Week of March 15, 2021
Great Websites to Help with Safe Travel Planning in 2021: By Shannon McDonagh for euronews.
One-Third of Global Destinations Closed to International Tourism, UN Report Finds: “According to a new report from the U.N.’s World Tourism Organization, 32% of destinations worldwide are completely closed to international tourism. While previous reports have shown a gradual lifting of restrictions, the newest report shows ‘that the persistent seriousness of the epidemiological situation has caused governments to adopt a more cautious approach.'” By Alexa Lardieri for US News
Europe Could Have COVID-19 Passports by Summer: “European Union leaders on Thursday said that they were making progress toward establishing a digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate, but how and whether such a health document would help to open up travel to or within Europe has yet to be confirmed.” By Michelle Baran for AFAR
Europe Divided Over Vaccination Passports:”After months of political clashes around the world over lockdowns and travel restrictions, Europe is at the forefront of a thorny new COVID-19 controversy: vaccine ‘passports.'” By Monique El-Faizy, Erik Kirschbaum, and Laura King for LA Times
Cancun, Cozumel and Tulum Have A New Tourist Tax That’s Not Included In Your Ticket: “Starting April 1 all international visitors over age 15 to the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum, will have to pay a new tourism tax of 224 pesos (US$10.81) … upon DEPARTURE.” By Gary Leff for View From the Wing