The Latest: Sri Lanka reopens tourism after 10-month closing | National/World News

Jessica Wong

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka is welcoming tourists again after keeping the doors closed to visitors for nearly 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The government’s action Thursday is seen as an effort to revive the island nation’s tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the pandemic. Tourism accounts for about 5% of Sri Lanka’s economy and before the pandemic employed 250,000 people directly and up to 3 million indirectly.

Under the reopening, visitors must be tested in their country 72 hours prior to their flight, when they arrive at their hotel and again seven days later.

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What is a ‘vaccine passport’ and will you need one the next time you travel?

Jessica Wong
  • A “vaccine passport” or “e-vaccination certification of compliance for border crossing regulations” could be required to enable seamless border-crossing.
  • Any framework that comes into place will need to be harmonized, when it comes to standards and use cases, by a normative body – such as the WHO – to ensure that its use is ethical and fair.
  • Two sessions at The Davos Agenda address “Vaccinating the World” on 26 January and 29 January.

For some countries, access to vaccines are increasingly a reality, and millions of vaccines have been purchased with the hope that in time the world’s populations could

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Biden rejoins Paris climate accord and WHO, revokes Muslim ban

Jessica Wong
  • President Joe Biden signed a slew of executive orders on day one in the White House.
  • Several of Biden’s executive actions were all about reconnecting America with the world.
  • Former President Donald Trump damaged America’s global reputation, and Biden wants to restore it.
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Just hours after he was sworn into office, President Joe Biden signed executive orders that underscored his intentions to take a drastically more cooperative and multilateral approach to foreign affairs than his predecessor. 

Biden rejoined the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization, which former President Donald Trump took

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Trump’s Travel Ban Fixed a Real-World Security Problem

Jessica Wong

A few years before President Donald Trump instituted his so-called “travel ban” on now-13 countries, the 21-year-old Sudanese citizen Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan entered the United States with his siblings and mother on temporary Legal Permanent Resident visas. At the time, Sudan was a U.S.-designated State Sponsor of Terrorism and would not have been willing – or, frankly, even able – to provide American adjudicators with any intelligence or background history about Elhassan for a thorough security vetting.

Within a year of his arrival, Elhassan was on social media espousing violent, anti-American jihad under a pseudonym, according to

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Get ready for a surge in flights

Jessica Wong

Masks on planes and heightened cleaning procedures will likely stick around through, and even beyond, 2021.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After nearly a year of COVID-19 restrictions, travel experts predict this summer will see the biggest travel boom in decades.

“One of the things that I’ve heard over and over and over again is folks say as soon as I get vaccinated, and as soon as I feel like it’s safe to go out, the first thing I’m going to do is get on a plane and go travel somewhere,” said Scott Keyes, founder of flight deal site Scott’s Cheap Flights.

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