new development even the most optimistic didn’t see coming, Thailand will outpace the vast majority of Asia, and even the Western Hemisphere, in treating Covid as an endemic disease. From October, the once ultra-strict country will downgrade the pathogen to the same category as the flu virus, effectively treating both the same. After more than two years of enforcing strict regulations aimed at curbing the viral spread, Thailand has progressively eased its stance this year, dropping the…

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Many countries have their own laws regarding the importation of food items, and the United States is no exception, having issued 7,190 violations in 2021. Globe Aware volunteers should be aware of what food items could result in expensive consequences.   Think Twice About Flying With Food, Huge Fines Could Be Waiting By Tyler FoxAugust 15 2022Travel Off Path Grabbing a last-minute breakfast before flying is common practice when rushing through the airport. However, that breakfast could cost you much more than anticipated if you aren’t careful. Recently, a passenger heading to Australia was fined $1,874 USD for bringing his McDonald’s breakfast with him from Bali. That breakfast will end up costing more than the original flight to Bali, and it should serve as a…

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Thursday, 11 August 2022 10:12

Luggage delayed, lost or damaged?

The prospect of delayed, lost or damaged baggage can make any Globe Aware volunteer nervous about flying. There are things you can do and strategies you can take to help avoid or at least minimize the impact of lost and delayed luggage. What should I do if my luggage is delayed, lost or damaged? By Forrest BrownCNNAugust 7, 2022 (CNN) — It's enough to give anyone already nervous about the chaos in the skies yet another reason to pop an antacid: the prospect of delayed, lost or damaged baggage. The concern is valid. After all, Delta Air Lines recently decided to fly a plane from London to its hub in Detroit packed with 1,000 lost bags and zero passengers because of a now-notorious meltdown in…

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Monday, 08 August 2022 11:36

Traveling to Costa Rica during Covid-19

If you’re planning to travel to Costa Rica, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to travel to this popular Globe Aware destination. Travel to Costa Rica during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go CNN StaffJuly 2, 2021 If you’re planning to travel to Costa Rica, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic. The basics Costa Rica was one of the first countries to open back up for tourism, which it did in November 2020. Around 1 million travelers visited the country in 2021 — back to almost 70% of pre-pandemic levels. However, the Delta variant hit the country hard in 2021, with hospitals “dangerously full” at…

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Wednesday, 03 August 2022 11:58

Bhutan sets reopening date

Bhutan will reopen for international tourists from September for the first time since the pandemic began more than two years ago, officials said on June 30. Globe Aware volunteers will be delighted to know that we offer a volunteer vacation week in this tiny Himalayan kingdom.   Bhutan sets reopening date -- and increases daily tourist tax June 30, 2022Reuters Bhutan will reopen for international tourists from September for the first time since the pandemic began more than two years ago, officials said on June 30, as the tiny Himalayan kingdom looks to revive its economy. Wedged between China and India, the country with scenic natural beauty and ancient Buddhist culture, took drastic early steps and banned tourism, a major source of income, in March…

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Wednesday, 03 August 2022 11:40

Traveling to Ghana during Covid-19

Ghana has been open to international flights for some time. If you're planning to travel to Ghana, here's what Globe Aware volunteers will need to know! Traveling to Ghana during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go August 1, 2022CNN (CNN) — If you're planning to travel to Ghana, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic. The basics Ghana has been open to international flights for some time, but on March 28 it finally reopened its land and sea borders. All non-resident adults who are not Ghanaian citizens must be fully vaccinated in order to enter the country. What's on offer Ghana may be blessed with some of West Africa's finest beaches,…

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BBC Travel Show - Passengers with a Purpose Jul 14, 2022BBC Emeline Nsingi Nkosi finds out what life’s like as an international volunteer onboard the world’s biggest civilian hospital ship. The Green Guide’s back - asking how to travel sustainably on a budget, and the team’s in India taking a look at a new record breaking railway bridge in the Himalayas.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2022 13:02

19 Travel Prep Tips

With summer travel season in full swing, you might be counting down the days until your Globe Aware volunteer vacation! But impending travel means a heap of logistics to manage, and you might find your excitement is overshadowed by stress. Here are some helpful travel tips to make things easier!   Reduce Pre-Vacation Stress With These 19 Travel Prep Tips Here's what you can do now to make your upcoming summer trip go smoothly. Mary KingJuly 20, 2022CNET With summer travel season in full swing, you might be counting down the days until your next trip -- already imagining the warm sand between your toes or the stunning landmarks you've longed to see in person. (If you're hoping to capture those sweet vacation memories on…

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Monday, 25 July 2022 11:10

Monkeypox virus and travel

Although The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern,” Globe Aware volunteers can be relieved to know it does not impact travel, according to health experts. Still it's important to learn the facts about this virus, and practice precaution.   Monkeypox virus declared a public health emergency: How does this impact travel? Bill FinkThe Points GuyJuly 23 2022It’s official. The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined monkeypox constitutes a global health emergency, calling it a “public health emergency of international concern” due to a multi-country outbreak. But will it impact travel? The short answer from the health experts we’ve talked to is “no,” but let’s dive into the facts. According to the WHO, anyone who has been diagnosed…

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Monsoon season may be here but that doesn't mean a lot of travel destinations have cooled down just yet. Globe Aware volunteers should be careful not to get overheated and follow some of these simple tips while traveling.  How to keep cool if you have to travel during the record-breaking heatwave Tips for staying cool in the heatwave as Brits are being urged not to travel unless it's absolutely necessary - we take a look at simple ways to cool down TRAVELBy Milo BoydJul 18, 2022 Brits are being urged to avoid public transport in the extreme heat, but if you have to travel then there are some easy tips to help you keep safe and cool. The UK is braced to endure its hottest…

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Wednesday, 20 July 2022 11:56

50 greatest places of 2022

Globe Aware volunteers will be delighted to see we offer volunteer vacations at two of these locations, Zimbabwe and Bhutan! If you're looking for adventure abroad, while still making a positive impact on a community, book with us today! World's 50 greatest places of 2022, according to TIME magazine Maureen O'HareCNNJuly 12, 2022 (CNN) — Get your credit card out and your favorite booking platforms at the ready: US magazine and news website TIME has just released its list of the world's 50 greatest places of 2022. The list was compiled by its international network of correspondents and contributors, and, says TIME in a statement, "with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences." The 50 destinations to make the cut include both classic…

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Wednesday, 13 July 2022 11:32

Monsoon travel tips

If you are not well-prepared for the upcoming monsoon season, then it could affect your overall experience abroad. Here's a curated a list of travel tips, do’s and don’ts for the monsoon travel for our Globe Aware volunteers. Monsoon travel tips you must remember 1 Be Prepared A rainy-day trip for some means looking out the car window and imagining themselves in an emotional Bollywood scene, and for some it’s the petrichor, must-inhale-the-vibe kind. The bottomline is, it is fun. Everything around you looks fresh and vibrant, you witness nature refresh itself and you in the process. The sky may be overcast, the sound of distant thunder coming at regular intervals, and you are looking forward to reaching the destination of your choice. It's a…

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Sometimes cancellations and delays are unavoidable, even for our seasoned Globe Aware volunteers. Here are ten great trips to help ease the frustration of air travel these days. 10 TRAVEL TIPS TO DEAL WITH FLIGHT DELAYS OR CANCELLATIONS By SAM CHUIJULY 11, 2022I recently had 2 delays out of 3 flights taken on domestic U.S. trips. With a shortage of staff at airports and a sharp rebound in demand for air travel, I think no traveler can escape from flight disruption. Let's take a look at some stats on airport delays and airline cancellations: Airports with most cancellations in Europe Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: 14,200 flights Frankfurt Airport: 8,600 flights London Heathrow: 8,200 flights London Gatwick: 6,800 flights Munich Airport: 6,400 flights*Flight cancellations between 1st April…

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Wednesday, 06 July 2022 09:02

Seven best things to see in Cusco

Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, with great history and culture and is often called the “historic capital” of the country. Find out what beautiful sights our Globe Aware volunteers will have the chance to see on their volunteer vacation in and around this South American city. Cusco highlights - 7 best things to see July 4, 2022Breaking Travel News Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, with great history and culture. It’s often called the “historic capital” of the country, as it was the capital of the Inca Empire, until the Spanish conquest. The best Cusco hotels are even built on colonial houses, experiencing a modern and classic colonial fusion. The vast history and culture of the city and its proximity to the…

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Just because COVID-19 testing is no longer required for travelers bound for the U.S., that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pack a few COVID-19 tests. There are still plenty of good reasons to for our Globe Aware volunteers, find out what they are!   Why I’m still traveling with COVID-19 tests Kyle OlsenThe Points Guy After two years, the COVID-19 testing requirement for travel to the U.S. has finally been dropped, which means there’s one less hurdle for international travelers. However, if you’re like me, you still have several unused eMed proctored tests. Is it time to stash them in the back of the closet? That’s not what I’m doing. Here’s why: There’s still a risk of getting COVID-19One of the most obvious reasons I still…

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Recently South Africa's government made the decision to drop all of the country’s remaining pandemic-era restrictions. For Globe Aware volunteers, the primary change is the removal of vaccination and testing requirements for entry into South Africa, but other revisions include the lifting of the nation’s indoor mask mandates and the limits on gathering sizes, and the elimination of COVID-19 border checks.   South Africa Drops All Remaining COVID-19 Travel Restrictions LAURIE BARATTIJUNE 23, 2022Travel Pulse On Wednesday evening, South Africa’s government made the decision to drop all of the country’s remaining pandemic-era restrictions, after the Presidential Coordinating Council and Cabinet determined that they’d served their purpose and were no longer needed. For travelers, the primary change is the removal of vaccination and testing requirements for…

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Wednesday, 29 June 2022 07:23

Traveling tips for July Fourth

Nearly 48 million Americans are planning to travel this Independence Day weekend and setting expectations now and planning ahead can help ease the blow of spending more time and money on the trip. Here are five things Globe Aware volunteers should know before heading to the airport for the Fourth of July and beyond.   Traveling for July Fourth? Here are 5 things to know before flying, driving this weekend. Eve ChenUSA TODAYJune 28, 2022 Flight cancellations, high gas prices and inflation have already soured countless vacations this summer. With no quick fixes in sight and nearly 48 million Americans planning to travel at least 50 miles from home this Independence Day weekend, according to AAA, the holiday weekend could feel extra long in more…

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The Indian government is considering doing away with the Air Suvidha portal as travel restrictions ease worldwide, a change that will make entry easier for visitors, including Globe Aware volunteers. The Health Ministry has stated they will review the possible changes in August. COVID-19: India considers dropping Air Suvidha as global travel restrictions ease Health Ministry to review programme in August Khaleej TimesJune 19, 2022The Indian government is considering doing away with the Air Suvidha portal as travel restrictions ease worldwide. "We have written to the Health Ministry seeking removal of Air Suvidha requirements given that it could add to the convenience of flying as international traffic grows. But the Health Ministry has replied saying they will review the programme in August and decide on…

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Thailand is lifting a pre-arrival registration requirement for foreign visitors and it's current outdoor mask mandate would be dropped as of July 1 except in crowded venues. Globe Aware volunteers should still pack masks for their volunteer vacation in case of changes in regulations. Thailand drops registration for visitors, outdoor mask rule Thailand is lifting a pre-arrival registration requirement for foreign visitors that was seen as onerous and a drag on the recovery for a tourism industry battered by the coronavirus pandemic By The Associated PressJune 17, 2022 BANGKOK -- Thailand is lifting a pre-arrival registration requirement for foreign visitors that was seen as onerous and a drag on the recovery for its ailing tourism industry. The government's COVID-19 center also said Friday that an…

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Costa Rica has long been the region’s most popular destination for Globe Aware volunteers! Our programs there showcase the land's abundant biodiversity, vast rainforests and emphasizes sustainability, making it the perfect volunteer vacation to post-pandemic. Why everyone is travelling to Costa Rica right now You’re not the only one whose feed has been swamped with rainforest snaps in recent months By Anna PrendergastFriday 10 June 2022Time Out England Strung between Nicaragua and Panama like a pendant on Central America’s isthmus chain of countries, Costa Rica has long been the region’s most popular destination for travellers from the USA. But if you’ve noticed your Instagram feed increasingly full of friends geo-tagging Costa Rica and returning home with tales of its tropical climate, endless coastlines, extraordinary encounters…

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Globe Aware volunteers should know that the Biden administration has lifted its requirement that international air travelers to the U.S. take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights. The CDC may reevaluate the need for the testing requirement every 90 days and that it could be reinstated if a troubling new variant emerges. US lifts COVID-19 test requirement for international travel By ZEKE MILLER AP JUNE 10 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international air travelers to the U.S. take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights, easing one of the last remaining government mandates meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus. A senior administration official said Friday that the mandate will…

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Travel industry officials have recently pressed the Biden administration to end its requirements that vaccinated international travelers take a coronavirus test before flying to the United States. Currently, all travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, need to fulfill this requirement when returning to the states from their volunteer vacation.   US airlines, travel industry push White House to end pre-travel testing Gregory Wallace and Pete MunteanCNNMay 31, 2022 (CNN) — White House officials met Tuesday with travel industry officials, who pressed the Biden administration to end its requirements that vaccinated international travelers take a coronavirus test before flying to the United States. Airlines for America, representing major US air carriers, and the US Travel Association, representing the broad travel and tourism industry, said they argued the…

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Wednesday, 08 June 2022 11:43

Summer travel costs rising

Worried about rising flight prices this summer? Globe Aware volunteers can manage their budget and expectations on summer travel with these helpful tips!   What to know about summer travel with rising costs Manage your budget and expectations on summer travel. By Kelly MccarthyJune 01, 2022, 9:09 AMABC News With more travelers ready to take to the skies this season, the Transportation Security Administration predicts a summer of record-breaking proportions. According to the agency, it could screen more than 3 million people in a day with the summer surge demand. Airfare, ticket prices soar Scott Keyes, who dedicates his life to helping travelers find cheap flights with his brand, Scott's Cheap Flights, told "Good Morning America" that "It's not just your imagination -- summer flights…

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Thursday, 02 June 2022 11:28

Free COVID rapid tests are available

Globe Aware volunteers can stock up on COVID-19 test kits. This past May, the Biden administration announced that it will provide eight more home test kits free to any U.S. household that wants them.   More free COVID rapid tests are available. Here’s how to get yours BY JON HEALEYMAY 17, 2022LA TIMES Want to stock up on COVID-19 test kits? The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it will provide eight more home test kits free to any U.S. household that wants them. The offer, like the one the administration made in January, comes with no strings attached. You can order the kits online or by phone, and the kits will be delivered to any address in the United States, in U.S. territories, on U.S.…

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Wednesday, 01 June 2022 11:19

COVID-19 Testing for Travel

COVID-19 testing can make travel safer for our Globe Aware volunteers. Read on strategies to follow before, during, and after your volunteer vacation. COVID-19 Testing for Travel: If, When, Where, and How COVID-19 testing can make travel safer — but you need to do it right. Here, experts weigh in on strategies to follow before, during, and after a trip. By Salma Abdelnour GilmanEveryday HealthMay 27, 2022 Test before you leave home, experts say — as close to the date of your departure as possible.It’s the third summer of the pandemic, and by now we know one thing: If you're traveling, you may need to ponder if, when, where, and how to get a test for COVID-19. If you're an American flying to another country,…

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Thursday, 26 May 2022 11:12

Changes to Cuba Travel Rules

The island of Cuba will allow group travel for educational or professional exchanges. Globe Aware volunteers will be able to spend a volunteer vacation week in Cuba this summer, contact us to learn more. Travel To Cuba Could Soon Be Easier, Here’s What You Need To Know By GREG ROBERTSONTravel Awaits The Biden administration is taking steps to expand flights into Cuba, including locations other than Havana, as part of an overall plan to support the island nation and its residents. Travel to and from the island was severely restricted under the previous administration, but the Biden White House is working to reverse those policies. “The measures today again are practical steps that we are taking to address the humanitarian situation and to respond to…

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Summer is just around the corner, and Globe Aware volunteers who have been patiently awaiting safe travel since the start of the pandemic are ready to buy flights and head out on their volunteer vacations. Though COVID infection rates have slowed, vaccines are readily available, and many people feel safe traveling again, the pandemic is still having an impact on air traffic.   ‘Flightmare’ looms for summer, travel expert warns by: Tori Gaines, Alix MartichouxNexstar Media WireMay 22, 2022 Summer is just around the corner, and travelers who have been patiently awaiting safe travel since the start of the pandemic are ready to buy flights and head out on vacations. Though COVID infection rates have slowed, vaccines are readily available, and many people feel safe…

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Could our Globe Aware volunteers imagine doing this!? Sometimes travel can go terribly wrong, but this passenger did something astounding to save everyone on a flight.   Passenger with no flying experience lands plane at a Florida airport after the pilot became incapacitated By Jamiel Lynch, Dakin Andone and Pete MunteanCNN11th May 2022 "I have no idea how to fly the airplane." The pilot on his single-engine Cessna 208 had "gone incoherent," the passenger was telling air traffic controllers Tuesday afternoon, according to audio from LiveATC.net. It was, he stressed, a "serious situation." Air Traffic Controller Robert Morgan, a certified flight instructor, was on a break when the call came in from the plane, headed out from the Bahamas. "I rush over there and I walk…

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When it comes to wish list travel spots, Peru's Machu Picchu is a favorite, and is now open again to travelers. A guided tour can be arranged with Globe Aware when booking your Peru volunteer vacation, as a separate excursion. Why Machu Picchu, Peru, should be on every traveller's wishlist 14 May, 2022NZ HeraldBy Sara Bunny After a string of closures due to Covid precautions, Peru's ancient Inca trails are again open to visitors. When it comes to wishlist travel spots, Peru's Machu Picchu is a perennial favourite. The jewel in the crown of the Inca Empire, it's a crumbling citadel of more than 100 buildings and a network of walkways and terraces, dating back to about 1450. Perched on a dramatic mountain range where the…

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Thursday, 12 May 2022 11:38

Mask-wearing mandate lifted in Cambodia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen lifted the government-instituted mask-wearing mandate, leaving it to people across the country to decide for themselves. Globe Aware volunteers should know that mask-wearing requirements, however, still apply to enclosed settings such as air-conditioned offices, meeting rooms or movie theatres. Mask-wearing mandate lifted in Cambodia Borneo BulletinMay 8, 2022 PHNOM PENH POST/ANN – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen lifted the government-instituted mask-wearing mandate, leaving it to people across the country to decide for themselves. Mask-wearing requirements, however, still apply to enclosed settings such as air-conditioned offices, meeting rooms or movie theatres. The premier made the announcement, effectively immediately, in a special audio address to the nation. “From the time you receive this audio message, you can decide for yourself whether to…

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Cambodia reported no new Covid-19 cases on Saturday night (May 7), the first time since the third wave of community transmission broke out in February last year, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said. This is great news for volunteers wishing to vacation in Cambodia. Feel free to contact a Globe Aware team member in regards to entry regulations and safety. Cambodia reports zero new Covid-19 cases for first time in over a year, says PM Hun Sen 08 May 2022The Star PHNOM PENH, May 8 (Xinhua): Cambodia reported no new Covid-19 cases on Saturday night (May 7), the first time since the third wave of community transmission broke out in February last year, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said. "Today, it is the…

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Wednesday, 04 May 2022 10:13

Four new Google trip-planning tools

Today, Google is launching a new set of travel search tools that can help you plan for your dream Globe Aware summer vacation. The set of four new functions will enable you to better customize searches and works on your desktop or mobile device.   Check out these four great new Google trip-planning tools By Bill FinkThe Points GuyMay 2 2022 Today, Google is launching a new set of travel search tools to help you plan for that upcoming weekend escape, summer vacation or long-delayed dream getaway. The set of four new functions will enable you to better customize searches and quickly sort through targeted destination, pricing and lodging choices before saving all the results in a personalized tab that works on your desktop or…

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Thailand has removed all testing requirements for vaccinated tourists, which includes Globe Aware volunteers. Entry procedures have been simplified and the country is planning to launch a new vaccine passport soon.   Thailand Plans To Launch New Vaccine Passport For Entry Here we go again. After Thailand removed all testing requirements for vaccinated tourists, many believed it was finally prepared to abandon its infamously strict Covid policies. Although entry procedures have been simplified, those who had been expecting a full reopening to follow will be surprised to learn the country is, in fact, planning to launch a new vaccine passport soon. During Covid, very few foreigners traveled to Thailand as a result of the country’s complex entry rules, which included multiple testing and quarantine post-arrival.…

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Not sure what you're dealing with since all three have commons symptoms? Globe Aware volunteers can read on to learn more about the symptoms of food poisoning, stomach flu, and COVID-19 and how to determine which condition you have.   Is This Food Poisoning, Stomach Flu, or COVID-19? by Emily CronkletonMarch 17, 2022healthline If you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, you may wonder if the cause is food poisoning, stomach flu, or COVID-19. These conditions share similar symptoms, though there are some key differences between them. Read on to learn more about the symptoms of food poisoning, stomach flu, and COVID-19 and how to determine which condition you have. You’ll also learn how to treat each condition, when to seek…

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All travel restrictions for entering Romania related to the coronavirus were lifted on March 9th, 2022. Globe Aware volunteers can book their volunteer vacation to this beautiful European country with ease.   These countries have lifted all coronavirus travel restrictions These are all the destinations in Europe that currently have no Covid-related entry requirements. This list is being regularly updated BY SARAH JAMES 20 April 2022CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER Since 2020, we’ve all needed to stay on top of the Covid-related rules for different countries – from where you can travel without a vaccine to which destinations require a Covid booster jab for travel. By spring 2022, however, a handful of European countries (including the UK since Friday 18 March 2022) have lifted all restrictions relating…

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday updated its warning level policy for international travel, now reserving its Level 4 warning only for instances of extreme Covid-19 threats. Globe Aware volunteers will now have a more actionable alert for when they should not travel to a certain destination. U.S. CDC Restructures Covid-19 Travel Warning System By Michael B. BakerApril 18, 2022Business Travel News The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday updated its warning level policy for international travel, now reserving its Level 4 warning only for instances of extreme Covid-19 threats. A Level 4 warning, at which the CDC advises travelers not to visit regardless of vaccination status, now indicates "special circumstances, such as rapidly escalating case trajectory or…

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Mexico makes for a perfect first international vacation destination for a number of reasons. Here are some of the best our Globe Aware volunteers can check out! 8 Reasons To Make Mexico Your First International Vacation BY CYNTHIA LEVYApril 18, 2022 Mexico makes for a perfect first international vacation destination for a number of reasons, but there are some of the best. Many people are unaware of how amazing Mexico can be to visit. It is a country with many destinations, but a good number of people don't know where to go. One may have heard stories about beaches in Mexico, heritage sites, museums, villages, valleys, and hiking trails and have an interest in visiting. Due to the great climate of Mexico, one can visit…

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Officials from major airlines said they expect to offset their higher fuel bills with raised airlines tickets. Thanks to travel demand from vacationers, and Thanksgiving-like crowds returning this Easter, that's concerning news for Globe Aware volunteers who have not booked their summer trips yet.   Haven't booked those airline tickets yet? Don't dawdle. Bookings are bonkers, pushing prices up Dawn GilbertsonUSA TODAY Thanksgiving-like crowds are returning to security checkpoints and airport parking lots are filling up in popular destinations. But few things say air travel is roaring back more than airline executives taking a spike in oil prices in stride. Fuel is airlines' second-biggest expense after labor. In presentations at an investor conference in New York Tuesday, officials from Delta, American, United, Southwest and JetBlue…

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Tuesday, 12 April 2022 09:08

Test positive for COVID-19 abroad?

While traveling into countries may have become easier, it's still important Globe Aware volunteers be prepared for re-entry back into the United States. Our volunteer vacations provide testing on site or at your accommodations, provide travel insurance and assist with understanding government regulations and procedures.   5 things I learned after testing positive for COVID-19 abroad Taylor JenkinsApril 9, 2022The Points Guy After a great adventure in Argentina, it was time to come home. Then, seven hours before my return flight from Buenos Aires to Atlanta, I received the results of my COVID-19 test required for re-entry to the United States. The news sealed my fate for the next few days. With a positive test, I was not going to be able to board my…

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With the no-passport-required ease of traveling, and direct flights available from dozens of cities, it’s no wonder that the vacation-deprived are rushing to this island. Globe Aware volunteers headed to Puerto Rico can figure out what they need to pack with these helpful tips!   8 items to pack when traveling to Puerto Rico, according to residents BY REGAN STEPHENSJune 13, 2021 In late May, traveling to Puerto Rico just got a little easier. The U.S. territory loosened its requirements for domestic travelers, with vaccinated visitors now able to skip COVID-19 entry testing, and instead upload their vaccination card via a portal. With the no-passport-required ease of traveling to the Caribbean island, and direct flights available from dozens of cities, it’s no wonder that the…

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Cambodia is aiming to attract more tourists into the country by relaxing covid tests. You can contact our office to learn more about entry regulations because an impactful Globe Aware volunteer vacation awaits you in Cambodia!   No more covid tests for fully vaccinated travellers going to Cambodia TIMESOFINDIA.COM/TRAVEL NEWS, CAMBODIAMar 19, 2022, 12:36 IST Cambodia has now announced that travellers are not required to take COVID 19 tests to enter the country, thus hoping to boost tourism in the coming months. The country has gone ahead of its neighbours to relax restrictions, so that tourism can get the much needed boost. The country’s Prime Minister said in a speech, "Now it's the stage to open the economy by learning how to live with COVID.”…

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Have you ever considered volunteering? Whether it’s for a church, school, or another place, many organizations benefit from (and in some cases, completely depend on) volunteers to help. Volunteers also benefit from donating their time and effort to a cause they support: they gain a better understanding of the situation and culture surrounding the cause –– especially if it’s a volunteer program abroad. If you volunteer in a country where another language is spoken, you’ll also probably start to pick it up and actually learn it! Beyond these core benefits of volunteerism however, there are also some specific upsides to doing your volunteer work through an NGO, as opposed to independently. Below, we'll get into some of those benefits and explain why, more often than…

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Friday, 01 April 2022 02:17

10 most romantic places in the world

Globe Aware destination Hoi An makes it on the list as one of the most romantic places in the world! The location is famous for its lantern-lined streets and well-preserved historic architecture. The 10 most romantic places in the world From Montreal and the Maldives to Las Vegas and Lake Malawi, these are the most romantic places in the world according to us Written by John BillsTuesday 8 February 2022 You can never have enough love in your life, especially when the world around us seems more chaotic than ever. Luckily for lovers worldwide, the planet is packed with romantic places that will simultaneously take your breath away and steal your heart, filling the lungs with love and excitement in equal measure. We live in…

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Interested in a Globe Aware volunteer vacation in Kenya? Here’s how to make the most of a trip to this East African nation, from safety and visas to clothing and etiquette.   Here are the things you need to know before traveling to Kenya MEERA DATTANILonely Planet Writer8 MARCH 2022Think of Kenya and safari jeeps and beach scenes come to mind, but Nairobi has exciting city life and rich cultural encounters, too. Here’s how to make the most of a trip to this East African nation, from safety and visas to clothing and etiquette. Check the visa requirements for Kenya Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many nationalities could obtain a visa on arrival, but now, a visa in advance might be necessary. Check Kenya’s official visa…

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South Africa will no longer require fully vaccinated travelers to provide a negative PCR test to enter the country. The country’s president announced the relaxation of travel restrictions as part of a wider easing of Covid-19 measures, which came into effect on Wednesday (23 March). Unvaccinated travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, will still have to provide a negative PCR test result on arrival.   South Africa ends PCR test rule for vaccinated travellers By Rob Gill23 March 2022Contact Reporter South Africa will no longer require fully vaccinated travellers to provide a negative PCR test to enter the country. The country’s president Cyril Ramaphosa announced the relaxation of travel restrictions as part of a wider easing of Covid-19 measures, which came into effect on Wednesday (23…

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Travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, vaccinated for COVID-19 will no longer need a test before traveling to Thailand starting April 1, health officials said Friday. Thailand is keen to restore its lucrative tourism sector, which took a nosedive when most arrivals from overseas dried up since April 2020.   Thailand drops pre-arrival COVID test for foreign visitors Visitors vaccinated for COVID-19 will no longer need a test before traveling to Thailand starting April 1 March 18, 2022The Associated Press BANGKOK -- Visitors vaccinated for COVID-19 will no longer need a test before traveling to Thailand starting April 1, health officials said Friday. Visitors will still need to take a RT-PCR test upon arrival and a self-administered rapid antigen test on the fifth day in the…

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Americans are ready to return to travel in a big way, and as more destinations reopen and drop COVID-19 test requirements, flights are expected to be much busier, which is likely to lead to rising prices. Globe Aware volunteers are recommended to start booking their summer volunteer vacations this spring, in order to take advantage of cheaper flight prices. Why you should be making your summer travel plans right now Melissa KlurmanMar 9, 2022 The official start of spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your summer vacation — seriously. We know it might seem a little early to start locking in plans for travel in June, July and August. But pent-up demand for travel coupled with ongoing staffing…

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Scheduled international flights which were suspended following the outbreak of covid-19 in 2020, will be allowed to operate from 27 March. Globe Aware volunteers can resume any potential summer plans for a volunteer vacation in India.   India set to restart scheduled int’l flights from 27 Mar The resumption of scheduled international flights comes amidst a rise in search queries for popular international tourist destinations. Mar 9 2022Rhik Kundu India suspended scheduled flights in March 2020. However, flights with some countries continued under air bubble pacts NEW DELHI : The Centre on Tuesday said scheduled international flights which were suspended following the outbreak of covid-19 in 2020, will be allowed to operate from 27 March. “After having recognized the increased vaccination coverage across the globe…

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International demand for travel to Asia Pacific is rapidly increasing due to a relaxation of border restrictions across the region. Globe Aware offers volunteer programs in Thailand, India, Vietnam, Nepal, Cambodia and the Philippines for interested volunteers. International demand for travel to South East Asia soars By Linda Fox14 February 2022 International demand for travel to Asia Pacific is rapidly increasing according to data from Skyscanner Travel Insight. The company said the momentum followed the relaxation of border restrictions across the region. Skyscanner said international bookings in January to destinations including Thailand and Singapore showed signs of pent-up demand. It added that demand to Australia is also high following the recent border announcement with a 199 per cent increase between 6 February and 7 February.…

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On March 15th, Vietnam will reopen for those international travelers who test negative for COVID 19 before their departure to the country. There are a few additional requirements Globe Aware volunteers should be aware of, email us at office@globeaware.com to learn more. Vietnam to reopen for foreign travellers from March 15 TIMESOFINDIA.COMTRAVEL NEWS, VIETNAMFeb 19, 2022, 12:08 IST Vietnam is planning to reopen for foreign visitors as early as March 15. The country’s tourism ministry has proposed this, and also decided to lift almost all of the travel restrictions Vietnam is planning to reopen for foreign visitors as early as March 15. The country’s tourism ministry has proposed this, and also decided to lift almost all of the travel restrictions from mid March. This is…

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Experts reveal the top places for seniors to visit for some fun. You can find Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and South Africa on the list, all of them locations with Globe Aware volunteer vacation programs.   The Best Warm Weather Travel Destinations for Seniors EXPERTS REVEAL THE TOP PLACES FOR SENIORS TO VISIT FOR SOME SUN. By ILANA KAPLANFEBRUARY 27, 2022If you're in your golden years, your tastes have likely changed since your youth. That applies to travel, too. Perhaps palm trees now sound way more appealing than a ski trip (which is totally understandable). If you're looking for a reprieve from freezing temperatures or want to lean into the relaxation of retirement, there's nothing quite like booking a vacation where you can soak up…

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is ripping through the air travel industry, prompting no-fly zones and other restrictions. Globe Aware volunteers traveling to their program destinations should be on the lookout for potential flight changes and cancellations. No-fly zones, canceled flights: How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is disrupting air travel FEB 26 2022By Leslie JosephsRussia’s invasion of Ukraine this week is ripping through the air travel industry, prompting no-fly zones and other restrictions. Ukraine closed its airspace to civilian flights moments before Russia invaded early Thursday, choking off an exit point. Lufthansa said Saturday that it will suspend flights to Russia for the next seven days and not use Russian airspace “due to the current and emerging regulatory situation.” “Flights that are in Russian airspace will…

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Romania remains open to our Globe Aware volunteers, as long as there is proof of vaccinations and a provided negative Covid-19 test result. Visit our website to learn more about the Romania program, perfect for a summer abroad. COVID in Europe: An updated list of travel restrictions for every European country By Euronews TravelUpdated: 11/02/2022 Most countries have travel restrictions in place in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19. The latest big changes include: The EU has recommended that from 1 February anyone travelling from within the bloc will need only a basic ‘green pass’ health certificate, which can be obtained via vaccination, recovery, or a recent negative Covid test, and remove the need for self-isolation. However, not all countries have stated that…

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India has done away with Covid-19 testing and quarantine for fully vaccinated passengers from 82 countries, which include the US. Globe Aware volunteers can now consider booking a spring break in the beautiful city of Jaipur!   India relaxes entry norms for travelers from 82 countries, no testing or quarantine from next week TNNFeb 10, 2022 MUMBAI: India has done away with Covid-19 testing and quarantine for fully vaccinated passengers from 82 countries, which include the US and the UK. Under the new guidelines issued by the union ministry of health and family welfare on Thursday, India has also done away with its classification of `at risk' countries as well. The new norms will come into effect from 00.01 hours on February 14. The new…

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Not only do we provide insurance with your Globe Aware volunteer vacation abroad, we ensure a safe week in your program destination. If you're concerned as a solo female traveler, email us at office@globeaware.com and we are happy to help address your questions!   10 Best Solo Travel Tips And 10 Top Destinations For Women, According To Experts Take it from women who've been there, done that, had the best time ever. BY MOLLIE DAVIESFEB 7, 2022 Whether dipping your toes in the Sulu Sea or riding horseback through the Tuscan hills, there is so much of the world to explore—and doing it alone means exactly at your own pace. Solo travel is becoming increasingly more attractive for many reasons: You get to meet new…

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For the first time in 60 years, the Trans Bhutan Trail is reopening in April 2022 to travelers across the world. Globe Aware volunteers interested in exploring this breathtaking trail can email office@globeaware.org to learn more about our Bhutan program.   Trans Bhutan Trail is reopening for travellers after 60 years TIMES OF INDIAJan 29, 2022 For the first time in 60 years, the Trans Bhutan Trail is reopening to travellers. The 402 km trail connects 9 districts, 28 local governments, 2 municipalities, one national park, and 400 historic and cultural sites. The trail is opening from April 2022, and will allow travellers from across the world to walk this breathtaking trail. The restoration work of the Trans Bhutan Trail has been funded by the…

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The government of the Philippines has announced to open the country to fully vaccinated travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, starting February 10th, 2022. The government also said that the quarantine requirements for returning foreign tourists will be removed from February 10th, but they all must be vaccinated and also test negative for COVID-19.   Philippines to reopen to fully vaccinated tourists from February 10 TIMESOFINDIA.COMTRAVEL NEWSJan 30, 2022 In an effort to boost tourism, the government of the Philippines has announced to open the country to fully vaccinated travellers starting February 10, 2022. The gorgeous island country in Asia had planned to reopen in December however, the plans were scrapped due to the Omicron variant. The nation has now said that travellers from some 150…

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says it’s time for countries to lift or at least loosen their existing travel restrictions related to COVID-19, and that recent travel bans are “are not effective in suppressing international spread." Globe Aware is keeping of track of which countries will soon allow our volunteers to enter without quarantine.   WHO says it’s time to lift COVID-19 restrictions calling travel bans “ineffective” Mike AvilaJAN 22 2022THE POINTS GUY The World Health Organization (WHO) says it’s time for countries to lift or at least loosen their existing travel restrictions related to COVID-19. As reported by VOANews, WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee said during their most recent meeting that coronavirus-related travel bans are “are not effective in suppressing international spread,” and…

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With the reintroduction of the Test & Go program, fully vaccinated Globe Aware volunteers would be allowed to enter Thailand with a Day 1 and Day 5 PCR test. We are hopeful for a return to our programs in Surin and Chiang Mai from February and beyond.   Thailand tourism industry hopeful with the return of Test & Go Neill FrondeJanuary 23, 2022Thaiger With the reintroduction of the Test & Go program, that allows fully vaccinated people to enter Thailand with a Day1 and Day 5 PCR test, businesses in the tourism industry are hopeful for a more sustained growth in international travellers from February and beyond. The program was reinstated, albeit with some revisions that were not met with a particularly welcoming reception, and…

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Southwest Airlines seems to have found an easier way for passengers to get a Covid-19 test for travel: Mailing a kit to your home. The test is approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for travel purposes and a convenient new option for any Globe Aware volunteers traveling with Southwest. Southwest Airlines flyers can now get a COVID-19 test in the mail before travel Victoria M. Walker Jan 12, 2022The Points Guy If you’ve traveled abroad in the last year, you’re likely familiar with the testing mandate that all travelers need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken one day before flying back to the U.S. Unfortunately, it’s been tough to get a COVID-19 test abroad in some countries right…

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Globe Aware volunteers who recently recovered from Covid-19 can fly back to the U.S. with proof that they’ve recovered instead of a negative test. This proof can include a positive COVID-19 viral test result and a signed letter from a licensed healthcare professional stating that you’re cleared to travel back to the U.S. How soon can you travel after testing positive for COVID-19? By Victoria M. WalkerJanuary 13, 2022 A positive COVID-19 test during a trip can throw all your travel plans into limbo. But even a positive test in the weeks before you travel can be cause for concern. If you’re wondering when you’ll be cleared to travel again after testing positive for COVID-19,…

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Wednesday, 12 January 2022 10:54

Omicron Wave Abates, South Africa Lifts Curfew

South Africa, where the Omicron variant was detected last month, says its latest coronavirus wave has peaked without a surge in deaths or hospitalizations, enabling the country to lift a nightly curfew for the first time in 21 months. Globe Aware is maintaining contact with our South Africa coordinators to assess when volunteers can return. South Africa Lifts Night-Time Covid Curfew As Omicron Wave Abates Calls for the midnight to 4 am curfew to be lifted had been mounting among operators in the hospitality sector ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations with owners launching an online petition addressed to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Agence France-PresseDecember 31, 2021 Johannesburg: South Africa, where the Omicron variant was detected last month, says its latest coronavirus wave has peaked without…

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Tuesday, 11 January 2022 11:07

Air travel will change in 2022

It would be impossible to discuss any developments in 2022 without referring to Covid-19 variants. Here we break down some of the most notable changes coming up for our Globe Aware volunteers in regards to airlines, airports, and the rest of aviation in the next 12 months. How flying will change in 2022 By John WaltonCNNJanuary 6, 2022 (CNN) — During almost any other year, a look ahead to what the future holds for aviation would almost certainly be centered on exciting things like new airplanes, airlines and airports. But it would be impossible to discuss any developments in the industry for 2022 without making reference to Covid-19 variants, restrictions and challenges to airlines. Here we break down some of the most notable changes coming…

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Wednesday, 05 January 2022 10:56

Travel trends in 2022

Globe Aware is looking forward to brighter days in the spring and summer of 2022. Here's a glance at some of the travel trends to expect this year to help you plan your volunteer vacation accordingly. The travel trends to watch in 2022 BY RACHEL KING December 27, 2021FORTUNE Winter travel, at the moment, is taking a bit of a hit amid the latest surge in positive COVID-19 cases due to the arrival of the new Omicron variant in the United States and Europe. That has a lot of people rethinking their upcoming travel plans, both for business and pleasure, which is especially disheartening for many after last year's dismal holiday season. But many travelers and travel industry professionals are looking forward to brighter days…

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Monday, 03 January 2022 12:23

Travel 2022: The best destinations to visit

Peru and South Africa are mentioned, and Globe Aware agrees both places deserve to be near the top of anyone's travel list. We hope to see volunteers make a strong comeback to both locations in 2022! Where to travel 2022: The best destinations to go By Lilit Marcus, Forrest Brown, Julia Buckley, Karla Cripps, Tamara Hardingham-Gill, Marnie Hunter, Barry Neild, Maureen O'Hare and Francesca StreetCNNDecember 31, 2021 (CNN) — Travel is more challenging now than it has been in a long time. Borders tentatively reopen only to slam shut again. A once-simple visa on entry is replaced with piles of paperwork. And the whole world is brushing up on the Greek alphabet whenever a new variant makes headlines. Still, though, amid all the darkness that…

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Wednesday, 29 December 2021 11:29

Fees for US passports are about to go up

Globe Aware volunteers planning to get their passports should know that the US passport book will shoot up by $20. The US State Department announced that "the increased fee is necessary to ensure we continue to produce one of the most secure travel and identity documents in the world." Fees for US passports are about to pop way up Forrest BrownCNNDecember 22, 2021 (CNN) — It seems few things are escaping the scourge of inflation these days -- and that will soon include US passports. On December 27, the fee for a US passport book will shoot up by $20 for all customers, the US State Department has announced. Why the price hike? In a tweet, the State Department said, "The increased fee is necessary…

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The Biden administration is planning on lifting restrictions on eight southern African countries on December 31 at 12:01 a.m. ET. Globe Aware volunteers should know that these eight countries (which include South Africa, Malawi & Zimbabwe) will be subject to the same coronavirus travel protocols the US has imposed on other countries.   Biden to lift travel restrictions on southern African countries that were put in place due to Omicron By Jeremy Diamond CNNDecember 24, 2021 Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is lifting restrictions on eight southern African countries that were put in place last month after the Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa, two administration officials told CNN. The restrictions will lift on December 31 at 12:01 a.m. ET, the officials said. News…

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Cambodia's Siem Reap International Airport has finally welcomed its first international passenger flight for the first time in 20 months. Siem Reap should get more visitors after the reopening of international flights, and come out as Cambodia's top leisure and cultural destination for Globe Aware volunteers. Cambodia welcomes its first international flight for the first time in 20 months TIMESOFINDIA.COM Cambodia's Siem Reap International Airport has finally welcomed its first international passenger flight for the first time in 20 months. The inaugural flight flew in from Singapore, and landed in Siem Reap airport at 9:45 am on Friday. Siem Reap is one of the three international airports operating in Cambodia. Singapore International Airport said in a statement, "This is the first international flight to Siem…

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Different countries and territories have taken different approaches toward preventing the spread of the new Omicron variant. Here are the most up-to-date information for Globe Aware volunteers, but please be aware that governments can change their regulations on a moment's notice. Travel restrictions by country following the Omicron variant outbreak Lilit Marcus and Barry Neild CNN December 4, 2021 (CNN) — Just as many countries around the world were beginning to loosen their border restrictions, reports of a newly detected coronavirus variant in South Africa sent many of those doors slamming shut again. The new B.1.1.529 variant was named Omicron by the World Health Organization on November 26. Different countries and territories have taken different approaches toward preventing the spread of this new variant. The…

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India has extended the suspension of scheduled international flights through 31 January 2022 over concerns of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Globe Aware volunteers will be updated when our India dates will be available for booking. India extends international flight ban to January 2022 By Alfred ChuaDecember 2021FLIGHTGLOBAL India has extended the suspension of scheduled international flights through 31 January 2022 — days before it was due to reopen its borders — over concerns of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. A notice from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of India adds that the flight ban will not apply to cargo flights and passenger flights “specifically approved” by the authorities. It also states that it would allow selected scheduled flights “on a…

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Prime Minister Hun Sen made an unexpected announcement that all fully vaccinated international travelers could visit the whole of Cambodia freely without quarantine from now on. All travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, would have to show two negative Covid tests -- one taken no less than 72 hours before travel and one on arrival in Cambodia. Cambodia re-opens to fully vaccinated travellers 15 NOV 2021BANGKOK POST PHNOM PENH: Cambodia has announced that fully vaccinated foreign travellers can visit the kingdom without quarantine from Monday, giving a boost to the Covid-hobbled tourism industry. Travel restrictions imposed to tackle the pandemic put the brakes on Cambodia's burgeoning tourism industry -- revenue plummeted to $1 billion last year, down from nearly $5 billion in 2019, when the country…

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Monday, 06 December 2021 11:12

New US Omicron travel rules

US officials are tightening travel regulations again after the discovery of the Omicron variant in late November. Globe Aware volunteers should know about the two new measures that have been put in place by the U.S. government before traveling.   New US travel rules: What you need to know about the changes prompted by Omicron Marnie Hunter and Forrest BrownCNNDecember 6, 2021 (CNN) — Just when we thought US travel rules were starting to stabilize, along comes Omicron. The dominoes fell quickly after South African health authorities informed the world of their discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in late November. The Biden administration rolled out controversial travel bans on arrivals from eight nations in southern Africa. Travelers found themselves unexpectedly stranded. And…

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Globe Aware volunteers can consider booking India for travel in 2022. India will resume international flights to all countries from December 15, after a gap of 20 months, though there will be restrictions on the number of flights permitted from a country depending on its health risk status. Come December 15, India will resume scheduled international flights Jagriti ChandraNOVEMBER 26, 2021THE HINDU India will resume international flights to all countries from December 15, after a gap of 20 months, though there will be restrictions on the number of flights permitted from a country depending on its health risk status. Key destinations for Indians such as U.S., Canada, Australia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka are permitted to have 100% of pre-COVID capacity. Europe and…

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Monday, 29 November 2021 11:23

Global travel this week

Globe Aware shares the latest updates from around the world. News includes that this week countries around the world imposed travel restrictions after the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant, Omnicron, in South Africa and more.   What we learned about global travel this week Maureen O'HareCNN27th November 2021 (CNN) — Countries around the world imposed travel restrictions after the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant in South Africa, more than 2.3 million Americans traveled by air on a single day for Thanksgiving, and in Asia-Pacific, New Zealand and the Philippines revealed new reopening plans. Here are some of the biggest developments in travel this week: A new variant triggered flight bans An aggressive new Covid-19 variant was discovered, setting off a cascade of travel…

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This holiday travel season is shaping up to be the busiest and most chaotic in some time as people return to the roads and skies in nearly full pre-pandemic force. As Globe Aware volunteers prepare for travel during this busy holiday season, follow these guidelines to ensure a safe experience. Tips for Travelers Facing Chaos and Crowds This Season Patience and preparation are essential if you’re flying or driving over the holidays By Bill FinkAARPNovember 15, 2021 This holiday travel season is shaping up to be the busiest and most chaotic in some time as people return to the roads and skies in nearly full pre-pandemic force within a weakened travel infrastructure that has yet to revive enough to efficiently meet the demand. Travel volume…

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Monday, 22 November 2021 08:06

Thanksgiving travel tips

Ready to see family and friends? Globe Aware volunteers can follow these these tips for a smooth traveling experience during the Thanksgiving holidays. Thanksgiving travel tips Nov. 19, 2021By Katherine ShaverThe Washington Post Travel and public health experts say these tips can help travel go more smoothly during the busy Thanksgiving holiday: Research vaccination requirements and other pandemic-related rules, such as for face masks, at your destination. If driving, get your vehicle’s battery, fuel system, tires, brakes and fluid levels checked to prevent breakdowns, especially if you have put off routine maintenance while driving less during the pandemic. If flying internationally, check with your airline about coronavirus vaccination or testing requirements for your destination, as they will be enforced before you board.Remember that masks are…

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The Philippines is slowly opening to foreign travel, and is already allowing countries under the Green category or low risk to enter without quarantine. For volunteers interested in this program for 2022, please email us at office@globeaware.com for more details. Philippines Exempts Fully Vaccinated Foreign Travelers From Quarantine, Eases Restrictions Philippines is easing its COVID-19 restrictions in the country. Fully vaccinated foreign travelers coming to the country will not be required to undergo facility based quarantine anymore. International travelers coming to the country from places which are classified as green or low risk will just require a negative Covid-19 test report within 72 hours of their departure. In a press release by the Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jamie Morente, some countries and regions that fall…

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Thursday, 18 November 2021 10:41

Many travel destinations reopening soon

Countries around the world are relaxing their Covid-19 restrictions as we prepare for travel in 2022. which includes two more Globe Aware locations. Volunteers will soon be able to volunteer and vacation in Cuba and Cambodia again! From Angkor Wat to Havana, the travel destinations reopening soon Maureen O'HareCNNNovember 1, 2021 (CNN) — There are only two months left in 2021 and as we enter November, countries around the world are relaxing their Covid-19 restrictions. Here are 10 destinations that have made headlines in pandemic travel news this week. 1. Anguilla: A Lonely Planet best pickAnguilla, a Leeward Island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, this week geared up for the winter tourism season by updating its travel requirements, effective November. Changes include reducing its testing…

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You’re just starting to travel again and you’re thinking about a volunteer vacation, which can be a great way to experience a destination in a more meaningful way than simply being a tourist. Here are nine questions to ask about volunteering, and which Globe Aware is happy is provide answers to by giving us a call or emailing us at office@globeaware.com! 9 vital questions to ask before embarking on a volunteer vacation Volunteer vacations are popular with gap-year students, retired seniors, and millions of people in between. Perhaps you’re just starting to travel again, for the first time in a long time, considering the pandemic, and you’re thinking about a volunteer vacation. These can be a great way to see the world and experience a…

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Monday, 08 November 2021 09:07

U.S. Travel Restrictions are Lifting Nov. 8

In just a few days, the United States will reopen to foreign vaccinated tourists for the first time in nearly two years. Globe Aware is excited to welcome back our coordinators from around the world, who visit our main office in Dallas to discuss new initiatives, programs and encourage team building!   U.S. Travel Restrictions are Lifting Nov. 8 — Here's What Travelers Can Expect Experts weigh in on how the upcoming border opening has affected not only hotel and flight bookings, but the travel industry as a whole. By Alison FoxNovember 05, 2021Travel + Leisure In just a few days, the United States will reopen its border to vaccinated foreign tourists, welcoming people back to the country for the first time in nearly two…

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Globe Aware volunteers who wish to visit Buddhist temples like the majestic Takhsang must obtain a "temple permit." If you are interested in exploring temples on your future volunteer vacation to Bhutan, feel free to contact our office and we'll help you plan accordingly! Visit Taktsang Monastery: Bhutan's Most Iconic Monastery That's Impossibly Perched On A Sheer Cliff This important pilgrimage site is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bhutan and judging by its architecture, it's pretty easy to see why. BY AARON SPRAYOCT 31, 2021 The Paro Taktsang, or Taktsang Palphug Monastery - also known in English as the "Tiger's Nest" or "Tiger's Lair" is one of the most iconic and mind-bending Buddhist monasteries in the world. It is a sacred Vajrayana…

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Wishes are pouring in for India as the country reached a milestone in administering the Covid-19 vaccination. With it's planned re-opening this late Fall, we look forward to having Globe Aware volunteers back in the country, serving safely!   Wishes pour in from WHO, Bhutan, Sri Lanka as India achieves 100 crore Covid vaccine dose landmark GENEVA: Wishes poured in for India from the World Health Organisation and the leadership of Bhutan and Sri Lanka after it scripted history on Thursday with the cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country surpassing the 100-crore milestone. Taking to Twitter, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, scientists, health workers and people of India on their "efforts to protect the vulnerable populations from Covid-19 and…

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Cambodia has lifted a ban on all flights from Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines after most of the kingdom's population have been vaccinated. Globe Aware looks forward to the re-opening of the beautiful country to our U.S. volunteers soon. Travel Update: Cambodia Announces Reopening in Phases to Fully Vaccinated Visitors Cambodia has lifted a ban on all flights from Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines after most of the kingdom's population have been vaccinated. October 27, 2021Edited by Sumaila Zaman Phnom Penh: The government of Cambodia on Tuesday released plans to resume the country in a phased manner to the fully vaccinated foreign travellers by the end of this month. According to the Tourism Ministry, the program will allow only the fully vaccinated visitors, tourists to…

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Toting everything from sewing machines to human skulls, these flyers took left TSA agents scratching their heads. What strange items have our Globe Aware volunteers packed in their luggage!?   From bats to skeletons, travelers have actually flown with these 13 strange items fit for Halloween Ashley KosciolekOct 26 2021Last month, I was preparing to pack for a Disney cruise — one of Disney Cruise Line‘s Halloween on the High Seas sailings — and I needed to find out if I would be allowed to fly with a lightsaber to complete my costume. Cue TSA’s hilarious answer to that question: “Sadly, the technology doesn’t currently exist to create a real lightsaber. However, you can pack a toy lightsaber in your carry-on or checked bag. May…

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Globe Aware volunteers can learn these helpful tips for their first volunteer vacation in Cuba, as the country prepares to resume international tourism.   Top 6 Helpful Travel Tips for Your First Visit To Cuba The island nation of Cuba is a place that many tourists would like to experience. Although the country is open for tourists, it has many specific requirements for travel. There are many things you need to know before you visit this unique country. Read on to get these helpful travel tips for your first visit to Cuba. The Best Time to Visit CubaThe best time to visit Cuba would be the shoulder season between December through April. The prices for accommodations and tours would be considerably less than the peak…

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Each year, travelers weigh in on their favorite international cities, and the results of our survey reflect the kinds of places you longed to visit when you couldn’t travel. Globe Aware is delighted to see Merida, Mexico included on the list and recommend our volunteer vacation there to everyone!   The Best Cities in the World: 2021 Readers' Choice Awards The places inspiring your return to travel. BY VALERIE MARINOCondé Nast TravelerOctober 5, 2021 Each year, readers weigh in on their favorite international cities, big and small, and it’s always exciting to witness which trending locales can rise to the top and compete with the old stalwarts. As the world has begun to reopen, the results of our 34th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey reflect…

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The Southeast Asian country is keen to welcome back international travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, after nearly 18 months of strict entry policies. Reducing the quarantine and adding tests would also be required and those without vaccination proof would be isolated for 10 days if arriving by air. Covid Travel Update: Thailand Keen to Reduce Quarantine Period For International Travellers Thailand is keen to welcome back foreign visitors, after nearly 18 months of strict entry policies, due to Covid-19, that caused a collapse in tourism. September 24, 2021 Nivedita REmailInternational Travel News: Here is a piece of great news for international travellers! As countries have started to open their borders for foreign visitors, Thailand’s disease control committee has recently proposed halving of a two-week hotel isolation…

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