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October 30, 2020 - Reuters

COVID tests should play bigger role in international travel - WHO expert - by Reuters Staff

COVID tests should be more widely used in international travel than quarantines, the chair of the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee, Didier Houssin, said on Friday.

Top emergency expert Mike Ryan earlier said that travelling was now “relatively safe” with a “relatively low” risk.

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For people who are itching to travel, airlines are working hard to offer reassurance. They're requiring masks, disinfecting airplane cabins between flights and using hospital-grade HEPA air filtration systems. Airlines are also touting a recent study that shows that modern aircraft ventilation systems help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and suggests the probability of spreading and contracting the coronavirus on even a packed airline flight is low.

Now they're offering one more thing in hopes of putting travelers' minds at ease about flying: testing for the coronavirus at the airport, before you board your flight. The tests are allowing some travelers to reschedule and take vacations they had to cancel or postpone months ago.

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October 26, 2020 - Manufacturing Global

China Launches Prototype Train for International Travel - by Oliver Freeman

Chinese manufacturer, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles, has recently unveiled the prototype model of a new high-speed locomotive for a new, ambitious business venture: international travel ─ by train.

The train, which, according to the manufacturers, moves at a whopping 400km/h, can run on any gauge of track. So we might find that, if launched, the new train might trend as the “new way forward”, and the entire international rail system could be revolutionised and sped up exponentially.

According to a report from Global Construction Review, the engine has “gauge-changing bogies” that could eliminate the present need for trains to stop at a break of gauge or wait while new bogies are fitted. This development has been a costly one, and shows China’s genuine hope to revolutionise the locomotive industry ─ CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles is a division of the state-owned CRRC Corporation, which is the world’s largest manufacturer of rolling stock and the recipient of a US$5.2bn research grant from the Chinese government for this very project.

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October 20, 2020 - CNN Travel

Is it safe to travel for the holidays this year? - by Marnie Hunter

The end of the year is sneaking up, and people are weighing travel plans to join friends and family for the holidays -- all against the backdrop of a surge of the deadly pandemic.
Gathering with others -- probably the most universal holiday tradition -- has never required so much meticulous forethought.
Should you travel for the holidays in 2020? What precautions will make it safer? Who will be there and how careful have they been?

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October 15, 2020 - Market Scale

When Will International Travel Return? - by Sarah Dandashy

No one thought back in March, when travel bans first went into effect, that we would still be here seven months later. The unfortunate thing is that many are questioning if there is an end in sight. A few factors, from a “second wave” of COVID-19 sweeping through Europe to a politically disruptive presidential campaign in the United States to a vaccine not being available yet, all of these huge factors into delaying opening up travel between Europe and the United States. Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that international travel will unlikely open up this year.

That being said, there are many big organizations that are actively looking to find solutions to open up travel sooner than later.

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