By Maureen O’Hare, CNN
As Omicron grips the world, the one particular person having fun with frictionless world journey this Christmas is Santa, because of his very well-ventilated sleigh.
CNN Travel needs you content holidays for those who’re celebrating and for higher instances forward for these lacking family members this 12 months.
Listed below are the largest developments in journey this week.
Omicron is hammering vacation journey
The Omicron variant is sweeping the globe, wreaking havoc on vacation plans on the eleventh hour. Within the UK, which has logged a record number of new cases this week, even the Queen has needed to switch up her Christmas tradition.
Within the US, hundreds of vacationers acquired some very unhealthy information on Thursday night: Their Christmas Eve flights had been canceled. Delta and United Airways cited Omicron as a reason for the disruptions. Many Australians had been in the same situation. By Friday, thousands of flights were canceled globally.
Cities around the globe are canceling their New 12 months’s celebrations, though plenty are still going ahead.
Ski season is soldiering on, underneath straitened circumstances, so in case you have a keenness for fondue, right here’s our information to the best ski resorts. You should definitely control restrictions earlier than reserving.
Locations climbing to the highest of the CDC’s threat checklist
The US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has added eight new locations to its highest-risk class for journey. They embrace Finland, Lebanon and the nation that was the world’s second most-visited nation earlier than Covid got here alongside.
The microstates of Monaco and San Marino — two of the world’s wealthiest nations — shot straight as much as the highest-risk Stage 4 on Monday, having beforehand been categorized “Unknown.”
Issues aren’t any higher at sea. Practically 50 individuals examined optimistic for coronavirus on the world’s largest cruise ship throughout a weeklong Caribbean cruise this month, and two ships this week reported Covid cases and missed ports of call.
There may be some excellent news for southern Africa this week. The US plans to lift travel restrictions on eight nations within the area that had been imposed after Omicron was found in South Africa in late November.
The US is cracking down
Omicron is now the dominant variant in the US, and lots of the nation’s massive vacationer cities, together with Washington and Philadelphia, are introducing indoor vaccine or testing mandates. Here’s what you need to know.
Federal authorities are fed up with unruly passengers and introduced this week that disruptive vacationers might now lose TSA PreCheck credentials.
And, within the ultimate piece of not-so-good information for People, the value of a US passport is about to soar.
Asia-Pacific is cautious
Coronavirus has messed with China’s biggest holiday for the third 12 months in a row. The nation’s Nationwide Well being Fee has suggested residents in any metropolis with confirmed Covid circumstances towards touring throughout February’s Lunar New 12 months and Spring Pageant vacation.
Thailand has suspended its quarantine-free travel pass, with no phrase on when it is likely to be reinstated, whereas New Zealand has delayed its border reopening from January 17 to the top of February.
The landlocked nation of Laos, nevertheless, will start the first phase of its reopening on January 1, with the entire nation anticipated to be open for enterprise by July 1, 2022. Nice information for followers of ornate Buddhist temples, French colonial structure and epic mountain landscapes.
Strike these spots off your 2022 bucket checklist
Loads of the preferred vacationer locations are anticipated to reopen to vacationers subsequent 12 months, however there are nonetheless places that will be off-limits.
Some are getting spruced up or prolonged to make them higher than ever after they do welcome company, however for others it’s a everlasting farewell.
And now for Christmas feasts
Even after we can’t journey to be collectively, we are able to nonetheless share meals traditions. From Mexico to France, right here’s a have a look at how nations around the globe feast at Christmas. We hope you’re diving into one thing scrumptious.
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CNN’s Forrest Brown, Tamara Hardingham-Gill, Lilit Marcus, Sheena McKenzie, Andy Rose, Francesca Road and Yong Xiong contributed to this report. High picture: Monaco’s pure harbor (Picture by Adobe Inventory)