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USA Passport: Where to Go in 2021 | C&C Travel Hub

I Have a US Passport, Where Can I Go?

Finally, 2020 has come to an end, and now, hopefully, we can get our lives back to normal as we cautiously make our way into 2021. For us here at C&C Travel Hub, a normal life is that of destinations, experiences, and memory making.

Travel Bans and Restrictions Within and Outside US

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. This single announcement has changed our lives drastically. For our safety, we were advised to stay inside our homes, which makes perfect sense as the virus is highly contagious. Just a few minutes of contact with an infected person or a carrier could expose a person to the virus. A factor why COVID-19 keeps spreading is that most of the time, the virus is transmitted unknowingly. A person could be asymptomatic and yet highly contagious. This is why a travel ban and certain travel restrictions are being imposed, not only in the United States but also in almost every corner of the earth. On their website, the USA Department of State advises against travel to a long list of foreign countries. American citizens are either totally barred, restricted, or conditionally allowed to travel to a foreign country, depending on the situation in the country they wish to visit. There will be no travel for Americans into 54 countries including China, Brazil, …

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Hagia Sophia: Turning This Turkish Treasure Into a Mosque Is at Odds With Its UNESCO Status

The Hagia Sophia has just opened to receive Sunni Muslim worshippers for the first time since 1931. The decision to convert the building in Istanbul, Turkey from a museum back into a mosque has divided opinion. Many Turkish inhabitants commend the transformation while mostly secular Turkish inhabitants and much of the international community find it inconceivable.

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The Sun Is Setting on Unsustainable Long-Haul, Short-Stay Tourism — Regional Travel Bubbles Are the Future

James Higham, University of Otago Unprecedented border closures and the domestic lockdown have paralysed New Zealand’s $40.9 billion a year tourism industry. In the process, the vulnerability of the sector to external shocks and the tenuous nature of tourism employment have been exposed. While New Zealand’s handling of the pandemic has been hailed as a global masterclass, and the prospect of travel bubbles promoted as a way to restart the tourism economy and save jobs, it is clear there is no quick fix. The inherent dangers of reinfection from travel to and from countries with uncontrolled community transition, and the challenge of protecting New Zealand’s borders, mean international tourism is grounded for the time being. Nevertheless, planning for recovery is underway. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) wants to restore confidence and restart tourism without delay. The European Union recently opened its borders to travellers from certain countries, including New Zealand. But the proposed trans-Tasman and Pacific bubbles will likely be among the first safe international travel zones in the world. A Tasman-Pacific bubble …

Hinulugang Taktak Reopens With Attractions You’ll Love

Of course, we’ve heard of it when we were young. We’ve heard our elders sing that undoubtedly inviting Antipolo song. Hinulugang Taktak’s sad pastYet, most of us still haven’t seen it’s beauty despite that fact that it is but an hour away from the Metro. This is due to the sad fate it came to from poor waste management and lack of sewage treatment systems about 20 years ago. It was then closed for rehabilitation in 2010. Reopening after its rehabilitationin 2015, the new and improved tourist spot has cottages for rent at an affordable daily rate of 500 pesos. They also have a swimming pool that you can freely use for a small fee of 50 pesos. The authorities also built an elevator to cater to senior citizens and people with disabilities. This year, when everyone is crazy about traveling, it is but perfect timing that Hinulugang Taktak is once again open for tourism. Antipolo Mayor, Jun-Andeng Ynares posted on facebook just recently, announcing the reopening of the destination, just in time before summer. …

Filipinos Will Be Free to Enter Korea Without a Visa Starting 2020

From their fashion sense, to their music and television, to their food, the Korean culture has been undoubtedly imbibed in the daily Filipino routine. This is why visiting Korea is seemingly a must for the avid Korean fan. Starting 2020, traveling to the well-loved country is easier as Filipinos will then be granted visa-free entry to the culture-rich destination. PLAN FOR PROMOTING FOREIGN TOURSEarlier this month, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the Ministry of Justice announced that the Korean government program titled “Plan for Promoting Foreign Tours” will allow Philippine passport holders to enter specific airports–Seoul, Incheon, and Busan–as long as the trip will only last for a maximum of five days and the final destination is Jeju Island. In addition to the Philippines, two other Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam and Indonesia, are included in the program. VISA – FREE ENTRY TO KOREA, 3 WAYSEntry to the beautiful country via the said international airports and heading to Jeju Island is one of three ways as released in the official website of the Embassy …

New Kart Racing Track Opens in Porac, Pampanga

Branching from the same company that opened Urban CityKart Racing in Makati, the Pampanga International Circuit, City Kart Racing officially opened its gates to enthusiasts and travelers last November 30, 2019–that’s two years after its planning and design started. As an upgrade of the track in Makati, the Pampanga International Circuit is said to be longer and more exciting. It also features five very exciting layouts, with the longest one stretching to 1.4 kilometers. The Pampanga International Circuit blasted their opening last weekend with back-to-back events starting with the Rotax Philippines 2019 Invitational followed by the 12-Hour Sodi W Series Endurance Race–two of the biggest karting championships in the world. If you’re looking for an exhilarating activity after long hours of hard work, a drive away from the Metro and into this race track is definitely the way to go. The Pampanga International Circuit is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 12:00PM to 5:00PM and Friday to Sunday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.