COVID19: Lockdown returns to Europe; India and US welcome festival season
- Hungary and the Czech Republic are in the US CDC's highest-risk travel zone
- Austria is planning to reimpose lockdown
- India gets CDC Level 1 rating
Austria has become the first European nation to reintroduce a nationwide lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases. This means tourism in the Central European country will be temporarily suspended. Austria has also planned to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all eligible people. By doing this, it will become the first country in Europe to make vaccines mandatory.
In Western Europe, Germany is plagued with a rising number of COVID-19 cases. Munich's iconic Christmas market has been cancelled for the second year in a row and Berlin has banned unvaccinated people from entering theatres, restaurants and bars.
Midnight curfew in Ireland
On Thursday, Ireland imposed a midnight curfew on bars, restaurants and nightclubs, just weeks after nightclubs reopened for the first time since March 2020.
Elsewhere, the Netherlands has imposed a partial-lockdown, while Hungary and the Czech Republic have been included in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's highest-risk travel zone category.
India in low-risk travel zone
However, things have improved in Asian countries. India, which lost 4,65000 people to COVID-19, now has some of the lowest case rates in the world, earning it a CDC Level 1 rating as a low-risk travel zone. On November 15, it opened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists on commercial flights for the first time since the pandemic ravaged the nation.
Cambodia also ended quarantine for vaccinated travellers and the Philippines said it will reopen its borders to tourists soon.
In the United States, Christmas holiday travel is likely to be back to pre-pandemic time.