CHICAGO (WLS) — The Chicago Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that Vermont has been added to its travel advisory, which now includes the entire country.

Vermont had been the only state not covered by the advisory in the previous update. CDPH announced Tuesday that Connecticut, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia have seen improvements and could soon be taken off the advisory.

The full list of states and territories on the advisory is: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, ConnecticutColorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The U.S. average daily case rate per 100,000 residents is 38.3, down slightly from 39 a week ago.

Last week, Chicago updated its guidance for unvaccinated travelers going to high-risk areas. Officials recommend getting tested one to three days before leaving on the trip as well as getting tested three to five days after returning.

Unvaccinated travelers are asked to self-quarantine for seven days after returning from travel even if they test negative. Those who do not get tested, it is recommended that unvaccinated travelers self-quarantine for 10 days after travel and avoid those at high-risk for COVID for 14 days after travel.
Any states or territories with fewer than 15 cases per 100,000 residents per day are in the Yellow Tier. Travelers must follow masking rules on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.

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HONG KONG — Travelers arriving in Hong Kong from mainland China will no longer need to quarantine, Hong Kong’s top official confirmed on Aug. 31, easing curbs imposed after outbreaks of the coronavirus on the mainland.

Starting Sept. 1, people who haven’t been to medium- or high-risk areas on the mainland or Macao can enter the city, capped at 2,000 travelers a day, chief executive Carrie Lam said in a news conference. Travelers will still need a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival and must take several tests while in Hong Kong to ensure they’re not infected.

Hong Kong halted quarantine-free travel in early August and imposed a mandatory quarantine period of seven or 14 days, depending on the traveler’s vaccination status. Hong Kong’s “zero-COVID” strategy has seen authorities impose strict border restrictions and ban flights from extremely high-risk countries, in the hope that no local cases would allow it to reopen borders with mainland China.

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Mainland China remains closed to most travelers

Currently, mainland China has strict border restrictions that allow only Chinese nationals or those with valid residence permits and visas to enter the country, and all travelers are required to quarantine at least 14 days. Since the beginning of the pandemic, most Hong Kongers haven’t been able to freely enter mainland China.

Restrictions eased further Wednesday, with mainland residents able to enter the city without quarantine via the Shenzhen Bay port and the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge, capped at 1,000 visitors each, Lam said last week. These visitors will also need to test negative before traveling.

The changes, part of a “Come2HK” plan announced Aug. 31, are expected to boost the city’s tourism industry, which took a beating during months of political strife in 2019 and pandemic-related border restrictions. Tourist numbers fell by as much as 99% in 2020 compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Vaccinated travelers heading to the Netherlands will need to plan around a quarantine period after the country announced plans to tighten restrictions on the U.S.

The European Union member state is moving the U.S. into its “very high-risk” category on Saturday, which will prohibit entry among unvaccinated travelers from the U.S. and require testing and a quarantine period for those who are vaccinated. 

Starting Saturday, vaccinated U.S. travelers must quarantine 10 days but can cut the isolation period short if they test negative for coronavirus on day five. Children 12 and under are exempt, according to the Government of the Netherlands’ website.

Starting Monday, the country will also require U.S. travelers to show a negative test result to enter, starting Monday.  

The new restrictions do not apply to the Caribbean islands Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, which are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, according to the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The changes come on the heels of the European Union’s decision to move the U.S. off its safe travel list, which signaled to member states that they should no longer ease restrictions on nonessential travel for people from the U.S. as COVID-19 cases spike.

As of Friday, the seven-day moving average of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. was 153,246 with nearly 53% of the population fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Previously, U.S. travelers were able to show proof of recovery or vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter.

The Netherlands is the latest to announce new restrictions against U.S. travelers. EU member state Bulgaria announced it would move the U.S. into its “red zone” and prohibit travel from the U.S., and Italy added testing and self-isolation requirements for U.S. travelers earlier this week.

Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia are also set to move to the Netherlands’ “very high-risk” category.

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Last-minute shakeups for travelers

Cole Turner Franco of Austin, Texas, had wanted to make a quick stop in the Netherlands during his move to Oxford, England, next week but had to throw his plans out the window to avoid the new quarantine mandate.

He had intended to fly with his Pomeranian, Yuki, to Amsterdam and then ferry to the U.K. – which doesn’t allow pets in the cabin on international flights – and have his husband join them at a later date. As a fully vaccinated U.S. citizen, Turner Franco thought he would have an easy time getting into the Netherlands.

Then the new travel restrictions were announced. 

To avoid the quarantine period, Turner Franco added another leg to the journey in France immediately after landing in the Netherlands, which does allow travelers from “high-risk” areas to have a layover in the country so long as they do not leave the airport. From there, he’ll

Interest in the purchase of international flight tickets went up by 250% on Sunday as the Health Ministry announced that people who receive their third COVID vaccination will not have to enter full quarantine after returning from orange-designated countries, according to N12’s Lee Abramowitz.

Demand jumped immediately by 50% after the announcement in comparison to last weekend, and the air travel website Gulliver said that traffic on its website had risen by 250%, according to Abramowitz.

Israelis did not just surf the web but opened their wallets, as the number of tickets sold also rose sharply.

Israeli airlines are preparing to fly to many destinations to meet the growing demand and according to the report,  Israir will be resuming flights to Athens, Rhodes, Baku, Cyprus, Montenegro, Marrakesh and other destinations.

Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, Spain, Bulgaria and Georgia are still designated as red countries and as of Monday, travel to those countries is still restricted.    

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announced at a press conference on Sunday evening that the third coronavirus vaccine shot is available for anyone who has been fully inoculated for at least five months. It was previously available only to adults over the age of 30 and workers in fields deemed essential, such as healthcare.

 Health Nitzan Horowitz attends a press conference about the Coronavirus, in Jerusalem on August 29, 2021. (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90) Health Nitzan Horowitz attends a press conference about the Coronavirus, in Jerusalem on August 29, 2021. (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)
In addition, under the new rules, which are due to take effect on Friday, all those who are either vaccinated within the previous five months or who were vaccinated earlier and received a booster, will be exempt from isolation if they return from all countries, except those labeled as red.

Currently, all inbound travelers to Israel are required to quarantine for a minimum of seven days, unless they come from a very limited group of countries.

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“At the moment this is our plan, we know it could change,” he said.

“It could have to be pushed out further if we don’t get to those vaccination levels, or if there’s quarantine requirements. But this is our best estimate of what could happen by the end of the year.”

Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran said on Thursday that while he believed travel between Australia and New Zealand could resume by November, the unrestricted “travel bubble” that operated from April to July would not return.

“It’s going to be very difficult for both countries to get the case numbers down to where both countries are going to be accepting that… you can just operate as a free and open border,” he told this masthead.

Instead, Mr Foran said pre-departure tests and proof of vaccination would likely be required, and even then travel may not be possible to more conservative states.

Mr Joyce said Qantas had discussed its plans with the federal government, which had agreed its “broad assumptions are reasonable”.

The Qantas boss acknowledged that cautious state governments could override the road map agreed to by the national cabinet to reopen Australia’s borders after the 80 per cent vaccination target was achieved, but said it would be a “terrible shame” if people in NSW could visit London at Christmas but could not travel to Perth.

But Qantas is planning for that reality, Mr Joyce said, by Darwin as a transit point for its non-stop flights to London as an alternative to Perth.

Under its plan to restart international travel, Qantas said flights to Hong Kong would resume in February, but it would not start flying to destinations that currently have low rates of vaccination and high rates of COVID-19 transmission until April. That included Bali, Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Johannesburg.

Qantas has had to push back its plans to restart international flying several times over the past year. In February, it said it intended to resume flying to “most” international destinations in late October, and by May it had revised that to a “material” amount of international flying from late December.

Qantas said it expected to be flying at 38 per cent of pre-COVID domestic capacity in the September quarter, 52 per cent in the December quarter before rising to around 110 per cent in the first half of next calendar year.

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(CNN) — Which countries are tightening their Covid corsets and which are letting it all hang loose? CNN Travel reveals all in our latest weekend round-up.

Here’s what we learned in pandemic travel this week:

1. It’s all kicking off in Australia

A man who'd arrived in Western Australia from Brisbane was arrested and charged after he fled his hotel room while under direction to return to Queensland.

A man who’d arrived in Western Australia from Brisbane was arrested and charged after he fled his hotel room while under direction to return to Queensland.

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First, controversial British media personality Katie Hopkins was deported from Australia for breaching quarantine and bragging about it on Instagram.
Then Airbnb suspended an anti-vax host in Victoria for refusing accommodation to a couple because they’d had their Covid-19 vaccine jabs.
On the same day, news broke that a 39-year-old man had allegedly used a rope made from bed sheets to shimmy down from a fourth-floor hotel room and flee quarantine in Western Australia.

Because Australia’s Covid outbreak continues to spread, quarantine-free travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand will be now be suspended for at least eight weeks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced on July 23.

2. A Covid-positive man disguised himself as his wife in order to fly

A Indonesian man who’d tested positive for Covid-19 was caught mid-air after disguising himself as his wife iso he could board a flight.

The man, who has been publicly identified only by the initials “DW,” boarded a Citilink domestic flight from Jakarta to Ternate while wearing a niqab that covered him from head to toe, reported CNN affiliate CNN Indonesia.

A flight attendant reportedly told authorities that she saw “DW” go into an airplane bathroom, then come out wearing men’s clothes instead of his disguise.

3. Canada will finally opens its borders next month

A closed border crossing in Surrey, Canada, in March 2020.

A closed border crossing in Surrey, Canada, in March 2020.

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The 16-month wait is over. Beginning August 9, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the United States currently residing in the US will be permitted to enter Canada.

International travelers may also be allowed to enter Canada beginning September 7, provided the “Covid-19 epidemiology remains favorable,” the Canadian government said in a statement on Monday.

Entry to Canada will continue to be prohibited for all foreign travelers who are not fully vaccinated.

4. France and Italy have introduced Covid ‘health passes’

From August 1, no one will be allowed in any French bar, restaurant, shopping mall, concert hall or any long-distance train or airplane without a “sanitary pass” attesting to full vaccination or a recent negative Covid test. Violators could face fines of up to 45,000 euros ($53,000) and a year in jail.

Last week marked a record in terms of France’s vaccination appointment bookings, with around 3.7 million French people signing up to get vaccinated, according to a tweet from medical booking site Doctolib on Monday.

5. England has lifted lockdown, but cases are still rising

People party at The Piano Works in Farringdon, London, on July 19 -- England's so-called "Freedom Day."

People party at The Piano Works in Farringdon, London, on

Tourism officials in Hawaii announced that domestic travelers with a SMART Health Card can bypass quarantine requirements by using the CommonPass app to digitally verify their vaccine status.

The CommonPass app collects lab results and vaccination records and demonstrates the documents meet the health screening requirements of each destination, including Hawaii, which is now permitting vaccinated U.S. visitors into the state.

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Domestic travelers with the SMART Health Card digital record can use CommonPass to verify they’ve been vaccinated and waive the testing requirements that have been in place for Hawaii visitors since October.

CommonPass users will be instantly verified when they confirm their vaccination status in Safe Travels, allowing them to bypass select quarantine requirements and streamline entry into the state.

“CommonPass provides passengers, airlines and governments with a trusted system to digitally verify that a traveler meets entry requirements upon arrival,” The Commons Project Foundation CEO Paul Meyer said. “We’re thrilled to partner with the State of Hawaii to offer CommonPass as a secure health verification option for domestic travelers as they return to travel, making the process easier for all stakeholders.”

For tourists who do not upload a SMART Health Card vaccine credential to CommonPass, they can complete a COVID-19 test at any approved lab to verify their health status, allowing them to skip quarantine upon arrival in Hawaii.

Passengers on select Hawaiian and United Airlines flights have been piloting the technology since early April. The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) revealed nearly 630,000 travelers flew to the Hawaiian Islands in May 2021, with the numbers expected to continue climbing.

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(CNN) — With Hawaii close to hitting key vaccination milestones, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday the state will soon begin to relax some of the travel restrictions currently in place.
As of July 8, fully vaccinated travelers from the mainland US will be able to bypass quarantine and pre-travel testing requirements when traveling to Hawaii, Ige said.

Travelers must present a hard copy of their vaccination records and upload their records into the state’s ‘Safe Travels’ program, Ige told reporters.

“I know that this change has been widely anticipated, and it will make it easier for residents to return home, and for visitors to come and enjoy our islands,” Ige said.

Currently, all travelers must either undergo a 10-day quarantine or — if traveling from other US states or from Canada, Japan, South Korea or Taiwan — avoid quarantine by presenting a negative test from a “trusted partner,” a list of which can be found on the Hawaii Covid-19 website.


The state’s Covid travel program was announced and implemented in October 2020.

There are more changes afoot as well. Beginning July 8, Hawaii will increase indoor gathering sizes from 10 to 25 people, and raise outdoor gathering limits from 25 to 75 people, the governor added.

Restaurants will also be allowed to operate at 75% capacity beginning July 8, with a maximum of 25 patrons indoors and 75 outdoors.

Hawaii’s indoor mask mandate will remain in place for the time being, but Ige said he looked forward to the uptick in visitors to the Aloha State.

“We believe that it’ll make it easier for those who have been vaccinated to travel to Hawaii, and we do believe that it will help somewhat in bringing more visitors here. We know that they can also help us internationally as well,” Ige said.

On June 15, all restrictions on inter-county travel were lifted, meaning no pre-travel testing or quarantining was needed for travel between the Hawaiian islands.

As of Thursday, according to the state’s health data, 57% of the total population has been fully vaccinated and 62% have received at least one shot.

Pictured: Long lines at Honolulu International Airport when its Covid travel program launched in October 2020.

New Zealand will resume the travel bubble with Victoria on Tuesday night. NCA NewsWire / Sarah Matray
New Zealand will resume the travel bubble with Victoria on Tuesday night. NCA NewsWire / Sarah Matray

New Zealand has temporarily paused its travel bubble with NSW in response to the state’s growing coronavirus outbreak.

The pause will come into effect on Tuesday night and be reviewed on Thursday, New Zealand’s coronavirus response minister Chris Hipkins said in a statement.

“The pause will come into force from 11.59pm NZT and be in place for 72 hours initially,” he said.

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“As with previous pauses, it will be under constant review.

“This decision follows a public health assessment today which determined that while the overall risk to public health in New Zealand currently remains low, there are still several unknowns, including a case that was infectious while in the Sydney community and a primary school age child with no clear link established at present.”

It comes as the New Zealand Ministry of Health announced late on Monday night the pause of quarantine free travel from Victoria to New Zealand would be lifted at 11.59pm on Tuesday.

Travellers arrive from New Zealand in April. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi
Travellers arrive from New Zealand in April. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi

Kiwi public health officials said the Covid-19 risk from Victoria was low and flights between Melbourne and New Zealand destinations could resume.

Travellers will no longer be required to have a pre-departure Covid-19 test.

New Zealand paused the travel bubble with Victoria on May 25 as Melbourne grappled with another local coronavirus outbreak.

“In the past week there have been no new cases in Victoria with the Delta variant of concern,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

“Victorian health officials have determined there is unlikely to be widespread community transmission.”

Australians who have been at any of the exposure sites in Victoria, NSW, Queensland or the ACT in the last 14 days at the specified times are still not allowed to travel to New Zealand.

The announcement comes just in time for Victoria’s winter school holidays that are due to begin on Friday.

Tasmania also lifted its restrictions on travel from metropolitan Melbourne overnight.

“Anyone currently in quarantine in Tasmania who was in the metropolitan Melbourne area – but was not at a specified high-risk premises – is able to leave quarantine at midnight,” Director of Public Health Dr Mark Veitch.

Quarantine free travel from Melbourne Airport with New Zealand can resume Picture: Jake Nowakowski.
Quarantine free travel from Melbourne Airport with New Zealand can resume Picture: Jake Nowakowski.

“Travel restrictions will remain in place for anyone who has been at any high-risk premises in Victoria at the specified dates and times listed.

“Anyone who is planning on travelling to Tasmania who has been to any of these high-risk premises at the specified dates and times will not be permitted to enter the state.”

South Australian Police Commissioner Grant Stevens flagged on Tuesday morning that his state would also reopen to metropolitan Melbourne on Friday, but travellers would need to isolate until they received a negative test result on day one.

He said Melburnians would also be banned from attending high risk locations, such

(CNN) — Canada is easing its mandatory two-week quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated nationals and residents arriving in the country after traveling abroad.

From just before midnight on July 5, Canadians and permanent residents who’ve received a full course of a coronavirus vaccine accepted by the government can leave isolation early of if they test negative for Covid on entry.

The move, announced by federal officials on Monday, will bring an end to both the two-week quarantine for nonessential travelers returning to Canada and a hotel quarantine that was imposed several months ago.

The policy changes do not apply to fully vaccinated foreign nationals, including US citizens.

“On both sides of the border we’re proceeding with appropriate caution and care and taking the advice of our public health experts as we begin to ease border measures.

“But clearly we’re not in there yet and we’ve got a lot of work to do and I think it’s another opportunity just encourage Canadians to continue to get those vaccinations,” Bill Blair, Canada’s public security minister, said during a press conference in Ottawa Monday.

In order to avoid going into quarantine, travelers will have to provide proof of full vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel and a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering Canada.

All those entering will be required to self-isolate at home until the results of their Covid-19 test comes back negative.

As of Monday, Canada’s Public Health Agency reported that more than 75% of eligible Canadians have received at least one dose of a vaccine and more than 20% of eligible residents were fully vaccinated.

Federal officials called this a “first phase” of reopening given the pace of vaccination in Canada.

The easing of quarantine restrictions does not apply to children who are not yet eligible to receive vaccines, which means those under 12 will still be required to complete the 14-day isolation period at home.

“The research and science obviously indicates that children can get sick with Covid-19 and they can transmit Covid-19 and because vaccines are not authorized for use in children under 12 unfortunately most children will not be vaccinated,” said Patty Hajdu, Canada’s health minister during the press conference.

“And so, the advice from the team of scientists and public health experts is that to protect Canadians from contact with an imported case of Covid-19, that children under 12 do have to quarantine.”