(CNN) – Good. It was good as long as it lasted, right? This week we’re all getting to grips with the Greek alphabet as the omicron variant wreaks havoc on travel plans everywhere.
Here are the latest developments to consider over the past seven days:
Travel restrictions are now a crazy game by Whac-A-Mole
Just when I thought it was safe to be back in the air, the type of coronavirus also known as B.1.1.529 appeared and travel suddenly got very complicated. We have followed the restrictions country by state.
For more details on the German national blockade, see here. Here’s what you need to know about the new US travel rules.
We also have things to consider if you’re trying to plan an international trip right now. Then there is the question of whether or not the travel ban is working. The World Health Organization doesn’t think so.
Fijian tourism reopens
However, not all have been closed this week. The Pacific island of Fiji reopened its borders to international travelers on Wednesday for the first time in nearly two years. Tourism accounts for 40% of the island’s economy, and now that 90% of the population has been vaccinated, business is picking up.
Elsewhere, the land border between Singapore and Malaysia reopened to those vaccinated on November 29.
English pub goers trapped for three days
More than 60 people have been trapped under the ice in England’s Tan Hill Inn, the UK’s tallest pub, after Storm Irwin hit the country. They got stuck there for three nights but stayed in a good mood with lots of food, drink and even entertainment, in the form of an oasis-like group.
If you’re worried about getting caught up in extreme weather conditions (let’s face it, the endless series of “Wonderwall” isn’t for everyone), CNN has put together some survival tips as part of its Life series, Goal. Better. If you ever need to protect your head from underwear and fishing gear, We have it covered. Or you can take a look at our specific tips for snowstorms.
(Some) Christmas markets continue
There is nothing like GlÃ¼hwein to dispel grief. Many well-known holiday markets have been canceled this year, but CNN Travel has put together this roundup of the markets that are still ongoing.
US President Joe Biden was in attendance for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington on December 2, the day after the Rockefeller Tree lights were lit in New York City, but Londoners criticized the appearance. Slightly sloppy from its city tree which appeared in Trafalgar Square on November 30th.
However, the London Tree at least wouldn’t give anyone nightmares, unlike this rolling-eyed Canadian creation with distinct Squid Game vibes.
Poland and Niger are now in the category of âhigh riskâ travel to the United States.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a weekly update of their travel recommendations.
As usual there were a lot of climbers this week. You know, Niger, Poland, Papua New Guinea, and Trinidad and Tobago join a handful of South African countries as newcomers to the top 4 risk list.
Five destinations went from level 4 to level 3: Bermuda, Costa Rica, French Polynesia, Guyana and Saint Lucia.
And now, dumplings
Take a break from the worries of the world and direct your mind to the dumplings, those warm little pockets of joy. We met at least 35 of our favorite pÃ¢tÃ©s From all over the world.
Greetings to Queen Riri
The Caribbean island of Barbados severed its ties with the British monarchy this week and eventually became a republic. Prime Minister Mia Motley is the country’s first female president, while the newly appointed Sandra Mason is the country’s first female president. To complete the female trilogy, one of the Republic’s first steps was to designate international superstar Rihanna as the national heroine.
Carla Krebs, Jack Jay, Tamara Hardingham Gill, Marnie Hunter, Sylvia Marchetti, Liliette Marcus, Barry Neild and Kristen Rogers contributed to this report.