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The Bahamas Re-Welcomes Travelers to the Caribbean

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The warm Caribbean Sea and sandy beaches of The Bahamas are once again welcoming millions of vacationers from around the world.
However, due to the ongoing fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, entry requirements for The Bahamas have changed, says the U.S. Embassy for The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Japan Restricts Visitors to Its Summer Olympics

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The International Olympic and Paralympic Games announced today Japanese parties had decided not to allow entry into Japan by overseas spectators for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
This decision is due to the prevailing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, said the IOC in a press statement issued on March 20, 2021.
“We share the disappointment of all enthusiastic Olympic fans from around the world, and of course the families and friends of the athletes, who were planning to come to the Games,” stated IOC President Thomas Bach. 

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Europe’s Digital Green Certificate Could Empower Free Movements 

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The European Commission (EC) announced creating a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The Digital Green Certificate will be proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19. 
Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, stated on March 17, 2021, “The Digital Green Certificate offers an EU-wide solution to ensure that EU citizens benefit from a harmonized digital tool to support free movement in the EU.” 

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African Union Trusted Travel Pass Launches with Ethiopian Airlines

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Ethiopian Airlines announced it has partnered with the African Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Africa CDC) to implement the African Union Trusted Travel Pass to make continental travel more accessible and safer.
The Trusted Travel pass program ensures each country’s COVID-19 regulations regarding travel requirements are met with minimal hassle to the traveling public.

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Ebola Travel Alerts Expanded in Africa

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reissued high-level Travel Alerts regarding Ebola virus disease outbreaks in various African countries.
Ebola virus disease (Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a rare and deadly disease that periodically causes outbreaks in several African countries.
On March 12, 2021, the CDC elevated two Ebola Travel Alerts to Level 3 status, Avoid Nonessential Travel. 

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COVID-19 Quarantine and Testing Guidance Concerning International Travel

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Travel measures, such as quarantine and testing of travelers, are designed to reduce the likelihood of SARS-CoV-2 transmission before, during, and after travel, stated the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
This ECDC document published on March 12, 2021, summarises the current scientific evidence to support decision-making concerning quarantine and testing of travelers, considering the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOC) and the current epidemiological situation in the EU/EEA.

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Visiting Israel Remains Complicated

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The Israeli Health Ministry will likely recommend extending airport restrictions beyond March 20, 2021, Director-General Chezy Levi told the Jerusalem Post.
Levi stated, “On the one hand, everyone would like the skies to be open, to be able to travel, and so on. On the other hand, the (coronavirus) mutations are at large globally, and some of them greatly challenge the vaccine. We, therefore, want to limit people leaving and entering Israel.’
On March 11, 2021, the Government of Israel published an extensive update to its travel procedures. 

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Facial Biometric Comparison Technology Expands at Texas Port of Entry

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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency announced the implementation of Simplified Arrival at the international bridges within the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry in south Texas.
Simplified Arrival, an enhanced international arrival process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that are already required for admission into the USA.

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Mass Vaccination Campaigns Can Reduce Yellow Fever Outbreaks

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In a recent paper, researchers were able to quantify preventive mass vaccination campaigns (PMVC) to reduce yellow fever outbreaks at the province level using the self-controlled case series (SCCS) method.
During this study period, an estimated 22% to 45% of outbreaks were averted by PMVCs in Africa.
Moreover, this study published by PLOS on February 18, 2021, observed a puzzling U-shaped association between vaccination coverage and the risk of an outbreak in the cohort analysis. 

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A World With Fleeting Flu Cases

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The current influenza surveillance data should be interpreted with caution, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO announced on March 1, 2021, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has influenced to varying extents health-seeking behaviors globally. The various hygiene and physical distancing measures implemented to reduce the spreading of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have likely played a role in reducing influenza virus transmission.