This Week in Travel: October 23

A roundup of COVID-19-related updates, including closures and reopenings.

Looking for the latest travel news from around the world? You’ve come to the right place. 

Each week, we’re rounding up the top headlines and news stories to help you stay in the loop on all things travel. From tourism reopenings to restriction updates, we’re here to help keep you informed on the latest. 

Here’s what you need to know from the past week:

The Cayman Islands Launches New Program for Digital Nomads

With its new Global Citizen Concierge program, you can live and work remotely from the beaches of the Cayman Islands for up to two years.

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Earlier this week, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism launched a new program in an effort to attract remote workers to their sandy shores. 

Named the Global Citizen Concierge Program (GCCP), the initiative allows travellers to live on the Caribbean islands and work remotely for their employer, regardless of where they are based, for up to two years. 

The program is open to individuals making a minimum yearly salary of US$100,000. For couples, the minimum is US$150,000, whereas those with children must make US$180,000.

Additionally, applicants must provide: 

  • Proof of employment stating their position and their minimum annual salary
  • An image of a valid passport and visa
  • A notarized bank reference
  • Proof of current health insurance coverage for all applicants in their party
  • A police clearance/record or similar documentation

Applications include a fee of at least US$1,469 and are now being accepted — check out the details here!

Hawaii Is Now Open to U.S. Travellers Again With The Ability to Avoid Quarantine

Over 31,000 travellers have arrived since the state launched its pre-travel testing program last Thursday.

After nearly seven months, Hawaii has reopened to out-of-state travellers once again. More than 31,000 people have arrived since the launch of its pre-travel testing program on October 15, according to KITV Island News on Tuesday. 

Launched as a way to kickstart the state’s tourism industry, the pre-travel testing program allows travellers to visit without the need to complete an otherwise mandatory 14-day quarantine.

As part of the program’s requirements, travellers must produce a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of their departure time. Only tests from a list of approved testing and travel partners will be accepted. 

All travellers must also register through Hawaii’s Safe Travels online program and comply with social distancing measures and mask requirements during travel. Note: Some islands are requiring secondary screenings after arrival.

To learn more about travel to the Aloha state, visit here!

Live and Work in Dubai With Its New Remote Work Visa Program

Dubai’s new “one-year virtual working programme” will allow remote workers to live and work there for up to one year.

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How does living and working in Dubai sound to you? Announcing a new visa program last week, the emirate has become the latest destination looking to attract remote workers.

According to Visit Dubai, the new “one-year virtual working programme” will allow remote workers to live in the city for up to a year while working for companies that are based overseas. 

To be eligible, applicants must have:

  • A passport with a minimum of 6 months validity 
  • Health insurance with UAE coverage validity
  • Proof of employment from your current employer with one-year contract validity, with an average monthly income of US$5000 per month and 3 preceding months’ bank statements
  • If the applicant is the company owner: proof of ownership for one year or more, with an average monthly income of US$5000 per month, and 3 preceding months’ bank statements

The cost to apply is US$287 and applications are now open! Head here for more information.

Singapore and Hong Kong to Set Up ‘Travel Bubble’

The arrangement would allow travellers from both destinations to bypass quarantine.

In an effort to revive air travel and re-establish travel links, Singapore and Hong Kong have agreed to create a travel bubble between the two hubs.

Officials announced the preliminary agreement last Thursday, saying that travellers of all kind will be able to visit each destination without the need to quarantine.

Those travelling under the plan are required to have tested negative for Covid-19 using a “mutually recognized” test and will have to travel on only dedicated flights. 

Specific details and the travel bubble’s official launch date are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

“Both our cities have low incidence of COVID-19 cases and have put in place robust mechanisms to manage and control COVID-19,” Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Minister for Transport said. “It is a safe, careful but significant step forward to revive air travel, and provide a model for future collaboration with other parts of the world.”

To read the full release, head here!

EU Announces New ‘Traffic Light’ System for Travel

The new system will include a colour-coded map and is designed to help travellers better understand Covid-19 travel restrictions across the EU.

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With hopes of providing more clarity to travellers around the ongoing coronavirus travel restrictions, the European Union has approved a new ‘traffic light’ system to coordinate travel among its member states. 🚦⁠

Countries will be colour-coded based on a variety of criteria including the rate of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the previous 14-days, as well as the level of positive tests.⁠

The colours included are green (the lowest risk), orange, and red (the highest risk). Countries with insufficient data will be attributed grey. ⁠

The map will be updated on a weekly basis by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). While it is not mandatory for members to take part, the majority of EU countries have already agreed to adopt it. The system will be rolled out next week and will be made available on the Re-open EU website.⁠

Looking for more information on the announcement? Just visit here!⁠

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