(CNN) – Austria has introduced unprecedented new Covid measures, Ireland is under midnight curfew, but India has reopened vaccinated tourists.
Here are some of the most important advances in travel this week:
It starts to look a lot like … confinement
Austria will impose a national blockade on November 22 as Covid-19 cases increase, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced, becoming the first European country to do so this autumn.
But things were getting better in Asia
India suffered greatly when it was hit by a disastrous second wave of Covid this spring, but now has some of the lowest case rates in the world, which has earned it the CDC’s Level 1 rating as a destination for low risk travel. On Monday, it opened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists on commercial flights for the first time since the pandemic began.
Ireland is now a state of Cinderella
Irish partygoers now have to abandon their charming princes and hurry home after the dance. On Thursday, Ireland imposed a curfew at midnight on bars, restaurants and nightclubs, just a few weeks after nightclubs reopened for the first time since March 2020. Elsewhere in Europe, the Netherlands has returned to the partial blockade and Hungary and the Czech Republic are among the four new additions to the riskier travel category of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ireland will impose a curfew at midnight on bars, restaurants and nightclubs from 18 November, as the country sees a further rise in Covid-19 cases, despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. CNN’s Becky Anderson sits down with Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, to speak.
Thanksgiving trips will approach pre-pandemic levels
In the U.S., there will be a lot more shared turkey compared to last year, as holiday travel is expected to return almost to the good old days of 2019. Here are our tips for managing the rush. About 53.4 million Americans are likely to be on the move, including Jamal Hinton, who will continue his tradition of visiting his “grandmother Wanda” in Arizona. The couple met in 2016 when Wanda Dench accidentally sent teenager Hinton a Thanksgiving invitation to her grandson and an unlikely friendship arose.
This is what you might be sitting on in 2025
When you’ve been sitting on your couch for almost two years, a new era of 2025 business travel may seem far away, but designers are already working like Christmas elves on the luxury airplane seats of the future. We are talking about lightweight structure, extra space, bigger and better screens and a lot of wireless charging. Sustainability, ethical sourcing and reducing carbon emissions are key concerns.
Thailand’s Maya Bay is poised to reopen
It’s not me, it’s you: Maya Bay needed a recovery time and a break from the tourists.
Thai officials have announced the reopening date of one of the country’s most famous attractions. Maya Bay, a splendid cove made famous by “The Beach” –a 2000 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio– will reopen to tourists on January 1, 2022. This particular closure was unrelated to the Covid , But; It has been banned for tourists since 2018, as officials embarked on a rejuvenation program aimed at reviving decimated corals in the area.
A casual encounter
When snowstorms prevented Jennifer Lowther from flying to her best friend’s wedding, a stranger came to her rescue, taking her on a dizzying journey and setting in motion a love story that remains in place after 18 years.
Aircraft hangar, but bounce it
Airport hangars can take years to build, but these inflatable models can be installed in a matter of hours. They have many advantages over traditional design and can be used to help with disasters.
Isn’t building traditional airport infrastructure that difficult? This mess can last for years. Thank God for the inflatable hangars, which can be up and running in no time.
Natasha Chen, Karla Cripps, Stephanie Halasz, Tamara Hardingham-Gill, Niamh Kennedy, Lilit Marcus, Artemis Moshtaghian, Rob Picheta, Nadine Schmidt, Kristina Sgueglia, Francesca Street, Manveena Suri and CNN’s John Walton contributed to this report.