(CNN) – Island communities around the world have seen varying fortunes this week as some have restricted entry due to Covid outbreaks while others plan to reopen.
Here’s our latest roundup of the biggest pandemic travel news.
1. Other island getaways have been added to the US ‘do not travel’ list
This means that US citizens are advised to avoid traveling there and to do so only if they are fully vaccinated.
This highest category risk list is now packed with some of the world’s top tourist destinations, including France, Spain, Turkey, Thailand and the UK.
2. Lithuania will pay to extend your stay
If Lithuania is on your sightseeing list, you’re in luck: the Baltic nation is offering more than 10,000 free hotel stays to visiting travelers this fall.
This means that the expanses of Trakai Historical National Park and the UNESCO-recognized Old Town of Vilnius are now easier to visit than ever before. The promotion is valid until November 8.
Vilnius’ well-preserved Old Town is home to medieval buildings.
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3. Miami has a team of Covid sniffer dogs
The two puppies started working at Miami International Airport (MIA) this week and are tasked with sniffing the face masks of all airport workers when they arrive at work. Both dogs have an accuracy rate of over 98%.
Miami is the first airport in the United States to train covid sniffer dogs, but similar puppy programs exist in Finland and the United Arab Emirates.
4. Australia is testing vaccine passports …
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that travel could resume once the country hits the 80% mark of the fully vaccinated population.
5. … while the UK is divided on the issue
Instead, his administration will continue to push vaccinations, with booster shots encouraged for frontline health workers, people over 50, and other risk groups.
So, like the Meryl Streep and Steve Martin movie, it’s complicated.
6. England gives green light to end traffic lights
From October 4, arrivals to England will no longer be governed by constantly evolving red-amber-green lists whose countries are considered safe. Instead, there will just be a no-go red list, beyond which everything is open.
Strict PCR testing requirements are also relaxed for vaccinated travelers, meaning that journeys to and from the UK are now much cheaper and easier.
7. Chile is ready to welcome its guests again
Arty Valparaiso was the home of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
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The South American nation of Chile will welcome international travelers from October 1.
All visitors who obtain the mobility pass must self-isolate for five days upon arrival in the country, while those who are not vaccinated or do not obtain the pass will be required to self-isolate for seven days.
But let’s get to the fun stuff. Travelers to Chile can enjoy the colorful street art of Valparaiso, the beauty of the driest place in the world (the Atacama Desert), and the country’s newest UNESCO site, the Mummies of Chinchorro.
8. Jamaica wants to vaccinate all its tourism workers
How do you put tourists at ease when they come to stay in hotels and dine in restaurants? Jamaica is hoping that fully immunizing 100% of its hotel workers will do the trick.
9. More beautiful islands reopen their doors
Montserrat is one of the Leeward Islands.
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Bonus: If you fall in love with it, Montserrat offers a remote working program in the midst of the pandemic.
10. New York City Vaccine Passport Rules Come into Force
Summit One Vanderbilt opens in midtown Manhattan next month.
CNN’s Eric Levenson explains the logistics: “Companies are now required to check the immunization status of all staff and customers 12 years and older, or they will be subject to fines. Residents can show proof of vaccination in the form of a CDC vaccination card, NYC vaccination card, the New York State Excelsior Pass or the NYC Covid Safe app. “
The Midtown attraction features an all-glass elevator that rises 1,200 feet above the city and an immersive art installation called “Air.”
11. South African Airways returns this month
After being battered by the pandemic, South Africa is slowly relaxing its restrictions.
The size of gatherings can be increased from 250 to 500 and the national curfew has been increased from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Meanwhile, the national airline South African Airways will resume flights on September 23 after a 16-month shutdown.
CNN’s Tamara Hardingham-Gill, Eric Levenson, Lilit Marcus, David McKenzie and Ben Westcott contributed to this report.