Pandemic travel news: Traveling to Asia just got easier

(CNN) – This week at CNN Travel, we’re eating our dinner from the world’s coolest tube of toothpaste, dreaming of sunny Indonesian beaches and marveling at the latest developments in British public transport. Let’s go for a walk, shall we?

Asia opens up

Traveling to Asia just got easier as Hong Kong passengers will allow transit through their airport from April 1st.

The city is still largely closed to tourists, but it is a major airport hub for destinations throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Meanwhile, many countries in Asia are currently taking the “living with the virus” approach.

South Korea is lifting quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated visitors from April 1, while Indonesia has lifted its quarantine rules for foreign visitors following a successful trial on the popular island of Bali.

Singaporepictured above is moving towards a full reopening for vaccinated visitors from all countries from April 1st. There are a few exceptions, but most fully vaccinated guests will not need to undergo a PCR test or quarantine upon arrival.

islands and southern tip of Africa

It’s not just Asian destinations that are relaxing Covid rules.

pacific island The country of Fiji has lifted a “soft quarantine” policy requiring visitors to spend three days in a government-approved facility, provided they are – you guessed it – fully vaccinated. The new rules come into effect April 7th.

The Spanish Canary Islands have lifted their local restrictions, which is great news for spring break. In addition to lifting mask and testing rules, nightclubs may reopen and dancing is allowed again.
Vaccinated travelers traveling to South Africa are no longer required to enter a negative PCR test. Not vaccinated? You can get vaccinated in the country as soon as you land, as local vaccination centers allow people from anywhere in the world to come and request a shot.
However, the United States remains wary of international travel. This week, the Indian Ocean island country was the only country to receive a Level 4 “avoid travel” status from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s a good news. The less good news is that there are still about 120 destinations at level 4.

What will Garfield think?

This is just one of the innovative presentations of Italian cuisine created by Valerio Braschi in Rome. Restaurant 1978. It is also known for pizza served in sachets, liquid steak and carbonara made into a cocktail.

Not unusual enough for you? The restaurant also serves zebra, albeit in a more traditional cutlet format.

Say hello to Elizabeth

Named after Queen Elizabeth II, the Crossrail line will partially open in 2022 as the Elizabeth Line. It will connect East and West London like never before.

London’s new Crossrail transport system, officially known as the Elizabeth Line in honor of the Queen, will begin carrying passengers as early as May.

The 100-kilometre (62-mile) underground network will connect some of the capital’s most popular locations, such as the West End theater district and Canary Wharf financial center, to Heathrow Airport and can reach speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

While the full schedule won’t be in effect until 2023, travelers will be happy to be able to get from the airport to the city center in as little as 38 minutes.

Iconic candy goes global

White Rabbit, a milk-based candy made in China, has become an international trend thanks to its delicious taste and charming, somewhat edible packaging.

It has expanded beyond its roots to white rabbit ice cream in Los Angeles, branded socks in New York, ice cream in Hong Kong, and even an art installation in Shanghai.

If you want to appear to be in the know, ask yes byeMandarin for the big white rabbit.

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Top image: A panorama of Singapore taken on June 14, 2021. (Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images)

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