Expedia’s Travel Advisor dashboards show international COVID-19 restrictions for almost every destination

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A simple tool reveals all the restrictions and safety measures in place that are required for your trip. Now that people are being vaccinated in greater numbers, many are thinking of traveling once again. But before you get on a plane, it’s important to check what travel restrictions are in place by your origin and destination countries. Do you need to be vaccinated to travel? Do you need to quarantine on arrival? Are there restrictions on the countries you have traveled to before you continue onwards? Read Full Story

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Tech giants want to help you prove you’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19

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Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle, and electronic health record companies Epic and Cerner are all getting behind a single standard for vaccine certification. Before people can return to work, school, or travel, they may soon have to prove that they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19. In order to both coordinate and track vaccination, a coalition of tech companies have come together to design an open-source standard for vaccination records that makes them portable between healthcare providers and certifies a person’s COVID-19 vaccination history. Read Full Story

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‘Travel is coming back,’ says Airbnb, as it beats revenue estimates in first earnings

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Despite travel grinding to a halt last year, Airbnb says its revenue for the fourth quarter was down only 22% compared to the same period in 2019. In its first earnings report as a publicly traded company , Airbnb delivered a hopeful forecast for the coronavirus-battered travel industry, expressing optimism that people’s appetite for new destinations will grow this year as vaccines begin to finally make a dent in the pandemic. Read Full Story

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How to build an equitable vaccine passport that respects people’s privacy

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Rebuilding trust in our institutions starts with empowering individuals to control their own data. One of President Joe Biden’s executive orders aimed at curbing the pandemic asks government agencies to “assess the feasibility” of linking coronavirus vaccine certificates with other vaccination documents and producing digital versions of them. A vaccine passport, an official document that shows your vaccination status, may soon be required to work or travel. Airlines, industry groups, nonprofits, and technology companies are building a version of this idea that you can display on your mobile phone as an app or part of your digital wallet. Read Full Story

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Will you need a COVID-19 vaccine to fly?

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‘Immunity passports’ might be coming to air travel—but should they? Airlines have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic with policies on face masks, keeping middle seats empty, and requiring evidence of a negative coronavirus test before heading to some destinations. So when the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are rolled out in the coming months, will you have to prove your immunization to board a plane? Read Full Story

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Air travel is about to get more complicated. Here’s how United Airlines is making things easier

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United’s new Travel-Ready Center lets you see you upload proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for approval before you head to the airport. Traveling by plane isn’t what it used to be. You can, of course, blame COVID-19 for that. Since the first months of the pandemic, new mandates and restrictions have been put in place by both governments and the airlines themselves. From mandatory masks to negative COVID-19 test requirements to full-on travel bans, it can be hard to navigate what you need before you can step foot on a plane. Read Full Story

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Forget cotton masks. The next generation of masks could be high-tech

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Masks are probably here to stay. But they’ll need to evolve. As the world awaits a COVID-19 vaccine, we’re beginning to realize that herd immunity might not work . Early studies show that people infected with the disease can stop producing antibodies within just two months of recovering—after which you can be infected again. If that’s the case, we need to rethink everything from our building air to the way we travel . Read Full Story

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