As tourism reopens from Asia to Europe, here are the dos and don’ts of post-pandemic travel

30/5/2022 4:50:00 PM

As tourism reopens from Asia to Europe, here are the dos and don’ts of post-pandemic travel

As tourism reopens from Asia to Europe, here are the dos and don’ts of post-pandemic travel

After two years of border closures replete with a host of quarantine and travel restrictions, free travel has finally returned, to most places, for the vaccinated. Those who choose to travel now will also benefit from many destinations' removal of testing requirements, making at least some trips more convenient and less expensive than they were. Reservations have surged to the...

A tourist wears a face mask to prevent spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during sunset near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, on Jan 7, 2022.LinkedIn BANGKOK: The number of methamphetamine tablets seized in East and Southeast Asia exceeded a billion last year for the first time, highlighting the scale of illegal drug production and trafficking in the region and the challenges of fighting it, the UN said Monday (May 30).LinkedIn SYDNEY : Asian stocks followed Wall Street higher on Monday while the dollar was pinned near five-week lows as investors wagered on an eventual slowdown in U.Copy to clipboard https://str.

Reuters After two years of border closures replete with a host of quarantine and travel restrictions, free travel has finally returned, to most places, for the vaccinated.Those who choose to travel now will also benefit from many destinations' removal of testing requirements, making at least some trips more convenient and less expensive than they were.008 billion tablets was part of a regionwide haul of almost 172 tonnes of methamphetamine in all forms and was seven times higher than the amount seized 10 years earlier, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said in a report.Reservations have surged to the point that Booking.Helping to mellow the mood was news that Shanghai authorities will cancel many conditions for businesses to resume work from Wednesday, easing a city-wide lockdown that began two months ago.com said April 2022 was the first month in which global room bookings exceeded 2019 levels.“Production and trafficking of methamphetamine jumped yet again as supply became super concentrated in the Mekong (River region) and in particular Thailand, Laos and Myanmar,” Jeremy Douglas, Southeast Asia regional representative for the UN agency, told the Associated Press in an email interview.Still, health protocols remain in many nations and the rules continue to shift.He said crime syndicates and armed groups had capitalised on the region's political instability and the pandemic to make dramatic gains.

Here are some things to know when travelling post-pandemic.Methamphetamine is easy to make and has supplanted opium and its derivative heroin to become the dominant illegal drug in Southeast Asia for both use and export.Japan's Nikkei climbed 1.Flight costs up, for now With many governments lifting quarantine restrictions for vaccinated travellers, airline tickets are being snapped up quickly.This means flight prices have risen too.Decades of political instability have made Myanmar’s frontier regions largely lawless, to be exploited by drug producers and traffickers.Briton Sin Pui Ip, 31, who works for a tech start-up and is a permanent resident of Hong Kong, flew to Singapore in March, paying around HK$2,500 (S$400) for a return ticket including the ability to change dates for free a few times.Nasdaq futures added another 0.But Hongkongers wanting to head to Singapore next month would have to pay upwards of US$375 (S$500) for a return ticket.The political landscape also has helped traffickers.Myanmar's northern Shan state remains the region's primary source of meth, with the drug increasingly shipped to Laos, then Thailand before reaching Malaysia, where it is trafficked onward to countries throughout the Asia Pacific, the report said.

The same is happening for people travelling from Singapore.A return economy flight to the Indonesian resort island of Bali in June cost about US$240 in April but now hovers at around US$720.Drug production in Myanmar is often associated with armed ethnic minority groups that sometimes battle the government and each other.3 per cent, having rallied 6.Singapore Airlines has said prices will remain high for the next couple of months as demand rises.But the airline's commercial executive vice-president Lee Lik Hsin expects fares to come down after that.The report also called Laos one of the countries most impacted by methamphetamine trafficked out of Myanmar.Still, there are deals to be found as it "really depends on when you need to travel and where you need to travel", Lee said."Hopes, naïve or otherwise, for a pause in the Fed tightening cycle as early as September continue to resonate," said Ray Attrill, head of FX strategy at NAB.

For instance, while flights to Bali are more expensive, for US$200 travellers can get a round-trip economy ticket on Singapore Airlines to Thailand's Phuket, also an island paradise but less popular recently due to the monsoon season.6 million methamphetamine pills in a single raid.Masks on or off? Check the rules Remember to check the pandemic rules in your chosen destination a few days before your flight.While Singapore, the United States and many European nations don't require people to wear face masks outdoors, other countries including Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand still insist on them.The UN agency said it was concerned that criminal enterprises were targeting Cambodia as a drug production site." Just the chance of a less hawkish Fed was enough to see Treasuries rebound, with 10-year note yields just above a six-week low at 2.Contact tracing and proof of vaccination for various activities also differ in each country.In Singapore and Italy, only vaccinated people are allowed to dine indoors, while Switzerland has dropped the need for vaccination certificates and masks, even indoors.Ketamine is used legitimately as an anesthetic, but its non-medical use and clandestine manufacture was concerning to the UN agency.

Some places still require pre-departure and on-arrival testing.203 per cent on May 9.South Korea, for example, needs travellers to either take a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of departure or a PCR test 48 hours before departure.But the UN agency said some methamphetamine producers have clearly learned to make these precursors from non-controlled substances that can be freely and legally traded.But those heading to Singapore, Thailand or Indonesia don't need any tests at all.Travellers should prepare all their documents, keep a copy of their vaccination records handy, and register with the relevant contact tracing apps in the country they are visiting.S.What if you catch Covid-19 overseas? Travel may have opened up, but the virus still exists and someone in your party could catch it on holiday.

Again, countries have different rules, but travellers generally have to self-isolate until they have tested negative.This means travel schedules can be turned upside-down, so there should be some flexibility to extend your stay, work remotely and shift plans around.S.Journalist Yasmine Yahya, 40, put off her one-week trip to Seoul in March with two friends because one of them did not clear the pre-departure test.The trio rescheduled their holiday for September.Travellers should plan for several scenarios, such as deciding whether to extend their stay as a group if one person gets sick, or fly home without them.data hold up better than expected," Pandl added.

It is helpful to pack medication that eases Covid-19 symptoms as well as a few rapid antigen test kits.Remember: you're a guest It's been a long time since people have travelled and some may have forgotten how to behave.Bali has already deported a few people for disrespecting local traditions.growth, and have recommended USD/JPY put options to express this view.Last month, a Canadian actor was kicked out of Bali after he filmed himself dancing naked on top of the sacred Mount Batur, while a Russian influencer and her husband were also ejected from the island after she posed nude against a 700-year-old tree within a Hindu compound.Malaysians, too, have recently bemoaned the return of opportunistic Singaporean drivers illegally filling up their cars with petrol subsidised for locals.

A Malaysian influencer last month also caused consternation in Vietnam for wearing a traditional ao dai dress without any trousers and posing provocatively.data which includes the ISM survey of manufacturing on Wednesday and the May payrolls report on Friday.Travellers should respect local customs and be mindful that while locals are happy for tourism's return, they've also had a peaceful two years with few or no rowdy foreign visitors.Residents in Japan's old capital of Kyoto, for example, told The Guardian they had loved the months of peace and quiet without the "tourism pollution".Be kind to nature Two years of border closures have allowed "nature to recover" as human activity was curtailed at tourist destinations during the pandemic.The euro was holding at $1.Take Thailand's Maya Bay for instance.

The cove on one of the two Phi Phi islands - made famous by the 2000 film The Beach - used to host more than 5,000 visitors a day, leading environmentalists to caution about pollution from boats and tourists whose sunscreen affected the coral reef beneath the clear turquoise waters.[[nid:558116]] Now, the government only allows 375 people at one time and the bay is again teeming with wildlife, including blacktip sharks.0764.Across the region, there are signs of a renewed push by tourists and the hospitality sector to double up on efforts to make tourism sustainable and centred on local communities.In April, Booking.com released a survey of 29,000 travellers from 30 countries that found that 61 per cent of travellers said the pandemic made them want to travel more sustainably.3 per cent last week to hit a five-week low at 101.

The survey respondents said they were concerned about excess waste, threats to local wildlife and habitats, and overcrowding at the destination.They also said they intended to stay in sustainable accommodation.This article was first published in.25, having found solid support around 126.

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