There have been mixed fortunes for the world’s island communities this week, as some have restricted entry due to Covid surges while others are making plans for reopening.
More island getaways have been added to the US ‘do not travel’ list
The popular island destinations of Grenada and Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean have been added to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s “very high” Covid-19 travel risk list. This means that US citizens are advised to avoid travel there, and to only do so if they’re fully vaccinated. This highest-category risk list is now brimming with some of the world’s most-loved tourist destinations, including France, Spain, Turkey, Thailand and the UK.
Lithuania will pay to extend your stay
If Lithuania has been on your to-visit list, you’re in luck: the Baltic nation is giving out more than 10,000 free hotel stays to travelers visiting this fall. Independent travelers can sign up online for the “Lithuania. Take your time” program, which will provide a free third night’s accommodation after booking two. That means that the expanses of Trakai Historical National Park and the UNESCO-recognized old city of Vilnius are now easier to visit than ever. The promotion runs until November 8.
Miami has a team of Covid-sniffing dogs
Good boy and girl alert! Two dogs, Cobra and One Betta, can literally sniff out the coronavirus. The two pups started working at Miami International Airport (MIA) this week and are tasked with sniffing the face masks of all airport employees when they arrive at work. Both dogs have an accuracy rate of more than 98%. Miami is the first airport in the U.S. to have trained covid-sniffing dogs, but similar pup programs exist in Finland and the United Arab Emirates.