Travel news: The United States drops the Covid test and even Japan relaxes entry

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(CNN) – This week in travel news, the US is preparing to drop Covid-19 testing requirements for air travelers, and Japan is now allowing international tour groups.

In addition, the most expensive cities in the world and the country with the cleanest bathing spots in Europe were revealed.

The gates are open

CNN learned Friday, in one of the most anticipated travel developments this year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing to raise its requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the United States.
This measure has been in place since January 2021. The move will likely encourage travelers around the world to plan a summer vacation in the United States and encourage more American travelers to venture abroad knowing they are less likely to stay abroad as a result of a positive test. . Air travel has been far from smooth this season so far.
The CDC also this week issued a “Alert – Level 2” travel warning for monkeypox, a rare disease considered a close relative of smallpox that made headlines after cases were reported in dozens of destinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that while the risks to the general public are low, people should “exercise enhanced precautions.”

Confessions of an 80’s Air Hostess

Ann Hood was only 21 years old when she became a flight attendant for the legendary airline TWA in 1978. In her new book, “Fly Girl,” she writes about her adventures in the skies during the golden age of air travel.

“It gave me confidence, it gave me poise, the ability to think on my feet,” she says. “I think working for a few years as a flight attendant can change your life.”

Most Expensive Cities

For the third year in a row, the Asian financial hub of Hong Kong was named the most expensive city in the world in the annual index released by global mobility company ECA International.

Asia also proved to be the most expensive continent, with four other cities – Tokyo, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Seoul – taking the top ten.

However, a very popular European tourist destination has fallen among the top 30 tourist destinations. Read more here.

korean food taste

A Buddhist nun from South Korea became an unlikely celebrity chef. Her cooking at the temple was celebrated in the New York Times, and she was the subject of an episode of “Chef’s Table” on Netflix.

Jeong Kwan’s most recent achievement is being named Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2022. Here’s her story.
And if Korean food is your thing, try some Korean drinks. Makgeolli is a traditional South Korean rice wine that, since its home brewing was banned in 1934, has earned a reputation for being mass-produced and ready-made. Now a new generation is reviving ancient brewing techniques and making makgeolli excellent and exquisite.


An Arizona man is suing American Airlines, alleging that it misidentified him to police as a burglary suspect, resulting in him spending 17 days in prison. And in Atlanta, officials say, a passenger managed to clear security with a suitcase that may have held a gun.
The CEO of European low-cost airline Wizz Air has drawn criticism for telling employees to take less time off due to fatigue, while Irish airline Ryanair has come under fire for requiring South Africa to prove citizenship through a test in Afrikaans – spoken by only an estimated 12 people. % of the nation.

A rare turtle was born

The unique offspring is one of a recently born giant Galapagos tortoise at the Tropiquarium in Servion, Switzerland.

In case you miss it yourself

Europe’s cleanest showers have been revealed.

A Disney employee snatched a ring from the prospective groom’s hand in the middle of the show.

Ten years ago, Anthony Bourdain met local chefs and foodies in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

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(Top photo: Airlines passengers walk through San Francisco International Airport on April 19. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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