As we begin to emerge from restrictions, there are many things the federal government could do to improve the conditions for those stranded, and speed up their return home.
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Is a 7-day home quarantine enough? What are the risks? And how will we ensure people stay home? Epidemiologist Catherine Bennett answers your questions.
Over 40% of the countries on the UK’s COVID-19 ‘red list’ are in sub-Sahara Africa.
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When the UK’s red list is considered at a more granular level, the difficulties become immediately apparent.
A morning ritual in Varanasi’s sacred river Ganga.
Dying in Varanasi is everyday. That’s not to say dying is ordinary. On the contrary, it is a sacred art form, a spiritual passage that is part of the daily practice of living.
Time/Timeless/No Time (2004) by Walter De Maria.
The Chichu Art Museum, on the Japanese island of Naoshima, is a breathtaking place to rethink the relationship between nature and people.
Part of Canada’s land border with the United States is closed at the Peace Arch border crossing in Surrey, B.C. on April 28, 2020.
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Current travel restrictions aren’t applied uniformly for air and land travellers. Similar restrictions need to be applied to land border crossings to curb the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.
If a trans-Tasman travel bubble were to be established, passengers would likely need to use ‘vaccine passports’ to prove their vaccination status. But any tech-based system comes with security risks.
Workers prepare to greet passengers at the COVID-19 testing centre in the international arrivals area at Pearson Airport in Toronto on Jan. 26, 2021.
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Recently announced travel restrictions are intended to curb the spread of COVID-19 variants. However, we need to do a better job of tracking arrivals into the country.
There are two interesting points about Australia’s travel bubble with New Zealand. It only includes NSW and the NT. And for now, it’s only one way.
Amid mounting concerns about Australians stuck during COVID, the airforce could come to their rescue. But this may not be the best way to help.
Traveling is risky during the coronavirus outbreak. Places like airports, bus stops, and gas stations especially so.
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Universities and colleges around the world are closing. People are fleeing from cities. Some people are being forced to move but others must weigh the risks and ethical concerns of travel.
To guard against coronavirus, NZ should consider a short “pulse” (a few weeks) of intense social distancing, including bringing forward school holidays and temporary closures of most businesses.
New Zealanders should expect new border entry restrictions to stay in place for some time, but the measures are important to control the spread of coronavirus in New Zealand and the Pacific.
China is still struggling to function.
Global markets are finally waking up to the threat of the outbreak.
Shanghai airport empty after scores of cancelled flights.
Suspending flights and screening passengers is mainly about reassuring us, not keeping us healthy.
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Banning travel might not always be the best way to respond to a disease outbreak.
Some changes to visa rules could make travel easier for scientists.
Scientists from the developing world perceive current visa rules as a major impediment to professional travel. They miss out on opportunities to collaborate globally.
The new laws would make it easier for authorities to prevent people fighting in foreign conflicts, as happened to this man arrested in December for allegedly attempting to travel to Syria.
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The Abbott government has today introduced the second tranche of its national security amendments – the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014 – into the Senate. As its name…