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Alpine country goes back into lockdown, suspending tourism as the holiday season starts

(CNN) — Austria has introduced unprecedented new Covid measures, Ireland’s under a midnight curfew, but India has reopened to vaccinated tourists.

Here are some of the biggest developments in travel this week:

It’s beginning to look a lot like … lockdown

Visitors explore Vienna’s Christmas market on November 15 before Austria went back into lockdown.

Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images

Austria will impose a national lockdown on November 22 as Covid-19 cases soar, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced, becoming the first European country to do so this fall.

But things are picking up in Asia

India suffered greatly when it was hit by a calamitous second Covid wave this spring, but it now has some of the lowest case rates in the world, earning it a CDC Level 1 rating as a low-risk travel destination. On Monday, it opened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists on commercial flights for the first time since the pandemic began.

Ireland is now a Cinderella state

Irish revelers now need to leave their Prince Charmings and hurry home from the ball. On Thursday, Ireland imposed a midnight curfew on bars, restaurants and nightclubs, just a few weeks after nightclubs reopened for the first time since March 2020.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Netherlands has returned to partial lockdown and Hungary and the Czech Republic are among four new additions to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s highest-risk travel category.

Ireland will impose a midnight curfew on bars, restaurants and nightclubs from November 18 as the country sees a new surge in Covid-19 cases, despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. CNN’s Becky Anderson sits down with Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister, to discuss.

Thanksgiving travel will near pre-pandemic levels

In the United States, there’ll be a lot more turkey shared compared to last year, as holiday travel is expected to be back almost to the good old days of 2019. Here are our tips on handling…

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