Dear World Travel Groups, Stop the Mind-Boggling Confusion Over Testing and Vaccines Now

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Leading travel organizations’ statements on vaccine mandates are confusing and potentially harmful to the industry’s faster recovery. Manjurul / Getty Images

Skift Take: Nearly a year since Covid’s start, the lack of a united front among travel and tourism’s leading organizations and groups continues — this time, with confounding, divergent opinions on vaccine mandates. This fragmented approach is sure to stunt the industry’s pace of recovery.

— Lebawit Lily Girma

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Biden Adds South Africa to List of Travel Ban Countries With New Covid Strain Spreading

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Travelers from Cape Town (pictured) and all of South Africa will be banned from entering the U.S. to contain the spread of a new variant of COVID-19, a senior U.S. public health official told Reuters. Dean Hutton / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Five days in office and President Joe Biden is wasting no time tightening up travel restrictions to get Covid-19 and all its variants under control. Short-term pain now for hopefully a better second half to 2021.

— Tom Lowry

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