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COVID test for flights to US can now be a home test

It just got a little easier to fly to the U.S. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that home tests will now satisfy the COVID-19 test requirement for passengers boarding international flights to the U.S. 

The CDC announced in January that all passengers ages 2 and older must present a negative coronavirus test taken no more than three days before their flight or proof they recovered from the virus within the past three months. Those who don’t will be denied boarding.

In its updated FAQ about the requirement, the CDC said a home test must be

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Plaza Suites hotel in Santa Clara lands buyer despite COVID woes

SANTA CLARA — A Santa Clara hotel in a prominent location has been bought in a deal that suggests investors retain confidence in Silicon Valley even though the coronavirus has bludgeoned the region’s lodging market.

Paradigm Hotels Group has bought The Plaza Suites hotel in Santa Clara, which has a visible perch on Lakeside Drive next to U.S. Highway 101, according to Santa Clara County property records filed on May 5.

The affiliate that bought the hotel, Peninsular Investments, paid $72.5 million, the public documents show.

“The recent sale of the Plaza Suites is an example of the strong buyer

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China travel bookings soar during May Labor Day holiday as Covid eases

Visitors walk along the Badaling section of the Great Wall in Beijing, China, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

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BEIJING — Millions of Chinese rushed to travel during the five-day Labor Day holiday, in yet another sign of gradual recovery in domestic consumption.

May 1 to 5 marked the “hottest” public holiday for leisure travel since the coronavirus pandemic, Chinese travel booking site Trip.com said in a statement Wednesday translated by CNBC. The reemergence of Covid-19 on the outskirts of Beijing earlier this year prompted local authorities to restrict travel during the Spring Festival

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Covid and Travel: Why an Estimated 100,000 Americans Abroad Face Passport Problems

Yona Shemesh, 24, was born in Los Angeles, but he moved to Israel with his family at age 9. In July 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic was raging, he booked a ticket to Los Angeles to visit his grandparents in June 2021, knowing that he would have nearly an entire year to renew his American passport, which had long since expired.

Eight months later, he was still trying to get an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem to do just that.

About 9 million U.S. citizens currently live abroad, and as the light at the end of the pandemic

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Foreign Office revises Covid advice for non-essential travel | Coronavirus

Hopes that holidays to popular tourist destinations could soon restart have been boosted after the government scrapped advice that said people should avoid all but essential travel to areas including mainland Portugal and Spain’s Canary Islands.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said the updates meant the level of Covid risk in some places was no longer “unacceptably high”, prompting speculation about which countries will be put on the “green list” when international travel is allowed again.

Ministers are putting the finishing touches to their traffic light system, that will grade countries green, amber or red, determining whether travellers

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U.S. restricting travel from India amid raging COVID outbreak

The U.S. will restrict travel from India beginning May 4, as COVID-19 ravages the world’s second-largest country. 

The White House announced the new policy on Friday afternoon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already declared India “very high risk,” and recommended that Americans avoid all travel to India. 

“On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration will restrict travel from India starting immediately,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s office said in a statement. “The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in the India.

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