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(CNN) — Omicron is sweeping through Europe. The United States is preparing for full-throttle winter holiday travel. And Australia and the Caribbean island-nation of St. Kitts and Nevis are relaxing visitor restrictions.
Here are the newest developments in travel this week.
Omicron’s spreading as the holidays near
This is definitely NOT what we asked for from Santa.
In the United States, holiday travelers are headed to New York City and destinations all over the country.
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Countries where risk levels are rising
All have moved to “Level 4: Covid-19 Very High,” which applies to destinations where more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents are registered in the past 28 days. More than 80 destinations are now at Level 4.
In Southeast Asia, Malaysia has dropped from Level 4 to Level 3, while Jamaica, the Philippines and the Republic of Congo have moved down from Level 3 to Level 2.
The places that are opening up
The last ever superjumbo has been delivered
A tourism powerhouse has logged just 45 international visitors in 2021
Almost all of that small handful of tourists reached the island by private yacht, as the island’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has been closed to international flights nearly all year. While the airport officially reopened to international flights in October, so far it’s handled only domestic flights, primarily from Jakarta.
To come to Bali, foreign visitors have to get a $300 business visa, take multiple PCR tests and buy special health insurance.
Copenhagen’s having a moment
Teen aviator lands historic flight
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