The CDC lowered the risk category for France, Portugal and South Africa

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This was a pretty good week for the world’s wannabe jetsetters. The UK and Israel both cleared out their travel “red lists,” while India, Bali and Vietnam all announced reopening plans.
Here are 10 things we learned in pandemic travel this week.
1. The UK cut its ‘red list’ to just seven countries…
Thailand — including Phuket, home to Vijitt Resort — is coming off the UK’s red list.
Thailand — including Phuket, home to Vijitt Resort — is coming off the UK’s red list.
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The UK introduced a new system for international travel, relaxing testing requirements for many fully vaccinated travelers and designating destinations either “red” or “green.”

From October 11, England is set to remove 47 countries from its red list, leaving only seven red destinations: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
The rules vary in the rest of the UK (that’s Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.) Here’s the CNN Travel lowdown on what travelers need to know.
2. …But there was anger over its quarantine rules
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The UK has seen a staycation explosion during Covid-19, leaving some areas overwhelmed. There are still plenty of options though. Here are some of England’s most beautiful locations:
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There were accusations of discrimination at the start of October when the UK relaxed its inbound travel rules but fully vaccinated visitors from India and many African countries still faced mandatory quarantine in the UK.
The UK has now changed its restrictions so that from October 11, vaccine certificates will be accepted from close to 40 countries that were previously ineligible, including India, Brazil, Chile, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.
The UK’s recognized vaccines are Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), or formulations of these.
3. The CDC lowered the risk category for France, Portugal and South Africa
The CDC is now okay with vaccinated Americans heading to Iceland’s Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
The CDC is now okay with vaccinated Americans heading to Iceland’s Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
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There was good news for Argentina, France, Iceland, Lesotho, Morocco, Nepal, Portugal and South Africa, and for Americans keen to travel there.
All eight were moved from Level 4 — the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s highest risk category — down to Level 3 (which is still “High,” FYI). This means the US travel advisory is to be fully vaccinated before traveling there, and to avoid nonessential travel if you’re unvaccinated.
Meanwhile, six destinations have moved from Level 3 to Level 4 (“Very High”) which means nonessential travel should be avoided by US citizens.
Those destinations are Armenia, Austria, Barbados, Croatia, Latvia and New Caledonia.
4. India will start letting tourists in this month…
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India’s best islands: Travelers to the subcontinent shouldn’t just stay on land. Click through to see some of the country’s best islands, including Minicoy (pictured).
India will begin granting tourist visas for foreign visitors for the first time in 18 months, the country’s government announced Thursday.
Tourists arriving by chartered flight will be able to do so from October 15, according to a press release from India’s Ministry of Home Affairs. Other arrivals will be permitted from November 15, it said.
5. …And Bali will gradually reopen too
People visit Kuta beach during sunset near Denpasar on September 26, 2021.
Bali’s Kuta Beach is pictured at sunset in September 2021.
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The Indonesian island of Bali will reopen its airport to international arrivals on October 14, officials have announced.
Bali Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar will begin welcoming arrivals from a select number of countries, according to Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Indonesia’s minister of maritime affairs and investment.
However, he didn’t clarify whether foreign tourists would be permitted. Here’s what we know so far.
6. Vietnam plans to fully reopen by June 2022
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Sanato beach on the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc.
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Vietnam plans to reopen key tourist destinations from December to vaccinated visitors from countries deemed “low risk,” Reuters reports, ahead of a full reopening targeted for June 2022.
The country announced in September that it would reopen the popular resort island of Phu Quoc to vaccinated foreign tourists this month, but that reopening has been postponed until November.
Vietnam still has a way to go when it comes it vaccinating its population: Just over 13% are fully vaccinated, making it one of the lowest rates in Asia.
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