Australia travel restrictions: Australia opened its borders for the first time in more than 18 months to permanent residents, citizens and their families

Australia instituted one of the world’s harshest coronavirus closures on March 20, 2020, which left many Australian nationals stranded abroad. The country was an early coronavirus success, managing to keep the number of cases low, but a slow vaccination rollout and the spread of the delta variant prompted Morrison’s government to tighten restrictions in July 2021.

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Alzheimer’s Notes: Holiday travel tips for families facing Alzheimer’s | Columnists

As people conduct their holiday travel this year, planning and completing a long-distance trip can be overwhelming for the more than 6 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s and their families. While the symptoms of this progressive brain disease can sometimes make travel more difficult, it doesn’t mean families can’t travel with a loved one with dementia and participate in holiday festivities.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a number of tips to help ensure a safe and smooth trip when traveling with a person living with dementia. Some tips include:

Consider COVID measures. It is important to check with state and travel agencies to make sure you have the latest information and adhere to protocols for travel.

Stick with the familiar. Travel to known destinations that involve as few changes in daily routine as possible. Try to visit places that were familiar before the onset of dementia.

Be prepared. Create an itinerary that includes details about each stop. Give copies to family members or friends and keep a copy with you. You should also have a bag of essentials with you at all times that includes medications, a comfortable change of clothes, water, snacks and activities.

Pick the right time. Travel during the time of day that is best for the person with Alzheimer’s. For example, if he or she becomes tired or more agitated in the late afternoon, avoid traveling at that time.

Avoid layovers. Traveling in airports requires plenty of focus and attention. At times, the level of activity can be difficult to understand for someone with dementia. If you are traveling by plane, avoid scheduling flights that require tight connections. If unavoidable, ask about airport escort services.

Ask for help. For example, request airline personnel to help you navigate through the airport. Or if you are staying in a hotel, inform the staff ahead of time of your specific needs so they can be prepared to assist you.

Be alert. Changes in environment can trigger wandering. Even for a person in the early stages, new environments may be more difficult to navigate. When possible, avoid places that are highly congested and provide supervision at all times.

Living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia does not mean it’s necessary to stop participating in meaningful activities such as travel. Many of us are excited to spend the holidays with loved ones after last year’s pause. However, in order to ensure the safety, comfort and enjoyment for all, it’s important to plan ahead and allow extra time. For more tips and information, visit

Marisa Korytko is the Public Relations Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Northeastern New York chapter. She can be reached at [email protected].

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Omicron Variant Has Some Bay Area Families Revising Holiday Travel Plans – CBS San Francisco

SAN FEANCISCO (KPIX) — Just as the Thanksgiving holiday wraps up, we are now hearing about a new coronavirus variant, Omicron.

At this point, the Omicron variant hasn’t been found here in the Bay Area but many in the medical field say it’s only a matter of time, most likely in the next couple of weeks.

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Frank and Teresa Muscat are visiting from Rhode Island.

“We have not seen the family and that’s the heartbreaking part,” says Teresa.

They were finally able to see family again this Thanksgiving but now they’re concerned about the new variant first detected in South Africa.

“When is this going to end. It seems like it keeps getting legs and continuing,” says Fred.

Researchers want to know how transmissible Omicron is, how sick it can make you and how well it holds up to vaccines.

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Dr. George Rutherford, an UCSF Epidemiologist says, “We have a lot of work to do to figure out kind of where we are exactly and how this might tip the apple cart one way or the other.”

Dr. Rutherford says so far, there are signs that this variant may be more infectious than the Delta. As for scaling back your Christmas plans, he doesn’t advise that just yet.

“If they’re traveling to South Africa to go on a safari, yes, they should change their plans but short of that, I don’t think at this point in time, there’s not a lot of need to change their plans,” says Dr. Rutherford.

Still, some say they are concerned and are rethinking their family get togethers.

“I was planning on going up north visiting a bunch of family but it might just be a stay at home Christmas this year,” says Morgan Genelly of Marin.

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So far in South Africa, toddlers age two and under make up 10% of the hospitalizations, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases. The age group that are unable to be vaccinated.
And with just over 20% of South Africans vaccinated, Dr. Rutherford says it’s critical to send millions of doses to those countries to contain these variants.

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Mum shares smart time-saving tip for families at Disney theme parks

A MUM of three has shared a time-saving tip for families heading to Disney theme parks while there are still Covid restrictions.

Holidaying in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has added an extra layer of stress for a lot of people going away.

A mum has shared a time-saving tip for families heading to Disneyland theme parks


A mum has shared a time-saving tip for families heading to Disneyland theme parks

But Jennifer Leigh’s easy trick gives families ‘one less thing to worry about’ while racing round the park having fun.

Jennifer recently returned from a trip to Disney World, Florida with her kids, aged seven, 10 and 12.

All three kids needed face masks as Disney has a face covering rule for everyone aged six and over.

While they are mandatory in most places, face masks can be removed in some parts of the parks, such as outdoor selfie spots, as well as for eating and drinking.

This gives kids several opportunities to lose their mask.

Jennifer has advised any parents visiting a Disney park with their kids to attach a face mask to a lanyard and hang it around their child’s neck.

Kids then have easy access to their face mask when they need it and don’t have to faff around taking it out of a pocket or bag, saving time.

It is also a lot less likely to go missing.

Reflecting on her trip, Jennifer wrote on Facebook: “Things that helped: the lanyards for the masks.

“This might be a little detail but they helped a lot.

“Instead of having to put away the mask and get the mask out again the kids just wore them around their necks all day and it was one less thing to worry about.”

Jennifer also advised parents to carry a portable phone charger, poncho and bottled water.

Last week, Disney announced that guests aged five and over on a US Disney Cruise Line must be vaccinated from January 13, 2022.

This is likely to cause problems for Brit families booked on Disney cruises in the US, as children under 12 in the UK are not currently eligible for a vaccine.

Recently, a woman whose job is to plan Disney holidays for people revealed some of the most common mistakes when visiting the parks.

They included the worst time to visit, the types of tickets people buy and the meals they opt for once inside the parks.

Jennifer advises parents visiting a Disney park to attach a face mask to a lanyard and hang it around their child's neck


Jennifer advises parents visiting a Disney park to attach a face mask to a lanyard and hang it around their child’s neck
Disney fan reveals hidden secret eating area in the parks without the crowds

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Families still seeking money from Jacksonville man who pled guilty in nationwide travel scheme – WJXT News4JAX

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Families Reunite In Sydney Airport As Australia Lifts COVID-19 Travel Ban After 600 Days

Families Reunite In Sydney Airport As Australia Lifts 600-Day Travel Ban

Australia has finally lifted its ban on citizens travelling overseas without permission.


Australia’s international border reopened on Monday almost 600 days after a pandemic closure began, sparking emotional scenes at Sydney airport as loved ones reunited.

Shortly after dawn, bleary-eyed passengers began to trickle into the arrivals terminal at Kingsford Smith International and were quickly wrapped up in the tearful embraces of flower-clutching relatives.

On March 20 last year, Australia introduced some of the world’s toughest border restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Almost all travel to the island continent halted, prompting critics to dub the country a “hermit state”.

Tim Turner, who had not seen his son for more than a year, said it was “pretty brilliant” that they were now able to reunite.

Arriving in Sydney was “beautiful, beautiful”, he told reporters at the airport.

Julie Choo, who flew back from the UK to visit her sick mother in hospital, said she was trying not to cry as the plane touched down.

“I just can’t wait to touch my mother’s hand when I see her. I can’t wait to hold her,” she said. “It’s going to be very emotional.”

For the last 19 months, Australians have been banned from travelling overseas without permission.

Families were split across continents, and tens of thousands of nationals were stranded overseas.

The few who did gain permission to enter were forced to spend thousands of dollars and agree to spend 14 days locked in a hotel room.

Those conditions have now been dropped for the country’s two largest cities — Sydney and Melbourne — which will now allow vaccinated Australians to come and go without quarantine of any kind.

Leaving the island

Abhi Bajaj, 35, said it was “too overwhelming” that he could now travel to the United States to celebrate Christmas with family after two years apart.

“I was waiting for this day for a long time,” he told AFP, before boarding a flight to Los Angeles.

Australian airline Qantas had grounded much of its fleet for more than 18 months, with CEO Alan Joyce calling the resumption of regular international flights “a long time coming”.

“It’s wonderful to see Australians able to reunite with loved ones after such a long time apart,” he said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was a “big day for Australia”, posting on Facebook that the country was now “ready for take-off!”

Travel is expected to resume slowly after such a protracted shutdown, with low passenger numbers on the first flights to arrive.

More than one million foreign residents remain stuck in Australia unable to see friends or relatives overseas, with the relaxed travel rules applying mainly to citizens.

And some Australian states with lower vaccination rates will remain virtually closed to the world, as they still have mandatory and costly 14-day hotel quarantine requirements in place.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Bay Area Residents, Families Rejoice as U.S. Says It Will Lift Travel Ban – NBC Bay Area

The White House said Friday it would allow international travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 into the U.S. starting Nov. 8. It’s a date thousands of binational families have been eagerly waiting to hear.

Over the last several months, they even launched a social media hashtag, “love is not tourism,” to bring attention to their situation.

San Francisco resident Abbie Gould will be picking up her parents on Nov. 8 at San Francisco International Airport. It will be their first time coming to San Francisco.

It also will be the first time Gould will see them in more than a year. She even created a countdown for when they arrive at the airport.

“Yeah, I’m super excited,” she said. “We’ve got 36 days to go, so I’m definitely going to be checking it every day.”

Gould’s parents have not been allowed to visit because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Due to Gould’s type of visa to be in the country, she said she wouldn’t be able to return to the United States if she flew there to visit.

“Anybody who’s on a temporary visa can’t go in this situation. I’ve heard so many horror stories of people leaving the country, not being aware that they’re not going to be let back in,” she added.

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden’s administration announced that beginning Nov. 8, fully vaccinated travelers from the United Kingdom, most of the European Union, China, Brazil and India will be able to enter the U.S. without any quarantines.

The borders with Mexico and Canada will also be reopening to fully vaccinated visitors from those countries.

The nearly 21-month-long ban has been a painful one for many binational families, including Connecticut resident Rebecca Lyons. She said the recent announcement meant her new husband will finally be able to see his family for Thanksgiving. His parents missed their wedding this summer.

“We hoped that they would be able to come if we postponed it for a year. But unfortunately they couldn’t,” Lyons said.

The FDA confirmed that visitors, who have had full doses of the six approved vaccines from the World Health Organization will be allowed to enter the U.S.

That includes visitors who may have mixed and matched doses of different manufacturers.

The exact details of how airlines and border agents will verify proof of vaccination for visitors are still being worked out. Travelers also will need to show a negative COVID-19 test before flying.

The return of international visitors to the U.S. will no doubt be a boost for tourism, but it will also be a big relief for many families who have been separated for a long time.

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New US travel report says unvaccinated families are more likely to visit theme and water parks

New US travel report says unvaccinated families are more likely to visit theme and water parks

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Families travel to Denver for Mother’s Day reunions

DENVER (KDVR) — A spokesperson for Denver International Airport said that travel numbers have increased more than 800% in 2021 compared to 2020. 

For example, April 26 through May 2, DIA saw about 29,948 people for the week in 2020. 

In 2021 during the same week, TSA saw an average of 40,000 people each day, totaling 282,682 people. 

On Mother’s Day weekend, masks haven’t concealed signs of pure love pulsing through the airport.

“I can’t even speak I’m so emotional,” grandmother Marta said.

Marta flew from Puerto Rico to Denver in order to hug her grandson Saturday and spend the holiday together.

“I haven’t seen them in about three years so we decided to come together for Mother’s Day because my birthday is also on Monday,” she said.

The Wolfson family is reunited in order to surprise their mother Liz for the holiday after she returned from a trip to the east coast Saturday.

“I haven’t seen my parents in nine or 10 months and they are almost 90 but I had to make it back to celebrate with my family,” Wolfson said.

TSA extended its mask requirement on planes for anyone over 2 years old until Sept. 13.

There are penalties still in place for those who break the mask rule. Fines start at $250 and rise to $1,500 for repeat offenders.  

Inside the Denver airport, masks are also required in the terminal, on the train and at your gate when you’re not eating or drinking. 

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