Updated Jan. 27, 2022.
As many parts of the world continue to battle Covid outbreaks, some leaders have paused the reopening process and announced new constraints on travel and gatherings. At the same time, other countries are easing their restrictions. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening around the globe.
In the latest news, Norway has lifted quarantine requirements for unvaccinated travellers, and the Netherlands has loosened lockdown restrictions further. England and Scotland are dropping testing requirements for vaccinated travellers. Also, residents of Abu Dhabi in the UAE now need a booster shot in order to be considered fully vaccinated, but international tourists do not. China is tightening restrictions in Beijing ahead of the Olympics, and Ireland has removed nearly all of its Covid measures.
France has announced plans to ease gathering restrictions and lift the outdoor mask mandate on Feb. 2, but is now requiring booster shots for vaccine passports to remain valid. Japan has tightened restrictions on restaurants, bars and event venues in 13 regions, and the country has extended the ban that blocks foreign visitors from entering until the end of February. Meanwhile, Thailand will ease entry requirements for vaccinated travellers next month. England rolled back Covid-19 restrictions on Jan. 26, dropping the public mask mandate and no longer requiring Covid-19 passes for entry to large venues and events.