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Prepare for sticker shock if you are traveling this summer

May. 27, 2022 08:43 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines and tourist destinations are expecting monster crowds this summer as travel restrictions ease and pandemic fatigue overcomes lingering fear of contracting COVID-19 during travel. Many forecasters believe the number of travelers will match or even exceed...

Japan to resume tourism in June; only packaged tour for now

May. 26, 2022 22:22 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will open its borders to foreign tourists in June for the first time since imposing tight pandemic travel restrictions about two years ago, but only for package tours for now, the prime minister said Thursday. Beginning June 10, Japan will allow the entry of...

Indonesia lifts outdoor mask mandate as COVID-19 wanes

May. 17, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia is lifting its outdoor mask mandate because its COVID-19 outbreak is increasing under control, President Joko Widodo said Tuesday. However, a mask mandate remains in place for indoor activities and public transportation, he said. Widodo also said...

Beijing preps COVID-19 hospital spaces, though new cases low

May. 03, 2022 04:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing is preparing new hospital facilities to deal with a possible spike in COVID-19 cases, even though the numbers of new cases remain low. State media reported Tuesday a 1,000-bed hospital at Xiaotangshan in the northeastern suburbs built for the 2003 SARS...

Shanghai COVID outbreak shows signs of waning as cases fall

May. 02, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The COVID-19 outbreak that has shut down most of Shanghai appears to be waning, with the number of new cases falling below 10,000 a day over the weekend. Authorities have begun a limited easing of a citywide lockdown that has disrupted the lives of millions of...

Indonesian Muslims fully celebrate Eid al-Fitr after 2 years

May. 02, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Millions of Muslims in Indonesia returned to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in full swing Monday after two years of subdued festivities due to pandemic restrictions and travel curbs. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Islamic holy month Ramadan, when the faithful...

China's 'zero-COVID' restrictions curb May 1 holiday travel

May. 01, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Only a trickle of visitors strolled the pedestrian-only streets Sunday in central Beijing's historic Qianmen district, which normally would be bustling with tourists on what was a national holiday and a sunny spring day. Many Chinese marked a quiet May Day this year...

Latin American nations ease restrictions as COVID cases drop

Apr. 27, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians will soon be going to movie theaters without having to wear face masks. Chile opens its borders next week for the first time in two years. Mexico's president has declared the pandemic over. And in Rio de Janeiro, tens of thousands attended Carnival parades just...

Bucket list reimagined: Mindful return to the Greek islands

Apr. 27, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

ASTYPALEA, Greece (AP) — In a small bay flanked by thyme-covered hills and a medieval castle-topped village, I floated in perfect solitude on the shimmering Aegean Sea. Last summer was my fifth year traveling to different Greek islands like far-flung Astypalea. During the pandemic,...

Easing of pandemic concerns leads to boost for Hawaii hotels

Apr. 26, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hotel statistics show that people are returning to Hawaii and paying more for their stays as pandemic concerns ease and travel restrictions end. Hawaii hotels fetched the highest average daily rates among top tourism markets in the U.S. for the first quarter, the...